Temporary parking options ranging from hourly to monthly are available on a space-available basis for anyone who would like to park on campus. Visitor parking is primarily available in campus gated lots (garages/ramps). Check live visitor parking availability.
Coming to campus for a special event? See the event parking page for tips on large event-specific parking. Check the Events Calendar for day-of-event parking information; please note the calendar only shows events where hosts have contracted with Transportation Services for event parking coordination.
Want to Plan Ahead?
If you know in advance you’re coming to campus, you may purchase a daily or half-day permit ahead of time. Complete the value permit order form or call Special Events at (608) 262-8683. Please allow two weeks for processing. Inquiries about visitor parking can be sent to email@example.com or to our main office location (610 Walnut Street), Attn: Special Events.
Visitor parking and permits
See the rates page to find the most up-to-date parking rates.
For accessible (disabled) parking information, visit the accessible transportation options page.
Encounter issues in a parking lot? Use the lot maintenance page to report malfunctioning pay stations, signage problems, lights issues and broken doors.
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Daily and half-day permits
A limited number of full and half-day (a.m. or p.m.) parking permits are available for some lots on campus, as space allows. They can be purchased in person at one of the Transportation Services offices.
Visitor Parking Rates
See the rates page for the most up-to-date rates.
- All-day: $15
- Half-day: $9
- Night value permit: $5; must be purchased in advance
Plan ahead, order ahead!
If you know in advance you’re coming to campus, you may purchase a daily or half-day permit ahead of time. Order using the value permit order form or by calling Special Events at (608) 262-8683. Please allow two weeks for processing. Inquiries about visitor parking can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org or to our main office location (610 Walnut Street), Attn: Special Events.
For information on lot locations and hours of control, visit our lot locations and hours page.
Gated Lots (Garages/Ramps)
Transportation Services has gate access equipment in ramps and garages that accommodate hourly visitor parking. This is a “pay on exit” system: visitors pull a ticket upon entry and pay at 1) a “pay on foot” machine prior to exit or 2) the exit column with a credit card upon exit. (Parking Structure Pay on Foot Machine Locations Map – PDF)
- Helen C. White Garage (Lot 6), Grainger Hall Garage (Lot 7), Engineering Drive Ramp (Lot 17), University Avenue Ramp (Lot 20), Nancy Nicholas Hall Garage (Lot 27), North Park Street Ramp (Lot 29), Observatory Drive Ramp (Lot 36), Linden Drive Garage (Lot 67), University Bay Drive Ramp (Lot 76), Union South Garage (Lot 80) and the Fluno Center Garage (Lot 83)
- University Hospital (Lot 75) and American Family Children’s hospital (Lot 63) have hourly parking available for patients and visitors
A live count of visitor parking in gated lots is displayed on the visitor parking availability page. See the rates page for up-to-date rates. For more information on ramp clearances, see our lot clearance page.
Timed Parking Stalls
Many lots on campus have “timed parking” stalls that accept mobile payment through a third-party vendor called Parkmobile. Payment at these locations is accepted via phone (call in), website, or smartphone app. On the UW campus, you may not “re-plug” a meter or timed parking stall. Parking is limited to the length of the time marked on the stall signage. Please refer to the stall or lot sign for hours payment is required—vehicles must be in paid status during the lot’s hours of control. The mobile payment provider will not charge for parking during times a lot is not controlled.
For step-by-step instructions on using Parkmobile, see the Parkmobile Payment Procedure Guide (PDF).
Throughout the parking year, certain lots may have availability for monthly permits. These permits are available only in select lots and on a month-by-month basis. Monthly parking on campus is very limited and not meant for long-term, overnight or storage parking. Permits must be purchased in person at one of the Transportation Services office locations. Call (608-263-6667) or email customer service to check availability.
Consider checking Madison Craigslist under “Housing>Parking and Storage” for off-campus parking options. Many housing groups sell parking near campus. Campus and Visitor Relations has compiled a list of Campus Area Housing parking options, as well.
Please read the motorcycle permit policy.
Motorcycle visitor parking requires payment during posted times. All motorcycle visitor parking options on campus make use of mobile payment through a third party vendor called Parkmobile. Payment at these locations is accepted via phone, website, or smartphone app.
Before parking for the first time, you must create an account with Parkmobile. Follow the directions below or in the Parkmobile Account Creation Guide (PDF). For step-by-step instructions on how to use Parkmobile, see the Parkmobile Payment Guide (PDF).
Only one motorcycle may park per parking stall and the vehicle must be in paid status during times lots are controlled. The mobile payment provider will not charge for parking during times the lots are not controlled. A complete list of lot hours of control can be found on the lot locations and hours page.
The entry and exit gates are actuated via loop metal detectors in the pavement, spaced to detect full-size vehicles. Motorcycles do not contain enough metal to reliably open the gate equipment. It is unsafe to drive a motorcycle through the gate equipment. Gate arms can and do descend on riders, causing injury and property damage. Motorcycles are only allowed in select gated facilities where a designated motorcycle lane is present.
