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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 2021-2022:
    • Kentucky Street Lot is now zoned Non-Premium Commuter (C3) and Faculty/Staff.
    • Chestnut Street South Lot is now zoned Housing, Faculty/Staff and Overflow Zone (OZ).
    • Russellville Road West Lot is now zoned Commuter Park and Ride (C6). 
    • Expanded public parking options in Hilltop Lot and to the new Normal Hall Lot.
    • Parking Structure 3 is now zoned Non-Premium Commuter (C5).
    • If you currently have a ParkMobile Permit (PM), it will not expire. PM permits are renewable each year.   
    portion of Kentucky Street Lot is now zoned C3. 

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  Blue Line.

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 Blue Line.

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 Red Line.
  • C2 permits are recommended for students taking classes in the Ogden College Hall area. Served by the White Line.

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 White Line.
    • C5 = Parking Structure 3
      • Provides parking in Parking Structure 3, located on the south end of campus in the Creason Lot.
        Served by the  Red Line  and the  Blue Line.
  • Lots zoned "OZ" (Overflow Zones) on the main campus
  • C7 South Campus Park and Ride Lots.  Served by the White Line.
  • 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
      • Provides a convenient, low cost park and ride option.  Served by the  Red Line.
    • C7 = South Campus Park and Ride lots
      • Provides low cost parking on South Campus, located 2 miles south of main campus. Served by the White Line.
      • 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.

PM:  ParkMobile Permit - $10 / initial permit fee 

  • The ParkMobile Permit (PM) is an option for Commuters who occasionally park on campus.
  • The ParkMobile permit provides a pay-as-you-go daily parking alternative to an annual parking permit.  The ParkMobile program has two pieces that work together:  the ParkMobile parking reservation website wku.pmreserve.com, where you will make your reservation, and your PM permit, which will grant you access to the parking facility on the day of your reservation.
  • With your PM Permit in hand, go to the WKU ParkMobile 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 PM 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 PM permit is displayed on your rear-view mirror.
  • PM 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 PM 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 PM permit can park in the PM spaces including gated lots.
  • Without a PM or WKU permit, a reservation can be made with a license plate number. The reservation will allow parking in PM spaces but not gated lots.  A PM permit is required to open gates in gated lots.
  • See the ParkMobile 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 3/29/21