Student Permits

Welcome Incoming Freshman!

CU Buff freshmen are allowed to have vehicles on campus! Students purchase their parking permits on this website. CU Boulder now features "virtual" parking permits, with no need for printed hang tags. The vehicle's license plate information is registered and associated with the permit, so your license plate is your parking permit and is valid to park in the specific lot or zone you purchased. Parking at meters and pay station lots requires additional payment. For more information, please review the Virtual Permits for Students webpage.

Every campus parking lot requires lot specific permits or payment. Please read all parking signs carefully before leaving your vehicle to avoid receiving a citation.

Summer Session Permit Online Sale

The 2017 summer session parking permit online sale opened Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at 10 AM (MT) and will be available through 4:30 PM Friday, July 21, 2017. Summer session permits must be charged to a credit card. Terms A, C and D permits will be available for pickup beginning Wednesday, May 31, 2017. Please allow three business hours after ordering to pick up permits. Permits may be picked up at the Parking Services Building, 1050 Regent Drive Monday through Friday, 7:30 AM – 4:00 PM.

Term B permits will be available for purchase online beginning Sunday, July 9, 2017. You will select a Term D permit which will be prorated for the final five weeks of summer semester.

Augmester Permit Online Sale

The 2017 Augmester parking permit online sale will open 10 AM (MT), Tuesday, August 1, 2017 and be available through 4:30 PM (MT) Monday, August 14, 2017. Students who need to purchase parking permits for Augmester after August 14th can visit the Parking Services Business Office (1050 Regent Drive.)

Augmester 2017 permit rates are $16/per week ($48 per Augmester session) and must be charged to a credit card. Permits will be ready for pick up Wednesday, August 2, 2017. Please allow three (3) business hours after ordering to pick up purchases made after August 2, 2017. Permits may be picked up at the Parking Services Building, 1050 Regent Drive Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Fall Semester/Academic Year Online Sale

The 2017-2018 Commuter Student Fall Semester or Academic Year parking permit online sale will open 10 AM (MT) Wednesday, August 16, 2017 and permits are sold on a first-come, first-served basis. Please have the following information available prior to logging on to the parking permit website:

  • Your student IdentiKey and password
  • License plate number of the vehicle you plan to park on campus
  • Year, make, model and color of the vehicle you plan to park on campus

You may pay for your permit with a credit card or place the charge on your Student Tuition and Fee bill. Student permits are "virtual", which means there is no physical hang tag to pick-up. The vehicle's license plate information is registered and associated with the permit, so your license plate is your parking permit and is valid to park in the specific lot or zone you purchased.

Rates 2016-2017

Lot Semester Rate
Proximate (Closest) $198
Peripheral Lot $168
Unpaved Lot $131
Remote Lot $49
Carpool Above rate split between carpoolers
Motorcycle $18/month; $5/week
Lot Academic Year Rate
Proximate (Closest) $396
Peripheral Lot $336
Unpaved Lot $262
Remote Lot $98
Carpool Above rate split between carpoolers
Motorcycle $18/month; $5/week
  • Call 303-735-PARK (7275) for additional information.
  • All permit prices subject to change.

Where You'll Park

Permits are assigned to specific lots. The specific lot or zone will be selected during the permit purchase process based on availability at that time. All parking assignments are made on a first-come, first-served basis. Examples of lots that may be available include GV zone, EC zone, SC zone, RG zone, 327, 391, 402, 419, 470, 543 or 576.

*View the PTS parking map for locations[1]

Morning/Evening and Weekend Parking

Several main campus parking lots don’t require a permit (no-charge parking) weeknights from 5:00 PM - 7:30 AM and on weekends (starting 5:00 PM Friday evening - 7:30 AM Monday morning). The largest such lots are 169, 308 and 436. Always read the signs in the lot you park in, or call PTS at 303-735-PARK (7275) for more information.

If you need campus access in the morning, evening, or weekends (for classes or work), an AM/PM permit may benefit you. AM/PM permits may provide closer parking to your campus destination than the free lots, and they are available in several time increments. Visit our AM/PM permits page.

Summer Session Permit Online Sale

The 2017 summer session parking permit online sale opened Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at 10 AM (MT) and will be available through 4:30 PM Friday, July 21, 2017. Summer session permits must be charged to a credit card. Terms A, C and D permits will be available for pickup beginning Wednesday, May 31, 2017. Please allow three business hours after ordering to pick up permits. Permits may be picked up at the Parking Services Building, 1050 Regent Drive Monday through Friday, 7:30 AM – 4:00 PM.

