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Commuter Parking


How Do Parking Permit Sales Work?

Commuter permit sales are available to students living off campus.  Commuter permits are sold on a first come, first served basis while supplies last.  A wait list will be available for each lot after that permit sells out.  Wait lists are released weekly throughout the year.  To be placed on a wait list, use the permit wait list option on your WKU PARKING ACCOUNT .

NEW for 2022-2023:

  • Expanded public parking areas include the following: Mimosa Point and Ogden Lot as well as portions of Hilltop Lot, Old Fort Lot and Chestnut North Lot.
  • Expanded prepay reservations in South Lawn Lot, Parking Structure 2, Mimosa Visitor Lot, and HUB Lot.
  • Back portion of Park Street Lot is now zoned OZ (Overflow Zone).
  • C2 (Chestnut Street North Lot) and C3 (Kentucky Street Lot) will not be available at the start of the semester. Permits will be sold through a waitlist only as space becomes available.

Please note: parking lots may be reserved at any time for events or maintenance.  Monitor WKU e-mail or PTS Facebook / Twitter pages for service announcements.

 

 

Permit Descriptions

AS: Alumni Square Garage Permit (24/7 access) - $275/Year

The Alumni Square Garage Commuter permit (AS) allows parking in:

  • Alumni Square Garage, 24/7 access .

  • South Campus Commuter Park and Ride Lots (C7)

  • After 2:00 PM weekdays, AC permits are honored in Parking Structure 2 (C1) and Park Street Lot (C4).

  • Between 4:30 PM and 7:30 AM, Mon-Fri., permit is also honored in all lots except Housing.

  • AS permits are recommended for students taking classes on the north end of campus (The Hill) or who need to park on campus for an extended amount of time.

  • Served by the Kentucky Street Route.

AC: Alumni Square Garage Permit (6:00 AM - 9:00 PM) - $225/Year

The Alumni Square Garage Commuter permit (AC) allows parking in:

  • Alumni Square Garage, 6:00 AM – 9:00 PM weekdays.
  • Lots zoned "OZ" (Overflow Zones)
  • South Campus Commuter Park and Ride Lots (C7)
  • After 2:00 PM weekdays, AC permits are honored in  Parking Structure 2 (C1) and Park Street Lot (C4).
  • Between 4:30 PM and 7:30 AM, Mon-Fri., permit is also honored in all lots except Housing.
  • AC permits are recommended for students taking classes on the north end of campus (The Hill).
  • Served by the Kentucky Street Route.

HS:  Health Sciences - $135/Year

The Health Sciences permit (HS) allows parking in:

  • The WKU Medical Center Gated Lot at the Medical Center Complex downtown. 
  • Lots zoned "OZ" (Overflow Zones) on the main campus
  • C7 South Campus Park and Ride lots
  • After 2:00 PM weekdays, also honored in Parking Structure 2 (C1) and Park Street Lot (C4).
  • Between 4:30 PM and 7:30 AM, Mon-Fri., permit is also honored in all lots except Housing
  • Available only to students enrolled in the Nursing School or DPT program.

C1, C2: Main Campus Premium Permits - $245/year

The Premium Commuter permits (C1 and C2) allow parking in:

  • Your designated zone at all times:
    • C1 = Parking Structure 2
    • C2 = Chestnut Street North Lot
  • Lots zoned "OZ" (Overflow Zones) on the main campus
  • C7 South Campus Park and Ride lots
  • After 2:00 PM weekdays, also honored in Parking Structure 2 (C1) and Park Street Lot (C4). 
  • Between 4:30 PM and 7:30 AM, Mon-Fri., permit is also honored in all lots except Housing.
  • C1 permits are recommended for students taking classes in the center of campus. Served by the Campus Circulator Route.
  • C2 permits are recommended for students taking classes in the Ogden College Hall area. Served by the South Campus Route.

