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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 Commute Calculator

For a personalized recommendation based on your parking and transportation needs, use the commute 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.

2023-24 Daily Parking Rate as of September 1:  

  • $4.00 per day at Terrace Place and West garages  
  • $5.75 per day at Sony and Wesley Place garages 

2023-24 Sustainable Commute Incentive as of September 1:  

  • Earn $1 on weekdays when you log carpool, vanpool, bike, walk, bus or train commutes; access the Guaranteed Ride Home program.  
  • Vehicle ownership is not required for participation.

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. Applications received on Wednesdays at noon will be processed by the end of the week. Complete the daily parking application.

Interim Parking Permit:

New employees, graduate and professional students and postdocs who are interested in daily parking should complete the daily parking application as soon as possible, and can purchase an interim permit valid for 30 days - for less than the cost of two 8-hour days of hourly parking. This interim permit allows eligible employees and students to park in any annual parking garage or lot until access to the daily parking facilities is activated. Interim permits are $47 (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. Eligible employees and students 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 an interim permit.

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.

2023-24 Faculty, Staff and Postdoc Annual Permit Rates as of September 1 
Salary/Stipend Band  Monthly Permit Cost 
Band 1: <$59,999  $47 
Band 2: $60,000-$99,999  $70 
Band 3: $100,000-$149,999  $95 
Band 4: $150,000>  $133 


2023-24 Graduate and Professional Student Annual Permit Rates as of September 1

Monthly  Semester  Annual 
$46  $184  $552 

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

Undergraduate students may log in online with their VUnetID and password to register their vehicle for the 2023–24 academic year with VUPS Parking Services.

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 $816 for 2023-24 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 $272 during the 2023-24 academic year.

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 $2,272 for 2023-24 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 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 $8.50/hour. All pay by phone transactions will incur a $0.45 transaction fee, including each extension of parking.   

Learn more here.

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.

MoveVU Commute Concierge

MoveVU provides the Vanderbilt community with a commute specialist who can help plan your sustainable commute options, group excursions and parking options.

For more information or to request Commute Concierge services, please fill out this request form or email