Obtain/Renew a Parking Permit
For more information and instructions on how to obtain your parking permit, select your affiliation below:
All Princeton University faculty and staff must register/renew their vehicle(s) with Transportation & Parking Services for parking on campus and/or for parking at University housing units. Faculty and staff may register online or obtain a permit in person at Transportation & Parking Services. (An email reminder is sent yearly to all employees as a reminder to renew their parking permits.)
Online registration requires:
• PU Net ID
• Vehicle license plate number, state, make, model and color.
New employees who need to park on campus must obtain a parking permit. A valid parking permit consists of a hangtag and a decal. Both must be displayed for a vehicle to be legally parked on campus. Faculty and staff who register multiple vehicles can obtain additional decals, but are issued only one hangtag, and are responsible for switching the hangtag to the vehicle that will be parked on campus. Parking assignments are automatically determined from your department and campus building location.
To obtain a parking permit please complete and submit the online form before your orientation date. You will receive your parking permit at orientation.
The university’s exemption-only permit process enables students with a compelling need for a parking permit to park a personal vehicle on campus. A “compelling need” for a permit is defined as a need that cannot be reasonably accommodated by University, commercial, regional transit or local transportation options or would otherwise cause a hardship. The annual permit fee is $300.
Parking Permit Review Process
Every July an email request and supporting documentation should be submitted to the Department of Transportation and Parking Services at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please submit a brief overview of your compelling need in a concise narrative or a bullet point summary email and include all supporting documentation. The Parking Committee will review all requests. Medical exemption requests must have supporting documentation from a physician, including treatment schedules, and will be reviewed by University Health Services. The committee, at its discretion, may request additional information. Students will be notified in a timely manner.
Examples of what may constitute an exemption:
- Medical need
- Off-campus employment
- Required travel not reasonably met by University or NJ Transit programs
TPS coordinates transit programs which limit the need for a personal automobile. Free University programs:
- Tiger Transit, UMatter, On-Demand campus shuttle
- Weekend shopper buses
- Enterprise car share (Enterprise permits licensed drivers age 18 and over to rent vehicle)
- Zagster bikes
Commercial transit programs:
- NJ TRANSIT bus and train service
- UBER and LYFT
- University Health Services
- Housing and Real Estate Services
- Department of Athletics
- Student Life
Parking arrangements for student guests are the responsibility of the inviting party. To avoid unwanted citations and possible towing of a vehicle, students must make parking arrangements through Transportation and Parking Services for their guests. For a fee, temporary parking permits will be issued to guests who require parking from Monday, 8 am, through Friday, 5 pm On weekends, from Friday, 5 pm, through Monday, 2 am, guests may park free in lots 21 and 20.
Graduate Students Residing in University Housing
Graduate students who reside in University housing are issued a parking permit for their designated housing unit. There is a charge of $250 for a second vehicle to be register. You can register your 1st vehicle online (during the annual online registration period), then visit our office to register your second vehicle. Students living in the Graduate College, Lakeside and Lawrence Apartments, or on Edwards Place, Dickinson Street, and University Place are not able to park on campus Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5 pm, during the academic year and are strongly encouraged to take Tiger Transit.
Commuting Graduate Students
Graduate students who do not reside in University housing or near a TigerTransit stop may register for a commuter student parking permit in person or online (during the annual online registration period).
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.
Contractors requiring on-site parking should first call their department sponsor for approval. Sponsors approve on-site parking and they must send an approval email to email@example.com during normal business hours prior to contractors obtaining an appropriate parking permit.
If you have either purchased a new vehicle or need to add a vehicle to your parking record please complete and submit this form. A decal will be mailed to your campus location within one business day.