University District Parking Questions

Visitor Parking

Go to the University District Visitor Parking page for more information.

Where can I park when I visit the University District?

Visitors may utilize the on-street meters (see the University District Meter Location Map on the Parking Maps page for locations).  There are also 10-hour meters located in the residential area on every block which contains on-street permit parking spaces. These meters are identified by the Green meter label.

Short-term temporary visitor permits for metered spaces in the residential area of the University District are available through the Parking Programs Office. These permits are limited to 30 days and are non-renewable. The cost of a 1 to 4 day permit is $7.50 per day; a 5 to 30 day permit is $35. Customers need to complete the application and provide vehicle information before a permit can be issued. Permit sales are conducted Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. With advance notice, permit sales may also be completed by phone – call (217) 403-4700. Spaces are available on a first-come, first-served basis only. View the Short Term/Temporary Permit brochure for more information and the application form.

When do I have to pay the meters?

Payment is required Monday – Saturday, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Parking is FREE on Sundays, on City Holidays (see below for a complete list of City Holidays), and from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. during the week. Parking is prohibited at on-street meters (except for at 10-hour meters in the residential area) from 3 a.m. to 5 a.m. for street cleaning activities.

What are City Holidays?

City Holidays on which parking is free are:

  • New Year’s Day
  • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Veteran’s Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Day after Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Eve
  • Christmas Day

How much does it cost to park at the meters?

Meter rates in the University District are $.75 per hour or $1.00 per hour at meters displaying a blue label affixed to the post.

How long can I park?

Meters in the commercial area of the University District are limited to two-hour parking.

How do time limits work?

You may park in a time limited parking zone only as long as the meter label indicates or as posted on signs. In these zones, vehicles may not park on either side of the street for more than two hours in a three-hour period. You may not simply feed and remain parked at the same meter. Time limits are in effect in the Campus area during the hours of enforcement, 8 a.m to 9 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

Permit Parking

Go to the University District Permit Parking page for more information.

I live or work in the University District. What are my parking options?

Both academic year and summer 24/7 assigned space permits are offered in the University District. All Summer spaces are open to the public. During the Academic Year, residents, people who can verify they live within the boundaries of the District during the term the permit is effective, qualify for on-street permit parking. Non-residents qualify to park in a limited number of off-street parking lots. The residency requirement is waived after Labor Day. Rates vary by location. Contact Public Works Customer Service staff at 403-4700 for more information on permit parking options.

The University of Illinois also offers permit parking. Call the Parking Department at 217-333-3530 or visit The University of Illinois Parking Department for more information.

MTD provides transportation throughout the University District as well as the entire Champaign-Urbana area. University of Illinois students, faculty and staff ride free with their ID.

Is there an alternative to permit parking?

Yes. In January, 2009, Zipcar introduced car-sharing to Champaign-Urbana. Car sharing is a way for people to have access to cars by the hour or by the day without the hassles or cost associated with car ownership. Go to the Zipcar web site to learn more about this program. Zipcar is a great option both for people who live or work in the University District.

Members have access to any of the Zipcars in Champaign, Urbana or on the University of Illinois campus. Reservations can be made online for as little as one hour up to three days. The $8 hourly fee includes gas, maintenance and insurance.