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Parking Options

Given the COVID-19 pandemic and the dynamic nature of the future of work, it is more important than ever to offer the Vanderbilt community a sustainable and equitable transportation and parking program that is aligned with the university’s values. We understand that everyone’s commute needs are different, and to that end, we are offering a variety of parking options. As a reminder, if you park on campus, you are required to have a parking permit. Violations are subject to fines and towing.

Please navigate to your community member type for more information on the parking options available to you.

Faculty, Staff, Postdocs and Graduate and Professional Students

Vanderbilt will offer an expanded daily parking program for approximately 1,600 faculty, staff, postdocs and graduate and professional students this fall. Participants will pay to park only on days they drive a vehicle to campus. Those selected for the program will have access to park in the Terrace Place, Wesley Place and Sony garages, as well as the West Garage—which is being added to the daily parking program. Only daily parking participants will be able to access daily parking facilities.

Commute Incentives: New this year, 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, carpooling and vanpooling.

Daily Parking Rates:

  • Terrace Place Garage and West Garage – $3.50 per day
  • Wesley Place Garage and Sony Garage – $5 per day

Deadline: The deadline to apply for daily parking starting Sept. 1 has passed. You will be notified via e-mail by Aug. 6 if you are enrolled and how to set up your MoveVU Commute Hub account. Individuals that are not selected for the program or that apply Aug. 2 and later will be placed on a waiting list and notified if a space in the program becomes available in the future. Daily parking for the 2021–22 academic year starts Sept. 1.

Learn more on daily parking eligibility, the application and selection process, how parking charges and commute incentives are processed and more here.

The Parking Services Office will continue to offer annual parking permits for the 2021–22 academic year. Current parking permits expire on Aug. 31, and vehicle registration for the new year will open for each type of community member in August per the information below.

Individuals with annual permits will be able to park in any non-reserved parking space on campus (i.e., there are no assigned parking zones), with the exception of the daily parking facilities (Terrace Place, Wesley Place, Sony and West garages) and designated hourly paid parking spaces.

Faculty, Staff and Postdoc Rates:

Salary/Stipend Band Monthly Permit Cost
Band 1: < $59,999 $46
Band 2: $60,000 – $99,999 $68
Band 3: $100,000 – $149,999 $92
Band 4: $150,000 > $128





Graduate and Professional Student Rate: Annual Permit Cost: $540 ($45/month)

Deadline: Graduate and professional student registration will start on Aug. 10. Faculty, staff and postdoc registration will start on Aug. 17. Annual permit parking for the 2021–22 academic year starts Sept. 1. 

Learn more herePlease note that if you purchase a permit now, you will be paying for a 2020-21 permit ending Aug. 31.

You can use this calculator to compare your potential parking costs.

Undergraduate Students

VUPS Parking Services will open registration for vehicle permits on Tuesday, Aug. 10. Students may log in online with their VUnetID and password to register their vehicle for the 2021–22 academic year.

To register, please have the following information available:

  • Vehicle license plate number
  • State of vehicle registration
  • Vehicle make, model, year and color
  • A valid email address. All Parking Services notices will be sent to the given email address only.
  • Current cell phone number

Students are encouraged to use their student accounts as an alternative to a credit or debit card.


Undergraduate parking permits for sophomores, juniors and seniors—whether they are residing on-campus or off-campus—will be $780 per academic year. Sophomore spots are limited and available on a first come, first served basis. Once these spaces are sold out, a waiting list is created in the event a space becomes available and you will be notified if this is the case.

Semester Permits: Students wishing to park on campus for one semester only (fall, spring or summer) also have the option to purchase a one-time semester undergraduate permit for $260 each.

Reserved Parking: Students will be able to register online for reserved parking in Kensington Avenue Garage and Kissam Garage. The parking rate for a reserved space is $2,200 per academic year. It will be charged in total at the beginning of the year and can be paid through the student’s account or credit card. Reserved spaces are first come, first served.

Please note the following updates:

  • Students with annual or semester undergraduate permits can park in any of the parking facilities on the expanded list on the Parking Services website for the 2021–22 academic year for more flexibility.
  • Please note that students will no longer be able to park in the Terrace Place and West garages as these are now daily parking facilities.
  • No refunds will be issued for any undergraduate student permits.

Vanderbilt University offers a wide variety of transportation options, including the newly enhanced WeGo EasyRide program that allows full-time and part-time students, faculty and staff to take local and regional bus trips and the commuter train free of charge. Students can also utilize new hourly paid parking spaces ($3 per hour includes sales tax plus a transaction fee) in select parking lots and garages across campus for short term parking needs. Hourly paid parking will be available in August. 

For additional assistance, contact VUPS Parking Services at or 615-322-2554.

Campus Visitors and All VU Community Members 

Campus visitors and Vanderbilt community members can now use new hourly paid parking spaces in select parking lots and garages across campus for short-term and visitor parking needs. These spaces are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Current parking meters and pay stations are in the process of being converted to this new system, and additional spaces will be added on campus.

Powered by parking app ParkMobile, this new system will offer the following contactless payment options:

  • Download the ParkMobile app on the App Store and Google Play
  • Scan the QR code on the signs where you park
  • Text PARK to 77223
  • Individuals without smartphones can call 877-727-5015

Parking is $3/hour. All pay by phone transactions will incur a $0.45 transaction fee, including each extension of parking.

Learn more here

Please note that the $5 daily hangtags previously sold by Parking Services have been discontinued and will not be honored after Dec. 31, 2022. No refunds will be given for previously purchased hangtags. If you are using a previously purchased $5 hangtag, you are currently able to park in the following facilities: 25th Ave Garage (spaces 281-372), Wesley Place Garage (spaces 54-170), Lot 77 and Lot 82.  *Please note that the hangtags are no longer valid in the Terrace Place Garage as it is now designated as a daily parking facility.

You can also use new hourly paid parking spaces in select parking lots and garages across campus for short term parking needs. 

Additional Options for All VU Community Members 

Vanderbilt offers electric vehicle charging stations for individuals who drive their electric vehicles to campus and need charging capabilities. Click here to find a location on campus where you can charge your electric vehicle.

The Chestnut lot offers free parking for faculty, staff, and students on a first come, first serve basis. There is a shuttle that runs from the lot to Medical Center North. View routes and times here.


Because of life changes, work schedules and other factors, your commuting patterns may change and you may need to move into a different parking program depending on your needs and typical location on campus. We can help you determine the best parking options and commute solutions at any time during the year. Please contact the Transportation and Mobility Office at for assistance related to your parking and commuting options. Please contact VUPS Parking Services for assistance related to the annual parking permit at