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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 2023-24 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 2023-24 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 2023-24 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 in an annual permit lot on campus. View all available lots on the parking map

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


Deadline: Graduate and professional student registration will start on Aug. 8.  Faculty, staff and postdoc registration will start on Aug. 15.

Additional Parking Options:

  • Faculty, staff, postdocs, and graduate and professional students interested in daily parking must complete the Parking Application in the MoveVU Commute Hub on Wednesday by noon in order to gain access to the daily parking garages by the end of the week.  Applications are continually accepted on a rolling basis, you do not need to reapply once enrolled.  Learn more here. Individuals can also utilize new hourly paid parking spaces ($8.50 per hour includes sales tax plus a transaction fee) in select parking lots and garages across campus for short- term parking needs. Learn more here.
  • 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.  


Undergraduate Students:

We will open vehicle permit registration for undergrad students on Tuesday, Aug. 8.  Students may log in online with their VUnet ID and password to register their vehicle for the 2023-24 academic year and purchase a permit.  Juniors and Seniors will be able to purchase semester/annual permits beginning at midnight.  Sophomore and Reserved permits will not be available online until 9:00 AM Central time.

Rates and Locations

Academic Year Parking Permits for sophomores, juniors and seniors - whether they are residing on campus or off campus - will be $816 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 (Juniors and Seniors) 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 $272 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 $2,272 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 2023-24 academic year for more flexibility:  Lot 12A, 25th Avenue Garage (must enter off highland, turn to the right and pass pay spaces),  Lot 72D, Lot 72E, Lot 75A, Lot 77, Lot 82, Lot 102, Lot 153, Lot 298A and Lot 298B.
  • A new, interactive parking map displays all annual parking permit and hourly paid parking locations to make it easier for you to see which options are convenient for you.  View instructions for using the map.
  • Construction Closures- Several lots and garages will not be available in the 2023-24 academic year due to ongoing construction on campus.  Please be sure to review all avaiable locations on the parking map and check MYVU for updates.
  • 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 riding the bus for free with your Commodore Card. Students can also utilize new hourly paid parking spaces ($8.50 per hour includes sales tax and transaction fee) in select parking lots and garages across campus for short term parking needs.

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 4:00 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 2023-2024 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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