Where there is no designated lane, do not attempt to enter the facility on a motorcycle. Where there is a motorcycle drive lane, drive around the gate via the designated method. Some motorcycle parking areas are located before the gates.
|Gated facility||Motorcycle access details; Parkmobile payment code|
|Lot 6 – Helen C. White Garage||Upper level only—no motorcycle access lane in the lower level; code 2506|
|Lot 7 – Grainger Hall Garage||Motorcycle parking located before the gates; code 2507|
|Lot 17 – Engineering Drive Ramp||Motorcycle access lanes at both east and north entrances; code 2517|
|Lot 29 – North Park Street Ramp||Motorcycle access lane at East Campus Mall entrance, Park Street entrance has motorcycle parking located before the gates; code 2529|
|Lot 46 – Lake & Johnson Ramp||Motorcycle access lane at Frances Street entrance only; code 2546|
|Lot 67- Linden Drive Garage [Opening Jan. 2021]||Motorcycle access lane at Colwood Drive and Linden Drive entrances; code 2567|
|Lot 75 – UW Hospital Ramp||Motorcycle parking on south side of ramp, outside of gated area; code 2575|
|Lot 76 – University Bay Drive Ramp||Motorcycle access lanes at both entrances; code 2576|
|Lot 83 – Fluno Center Garage||Motorcycle parking located before the gate; code 2583|
Inside the facility, visiting motorcycles (those without a UW permit) are required to be in paid status and may be parked only in designated motorcycle stalls. Parking in a non-motorcycle stall or failing to pay may result in a citation.
Each surface lot has hours of control on the lot entrance signs. During hours of control, visiting motorcycles (those without a UW permit) may only park in the surface lot’s designated timed parking stalls, not motorcycle stalls. Only one motorcycle may park per timed parking stall. Outside the posted hours of control, visiting motorcycles may park in any vehicle or motorcycle stall. Parking without a permit or failure to pay during hours of control may result in a citation.
For safety reasons, mopeds are not allowed in gated facilities at any time. Any moped in a gated facility will receive a citation.
Moped Visitor – Allowed Locations
Moped parking is restricted to designated moped lots, vehicle timed parking stalls or temporary permits sold for vehicle stalls. Designated moped lots on campus require a permit during the hours of control, from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. UW Housing residential moped lots have extended hours of control, from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Outside the hours of control, moped lots are available to any moped, without payment or permit. Hours of control in moped lots are not suspended for holidays. Parking without a permit during hours of control on a holiday or weekday may result in a citation.
The options for moped visitor parking during hours of control are vehicle timed parking stalls (pay-by-cell “meters”) or temporary permits. For temporary permits, see the daily and half day parking information above.
Moped visitor parking requires payment during posted times. All moped visitor parking options on campus make use of mobile payment through a third-party vendor called Parkmobile. Payment at these locations is accepted via phone, website, or smartphone app.
Before parking for the first time, you must create an account with Parkmobile. Follow the directions found below or in the Parkmobile Account Creation Guide (PDF). For step-by-step instructions on how to use Parkmobile, see the Parkmobile Payment Guide (PDF).
Only one moped is allowed per timed parking stall and the vehicle must be in paid status during times lots are controlled. The mobile payment provider will not charge for parking during times the lots are not controlled.
"After-hours" and weekend parking
There are over 20 parking lots on campus that allow free parking from 4:30 p.m. to 7 a.m., Monday through Friday and all day Saturday and Sunday. A complete list of lot hours of control can be found on the lot locations and hours page.
Select lots allow for a “night”/after 4:30 p.m. value permit, if ordered in advance. See the “Daily and half-day permits” section above for more details.
Occasionally, some lots may have additional restrictions due to special events, construction, or other projects. See the events calendar and/or the lot entrance signs for dates of these additional restrictions.
Please note non-parking areas are enforced at all times on campus, including in lots or ramps that are “free” after 4:30 pm and on weekends. Non-parking areas include disabled stalls (without a valid disabled permit/plate), reserved stalls, sidewalks, access aisles, curb areas, entrances/exits, etc.
Parkmobile parking system
Between July 25 and Sept. 1, 2016, Transportation Services converted coin-operated parking meters on campus to “timed parking” stalls, which use Parkmobile’s mobile payment system. Visitors can use this system to easily pay for parking by phone (call in), on the Parkmobile website, or by using the mobile app. Converted parking locations do not accept coins.
- Parkmobile Account Creation Guide (PDF)
- Parkmobile Payment Procedure Guide (PDF)
- Locations with timed parking stalls
If you have questions, please contact Transportation Services at email@example.com or call (608) 263-6667.
- Create a Parkmobile Account
- To start a parking session, you’ll need the following:
- Your license plate number
- The Parkmobile Zone number (on sign at stall)
- The amount of time you want to park
Encountering issues with Parkmobile? Please reach out directly to their customer service. Calling is recommended for the fastest response rate: (877) 727-5457