Tips for commuting without your car
It is possible to get around Boulder (and campus) without a car. Please visit our short term parking and getting around campus webpages for information on pay-to-park and sustainable transportation options.
  • Bus - Use RTD's Trip-Planner and/or RTD Park-n-Rides to make busing more feasible, and download the Transit app to get real-time bus info.
  • Carpool - Use by WayToGo to search for a carpool match.
  • Car and bike shares - Use eGo Carshare, Zipcar and Boulder B Cycle to get around town without your car. Memberships are either free or significantly price reduced for CU affiliates.

CU Boulder Parking and Transportation Services offers a variety of sustainable commuting options. For many commuters, the flexibility driving affords, or responsibilities outside of work and school, make driving necessary and/or outweigh the costs and environmental impacts.

Electric Vehicle Charging

The university offers chargers for personal plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) on campus. Find more information on EV charging on campus here.


If you plan to drive your own vehicle to campus, you may be eligible to purchase your parking permit through payroll deductions. Your parking liaison is your first connection to assist with purchasing a long-term parking permit. Review your CU Boulder parking permit options

You may want to review information on sharing a ride and cutting your expenses with vanpools, carpools and carsharing.

To park on campus occasionally, temporary permits are available for purchase at the Parking Services Customer Service window. Review CU Boulder’s temporary parking information.

There are several options available so you can attend meetings on main campus, east campus, Research Park and Williams Village without driving your vehicle. These include walking, bicycle rentals and multiple transit routes. Learn how to Get Around Campus

If you need to drive your own vehicle to on-campus meetings there are options available when you park outside your primary parking lot. Check with your parking liaison to determine if your department has a Parkmobile account or a campus department business permit


Students may purchase semester or academic year permits. You will need your Identikey and password to log into the permit purchasing website. You will also need the vehicle license plate, make, model and color to register vehicles to your permit. Permits are sold on a first-come, first-served basis. Check our student permit page for important sale dates.