Frequently Asked Questions

Permit Parking

Free Parking


Permit Parking

Why does the University charge for parking?
Because of state regulations, state monies may not be used for any parking purposes on campus. This means construction, improvement, and maintenance of all parking facilities at UCCS are financed solely through permit sales, parking fines, and visitor parking. Annual revenues from parking must be sufficient to satisfy reasonable operating expenses and to repay revenue bonds sold to construct parking facilities.

Do Faculty and Staff pay for parking or just students?
Everyone who parks in 100-300 series lots or in either parking garage must purchase a parking permit. For current rates please refer to Faculty/Staff Permit Prices.

I see that there are some reserved spaces on campus. Who are these spaces for and do they pay for parking?
Certain administrators (The Chancellor, Vice Chancellors,and Deans), may have a reserved parking space. They not only pay for a parking permit but they pay a premium to have the reserved space. Not all administrators opt for a reserved parking space.

Is there enough parking to keep up with demand?
Yes. Parking and Transportation Services closely monitors parking conditions and usage patterns. To date, between permitted lots and free parking, we have been able to meet parking demand, and have plans for additional off-site parking in the case of an overflow. Parking is continually added as the campus grows.

What do I need in order to purchase a parking permit?
Students will need to be registered for classes, have a valid photo ID, and have a way to pay for the permit. During the fall, spring and summer semesters, most permits must be reserved via the on-line registration process.
NOTE: If someone else is going to pick up a permit for you, they should have your ID. Immediate family members may pick up their students' permit with no problem.

If I am a student and I am waitlisted for a parking permit, what is my chance of actually purchasing a permit?
It depends. During the first several weeks of each semesters, Parking Services evaluates parking availability on a daily basis.  If the evaluation reveals open spaces, Parking Services will begin releasing some or all of the waitlisted permits per the amount of parking spaces available.  Parking Services will contact you via email if your waitlist number is being released and you may then come to Parking Services to purchase the permit.

Why do you have fewer parking spaces than the total number of the campus population?
Not everyone is on campus at the same time. Parking Services closely monitors parking conditions and usage patterns, and has determined an appropriate amount of parking spaces based on classroom capacity, usage, and budgetary constraints. The first few weeks of each semester often stress parking capacity, as more people are on campus than normal, but returns to normal levels shortly thereafter.

What if I've purchased a permit but cannot find a space?
If you have difficulty finding a space, please try looking in the other lots that your permit is valid in.  If you still cannot find a parking space, please contact Parking Services at 719-255-3528 and we will assist you. This also helps the office be aware of overflow conditions.
TIP: Usually the upper two levels of the Parkway Garage are the last to fill.

Free Parking

What if I can't afford to purchase a permit or I am on the waitlist. Where can I park?
Students, faculty and staff who do not want to purchase a HUB permit or individuals waitlisted for a permit may park at the Four Diamonds Sports Complex, located at 5025 North Nevada Avenue at no cost. A shuttle from Four Diamonds to Centennial Hall runs Monday-Friday. The shuttle schedules may be found by accessing Transportation Services.

Do I have to pay to ride the bus or park at Four Diamonds?
Funding for the shuttle system is provided by the student "Transportation and Safety" fee which all students pay when registering for classes.  No further payment is required when boarding any UCCS Shuttle Buses.

Is there enough parking at Four Diamonds?
Yes! There are approximately 1100 free parking spaces in lots at and near the Four Diamond Sports Complex, including the newly added Lot 580.

What if I can't find a spot in the free Four Diamond Sports Complex lots?
If the lots at the Four Diamonds Sports Complex are full, including Lot 580, and there are no parking attendants directing traffic, please contact Parking Services at 719-255-3528 immediately. Staff from Parking Services constantly monitor parking conditions, and have additional off-site parking available in the case of an overflow and will direct traffic in such an event.
TIP: During the first few weeks of each semester, additional parking attendants staff the area. If you cannot find the attendant in your lot, they are likely in an adjacent lot.


What is the purpose of having parking regulations and where can I find them?
Parking regulations are rules for all individuals to follow while operating or parking a vehicle or bicycle on UCCS property. These regulations help to provide and maintain a safe and secure environment where academic pursuits may flourish in accordance with the established goals of UCCS. This goal is accomplished by providing parking to the community through the management and maintenance of parking facilities and providing safe transport of our most import resource (people) from far parking lots to campus. Parking and Traffic Regulations can be found here.

How long do I have to file an appeal for a parking ticket I received (contest the ticket)?
Tickets must be paid or appealed within 10 business days from the date the citation was issued.

What is the appeal procedure?
Find all you need to know about the appeal process here.

What happens if I do not pay a ticket?
You run the risk of having a financial stop put on your student account. This may impact your ability to register for classes, obtain grades and transcripts, or even to graduate. Unpaid tickets left on student accounts will eventually be forwarded to a collection agency.  If not a current UCCS student, unpaid parking citations will be sent to a collection agency. This may affect the credit rating of the vehicle's registered owner. In addition, individuals with outstanding citations may be subject to booting and/or towing while parked anywhere on UCCS owned property.

I sold my vehicle; why has your office sent me a letter for an outstanding ticket?
Upon sale of a vehicle, you are required to remove your license plates. If you fail to remove your license plates, you will still show as the registered owner of that vehicle until it is re-registered. The person ultimately responsible for parking tickets is the registered owner of the vehicle, providing we cannot associate the vehicle to a current student. Providing a bill of sale or other documentation may help absolve you of the responsibility for any citations received.