Student Parking

The University of Wisconsin has limited parking space available to students. Most students walk, bike, or take the bus.

See the Help Center, the Student Parking FAQ (PDF) and student parking permit policy for answers to your parking related questions. Still have questions? Contact us.

Students are eligible for the Associated Students of Madison (ASM) bus pass, which provides unlimited access to all city bus routes. The campus bus routes (80, 81, 82 and 84) are jointly funded by UW Transportation Services, UW Housing, and ASM and are free for everyone.

Students are strongly encouraged to walk, bike and use the campus/city bus system. Please refer to these webpages for more information:

Student Parking Options

A limited number of annual base lot permits are available for eligible student commuters who want to park on campus during standard business hours. Please see the student parking permit policy and Student Parking FAQ (PDF) for details.

Who is eligible for student base lot parking on campus?

  • Commuting students from outside Madison (beyond one mile of the city transit system).
  • Working students using their vehicle at least three times a week for employment off campus. A signed letter from the employer listing scheduled work hours (on business letterhead) is required.
  • Students with a state DOT disabled placard or plate – see the “Student Accessible Parking” tab.
  • Students with unusual or unique needs (must provide justification).

If you qualify, complete and submit the student parking permit pre-approval application. The pre-approval application is not a permit application, but is a way to determine if you qualify to apply for a permit.

All citations or other unpaid fees due to UW Transportation Services must be paid prior to receiving a parking permit.

If you don’t qualify:

Most UW graduate students and professional students are eligible for reduced cost annual base lot permits and semester permits. Undergraduate students are not eligible to apply for reduced cost parking permits.

Graduate and professional students with a UW or UW-affiliate appointment:

    • Apply in the permit application system (PAS) to be considered for a reduced cost annual base lot permit.
    • For help with the Permit Application System, contact your division’s unit transportation coordinator (UTC).
    • Eligibility for the reduced cost price is based on the qualifying salary on the date the permit is offered— not the application date.
    • Permit availability may be limited.
    • Read more about how to apply for parking.

Graduate and professional students without a UW or UW-affiliate appointment or whose employment is classified by HR as “student help:”

    • Submit the student pre-approval parking application. If you are eligible to apply for a reduced cost parking permit, the student parking unit transportation coordinator (UTC) will enter you into the permit application system (PAS),
    • Apply for a permit in the Permit Application System (PAS). Only select those lots in your application: Lots 46, 67, 75, 76, or 83.
      • To receive the reduced cost rate, you must be awarded a permit in a facility where reduced cost permits are available. If you apply for parking in a lot where reduced cost permits are not available for graduate and professional students without appointments, you may receive an offer for a parking permit at the regular rate.
    • Eligibility for the reduced cost price is based on the qualifying salary on the date the permit is offered— not the application date.
    • Permit availability will vary and may be limited.

Semester permits

    • UW graduate students and professional students may purchase a semester permit depending on availability, regardless of employment status.
    • Fall 2024 semester permits will be available for online purchase starting August 2024 (exact date to be determined). Fall semester permits are valid September 1 – December 31.
    • Spring 2025 semester permits will be available for online purchase starting December 2024. Spring semester permits are valid January 1 – May 31.
    • Availability will be limited in lots 17, 29, 36, 46, 67, and 76.

Students are eligible to purchase an afternoon permit, which provides access to specific parking lots on campus from 2 p.m. – 7 a.m., Monday through Friday and all day Saturday and Sunday. For a list of lots where afternoon permits are valid, please reference the afternoon permit policy.

Afternoon permits are not valid in lots controlled during special events. In the case of a special event, permit holders will be notified of alternate parking locations. See more afternoon permit details on the permit types and information page.

Various campus lots are available for free after 4:30 p.m., unless reserved for special events. Refer to the lot locations and hours page and campus parking maps for options.

Students are eligible to purchase a night permit, which provides access to specific parking garages and lots on campus from 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 a.m. There are two types of night permits available for purchase on the Transportation Services eBusiness portal:

  1. Night – Garage Specific: valid for the assigned ramp or garage only
  2. Night – Surface Lot: valid in a specific set of surface lot locations

For a list of offered lots and enforcement hours, refer to the night permit policy. Night permits are not valid in lots controlled during special events. In the case of a special event, permit holders will be notified of alternate parking locations. See more permit details on the permit types and information page.

Various campus lots are available for free after 4:30 p.m., unless reserved for special events. Refer to the lot locations and hours page and campus parking maps for options.

Students with a state Department Of Transportation (DOT) tag may purchase a UW Disabled parking tag at any Transportation Services office OR must complete a student parking pre-approval application each year.

A two-month temporary UW Disabled permit is also available for sale at an office with a doctor’s note.

Accommodation information can be found in the ADA/accessible parking policy. More information on accessible transportation is available on the accessible transportation options page.

For additional resources regarding student academic accommodations on campus, contact McBurney Disability Resource Center at (608) 263-2741, text (608) 225-7956. McBurney Disability Resource Center website

Motorcycles, Mopeds, and E-Scooters

E-Scooters

E-scooter users must follow UW-Madison parking policies and all traffic laws.

E-scooters may only park at bike racks or in designated e-scooter parking areas on the UW-Madison campus. No permit is required at this time.

E-scooters may not be parked at or locked to any object on campus other than a rack designated for that purpose. E-scooters may not be parked at or locked to utility poles, trees, bollards, railing, signs posts, or fences.

If your e-scooter was parked on UW-Madison property in a non-designated area, it may have been impounded. Complete the e-scooter claim form for more details.

The City of Madison and other off-campus communities may have different rules and regulations than the UW-Madison campus. Check with these groups for more details.

Mopeds

Any moped on campus must park in a designated moped parking stall with a moped permit, in a timed parking stall with payment and within posted time constraints, or in a vehicle stall with a valid temporary permit displayed. Parking anywhere but within an appropriate stall (as defined above) will result in a citation.

Note: online permit sales are restricted based upon university residence hall contracts. Residence hall contract holders will be restricted to select moped lots adjacent to their address of record. Non-residence hall occupants will not be able to select moped lots adjacent to residence halls. University apartments (Eagle Heights) contract holders are not included in this restriction. As of Sept. 1, 2017, residence hall moped lots are enforced 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. on weekdays to ensure spots are available to residents.

Visit the moped page for more information.

Motorcycles

A motorcycle permit (or proper timed parking stall payment) is required to use motorcycle parking areas. Motorcycle permits are available for purchase through our eBusiness portal. More motorcycle permit information is on the permit types and information page. Visitor motorcycle parking information can be found on the visitor parking page.

For motorcycle stalls by lot, see the lot stall types page or the motorcycle parking map.

Please see the motorcycle permit policy for complete information on motorcycle parking on campus.

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