STUDENT PARKING AT THE UNIVERSITY OF IOWA
This document is not intended to be a replacement for knowledge of the full Student Parking Regulations and applicable State and Local laws. Copies of the Student Parking Regulations are available online or may be obtained at the Parking Office, 100 IMU Ramp.
Students with special needs are encouraged to call the Parking Office at 335-1475 about other possible options.
WHAT'S THE FIRST STEP?
The most important thing to know about student parking is that you must register your vehicle with the Parking Office within 48 hours of bringing it to campus. Basic registration is free, and it only takes a few minutes to complete an online form and receive your decal. Once you receive your decal you must affix it completely on the inside front windshield on the lower left (driver's side). Your vehicle is not registered until the decal is properly placed. Registration must be done every school year.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO REGISTER THE VEHICLE?
It means you are fulfilling the requirements of the Board of Regents for operating a vehicle on campus. It is not a claim of ownership. If a vehicle is not registered with the University, the legal owner(s) of the car are responsible for payment of tickets. Registration is complete when the sticker is properly affixed.
NOW I'M REGISTERED. WHERE DO I PARK?
This depends on the decal (see link for permit types and restrictions). No matter which decal you have, you can always park in public cashiered facilities at the posted rate. (This does not include the Library Lot which requires a specific decal during the day.) Meters on campus have varied enforcement times and restrictions, and it is important that you check any signage in the area for details. Remember: look for a sign that says you can park somewhere, rather than assume something that may get you ticketed.
WHERE DO MY PARENTS PARK WHEN THEY VISIT?
Parents and other members of the public may make use of the ramps and meters set aside for the public at the posted rate.
BE CAREFUL OF PARKING "ADVICE"
Remember that no one except the Parking Department can give you permission to park somewhere. There is a difference between what is legal and what someone thinks will be okay for a few minutes. If you aren't sure about a parking issue, call the Parking Office at 335-1475.
I LIVE IN A RESIDENCE HALL. WHERE CAN I PARK?
The Hawkeye Storage Lot (see Permit Types) is a remote lot specifically for the student living in a residence hall who wants to keep a car here. Access to the lot is available by Cambus.
IS IT HARD TO FIND A PARKING SPACE?
It can be! Since the UI is situated with urban areas on all sides, we don't have all the parking space we would like to provide. We are constantly working on ways to open up new space by building ramps and expanding existing facilities. But in the meantime, it means that you have to factor in extra time to find a legal spot when you drive to campus. Students are strongly encouraged to explore other options for travel to campus.
CAN I BE TOWED?
Vehicles found in violation on campus may be towed per section 1.9 of the student regulations. Anyone can be towed if they have accumulated $150.00 in tickets (paid or unpaid) between 8/3/08 to 8/1/09. If you are on the tow list, you can be towed any time you are found in violation of campus parking rules. Tow Policy and Procedure
Revised: August 13, 2009