The University of Wisconsin has limited parking space available to students. The best advice to students regarding parking on campus is don’t bring a car. Most students walk, bike, or take the bus.
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 anyone.
Students are strongly encouraged to walk, bike and use the campus/city bus system. Please refer to these useful webpages:
Student Parking Options
Need to apply for parking? Limited parking is available for approved student commuters on a space available basis. 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 paper) 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 (this is not to receive a permit, but rather to qualify to purchase 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:
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.
Students are eligible to purchase a night permit, which provides access to specific parking garages and lots on campus. There are two types of night permits available for purchase on the Transportation Services eBusiness portal:
- Night – Garage Specific: valid for the assigned ramp or garage only
- 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.
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.
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
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.
Please see the motorcycle permit policy for complete information on motorcycle parking on campus.
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.
For full moped information, visit the moped page.