Parking Lots and Facilities

Campus parking tips

  • Allow yourself extra time to find parking. (No parking permit? Check live parking availability on the visitor parking availability page.)
  • Observe signs before you park.
  • Watch for temporarily restricted parking:
    • Special Event parking signs or staff
    • Cones, barricades, or fenced-off areas; bagged signs
  • If you have one, make sure your hangtag is visible. Hangtags should be hung on the rear view mirror or displayed in the bottom left corner of the windshield.
  • Transportation Services does not honor any handwritten or typed notes on vehicles. Any malfunctions, problems or questions must be called in to our office.
  • Some areas on campus are enforced at all times regardless of the time listed at the entrance of the lot. Such areas include: no parking areas, disabled stalls and aisles, fire zones, reserved stalls, grass, sidewalks and driveways.
  • Vehicles parked illegally or improperly displaying their permit will receive a citation.

Electric vehicle (EV) charging

Electric vehicle charging stations are available in multiple campus parking facilities. The stations are cost-free for permit holders in their assigned lots and visitors in “paid” status.

Permit holders: if the charging station in your assigned lot is not available, you may relocate to another garage where visitor parking is available and pay the visitor rate (pull a ticket) to charge your vehicle.

Complete usage rules and restrictions can be found in the electric vehicle charging policy.

Charging stations are located near the entrance/exit of the following ramps and garages (lot location information):

  • Grainger Hall Garage (Lot 7)
  • Engineering Drive Ramp (Lot 17)
  • University Avenue Ramp (Lot 20)
  • North Park Street Ramp (Lot 29)
  • Observatory Drive Ramp (Lot 36)
  • Lake & Johnson Ramp (Lot 46)
  • WARF – Yellow Stalls (Lot 64)
  • Linden Drive Ramp (Lot 67)
  • Health Sciences Learning Center (Lot 74)
  • UW Hospital Ramp (Lot 75)
  • University Bay Drive Ramp (Lot 76)
  • Fluno Center Garage (Lot 83)
  • Health Sciences Garage (Lot 95)

All locations except for Lot 64 have ChargePoint stations. Locations and status of ChargePoint EV charging stations

Using an electric vehicle charging station

Transportation Services has contracted with ChargePoint, an easy-to-use network portal for managing electric fueling. Those choosing to utilize the charging stations must first register with ChargePoint. (The station in Lot 64 is an exception, as it is not a ChargePoint unit.)

You must have an active ChargePoint account in order to use the ChargePoint stations on campus. Activate a ChargePoint account online. Once you have an active ChargePoint account, you enter the parking facility (using your permit or by pulling a visitor ticket) and park in the designated stall for EV charging.

There is no additional fee for using a charging station on the UW-Madison campus, but you must pay any applicable parking charges (visitor fees, Flex parking fees, or annual permit fees).

Ways to start a charging session:

  • Tap your ChargePoint card on the unit’s smart card symbol
  • Use the ChargePoint mobile app to find your station and select “Start Charge”

Once authorized, the holster unlocks so you can plug the connector into your car.

When your charging session is complete (or within four hours, whichever comes first), tap your ChargePoint card on the station reader or use the ChargePoint app. You can then unplug the connector from your car and put it back in the holster.

If you have any issues with the charging units, contact ChargePoint Support toll free 24 hours at (888) 758-4389.