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Text to Pay / Virtual Meter Parking

The University of Houston uses a virtual meter payment system for visitor parking spaces located in parking lots across campus.

There is signage at each of the virtual meter locations on campus (as well as UH Technology Bridge and UH at Sugar Land) explaining how to pay to park in these visitor spaces, which are clearly marked with orange striping.

Payment is no longer accepted through physical meters. These spaces have to be paid for through the virtual meter system. Please note: This does not impact visitor parking in the parking garages, which continue to utilize payment machines.

  • Do not pay until you have parked. You must pay prior to exiting your vehicle, and you must be parked in an orange parking space. Make sure the transaction is complete before leaving your vehicle.
  • To pay, customers should disconnect the Wi-Fi connection on their smart phone before texting the key word assigned to the lot to 25023. Each lot has its own key word. The key word is posted on signage at all of the locations. Make sure to text the key word that is written on the signage at the lot you are in.
  • After you send the text, you will get a text back with a link. Click on the link and follow the prompts to pay. You will need to input your payment card number the first time, but it will be saved so that you do not need to re-enter it for any future parking payments.
  • You are given an option to receive a text as your time gets close to expiring asking if you want to extend the time. You can pay to add more time if you so choose.

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