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Parking & Mobility Services

Parking and Mobility Services

Parking & Mobility Services

Parking Permits

All parking on the University of Denver Campus is permit or fee based. As a proactive community resource DU adheres to "good neighbor" policies requiring visitors and students to act responsibly as drivers/riders utilizing provided parking facilities and lessening negative impact on the surrounding area.

2019-2020 Permit Sales Time Line

 Parking Rate Increase for Fiscal Year 2020 (FY2020)
  • All monthly rates increase by $4 per month. For permit holders that pay monthly, the increase will take effect on September 1, 2019. For exempt employees, this increase will be reflected in your October pay. For non-exempt employees, the increase will be reflected in your first pay in October. Non-benefitted employees will see the increase when paying for parking in September, and thereafter. The new rates were approved by the Chancellor and Board of Trustees (BOT)
  • There is no increase in event parking rates in FY 2020. Event parking rates last increased on July 1, 2018. The rate increased from $8 to $10, for 4 (four) or more hours, per day. For event parking of less than 4 (four) hours duration, the rate increased from $6 to $8.
  • There is no increase in paid visitor parking rates in FY 2020. Paid visitor parking rates last increased on July 1, 2018. The rate increased from $1.50 per hour to, $2 per hour.

Why do parking rates increase?

In addition to paying down the debt incurred from building parking garages, the costs for operating and maintaining a parking system with more 5,900 spaces, including 7 parking structures, 60 off-street lots, and other spaces across the campus, are significant. These costs increase over time due to inflation, and as parking assets age, maintaining becomes more expensive.

Why did rates increase by the amount they did this year?

DU is committed to supporting sustainability, as outlined in the University of Denver Sustainability Commitment. Reducing greenhouse gas emissions and achieving carbon neutrality by 2050, requires a holistic approach if we are to reach those objectives. Setting parking rates so that they encourage travel mode shift, away from single occupant vehicles, and to more sustainable modes such as transit, cycling, ride share, car sharing, and walking, supports the University in achieving its sustainability commitments. The new Residence Hall and Community Commons are being constructed on four existing parking lots. Besides reducing the physical inventory of parking spaces, those lots were highly utilized and generated significant revenue. The rate increases for this fiscal year will offset some of the lost revenue.

  • There is no free parking on campus.
  • Anyone parking on campus must display a valid permit or pay the posted hourly fee.
  • All Restricted lots are monitored by Parking Enforcement 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
  • All General and Visitor lots are enforced 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.
  • To enter a gated lot you must have a valid permit for the specified lot.
  • Parking off the DU campus is strictly enforced by the City of Denver.
  • Resident students bringing a car to campus are required to purchase a DU parking permit.
  • Parking on the streets adjacent to the University is expressly prohibited through an agreement with the City of Denver.
  • All Pioneers are encouraged utilize alternate forms of transportation to promote sustainability.

The Parking Services office is located at 2130 S. High St. on the South East corner of Evans Ave and High St at the West entrance to the three story parking structure. There are two short-term parking spaces outside of the office reserved for customers visiting the Parking Services office. Office hours are 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday all year except for approved University closures.