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Permit Parking


Parking maps for the University are available online.

We are updating the Parking Map to reflect changes in parking for the 2021-22 academic year.

For the protection of students, faculty, staff and postdocs, no parking is allowed at anytime, anywhere on campus, without a valid Vanderbilt University registration permit, except by visitors in spaces designated for visitors. University parking lots are identified by annual, daily, undergraduate, or reserved-spaces designations. Vehicles may park only in areas that correspond to their affiliation with the university, subject to the exceptions delineated in the University Parking Regulations.

We 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.  Annual permit parking for the 2021-22 academic year starts Sept. 1.

Faculty, Staff, Postdocs and Graduate and Professional students: 

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 new hourly paid parking spaces.

Faculty, Staff and Postdoc Rates

Salary/Stipend Band

Monthly Permit Cost

Band 1: < $59,999


Band 2: $60,000 - $99,999


Band 3: $100,000 – $149,999


Band 4: $150,000 >


Graduate and Professional Student Rate

Graduate and Professional Students

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.

Additional Parking Options:

  • Individuals interested in the daily parking program, which allows participants to pay to park only on days they drive to campus, must apply by July 23 for consideration in the program starting Sept. 1.  Space in the program is limited.
  • Individuals 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 starting in August.
  • Please note that the $5 daily hangtags previously sold by Parking Services have been discontinued and will not be honored after December 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 a daily parking facility.


Undergraduate Students:

We will open vehicle permit registration for undergrad students on Tuesday, Aug. 10.  Students may log in online with their VUnet ID and password to register their vehicle for the 2021-22 academic year and purchase a permit.

Rates and Locations

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 spots are sold out, a waiting list is created in the event a space becomes available and you will be notified via email 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 parking permits can park in any of the following parking facilities  for the 2021-22 academic year for more flexibility:  Lot 12A, 25th Avenue Garage (must enter off highland, turn to the right and pass pay spaces), Lot 27, Lot 72D, Lot 72E, Lot 75A, Lot 77, Lot 82, Lot 102, Lot 153, Lot 298A and Lot 298B.
  • Please note that students will no longer be able to park in the Terrace Place or and West Garages as they are now daily parking facilities.
  • Please refer to the parking map for updates as we monitor capacity at these parking faciliites throughout the year.
  • As a reminder, first year residential students are not allowed to bring a vehicle to campus.
  • 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 and transaction fee) in select parking lots and garages across campus for short term parking needs starting in August.

Purchasing Permits

Virtual Parking permits are available to order ONLINE or from the front desk at VUPS Parking Services, 111 28th AV S, Nashville, TN 37212, during business hours: 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday (Please note that holiday and break hours may vary and will be posted).

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

*Individuals registering in person at 111 28th Ave S must also bring their Vanderbilt ID card and provide a valid address, in addition to the items above.

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

NOTE: In general, registrants may register only their own vehicles, and students may register their parents' vehicles. Exceptions may be requested in writing.


A marginal annual parking rate increase for 2021-2022 will ensure that Vanderbilt's parking program remains self-sufficient and operating costs are covered, including debt payments on garages, maintenance costs on all parking facilities and spaces, and the personnel to manage and enforce parking on campus.  Program enhancements under MoveVU, the university's mobility and transportation strategic plan, are also covered in part by the parking program.

Please see Categories of PermitsParking Regulations and Visitors, for more information.

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

Vanderbilt University assumes no responsibility for damage, theft, or loss of a motor vehicle, or to any personal property therein, while the vehicle is either parked on or operated on properties owned or controlled by the University.

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