Graduate and professional students: Important updates to parking rates for daily parking program and annual permits

Update (Aug. 18): Due to rising inflation costs, the university is pausing the planned increase of parking rates that was announced in the email on July 19 with 2022-23 parking options. Parking rates will remain flat for now as we continue discussions with the university community. The story below relays the updated rates, which you can also find on the MoveVU website.

We understand that the changing costs of the various parking options may have affected your choice between an annual permit and the daily parking program. You can use the updated parking calculator to determine your individualized parking costs based on your parking and transportation needs. If you wish to switch from an annual permit to the daily parking program, you can learn how to do that below.

If you paid for the parking permit upfront before this change occurred, you will receive a refund for the difference. It may take 7-14 business days for the adjustment to show up in your account. If you have not received the refund by September 5, please email If you elected to pay through a payroll deduction, the correct monthly fee will be processed on Sept. 1.  

The following information is for graduate and professional students.

Vanderbilt University offers a variety of parking options to best fit your individual needs as you commute to campus. As a reminder, current annual permits expire Aug. 31. If you park on campus, you are required to have a parking permit or use hourly paid parking options.

The MoveVU Parking Calculator

For a personalized recommendation based on your parking and transportation needs, use the parking calculator linked below. It will consider your Vanderbilt affiliation, how often and where you will be on campus and what sustainable commute opportunities are available to you and provide a comparison of the estimated monthly cost for each parking option.

Use the parking calculator >>

If you have additional questions or would like more help considering your best options, contact the MoveVU Commute Concierge.

Daily Parking Program

Vanderbilt offers a daily parking program that includes five parking locations. Participants pay to park only on days they drive a vehicle to campus. Only daily parking participants have access to the daily parking facilities and are eligible for sustainable commute incentives and programs.

Rate: $3.50 per day at Terrace Place Garage and West Garage. $5 per day at Sony Garage, Wesley Place Garage and Lot 76A. Only pay on days you park on campus.

Sustainable Commute Incentive: Earn $0.50 when you carpool, vanpool, bike, walk or take the bus or train; access the Guaranteed Ride Home program.

Use Commodore Cash: Parking charges and commute incentives are debited and credited within your Commodore Cash account. Make sure to load funds before you park; $120 is recommended to start. The deductions occur once a week.

Application Process:

  • Existing daily parking program participants: If you are already enrolled, you do not need to reapply. Check your enrollment status.
  • New applicants: Applications are continually accepted on a rolling basis. You must apply by the 25th of the month to be enrolled by the first of the following month.

Learn more and apply for the daily parking program >>

Annual Permit Options

Individuals with annual permits can park in any non-reserved parking space in an annual permit lot on campus. View all available lots on the parking map.

Current parking permits expire on Aug. 31. Vehicle registration is now open for permits that will be valid beginning Sept. 1.

The annual permit rate for graduate and professional students is $540 per year. The full amount can be paid online by student account or debit/credit card or through a monthly payment of $45 set up with the Parking Services office. Please note that the monthly payments can only be made with a credit card. 

Use the parking calculator to be shown your monthly cost comparison to the daily parking program.

Learn more about purchasing annual permits >>

Annual permit holders may switch to the daily parking program at any point in the year via the rolling applications listed above.

Parking Map

A new, interactive parking map displays all annual parking permit and hourly paid parking locations to make it easier for you to see which options are convenient for you.

View instructions for using the map >>
View the parking map >>

Construction Closures

Several lots and garages will not be available in the 2022–23 academic year due to ongoing construction on campus. Please be sure to review all available locations on the parking map and check MyVU for updates.

MoveVU Commute Concierge

New this year, MoveVU is providing the Vanderbilt community with a commute specialist who can help plan your sustainable commute options, group excursions and parking options.

Learn more about the commute concierge >>

Ride the bus free with your Commodore Card

Vanderbilt provides all full-time and part-time students with free access to WeGo local buses, regional buses and WeGo Star with their physical Commodore Card. This service is available for any place and time, not only when commuting to and from or across campus.

Learn more at >>

MoveVUTo learn more about MoveVU, Vanderbilt’s strategic transportation and mobility plan, visit or @vanderbiltmovevu on  Instagram.