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Daily Parking FAQ

Please review the daily parking FAQ for answers to common questions about the program and contact the MoveVU Commute Concierge if you need additional assistance.

About Daily Parking

Vanderbilt offers a daily parking program that includes five parking locations. Participants pay to park only on days they drive a vehicle to campus. Only daily parking participants have access to the daily parking facilities and are eligible for sustainable commute incentives and programs.

Vanderbilt University offers a variety of parking options to best fit your individual needs as you commute to campus. The daily parking option allows participants flexibility and the ability to make a daily decision on how they travel to campus.

Participants in the program can park in the following gated facilities: Terrace Place Garage, Wesley Place Garage, Sony Garage and West Garage. 

You will be able to park in any of the facilities and are not assigned to a specific one; if the facility you normally park in is full, please choose another one.

Terrace Place Garage 

  • 2016 Terrace Place
  • Located next to the Baker Building and across from the University Counseling Center.
  • Access the garage off Terrace Place at either the west or east end of the facility.

Wesley Place Garage 

  • 1900 Scarritt Place
  • Located in the same building as the CVS on 21st Ave.
  • Enter the second entrance (not the retail entrance) on the side of the building and proceed to the 2nd Floor of the garage to enter the daily parking gates.
  • You may park in any non-reserved space (do not park in spaces with maroon reserved signs), typically starting on the 3rd Floor to the top of the garage.

Sony Garage

  • 1400 18th Ave S
  • Upper Level access is off 18th Ave. (across from The Commons).
  • Lower Level access is off 17th Ave.; note that 17th Ave. is a one-way street.

West Garage

  • 2400 Children’s Way
  • Access the garage off 25th Ave. and proceed up the parking ramp to the daily parking gate.

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Sony Garage is the current daily parking facility available in the Peabody neighborhood.

Vanderbilt University faculty, staff, postdocs and graduate and professional students are eligible for the daily parking program.

Please note the following:

  • Adjunct faculty are not eligible unless on salaried payroll; when completing the application, please indicate you are Adjunct Faculty, and we will follow up with the Payroll team to confirm eligibility.
  • Undergraduate students are not eligible for the program.
  • Employees with payroll or benefits through Vanderbilt University Medical Center are also not eligible for the program. If you are a VUMC employee, please discuss your parking options with VUMC Parking & Transportation Services.

Existing Daily Parking Program Participants

If you are already enrolled, you do not need to reapply. Check if you are enrolled in the program. Please review your account settings to ensure that commute and vehicle information are correct. Make sure to review the daily parking webpage for program updates, including new parking rates and opportunities to earn sustainable commute incentives.

New Daily Parking Program Participants

  • Ensure you MoveVU Commute Hub account has your updated information by visiting vanderbilt.luum.com.
    • Enter your profile settings by clicking on Settings on the left-hand side.  
    • Opt-in to receive trip log reminder emails by checking the box under Log Commute Reminders, and
    • Click on the Parking tab on the left-hand side and select Vehicle Registration at the top to register your vehicles.
  • Download the MoveVU Commute Hub Luum mobile app to quickly log sustainable commute trips and check parking garage capacity.
  • Have your Vanderbilt ID card ready. Tap your Vanderbilt ID card or mobile phone credentials at the card reader for the parking gate to open, and automatically log in your Commute Calendar.
  • Understand how you will be charged. You can park in any of the daily parking facilities and are only charged once per day (regardless of entries in multiple garages in one day).
  • Consider opportunities for sustainable commutes. When you walk, bike, ride the bus or commuter rail, carpool or vanpool to campus, and log your sustainable commute before the end of the pay period, you will earn a $0.50 daily incentive up to $10 per month.
  • Sign up for carpool and vanpool interest lists. Increase the mile range to find more matches. The more people who sign up, the more options there are!
  • Park in the daily garages and log your trips daily. Please note that parking is first come/first served. The Commute Hub and Luum app provide real-time occupancy data for the daily parking garages, to help your commute. If no space is available, you can exit in 10-minutes without being charged.
  • Are you no longer interested in the daily parking program? Please contact movevu@vanderbilt.edu to withdraw from the program. You cannot have an annual permit and be enrolled in daily parking at the same time.

Please note that if you have an annual permit you will need to email parking@vanderbilt.edu by the first of the month to cancel your existing permit and avoid being charged the monthly rate going forward.

Daily Parking Rates and Charges

Daily parking is $3.50 per day at Terrace Place Garage and West Garage and $5 per day at Sony Garage, Wesley Place Garage and Lot 76A. Participants only pay on days they park on campus and are charged once per day (regardless of entries in multiple daily parking facilities in one day).

No. The gate arms will be raised on the weekend (Saturday and Sunday), and participants in the program will not need to tap their ID cards to enter the garage.

The way parking charges and commute incentives are processed depends on your community member type. Learn more here.

Visit https://get.cbord.com/vanderbilt to load funds onto your Commodore Cash account to pay for daily parking charges. The suggested amount per month is $60. You can use a credit/debit card to add funds, and graduate and professional students can also bill their Student Account through the GET app.

