Students may bring cars to the University, however, parking spaces for students in residence on the River Campus are limited. Freshman living on campus are not eligible to purchase a parking permit.

Commuter students must purchase a parking permit. Resident students may find that the only parking space available to them is in a remote lot from campus.

Student Lottery

Parking for resident students is offered by lottery to those who pre-register (freshman are not eligible for the lottery). Priority is by class year. It is possible that all permits may be awarded before all requests are fulfilled.  As an alternative many resident students make use of the shuttle buses and RTS bus service to go between University properties and community activities. Free University sponsored shuttle buses providing service from the more distant lots to the campus run various times weekdays when school is in session.

Vehicles displaying any paid University of Rochester parking permit may park in central campus lots not restricted by posted signs between 4:00pm and 7:30am weekdays, and at any time on weekends and University holidays.  Please be aware that reserved spaces, disability spaces, and restricted areas are enforced 24-hours per day.

Commuter students wishing to drive themselves to campus during the year will need to purchase a River Campus parking permit. Commuter students will automatically be assigned to Park Lot. Additionally, Commuter students are also allowed to participate in the Occasional Parking program and other UR Connections programs.

Disability Parking Accommodations

Parking for individuals with disabilities or those who require special accommodations is available in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act as amended (ADA) and other relevant laws.  Apply here.

For more information visit Disability Parking and Accessibility.


Help the University in our commitment to embrace sustainability while reducing your impact on the environment. Join a carpool (2 or more people sharing a ride) –  reap the benefits of minimizing traffic congestion, being green, and saving on the cost of parking permits! Carpooling is one of the many features of the UR Connections program to encourage alternative transportation.

Enforcement, Citations and Appeals

Parking Enforcement is provided as a customer service for those who have purchased parking. Parking Citations are meant as a means of communication to inform our patrons when their vehicles are not parked in accordance to Transportation and Parking Guidelines. Should you receive a parking citation you have 30 calendar days in which to appeal.  Citations can be appealed online.

Vehicle Assistance Program (V.A.P.)

Need directions? Have a flat tire? Car won’t start? Transportation and Parking is here to help!

SafeRide Home

SafeRide Home Service bs available between River Campus properties and residences after bus hours. More info here.