Student Permit Information

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Parking Permit: A How-to-Purchase Guide

How to Purchase a Parking Permit

When? Permits are available to purchase beginning in early July. The date you can apply & purchase is based on the number of credit hours you have completed.

Cost? Annual cost depends on the permit type you purchase.

How? You apply and pay online from 8:00 a.m. to 9:45 p.m. every day.

What do I need to apply?

  • Unity ID.
  • Unity password.
  • Vehicle make and model.
  • License plate number.
  • No unpaid tickets.
  • Permit type you wish to purchase.
  • Debit or credit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express).
    Note: You can cancel your transaction anytime prior to submitting your payment information.




There are a limited number of permits. They are sold on a first-come, first-served basis and sell out. Permits are sold based on number of credits you have and availability of parking spaces.

Receiving your Permit

Where do I receive my permit?
Fall permits are mailed directly to the student address provided at the time of purchase.

What if I purchase my permit after the fall semester starts?
Pick up your permit at the Transportation office.

Check your online payment receipt for specific pick-up instructions. The Transportation office has special fall move-in weekend hours (Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.; Sunday 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.). Spring and summer permits must be picked up at the Transportation office during normal business hours.

Allow TWO BUSINESS DAYS from the date of purchase for processing time. Bring your student ID or driver's license. Someone else can pick up your permit for you, but they must present YOUR student ID.

How long are permits good?
All annual permits are good through August 15th if you purchase in the fall or spring semester or summer session.


Review "How Not to Get a Parking Ticket" Post

Displaying your Permit

Where do I place my permit on my car?
Display the permit on the bottom of the driver-side windshield unless parked at an activated parking meter or in an hourly pay lot.

permit placement lower passenger side windsheld
  • Freshman

    Freshmen may purchase permits and bring vehicles to campus. Resident freshmen may purchase a resident storage "RS" or resident perimeter "RP" permit if spaces are not available in your choice area. Commuting freshmen may purchase a Varsity Lot "V" commuter parking permit.

  • RS

    Resident Student Storage Lot Permits

    Resident students who don't need daily access to a vehicle are encouraged to purchase an "RS" storage permit. This permit is not recommended for students who require quick access to their vehicle (i.e., off-campus jobs), but for students who want access to their vehicles on weekends or trips home. The storage lot is served by the Wolfline bus.

  • Commuter Student Carpool Permits

    Commuter students with similar class schedules can purchase a student carpool "SCP" permit and split the cost of the permit.

    The benefits of carpooling include:

    • cost savings on gas and parking permits,
    • improved parking options, and
    • a limited number of free daily parking permits for days individuals need to drive separately.

    Explore student carpooling and apply through WolfTrails.

  • Greek Village Permits

    Students who are members of a fraternity or sorority at Greek Village may purchase a "P" permit online in July and follow the same procedure as all other student permit purchases.

  • Summer Student Permits

    When can I purchase my summer "S" permit if I do not have a permit?
    Early May; you can purchase online and pick up your permit at the Transportation office. After mid-June, purchase in person at the Transportation office. Permits are readily available.

    Summer Permit Cost?
    Permits are $80 if purchased early summer and cost is prorated later in the summer. Summer permits expire mid-August.

  • Evening Student Permits

    Evening students may purchase an "L" permit online in July and follow the same procedure as all other student permit purchases.

Parking Permit Refunds

Full refund up to the day prior to start of Fall classes.

Refunds are prorated on a weekly basis; refund is based on the date permits are physically returned to the Transportation office. The last day to request a prorated refund is the first Friday in May. Permit values of $5 or less are non-refundable.

Please allow three to four business weeks to receive your refund check.

When can I purchase a permit?

All dates on this page refer to the 17-18 Academic Year.

Academic Year 2017 / 2018
Eligibility Status Date Start Time
Graduate Students July 6 10:00 a.m.
90 credit hours July 10 8:00 a.m.
60+ credit hours July 12 8:00 a.m.
45+ credit hours July 14 8:00 a.m.
30+ credit hours July 18 8:00 a.m.
Open Sale - Freshman July 20 8:00 a.m.


After all available permits are sold, waitlists automatically open. Waitlists are used in case any permits are returned or parking space becomes available. You must meet the permit eligibility criteria. Transportation communicates via a student's university email account.