Students must register their vehicles with TPS and obtain a current, virtual permit in order to park in designated areas on campus. Check below for more information on graduate and undergraduate student parking policies.
Updating vehicle information online: If you already have a Princeton parking permit and simply need to add/delete a vehicle from your record, you can login to the parking portal and make changes to your account.
Questions about parking or permits? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Limit of one permit per graduate student: If you reside in University graduate housing and you wish to park a second vehicle on campus, email email@example.com to request a second permit. There is a $350 annual fee to park a second vehicle at graduate residences.
- Designated parking assignment. Your permit is typically only valid only in the locations for which it is assigned. However, until further notice, students living in the Graduate College, Lakeside and Lawrence Apartments, or on Edwards Place, Dickinson Street, and University Place are also permitted to park in the West garage adjacent to Princeton Station or the North garage on Prospect Ave. Overnight parking in commuter lots is not permitted. Please also note that parking at Western Way is no longer permitted due to construction impacts. Students may also make use of alternatives, including biking, walking, or TigerTransit. Students living off campus with a Commuting Grad permit should park in surface lots 20 or 19, or West or North garages.
- Overnight parking and vehicle storage. Princeton University allows overnight parking at campus housing residences with the appropriate parking permit. Vehicles may not remain parked, unmoved in the same space for more than seven consecutive days. After seven days a vehicle is in violation, even with a valid parking permit displayed. No vehicle may remain parked in a University resident parking area while the resident has sublet their unit nor while the resident is not paying rent on the unit.
Spring 2021 Semester Permits (January-May)
Students residing OFF campus: Students residing off-campus but who have signed the social contract, enrolled in regular COVID testing, and must commute to campus for University-sanctioned activities may email firstname.lastname@example.org to submit a request for an exemption to the University policy. If the request is approved and a permit is granted, the fee for a Spring semester permit is $175 and will be charged through student accounts. Please note that COVID test sample drop-off is not a valid reason for a parking permit request; EHS has posted a list of drop-off locations on campus that are time-limited and do not require a permit for short-term parking.
Students residing ON campus: Students residing on campus should complete a short form to request an exemption to the University policy that prohibits long term parking on campus. If the request is approved and a permit is granted, the fee for a Spring semester permit is $175, which will be charged through student accounts. Proximal parking to campus residences is not available. Click here to complete a request for a Spring 2021 permit as a student residing ON campus.
Princeton University student parking policy: Undergraduate students are generally not eligible for annual parking permits. Although the University recognizes that travel to campus will require extra consideration by Princeton students this year, the campus has established thorough protocols for safe arrival on campus in anticipation of the variety of modes of transportation students will use to reach campus for the Spring. You can read more about those safety protocols at https://spring2021.princeton.edu/.
However, students facing extraordinary hardships or otherwise demonstrating a compelling need for access to a personal vehicle on campus may apply for a permit. A “compelling need” for a permit is generally defined as required, frequent travel that cannot be accommodated by University, commercial, regional transit or local transportation options and therefore causes a significant hardship.
Medical exemption requests must include supporting documentation from a physician and will be reviewed in confidence by University Health Services (UHS). All requests (excluding medical-related issues, which are reviewed by UHS) are reviewed by a committee of representatives from the following departments:
- University Health Services
- Student Life
- Housing and Real Estate Services
- Department of Athletics