Parking a personal vehicle on campus

Consider hourly or daily parking options. Hourly and daily parking occurs in specified lots only and is subject to availability. If you know when you are coming to campus, advanced purchase of daily permits is encouraged. 

Hourly parking is available in select lots. Patrons can pay at kiosks or use contactless payment via Parkmobile. Visit the hourly parking website for more information. 

Faculty and staff can purchase reserved daily parking via the CU Boulder Parkmobile website. Through the end of December 2021, discounted daily passes are available for advanced purchase using the SAVE5 discount code. 

Please note that daily parking permits will be unavailable during fall move-in, Aug. 15-21. There are no refunds on the discounted daily permits if you end up not coming to campus.

Depending on the frequency and consistency of your schedule, weekly or monthly parking may be your best option. 

For up to a week of parking, visit the Daily/Weekly Parking website and select your start and end dates and times to purchase a customized, short-term pass. 

CU Boulder offers faculty and staff a monthly permit option which is paid via payroll deduction and guarantees permit holders a spot in their designated lot (or an alternative lot, in the case of a temporary lot closure.) Visit the faculty/staff permit page to learn more.

Visit our monthly permit website to view a campus map, apply for a new permit or reactivate an on-hold permit. Standard automobile permits are $60/month. Motorcycle permits are $20/month.

Visit our faculty/staff permit page to begin the process. Most departments have parking liaisons. If your department has a parking liaison they will assist you with this process. Not sure who your liaison is? Email

It is likely that the first payroll deduction for your parking permit includes the fees for both next month’s parking as well as a portion of the current month. For a specific breakdown of the fees you have been charged, contact our office at or 303-735-PARK.

Parking and Transportation Services just completed a request for proposal for a new parking management software system and hopes to incorporate more hybrid options. The goal is to have a new system identified and implemented in spring 2022.

Getting to and around campus without a personal vehicle


Regional and local buses are available, however, many RTD routes are still suspended or running at reduced frequencies. RTD is in the process of approving increased service levels beginning in September 2021.

We strongly encourage those who have used RTD in the past to verify what routes are available to you by using RTD’s Trip Planner

CU Boulder does not control RTD routes and service offerings, however, CU Boulder officials have been advocating for restoration of service to 2019 levels. Staff and faculty who are impacted by RTD’s service limitations and wish to advocate for change can reach out directly to RTD via their customer contact form or by calling 303-299-6000.

CU Boulder Vanpool

A vanpool is a great option for groups of five to seven people with similar routes and schedules. The monthly fee includes a van and covers all costs, gas, parking, maintenance, insurance, etc. See the vanpool website for details.


  • CU Boulder’s bike program supports thousands of faculty, staff and students who commute by bike. Visit the Bike website for details.
  • Boulder B-Cycle offers faculty and staff free memberships. Visit the B-Cycle membership website to learn more.


For information on other programs for those commuting to campus via alternative means, including their Guaranteed Ride Home program, visit the Transportation Options website.

Currently, our system of parking does not accommodate a hybrid parking option. To support those who work between campuses, we offer the Marine Street Express, one of several campus-owned routes. 

The Marine Street Express is free for all campus, staff and faculty to ride and connects CU Boulder’s East and Main campuses. The Marine Street Express is set to resume its route starting Aug. 21. Visit the campus bus website for more information.

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