Uptown Student Parking

All students, including freshman, are able to have a car on campus. Students must purchase a permit at the beginning of each semester to park on campus. The cost of the permit parking is added to the student bill through Catalyst. The cost varies depending on the garage. Remote parking options are also available at a lower rate.

If you arrive on campus and the sign for your permitted garage says FULL, space is still available for permit holders. The FULL sign is directed towards visitors to campus.

Students have the option to pay the daily rate in campus garages with cash, Bearcat Card or credit card. If the FULL sign is lit, you will need to proceed to another facility. Use our convenient Visitor Tracker to find real-time availability.

The campus is pedestrian friendly with many shopping, entertainment and restaurant options within walking distance.

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Student Permits

When to Purchase

Student permits are purchased online by semester. There are no annual permits. Semester permits will be available for sale/registration on the following schedule:

  • November 1 - Spring Semester
  • April 1 - Summer Semester
  • July 1 - Fall Semester 2021

The UC ID/Bearcat Card is used for parking access and will be activated within 2 hours of purchase. Students may also purchase a Fast Pass, which will allow hands-free access in and out of their garage. Fast Passes are available for half price (just$15!) through September 30, 2020. You will need to pick up your Fast Pass at Parking Services when you arrive to campus. Note: the Fast Pass is valid for every semester you purchase a permit, throughout your time at UC. Fast Passes are non-refundable and non-transferable.

FAST PASS SALE EXTENDED TO SEPT. 30! If you would like to get your Fast Pass at half price ($15), it must be purchased separately from your permit. 1. Log into your account. 2. Click the “Events” tab from the top banner. 3. Select “Fast Pass Flash Sale” from the events below and complete your purchase with a credit card.

Pick up your pass from the Parking Services office in 4 Edwards Center

How to Access Parking


All garage permit holders use their UC ID/Bearcat Card to access their assigned facility. At the entry and exit gates, students should wave their ID across the sensor. For the greatest convenience, a Fast Pass can be hung on the rear view mirror and will automatically open the gates.


Parking Services uses license plate recognition (LPR) to verify that someone has a permit to park in a lot. Your vehicle license plate is considered your permit, so make sure your vehicle information is always kept updated in the system. Any vehicles not linked to a permit will receive a citation.

Freshman Parking

Yes, freshmen are allowed to bring cars to campus. The real question is, do they really need it? Consider these thoughts and transportation alternatives before making the decision.

  • As an urban campus, almost everything you need is within walking distance.
  • Many freshmen don't end up using their vehicles as much as they expected to, and their permit ends up being an expensive storage fee.
  • Many alternative campus and area transportation options are available, including:


The cost of student parking permits will be added to the student's university billing account through Catalyst. This billing method is especially helpful for students who rely on financial aid. 

Student permit holders are reminded to keep vehicle information current in the parking database, so that Parking Services can monitor and protect spaces for permit holders.

Students can still pay the daily rate in the garage by cash, Bearcat Card or credit card.


The permit holder is responsible for notifying the Parking Services office to cancel parking.

Refunds for cancelled parking are made on a prorated basis. Hangtags must be returned to the Parking Services office to receive a refund. Retroactive refunds are not offered for failure to terminate parking in a timely manner. The last day for student permit refunds are based on the following schedule:

  • Fall semester permits: November 1
  • Spring semester permits: April 1
  • Summer semester permits: July 1
  • Summer short term permits: No refund after the first week of classes.

No refunds are issued for permits revoked due to misuse.

How to Return Your Permit Online

  1. Log in to the parking portal with your UC central login 
  2. Click on View Your Permits 
  3. Select the current active permit 
  4. Scroll to the bottom and click on Return Permit 
  5. Complete information and click Submit 
  6. Permit Details will display, and status will change to “Returned” 

A refund will be issued to your university billing account through Catalyst. You will be required to sign up for direct deposit in Catalyst to receive your refund.

Academic Year 2020 - 2021

Uptown West Campus

Fall Semester 2020

Fall semester permits are valid Aug. 9 - Nov. 25. Winter Break permits are valid Nov. 26 - Dec. 31, 2020.

Student Rates Uptown West Campus Fall Semester 2020; semester status column is updated when availability of a facility becomes limited or is sold out
Facility Semester Rate
Winter Break Rate
Fall Semester Status
CCM Garage $432
Calhoun Garage $385 $69.50  
Campus Green Garage $339.25 $61.25  
Clifton Court Garage   $385 $69.50  
Clifton Lot $217 $39  
Corry Garage $241.50 $43.50  
Stratford Heights Garage $339.25 $61.25  
Stratford Lot $217 $39  
University Garage $241.50 $43.50  
Woodside Garage $339.25 $61.25 AVAILABLE FOR HOURLY PARKING ONLY
Motorcycle Parking* $54 (full semester)  

Uptown Medical Campus

Fall Semester 2020

Fall semester permits are valid Aug. 9 - Nov. 25. Winter Break permits are valid Nov. 26 - Dec. 31, 2020.

Student Rates Uptown Medical Campus Fall Semester 2020; semester status column is updated when availability of a facility becomes limited or is sold out
Facility Semester Rate
Winter Break Rate Fall Semester Status  
Eden Avenue Garage $339.25 $61.25  
Eden Top Deck*
$241.50 $43.50  
Kingsgate Garage $385 $69.50  
Motorcycle Parking $54 (full semester)  

*Eden Top Deck must park on Levels 7 & 8 only.

Medical Term - Eden Garage

Student rates for the medical academic term Aug. 9 - Dec. 31, 2020
Facility Rate
Eden Garage   $400.50
Edent Top (Levels 7-8)

Evening Permit Rates

Valid Monday-Friday, 3 p.m. - 5:59 a.m.; Saturday & Sunday all day

Because evening class schedules may vary by day, Evening Permits are structured into tiers. Each tier allows access to one or more garages. For example, a Tier 2 permit would allow parkers to use Clifton Court Garage or Calhoun Garage interchangeably. Tier 3 offers the widest selection of garage locations, including Eden Garage on the Medical Campus.

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Evening Permits by semester - student only rates
Evening Permits By Tier Full Term
Tier 1: CCM Garage $255
Tier 2: Clifton Garage, Calhoun Garage $227.25
Tier 3: Campus Green Garage, Woodside Garage, Stratford Heights Garage, Eden Garage
Tier 4: Corry Garage $142.50

Rates valid July 1, 2020 - June 30, 2021

Off-Campus Student Parking

Victory Parkway remote parking is available for $100 per semester. Space is limited and available on a first come, first served basis.

The lot is located at 2220 Victory Parkway, so if you’ve coming from Northern Kentucky or Eastern Cincinnati, this is a great way to save money on parking! Shuttle service will be available to main campus.

This option also includes evening (after 6 p.m.) and weekend access to the Campus Green Garage. If you have already purchased a permit on campus, it is still possible to switch your permit and take advantage of this option.

Save money on parking and use your time on the shuttle to be productive!