Students must register their vehicles with TPS and display a valid permit in order to park in designated areas on campus. Check below for more information on graduate and undergraduate student parking policies.
Graduate students who need to park on campus must obtain a permit from Transportation and Parking Services (TPS). A valid parking permit consists of a hangtag and a decal—both must be displayed for a vehicle to be legally parked on campus. Students are encouraged to remove their hangtag while driving.
- Register your vehicle online during the annual online registration period. (If you reside in University graduate housing and you wish to register a second vehicle, visit the TPS office in New South during business hours. There is a $300 annual fee to register a second vehicle).
- Online registration requires:
- PU Net ID
- Vehicle license plate number, state, make and color
- When picking up your permit, please bring your vehicle registration card and a copy of your housing lease (if living in University housing)
- Designated parking assignment. Your permit is valid only in the locations for which it is assigned. Students living in the Graduate College, Lakeside and Lawrence Apartments, or on Edwards Place, Dickinson Street, and University Place are not permitted to park on campus Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5 pm. Please make use of the variety of alternative options, including TigerTransit shuttles, biking, or walking.
- 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.
Undergraduate students living or working on campus during the summer should consider taking advantage of alternative transportation options, including TigerTransit, Enterprise Carshare, Zagster bikeshare, and NJ Transit.
If a student requires a personal vehicle, summer parking (June 11-Sept. 3) will be available to undergraduates living or working on campus for a fee as long as supply is available. Students living on campus will be assigned to the Grad College Lot 19 for overnight parking. Students living off campus and commuting to the University for work will be assigned to Lot 21 for weekday commuter parking. Undergrad summer permits are $50 per month and may be picked up from the TPS office in New South beginning June 6. Documentation of campus housing and/or work as well as vehicle registration is required in order to purchase a permit.
Academic Year (September-May)
Undergraduate students are generally not eligible for annual parking permits. Students with a compelling need for keeping a personal vehicle on campus may apply for a permit. A “compelling need” for a permit is defined as a need that cannot be accommodated by University, commercial, regional transit or local transportation options and therefore causes a significant hardship. The annual permit fee is $300.
- Undergraduates must submit permit requests—in the form a concise narrative or bullet points—and supporting documentation to Transportation and Parking Services via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. All requests must be submitted no later than July 31 for the upcoming academic year. Students will be notified by mid-August regarding the status of their request.
- Parking availability on campus is extremely limited and available space varies each year. Students facing extraordinary hardships will be granted permits at the discretion of a parking permit committee and all remaining compelling need requests will be selected via lottery in early August.
- Medical exemption requests must have supporting documentation from a physician, including treatment schedules, and will be reviewed in confidence by University Health Services. The parking permit committee, at its discretion, may request additional information. Committee Membership includes:
- University Health Services
- Student Life
- Housing and Real Estate Services
- Department of Athletics