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.

Spring Semester Parking Permit Online Sale

The 2018 Commuter Student Spring Semester parking permit online sale will open 10 AM (MT) Tuesday, January 9, 2018 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 2018

Lot Semester Rate
Proximate (Closest) $212.50
Peripheral Lot $182.75
Lot 169 $140.25
Carpool Above rate split between carpoolers
Motorcycle $18/month; $5/week
Lot Academic Year Rate (Not available)
Proximate (Closest) $425.00
Peripheral Lot $365.50
Lot 169 $280.50
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, 169, 308, 327, 391, 402, 419, 430, 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.

Spring Semester Parking Permit Online Sale

The 2018 Residence Hall Student Spring Semester parking permit online sale will open 10 AM (MT) Wednesday, January 10, 2018 and permits are sold on a first-come, first-served basis.

*Athens North residents: See information at the end of this section for your parking arrangements.

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.

* Athens North residents purchase parking permits through Graduate & Family Housing. Once on campus, visit the Graduate & Family Housing office, located at 1350 20th Street. Staff will be available (during business hours) to assist you. These will be physical hangtag permits. If you have questions or concerns, please contact them at 303-492-6384 or graduatefamilyhousing@colorado.edu.

Rates 2018

Lot Semester Rate
Proximate (Closest) $212.50
Peripheral Lot $182.75
Motorcycle $18/month; $5/week
Lot Academic Year Rate (Not available)
Proximate (Closest) $425.00
Peripheral Lot $365.50
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, 125, 136, 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 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 (1050 Regent Drive/across from the Engineering Building.) 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 student's tuition and fee bill.

[1]The map on this page is not fully accessible for users who employ screen readers and other assistive devices. If you use assistive technology and need assistance with parking lot locations please contact our Customer Service representatives at (303) 735-PARK (7275).