Welcome to the University of Idaho!
Joined at the hip with downtown Moscow, our community is extraordinarily walkable, bikeable and skateboardable. If you’ll be driving to campus, however, we have an affordable and convenient parking option for you. If you have any questions about the information below or elsewhere on our site, please call 208-885-6424, email email@example.com or see us in person at 1006 Railroad Street at the corner of Railroad Street and Sweet Avenue. We're located inside the Intermodal Transit Center (Google map).
Important note: a “visitor” is someone who is neither enrolled nor employed by the university. If you are a U of I employee interested in purchasing parking permits for your department’s visitors, please visit the Department Permits page.
If you’re visiting campus for a special event, there may be special parking arrangements in place. Information about parking for one of U of I’s Signature Events; Vandal Football Games, Commencement and the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, is available on our Signature Events page. For all other events, check with the event organizer, the Parking Updates and Closures on our homepage, or contact us by calling 208-885-6424, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. If there aren’t special parking arrangements for your particular event, please see the options below.
Permit and payment requirements vary by hour of the day and day of the year. Every parking area, parking meter and pay station on campus will have a sign or message indicating what’s required and when.
Gold, Orange, Red, Blue, Silver and Purple color-coded parking lots require the appropriate permit(s) from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday – Friday when school is in session, although some parking spaces within these lots may have special permit/payment requirements/times and will be signed accordingly.
No parking is allowed between the hours of 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. without the appropriate overnight parking permit. For parking during academic break and/or university holidays, please see our Enforcement Schedule page.
Parking meters and pay stations require payment year-round except for the Student Recreation Parking Lots 107 (east side) and 108 (west side) which do not require payment during summer and academic breaks. Pay stations and parking meters will indicate the hours of the day/night requiring payment. These vary, so please read carefully and call us with questions (208-885-6424).
If you are visiting our campus when class is in session and when a permit/payment is required, please review the options below.
Short-term parking: parking meters and pay stations
For brief visits of a few minutes to a couple hours, we recommend utilizing one of the hundreds of parking meter or pay station parking spaces covering campus. These parking spaces are indicated by back-slash shading on our campus parking map. If the area is managed via pay station, you’ll see the Pay to Park indicator. Days and hours requiring payment will be noted on the meter or pay station, along with maximum stay information if applicable. Pay to Park areas are enforced by license plate rather than a ticket or receipt, so be sure to snap a picture of your plate before walking to the pay station if you do not have it memorized! When you enter the license plate number into the pay station, be very careful to enter it correctly. An error may result in a citation even if you’ve paid for sufficient time. Watch the quick "how to" video.
Parking meters and pay stations accept credit/debit cards and United States quarters, nickels and dimes. Pay stations also accept United States dollar coins. If a parking meter is malfunctioning, do not park in that space. Malfunctioning parking meters are considered No Parking Zones. If you encounter any difficulties with a pay station, please call us at 208-885-6424.
Mobile Payment is available and recommended for your convenience
Parking in Pay-by-Plate Lots 107 and 108 (SRC), Lot 29 (VandalStore), Lot 91 (Upper Rayburn), and Lot 35 (Student Health) just got easier with AMP (AIMS Mobile Parking). AMP allows you to pay for parking in Pay-by-Plate lots with your smartphone.
- No need to visit the pay station
- AMP remembers your license plate
- AMP securely stores your payment info for quick transactions
- Add time remotely when running late
- The only device you touch is your own smartphone
Simply download the free AMP app from Google Play or the Apple App Store, or go to the AMP website. Please note: use AMP in Pay-by-Plate lots with pay stations. It won't work with traditional parking meters. For more on how to use AMP, check out our guide.
Longer visits: Visitor Parking permit
Staying for a couple hours, all day, overnight or for a day or two? A Visitor Parking permit is your best choice. Purchase a Visitor Parking permit and park in any regular parking space in Gold, Orange, Red, Blue, Purple, Silver or Green parking lots or any marked Visitor space on campus. These are all indicated on our campus parking map. Visitor permits are $3/day and can be purchased online, or at our Parking Office located in the Intermodal Transit Center on the corner of Sweet Avenue and Railroad Street (Google map). Place your Visitor Parking permit(s) printed side up on the driver’s side dashboard. If displaying multiple permits, please make sure they are all visible.
Visitor permits are valid in all colored lots until midnight for the date issued. Visitors parking after midnight must have a valid visitors permit for the next date/day. Questions? Please call 208-885-6424 or email email@example.com.
For frequent campus visitors, Ten-day Visitor permits offer the convenience of ten days of parking with a single purchase, and the dates need not be consecutive. Simply write the date of use in pen in the boxes on the permit. Your purchase covers parking when you need it (up to ten days) and only when you need it! These are available for purchase at our office in the Intermodal Transit Center on the corner of Sweet Avenue and Railroad Street (Google map).
Visiting the U of I campus with a state disability parking placard or license plate? Feel free to park in any parking meter or pay-to-park space at no cost with no time limit. Simply be sure your placard is visible. Please see campus parking map.
If you’re a visitor to U of I and prefer to park in one of the ADA parking spaces on campus simply purchase an online Visitor Parking Permit and display it on your driver’s side dashboard. Exception: if it’s during an academic break, on the weekend, a university holiday or after 5 p.m. on a weekday when class is in session, there is no need to purchase the online Visitor Parking Permit. Your state placard or license plate allows parking in campus ADA parking spaces during these times.
Will you be visiting the U of I campus frequently or for a long period of time? A U of I Disability Parking permit allows the most flexibility and access to parking. Call us at 208-885-6424 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to get started.
If you have any questions at all, please reach out to us at 208-885-6424 or email@example.com.