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Visitor Parking

Visitor Parking Options

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Map of visitor parking locations
Visitor Rates
Pay/Appeal Visitor Citation

Visitor parking is available at 11 meter locations, three parking garages, and one gated surface visitor parking lot on campus.  

Here's a map of all visitor parking locations.  

Click below to see the locations' visitor rates.

Elapsed Time


First 30 minutes No Charge
31 min. -1 hour $2
1 - 2 hours $4
2 - 3 hours $6
3 - 4 hours $8
4 - 5 hours $10
5 - 6 hours $12
6 - 24 hours $14

Evening rates

Evening rate
(after 4 p.m. on weekdays)

Weekends and University holidays $5

Please note, parking garages accept both cash and credit card payments; however, all meters on campus are credit card only machines. We accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express. 

Metered hours of operation

Time restrictions and hours of operation are posted on the individual meters. Visitors anticipating a longer stay should park in the visitor section of a parking garage. Parking permits are not a substitute for paying a meter.

For those wishing to pay for all or part of their guests' parking, validation coupons are available in 1hr increments, up to a full day charge, for use in the 3 Parking and Transportation Services parking garages, as well as Lot 15G. Purchasing 20 or more all-day validation coupons qualify for a 25% reduction in the daily parking rate. Validation coupons must be purchased in advance.

Here's a form to request validations.

Special Event Parking

For information on parking for specific events, including commencement, game day and events at the Cullen Performance Hall, visit the Special Event Parking Page

Alumni Parking

Alumni may purchase a Remote Campus or Garage parking permit.  Permits can be purchased in person at the PTS Customer Service Counter at the Welcome Center or Stadium Garage. 

Retiree Parking

Retirees of the university are eligible for a free retiree parking permit which allows parking in Remote Campus parking lots weekdays until 4 p.m. and Remote Campus or any ungated lots on campus weekdays after 4 p.m. or on weekends. Other permits, such as Gated, Ungated and Garage permits, are available at regular cost, dependent on availability. The permit is intended for visitation use only and cannot be used for part-time work or attending classes. Interested retirees must send a written request to and a permit will be issued upon verification of employment status.

Vendor Parking

Vendors making deliveries to campus must use the timed loading/unloading zones. Those on campus for repair purposes that will take longer than 20-minutes may park in unrestricted parking spaces. Vehicles parked in loading/unloading areas that are displaying a permanent company logo need not display a UH parking permit. Those using private or unmarked vehicles or those parking in non-loading area spaces must stop at the visitor information booth to receive free a temporary parking permit.

Contractor Parking

Contractor parking is located at Building 13 at the Energy Research Park. No permit is required to park in this area. Contractors in need of campus parking must be authorized by their UH project manager. Campus parking permits are issued through the PTS office with written authorization of the UH project manager. Campus permits are valid within the boundaries of the job site and in ungated parking lots. Contact your UH project manager for more details.

UH Component Parking Permits

The University of Houston has a reciprocity agreement with the other UH System campuses to honor their parking permits. The vehicle must be parked in the area designated on the campuses permit, i.e. a UHD student permit is only valid in a UH student lot. The reciprocity agreement is intended for visitations only. A transfer of employment or classes would necessitate the purchase of a UH parking permit.