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Parking Overview

Welcome to WKU! 

General Use of Parking Permits

In general, a WKU parking permit is required to park on the Bowling Green main and South Campus, Monday through Friday.  One permit will be issued to each customer.  This permit may be displayed in any vehicle driven by the permit owner.  A parking permit does not guarantee a parking space, but only the right to park within a specified zone if space is available. 

Hangtags must be displayed on the rearview mirror so that the permit number is completely visible.  Adhesive window decals will be issued for customers who drive convertibles or other vehicles where hangtags are not appropriate.  Window decals must be displayed on the lower corner of the front windshield on the driver's side, with the permit number visible.  Permits should be removed from the vehicle when there is a change in ownership, the permit has expired, or the driver is no longer associated with WKU.   

Ownership of all permits remain with the university and is not transferable to other persons.  Any permit purchased from someone other than the department of Parking & Transportation Services is not valid and you may be cited for having a stolen/inactive permit. 

Driver Responsibilities

It is your responsibility to know all university parking rules and regulations.  Drivers are responsible for finding an authorized parking space in their designated zone.  Specific zone information is listed on the reverse side of your permit. 

All parking spaces are clearly marked with lines or concrete "stops."  If it isn't clearly marked as a space, parking is not permitted.  This includes parking on any grass surface. 

Faculty/Staff parking enforcement is between 7:30 AM and 4:30 PM weekdays.  CAUTION:  Parking is prohibited for spaces marked Reserved. 

Lots may be closed at various times for special events or general maintenance. Follow PTS on Facebook or Twitter for details. 


Appeals must be filed within seven business days of receiving a parking citation.  A $10 late fee is added to citations not paid within 14 calendar days of receipt.  To file an appeal or pay a fine, access your Parking Account. 

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  • Housing Student Parking

    • Housing permits are for students living in a residence hall and are available after housing assignments are released. Housing permits are sold on a first come, first served basis while supplies last.  Waitlists are maintained for all Housing zones.  Permits are released as space allows.     

Commuter Student Parking

Commuter permit sales are available to students living off campus.  Main Campus permits are sold on a first come, first served basis while supplies last.  Waitlist are maintained for Main Campus Commuter zones.  Permits are released as space allows. 

Faculty/Staff Parking

Faculty/staff permits are available to employees who are not students.  Reserved, Gated, Premium, and Non-Premium options are available. 

Alumni Square Garage

The Alumni Square Garage, located on the north end of campus, provides guaranteed parking to permit holders.  All WKU students and faculty/staff are eligible to purchase the Alumni Square Garage Permit.  Permits are sold on a first come, first served basis while supplies last.  Waitlists are maintained and permits are released as space allows.   

Contractors, Vendors & Delivery Parking

Companies involved in construction, sales and maintenance of equipment, or deliveries on campus are considered commercial entities.  Parking options available are determined by the type of service provided. 

Disability Parking

Employees and students with disabilities need to register their vehicles with    Parking & Transportation Services in person.  A state issued disability placard must be accompanied by a WKU issued disability permit or visitor permit. 

Motorcycle and Scooter Parking

Two wheeled, motorized vehicles must park in designated parking spaces.  Most lots have designated motorcycle/scooter areas.  Customers must purchase a standard permit according to their classification.

Bicycle Parking

Biking is a fast, efficient way to get around campus.  Bicycles are required to park at designated bike rakes located throughout the campus   

Bus and RV Parking

Need to park your bus or RV on campus?  Find out more here. 

Intersession Parking

Parking in effect during University breaks such as Summer, Fall Break, Spring Break, or Winter Break. 

Regional Campus Parking

WKU has three regional campuses at Elizabethtown/Fort Knox, Glasgow and Owensboro.  Parking permits are not required to park on the regional campuses.



General Safety Tips 

Always remove valuables from sight and lock your vehicle. 

At night, try to park your car close to lights and activity.  Call WKU Police at 270-745-3333 for a safety escort. 

Emergency call boxes (poles with blue lights on top) are located around campus to assist you. 

Report theft, damages, or suspicious activity to WKU Police.   

While driving on campus, watch out for cyclists and pedestrians.  They have the right-of-way.

Report a lost or stolen parking permit to Parking and Transportation Services at 270-745-2361. 

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 Last Modified 6/30/16