Please visit our short term parking and getting around campus webpages for pay-to-park and sustainable transportation options information.

Tips for commuting without your car:

CU Boulder features "virtual" parking permits, with no need for printed hang tag permits. 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 only the specific lot or zone you purchase. 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.

Parking Permit Online Sale Information

To review the location of the permitted lot you are purchasing please review the CU Boulder Parking Map[1].

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. (Maymester and Augmester may only be paid with a credit card.)

Student permits are "virtual", which means there is no physical hangtag 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. Parking at meters and pay station lots requires additional payment.

Spring Semester Online Sale

Note: The fall waitlist will be deleted prior to opening the spring sale and will begin anew as lots sell out.

The 2019 Spring Semester parking permit online sale opens at 10 AM (MT), Tuesday, January 8, 2019.

Rates 2019-2020

Lot

Semester Rate

Proximate (Closest)

$212.50

Unpaved Lot

$140.25

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. Examples of lots that may be available include:

Main campus: GV Zone, RG Zone, 169, 308, 391, 402, 419 or 470

East Campus: EC Zone, SC Zone, 543 or 576

View the CU Boulder 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 Parking Services 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.

Parking Permit Online Sale Information

To review the location of the permitted lot you are purchasing please review the CU Boulder Parking Map.[1]

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. (Maymester and Augmester may only be paid with a credit card.)

Student permits are "virtual", which means there is no physical hangtag 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. Parking at meters and pay station lots requires additional payment.

Spring Semester Online Sale

Note: The fall waitlist will be deleted prior to opening the spring sale and will begin anew as lots sell out.

The 2019 Spring Semester parking permit online sale opens at 10 AM (MT), Tuesday, January 8, 2019.

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

Rates 2018-2019

Lot

Semester Rate

Proximate (Closest)

$212.50

Peripheral Lot

$182.75

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. Examples of lots that may be available include:

Main campus: KIT Zone, 125 or 136

East Campus: WV Zone, SC Zone, 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]

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. If you have questions or concerns, please contact them at 303-492-6384 or GraduateFamilyHousing@colorado.edu.

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

Purchase Student Parking Permit

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 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 Specialists at (303) 735-PARK (7275).