Please add more funds onto your Commodore Cash account and contact movevu@vanderbilt.edu so your parking access can be reinstated. Please note it may take up to 24 hours and longer on weekends for your daily parking access to be reinstated. You can use a credit/debit card to add funds to your Commodore Cash account, and students can also bill their Student Account through the GET app.

Vanderbilt strives to provide its community with equitable parking options while keeping up with maintenance costs and market pricing and offering programs that support the Vanderbilt community. The revenue generated from parking charges covers staffing, parking lot and garage maintenance, operations and shuttle services including VandyRide. Surrounding market rates and inflation affect the parking supply and maintenance costs, and parking fees are reevaluated each year. Program enhancements under MoveVU, the university’s mobility and transportation strategic plan, are also covered in part by the parking program.

Daily Parking Participation 

Look for the daily parking gates in the Terrace Place, Wesley Place, Sony and West garages and Lot 76A. When you tap your Vanderbilt ID card at the card reader, the reader will turn green, the gate will open, and your parking event will automatically be logged in your Commute Calendar. You are charged on your incoming tap. You must tap out as you exit to end your parking event (even if the gates are up).

There could be several reasons you experience an issue with a gate arm not raising at a daily parking facility.

  • If you are not enrolled in the daily parking program, you will not be able to park in a daily parking facility. Check to make sure that you received an enrollment email from MoveVU and that you have set up your account in the MoveVU Commute Hub.
  • If you are a postdoc trainee, graduate student or professional student enrolled in the program, ensure that you have adequate funds loaded on your Commodore Cash account to pay for parking.
  • If you think you are experiencing a technical issue with the gates, push the call button next to the card reader to be put in contact with a representative in Vanderbilt Public Safety.

The MoveVU Commute Hub and Luum app provide real-time occupancy data for the daily parking facilities, so you can check the capacity of each facility before you begin your commute. In the unlikely event that no space is available, you have a 10-minute grace period to exit the garage. Terrace Place Garage typically has additional capacity, so please try parking there or another daily parking facility.

When you tap your Vanderbilt ID card at the card reader, the reader will turn green, the gate will open, and your parking event will automatically be logged in your MoveVU Commute Hub Commute Calendar. You are charged on your incoming tap. You must tap out as you exit to end your parking event (even if the gates are up).

We do not encourage overnight parking to ensure everyone has equal access to the facilities. That being said, we understand unexpected situations arise and a vehicle might occasionally be left overnight. In that case, you will be charged for each day you park in the garage except Saturday and Sunday (e.g., if you tap in on a Monday and tap out on a Tuesday, you will be charged for two days; if you enter the facility on a Sunday and leave on a Wednesday, you will be charged for 3 days). Please remember that you must tap out when you exit to end your parking event (even if the gates are up). If you forget to tap out, please email movevu@vanderbilt.edu so that we can manually end your parking event and reactivate your card.

The Terrace Place Garage has an EV charging station on the first floor that can be utilized by daily parking program participants only. Additional EV charging stations are located across the campus that require payment at a pay station for the parking space without an annual parking permit.

The MoveVU Commute Hub

The MoveVU Commute Hub (website and Luum app) is a tool that provides all your commute information in one place. Through the MoveVU Commute Hub, you can:

  • Understand your commute options beyond driving alone
  • Log your commute trips using the Commute Calendar
  • Pay for daily parking
  • Earn incentives and rewards for your sustainable commutes
  • Connect with other Vanderbilt commuters interested in carpooling or vanpooling
  • Gain access to the Guaranteed Ride Home program in the event of an emergency or unforeseen circumstance
  • See the impact you are making by choosing sustainable commutes through your monthly commute statement

The MoveVU Commute Hub is an essential component of the shift toward making a daily decision on how you choose to commute and enables the delivery of a daily parking option.

All participants in the daily parking program must create an account in the MoveVU Commute Hub at vanderbilt.luum.com. The MoveVU Commute Hub includes a Commute Calendar where you are required to log your daily commute trips. Parking events will automatically be logged in your Commute Calendar when you tap your Vanderbilt ID Card at the daily parking facility card readers. Sustainable commute trips (walking, biking, bus, commuter rail, carpooling and vanpooling) will need to be manually logged in order to earn the sustainable commute incentive. Telecommuting also needs to be manually logged. Your parking charges and commute incentives will be recorded in the MoveVU Commute Hub, and you will be able to see a tally of your charges and incentives for the month.

The Vehicle Registration feature can be found in the MoveVU Commute Hub by going to the Parking section on the left-hand side bar and selecting Vehicle Registration at the top of the page. Verify or enter your vehicle information; you may also register additional vehicles.

