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Parking Options

Vanderbilt University offers a variety of parking options to best fit your individual needs as you commute to campus. As a reminder, if you park on campus, you are required to have a parking permit or use hourly paid parking options. Violations are subject to fines and towing.

Please navigate to your community member type for more information on the parking options available to you. An interactive parking map displays all parking options to make it easier for you to see which options are convenient for you.

Faculty, Staff, Postdocs and Graduate and Professional Students

The MoveVU Parking Calculator

For a personalized recommendation based on your parking and transportation needs, use the parking calculator. It will consider your Vanderbilt affiliation, how often and where you will be on campus and what sustainable commute opportunities are available to you and provide a comparison of the estimated monthly cost for each parking option.

Vanderbilt offers a daily parking program that includes four parking locations: Terrace Place Garage, Wesley Place Garage, Sony Garage* and West Garage. 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.

Rate:

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

Sustainable Commute Incentive: Earn $0.50 when you carpool, vanpool, bike, walk or take the bus or train; access the Guaranteed Ride Home program.

Application Process:

  • Existing daily parking program participants: If you are already enrolled, you do not need to reapply. Check your enrollment status.
  • New applicants: Applications are continually accepted on a rolling basis. You must apply by the 25th of the month to be enrolled by the first of the following month. Complete the daily parking application.

New Employees Interested in Daily Parking:

New employees who are interested in daily parking should complete the daily parking application by the 25th of the month and can purchase a new employee permit valid for 30 days. The permit allows the new employee to park in any annual parking garage or lot until access to the daily parking facilities is activated on the 1st of the next month. New employee permits are $46 (Band 1 rate) and must be paid in full upfront at the Parking Services office with a debit or credit card or check. This is a one-time purchase, and no extensions will be granted. New employees also have the option to utilize sustainable commute options or hourly paid parking spaces in select garages and lots across campus if they do not want to purchase a new employee permit.

*Please note Sony Garage will only be available through December 2022, and Lot 76A will replace it as the daily parking option in the Peabody neighborhood in 2023.

Learn more about the daily parking program.

Individuals with annual permits can park in any non-reserved parking space in an annual permit lot on campus. View all available lots on the parking map.

Current parking permits expire on Aug. 31. Registration opens on the below dates for the permit start date of Sept. 1.

  • Graduate and Professional Students: Aug. 9
  • Faculty, Staff, Postdocs: Aug. 16

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

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

 

 

 

 

Annual permit holders may switch to the daily parking program at any point in the year via the rolling applications listed above. 

Learn more about annual permit parking.

Undergraduate Students

VUPS Parking Services will open registration on Tuesday, Aug. 9, for vehicle permits. Students may log in online with their VUnetID and password to register their vehicle for the 2022–23 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.

Academic Year Parking Permits:

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 spaces are sold out, students will be placed on the waiting list and notified if a space becomes available.

Semester Parking Permits:

Juniors and seniors wishing to park on campus for one semester only (fall, spring or summer) have the option to purchase a one-time semester undergraduate permit for $260.

Reserved Parking:

Students will be able to register online for a limited number of reserved parking spaces in Kensington Avenue Garage and Kissam Garage. The parking rate for a reserved space is $2,200 per academic year. The full amount will be charged 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.  

View all available lots on the parking map

No refunds will be issued for any undergraduate student permits. For questions or if you need additional assistance, contact VUPS Parking Services at parking@vanderbilt.edu or 615-322-2554.

Learn more about undergraduate permit options.

Campus Visitors and All VU Community Members 

Hourly paid parking is available in select parking lots and garages across campus. These convenient spaces are an option for individuals visiting campus or needing short-term parking and are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Powered by parking app ParkMobile, this system offers 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 $3.50/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. 

Vanderbilt is committed to electrifying its fleet and encouraging students, faculty and staff to use an electric vehicle (EV), if they choose to drive to campus.

Vanderbilt currently maintains 16 electric vehicle charging stations for individuals to use while on campus. Charging stations are located in the 25th Avenue, Wesley Place and Terrace Place garages and in Lot 5B. Click here to learn details about charging your EV on campus. 

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.

Construction Closures

Several lots and garages will not be available in the 2022–23 academic year due to ongoing construction on campus. Please be sure to review all available locations on the parking map and check the construction website and MyVU for updates.

MoveVU Commute Concierge

New this year, MoveVU is providing the Vanderbilt community with a commute specialist who can help plan your sustainable commute options, group excursions and parking options.

Contact the Commute Concierge.