C3, C4, C5:  Non-Premium Commuter Permits - $125/year

The Non-Premium Commuter permits (C3 - C5) allow parking in:

  • Your designated zone at all times:
    • C3 = Kentucky Street Lot
      • Provides parking in the Commuter section of Kentucky Street Lot.
    • C4 = Park Street Lot
      • Provides parking in the Park Street Lot located on Park Street between Cabell Street and 14th Avenue. Served by the South Campus Route.
    • C5 = Parking Structure 3
  • Lots zoned "OZ" (Overflow Zones) on the main campus
  • C7 South Campus Park and Ride Lots.  Served by the South Campus Route.
  • After 2:00 PM weekdays, also honored in Parking Structure 2 (C1) and Park Street Lot (C4).
  • Between 4:30 PM and 7:30 AM, Mon-Fri., permit is also honored in all lots except Housing.

C6, C7:  Park and Ride Permits - $50/year

The Park and Ride Commuter permits (C6 and C7) allow parking in:

  • Your designated zone at all times.
    • C6 = Russellville Road West Lot
    • C7 = South Campus Park and Ride lots
      • Provides low cost parking on South Campus, located 2 miles south of main campus. Served by the South Campus Route.
      • The C7 South Campus Park and Ride Permit is recommended for Commuter students who are seeking a low cost parking option, who come to campus occasionally, or who have evening classes.
  • After 2:00 PM weekdays, also honored Parking Structure 2 (C1) and Park Street Lot (C4).
  • Between 4:30 PM and 7:30 AM, Mon-Fri., permit is also honored in all lots except Housing.

PR:  Prepay Reservations Permit - $10 / initial permit fee

  • The Prepay Reservations Permit (PR) is an option for Commuters who occasionally park on campus.
  • The PR permit provides a pay-as-you-go daily parking alternative to an annual parking permit.  The Prepay Reservations program has two pieces that work together:  the prepay reservations parking website (where you will make your reservation), and your PR permit (which will grant you access to the parking facility on the day of your reservation).
  • With your PR Permit in hand, go to the WKU prepay parking reservation website: (wku.pmreserve.com).  Follow the instructions to:
    • Create and log in to your account
    • Select a parking facility
    • Select the date you would like to park
    • Enter you PR Permit number (this is very important)
    • Select your parking option
    • Check out your shopping cart
  • Once you have completed your parking reservation, you are ready to park on campus. 
  • Make sure your PR permit is displayed on your rear-view mirror.
  • PR permit access will be limited to specific lots and sold on a first come, first served basis.  
  • Parking availability may change from day to day.  Daily parking will always be available in the Campbell Lane Park and Ride lot.
  • Your PR Permit will only be valid for the date and location purchased.
  • Reservations are also honored after 4:30 PM on dates purchased in AP - All Permit zones and the Mimosa Lot.
  • With an active reservation, a motorcycle with a PR permit can park in the PR spaces including gated lots.
  • Without a PR or WKU permit, a reservation can be made with a license plate number. The reservation will allow parking in PR spaces but not gated lots.  A PR permit is required to open gates in gated lots.
  • See the Prepay Reservation Fees.

NOTE:  Any active annual WKU permit may be used to make a reservation as well.  

D2: Disability Parking - $125/Year

A WKU Disability Permit is required to park in disability parking spaces on campus.  For more information regarding disability parking requirements, click HERE.

Evening Parking (After 4:30PM)

  • Commuter zones do not require a permit after 4:30PM. 
  • Mimosa Lot and Hilltop Lot become "AP" (All Permit) zones in the evening.  A current WKU permit is required for these lots.
  • Faculty/staff (FS1, FS2, FS3) and Commuter (C1 - C7) lots become open lots, no permit required. 
  • All Housing zones are enforced in the evening. 
  • Meters located near residence halls are enforced 7:30AM - 10:30PM daily.
  • Regents Pay Lot and Pearce Ford Tower Loop - fees are assessed 7:30AM - 10:30PM daily.

Weekend Parking (4:30PM Fri – 4:30PM Sun):

  • Beginning 4:30PM Friday - Housing, Commuter, and Faculty/Staff lots are open.  Permits are not required.  
    • Meters, disability parking, and safety violations are enforced at all times.
  • Enforcement of Housing permits resumes at 4:30PM on Sunday afternoons.

 

 

 

 
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 Last Modified 6/17/22