Parking & Transportation manages over 16,000 spaces in a combination of parking ramps, gated surface lots and open surface lots. To find lot options, stall types by lot, and other information about parking facilities on campus please use the links below.
Public Parking Facilities
Public parking facilities are a combination of parking ramps and gated surface lots and run 24 hours a day, except on university holidays. Most of the public parking facilities on campus are mixed use, serving a combination of assigned permit and public parking. To see all parking options on campus, visit the Parking Map.
Users must either use their lot specific permit or pull a ticket and pay visitor parking rates. See parking rates on the rates page. Credit cards and cash payments are accepted at all locations, though some exit lanes only accept credit cards.
Refund requests due to malfunctioning equipment or other unique circumstance require proof of payment / receipt and submittal of the Parking Refund Request form. A photo of your receipt can be uploaded with the form.
Please refer to the hours of operation, applicable rates, payment methods and additional facility details using the links below.
City of Iowa City Public Parking
The University leases limited space for employee use in Iowa City facilities. Visit the Iowa City parking page for more information on the following ramps or lots.
- Dubuque Street Ramp.
- Court Street Transportation Center.
- Capitol Street Ramp.
- Tower Place and Parking.
- Recreation Center Lot.
Surface lots on campus primarily serve employee and some student parking. The majority of lots are open while some smaller lots are gated to protect space. Surface lot rates vary by location and can be found on the rates page. Surface lot numbers, location and hours of enforcement can be found on the Parking Map. All surface lots have signs posted at the entrances for lot type and enforcement hours.
For our largest surface commuter lots serving many of our customers, see additional facility details using the links below.
Accessible parking spaces are provided in all facility types including ramps, surface lots and meters. Accessible parking locations are shown on the Parking Map. All accessible spaces are striped with blue paint and display ADA Reserved Parking signage with fines listed. Use of these spaces requires a state issued disability parking permit or a disability license plate.
Visitors to campus can use the accessible parking spaces located in public parking facilities and most ADA meters. Most accessible parking spaces in employee parking lots are reserved for employee use only during business hours. More information about accessible parking and permits can be found on the Accessible Parking page and in the Parking & Transportation Regulations.
Meters and Mobile Payment Zones
Parking meters are provided throughout campus providing a short term, high turnover parking option. Meter time allocations vary from one to four hours, depending on the location. Hawkeye and Finkbine Commuter meters allow for 10 hours sessions. Be sure to check the meter head and/or area signs for enforcement hours. Some meters are enforced 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Parking meters accept both coin and mobile payment. Meter costs can be found on our rates page.
Broken or malfunctioning meters should be notified at 319-335-1475 at the time of use.
Some parking areas are managed by mobile payment zones only. Zone signs are visibly posted in these areas and license plates are used for enforcement. For more information about mobile payment zones please see the mobile payment page.
Loading zones are provided throughout campus to provide convenient, high turnover and quick loading near campus facilities. All loading zones are signed with the amount of time allowed. In high use areas that are frequently used for special events, loading zone meters are used to track time. Users must push the button on the meter to start their loading zone session. More information about loading zones can be found in the Parking & Transportation Regulations.
Electric Vehicle Charging
Electric vehicle (EV) charging stations are available in three University of Iowa parking facilities. The ChargePoint stations are for public use – including students, faculty, and staff – and are located in the North Campus Parking Ramp, Newton Road Parking Ramp, and Hospital Parking Ramp 3. Charging an electric vehicle is free, but customers are required to pay the applicable hourly parking fees. Charging sessions are limited to four hours.
For the purposes of university parking policy, motorcycles, motor scooters and mopeds are categorized and referred to as motorcycles. Motorcycles with valid University permits are able to park in any University motorcycle lot on campus. If the motorcycle stalls are full, the permit holder must go to another motorcycle lot with available space. See for motorcycle parking page for more information.
University of Iowa Parking and Transportation is committed to providing a safe and accessible campus during inclement weather. Parking and transportation provides 24-hour coverage with three regular work shifts to assure a prompt response to winter weather. For more information see the Snow Removal page.
Assistance in Parking Facilities
Need a map? See the Parking Map. Curious about parking costs? See the rates page. Malfunctioning parking equipment / door / light out or other parking facility issue? Call Parking Dispatch at 319-335-8312. Elevator problems? Call FM@YourService. Lot full? Please call our office at 319-335-1475 and let us know, then park in the next closest non-gated lot.