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Student Permits

Students arrive at the University of Pittsburgh with all kinds of parking needs. Whether you are a commuter, here for a single semester, or live on campus all year, we offer a plan that suits your lifestyle.

You may prefer to pay as you park at hourly and daily rates or short-term metered lots. Or you can purchase a parking permit that meets the needs of your enrollment status as a resident, commuter, or evening student.

Can't decide what type of parking best suits your needs? Contact us and we'll be happy to guide you.

Refer to our parking maps for lot and parking meter locations.

Hourly/Daily Parking

If you prefer to pay as you park, you can find hourly and daily rates at the University's OC, OH, PH, SN, and SO lots.

Are you just dropping in somewhere? Short-term metered parking is available at more than 115 meters in the BQ, LC, RA, SN, SR, and SQ lots.

The Oakland neighborhood is also home to several private and city-owned parking facilities. Use this list to guide you.

Permit Parking

If your car will be on campus as often as you are, a parking permit will save you time and money. You can purchase a parking permit to meet your needs (resident, commuter, or evening student) at the Parking Services Office, located at 127 N. Bellefield Ave.

Purchasing a parking permit does not guarantee a parking space but allows you to park if space is available. If space is not available, you will be able to move to the overflow location(s) by contacting the Parking Office.

We accept cash, checks, Panther Funds, Visa, MasterCard, or Discover.

Here's what you'll need to obtain your permit:

  • Valid Panther Card;
  • Vehicle registration card.

Resident Students

If you are a full-time resident student, you can find easy-access resident parking in the CG, CP, FC, FB, L, LT, OC, PH, Q and U facilities. The current year resident student permit application is available here. The application can be completed on-line but it must be printed out. The completed application along with a copy of your vehicle registration can be mailed, faxed (412-648-2200) or e-mailed to

Think of your space as your vehicle's very own dorm room. Just like your residence hall assignment, your car's campus home is distributed through a lottery system, and your permit will follow the same academic terms as your housing contract. Garages are $736 and outdoor lots are $680 per academic year. Lots are subject to change.

Commuter Students

For many commuter students, your car is a vital component to obtaining your education. That's why we offer commuter student permits, which are available for the OC, TV, and UDA lots (lot availability is subject to change), and are valid in all non-restricted University lots after 5 p.m. and on weekends, except during special events. Permits are not valid for overnight parking in any campus lots.

Purchase your commuter permit by the academic term. Garages are $368 and outdoor lots are $340 per term. Commuter Permits will be available online only at on Tuesday, August 14th at 10:00 am.

Additionally, hourly and daily parking rates are available for commuters in the OC, OH, PH, SO, and SN facilities.

Evening Students

Evening student permits are on sale year round in the Parking Services Office, located in 127 N. Bellefield Ave. To accommodate students enrolled in various programs, we reduce the cost of the permit monthly.

The evening student permit is valid from either 2:50 p.m. or 4:50 p.m. through midnight on weekdays and all day on weekends, except—depending upon location—during special events.

Summer Students

We offer daily parking through the summer term. Lot availability varies depending on student needs, though some students purchase commuter permits for the OC lot as well as evening student permits. For more information on the plan that best suits you, contact us.

Student Parking at Pitt

Download and print our Student Parking at Pitt 2017-18 Brochure (PDF).

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