If you notice a parking charge on your Commute Calendar that you think is incorrect, you can appeal the parking charge. Visit the vanderbilt.luum.com website, access your Commute Calendar, and look for the specific parking charge under your Pay Period Details (underneath the Commute Calendar). Click on the envelope/mail button to the right of your charge. You will be taken to an email where you can explain the reason you are appealing the charge. The MoveVU team will follow up with you on a resolution. Any parking appeals will need to be resolved before the end of your pay period.

Commute trips should be logged daily. You will not be able to log trips after your pay period ends. Parking events will automatically be logged in your Commute Calendar when you tap your Vanderbilt ID card at the card reader at the daily parking facility. If you commute another way (i.e., walk, bike, transit, carpool, vanpool), you should get in the habit of logging those trips daily to ensure accuracy and meet the deadline to log your trips before your pay period ends. Telecommuting must also be logged manually. To help you remember to log your trips, opt in to receive the commute reminder email by checking the box under Log Commute Reminders in your Commute Settings on the MoveVU Commute Hub. This optional feature will remind you to log your commute trips before your pay period closes.

If you carpool with one or more people, you will be able to split the parking charge equally among the people in the vehicle if they are also a Vanderbilt University community member. The person that taps their Vanderbilt ID card at the card reader (usually the driver of the vehicle) will need to go into their Commute Calendar for that day and click the people icon to the right of their parking charge noted in the upper right-hand corner of the page. The driver will be able to look up the other passengers and tag them in their carpool for the day. Once the driver has tagged the other passengers, the driver’s parking charge will be reduced. Passengers in the carpool will receive a notification to accept the carpool tag; once they do, their portion of the parking charge will show up. The people in the carpool who are tagged have the right to not accept the tag. This helps eliminate people abusing the system who may try to tag others to reduce their own parking charges.

Because we have so many buildings on campus, we are unable to list every address in the system. Campus zones are used to help with carpool and vanpool matching functions in the MoveVU Commute Hub. The campus zone designations, which can be found on this map, help pinpoint commuters’ arriving locations since some may have multiple building locations on Vanderbilt’s campus (ex. buildings for learning, research, or work).

  • Student campus zones are currently defaulted to Vanderbilt University. Students will soon be able to update their campus zone designation dynamically (i.e., daily) in YES; changes in YES will be updated in the MoveVU Commute Hub once a day. Students who do not choose a campus zone will have a default Vanderbilt University location assigned. Note: Students must first register in the MoveVU Commute Hub to utilize carpool and vanpool matching services. Campus zones can only be updated in YES and cannot be updated in the MoveVU Commute Hub.
  • Campus zones for faculty, staff and postdocs are automatically assigned based on their work location in Oracle. Please contact your HCM specialist to discuss the possibility of changing your work address in Oracle.

Sustainable Commute Incentives 

Sustainable commutes include walking, biking, carpool, commuter rail/train, bus and vanpool. Essentially it is any way of commuting other than driving your vehicle alone. These trips reduce your impact on the environment by reducing vehicle emissions. Daily parking program participants earn $0.50 each time they take a sustainable commute to campus.

Individuals enrolled in the daily parking program who take sustainable commutes to campus will earn a $0.50 daily incentive each time they choose a sustainable commute up to a total of $10 per month, assuming a 20-day work month. Eligible sustainable commutes include walking, biking, transit (bus and commuter rail), carpooling and vanpooling.

Sustainable commutes can be earned for walking, biking, bus, commuter rail, carpool and vanpool trips on weekdays. Sustainable commute incentives cannot be earned on holidays and weekends, but you are encouraged to log those trips to gain an accurate depiction of your commuting habits. When you take a sustainable commute to campus, you must log it in your Commute Calendar in the MoveVU Commute Hub. Most sustainable commute trips need to be manually logged; learn more about recording these trips here.

No. Sustainable commute incentives cannot be earned on holidays and weekends, but you are encouraged to log those trips to gain an accurate depiction of your commuting habits.

Daily parking program participants have access to the “Guaranteed Ride Home” program which provides sustainable commuters a free Lyft ride home in the event of an emergency or unforeseen circumstance. Available through the MoveVU Commute Hub, the program is intended to offer eligible users the safety net and confidence they need to feel comfortable taking sustainable commute options to campus, knowing they will be able to take a free ride home a certain number of times a year if necessary. Learn more about the program here.

Canceling Daily Parking

Yes, annual permit holders may switch to the daily parking program at any point in the year. You must apply for daily parking by the 25th of the month for your application to be reviewed and processed, and for daily parking facility access to be granted starting the 1st of the next month. Email parking@vanderbilt.edu to cancel your existing annual permit prior to the first of the month to avoid being charged the monthly rate going forward. Daily parking access should be confirmed prior to cancelling annual parking permits.

If you are no longer interested in the daily parking program, you will need to click on the three dots next your Parking Assignment in the MoveVU Commute Hub or Luum app, select Cancel, and follow the pop-up instructions.

If you would like to cancel your annual parking permit, please contact the Parking Services team at parking@vanderbilt.edu.

As a reminder, if you park on campus, you are required to have a parking permit. Violations are subject to towing. Learn about your other parking options here