Parking Options

Where should you park? 

Determining where you will park while visiting campus can be tricky.
Start by selecting your category below.


Students have four different parking permit options that are geared towards both on and off campus residents. The key difference between the parking zones is on-campus students are allowed parking overnight, where students living off-campus are not allowed to park overnight. 

Check out the different student parking options and find out which permit is best for you! 

If purchasing a permit is not an option, you may park for free on St. Marie Street and also on Junction Avenue. Overnight parking is not allowed on the street from 2am-5am, November 1 through May 31.

Leaving UMD mid-year? If so, your parking permit needs to be returned to the Transportation & Parking Services Office. We will credit your student account on a prorated basis. The permits are non-transferrable. 

Faculty & Staff

Like students, faculty & staff have multiple options for parking. Depending on what your specific needs entail, certain permits may work better for you. The faculty & staff parking includes a range of five options to choose from. 

Check out the different faculty & staff options and decide which permit best meets your needs. 

Departmental Daily Guest Permits

Daily guest permits are available for departmental purchase. If your department would like to provide parking for guests, you may do so by purchasing these hangtags in advance. They are valid for one day only in any of the permit lots. Minimum purchase of 10. Please email [email protected] with your request prior to picking them up at the Transportation & Parking Services office.

Departmental Designated Reserve Permits (Departmental Use Only)

Designated Reserved (DR) parking spaces are sold to University Departments and paid for by Department “EFS” funds.  These spaces are to be used for parking official University vehicles and must have the numbered parking permit for that space displayed on the vehicle. Campus guest vehicles must display the numbered parking permit for that space or a copy of the permit for that space that shows the date to be used and the name of the person using the permit. University employees are not allowed to park in Department Designated Reserve spaces. Please fill out the Designated Reserve Permit Form online for purchases. A notification will be emailed when the permits are available for pick up.

Just visiting for the day and need somewhere to park? UMD offers both meters and a pay lot for you to park your car during your stay on campus. Be sure to look at the campus parking map to find the lots designed for those visiting campus. 

Visitor Parking Options 

Accessible Parking

If you're in need of accessible parking while on campus, parking services allows up to 3 hours of parking in spots with a blue accessible parking sign or at any meter for those displaying an accessible license plate or temporary accessible permit. 

Learn more about where you can find accessible parking on campus. 


If you're a university contractor or vendor service vehicle permits are available through Transportation & Parking Services for your purchase. 

Please be sure to review the service vehicle policy for contractors. If interested in purchasing a permit, please fill out the Service Vehicle Permit Form, prior to picking up your permit.