Term B permits will be available for purchase online beginning Sunday, July 9, 2017. You will select a Term D permit which will be prorated for the final five weeks of summer semester.

Augmester Permit Online Sale

The 2017 Augmester parking permit online sale will open 10 AM (MT), Tuesday, August 1, 2017 and be available through 4:30 PM (MT) Monday, August 14, 2017. Students who need to purchase parking permits for Augmester after August 7th can visit the Parking Services Business Office (1050 Regent Drive.)

Augmester 2017 permit rates are $16/per week ($48 per Augmester session) and must be charged to a credit card. Permits will be ready for pick up Wednesday, August 2, 2017. Please allow three (3) business hours after ordering to pick up purchases made after August 2, 2017. Permits may be picked up at the Parking Services Building, 1050 Regent Drive Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Fall Semester/Academic Year Online Sale

The 2017-2018 Residence Hall Student - Fall Semester or Academic Year parking permit online sale will open at the following dates/times:

Tuesday, Aug 15, 2017 at 10 AM (MT) for Sewall, Andrews, Arnett, Buckingham, Kittredge Central, Kittredge West, Smith resident hall students

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 10 AM (MT) for Bear Creek Apartments, Darley, Stearns and Williams Village North resident hall students

Thursday, August 17, 2017 10 AM (MT) for Aden, Baker, Brackett, Cheyenne Arapaho, Cockerell, Crosman, Farrand, Hallett, Libby, Reed and Willard resident hall students

Please have the following information available to purchase a parking permit:

  • Your student IdentiKey and password
  • License plate number of the vehicle you plan to park on campus
  • Year, make, model and color of the vehicle you plan to park on campus

You may pay for your permit with a credit card or place the charge on your Student Tuition and Fee bill. Student permits are "virtual", which means there is no physical hang tag to pick-up. The vehicle's license plate information is registered and associated with the permit, so your license plate is your parking permit and is valid to park in the specific lot or zone you purchased.

Rates 2016-2017

Lot Semester Rate
Proximate (Closest) $198
Peripheral Lot $168
Unpaved Lot $131
Remote Lot $49
Motorcycle $18/month; $5/week
Lot Academic Year Rate
Proximate (Closest) $396
Peripheral Lot $336
Unpaved Lot $262
Remote Lot $98
Motorcycle $18/month; $5/week
  • Call 303-735-PARK (7275) for additional information.
  • All permit prices subject to change.

Where Resident Students Park

Housing assignment determines parking lot options. All parking assignments are made on a first-come, first-served basis. Examples of lots that may be available include KIT zone, WV zone, SC zone, 136, 140, 543, or 618. The specific lot or zone will be selected during the permit purchase process based on availability at that time.”

View the PTS parking map for locations[1]

Morning/Evening and Weekend Parking

Several main campus parking lots don’t require a permit (no-charge parking) on weeknights from 5:00 PM - 7:30 AM and on weekends (starting 5:00 PM Friday evening - 7:30 AM Monday morning). The three largest such lots are 169, 308 and 436. Always read the signs at lot entrances for specifics, or call PTS at 303-735-PARK (7275) for more information.

If you need to access campus in the morning, evening, or weekend (for classes or work), an AM/PM permit may benefit you. These permits help provide closer parking to your campus destination than the free lots, and they are available in several time increments (to help you avoid having to rush to move your car by 7:30 AM). Visit our AM/PM permits page

Reciprocal Parking for Students

CU Boulder students who hold parking permits and will be taking classes at other CU campuses may be eligible for free or discounted parking at these campuses. For more information, visit the Reciprocal Parking section of our site.

How to Cancel Your Permit

If you no longer need your parking permit, return the hang tag in person or by mail to:
Parking Services
1050 Regent Drive
502 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309

If you have a virtual permit please email Parking Services at ParkingPermits@colorado.edu from the permit holder's "Colorado.edu" email address, stating that you wish to cancel your permit. You may also cancel by visiting Parking Services' Customer Service office. Please have photo identification available if cancelling in person.

You may be entitled to a prorated refund if three weeks remain in the semester. Call 303-735-PARK (7275) to verify any unpaid citations, including those that may have been transferred to the Bursar's Office.

[1]Some of the documents and forms on this page are currently not fully accessible for users who employ screen readers and other assistive devices, and we are working to ensure that all forms and documents are fully accessible as soon as possible. If you use assistive technology and need access to one of the not yet remediated documents, please contact us at (303) 735-PARK (7275).