Undergraduates: Important update to campus parking permit rates

Update (Aug. 18): Due to rising inflation costs, the university is pausing the planned increase of parking rates that was announced in the email you received 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.

If you paid for the parking permit upfront, 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  

The following permit information is for undergraduate sophomore, junior and senior students. First-year students are not permitted to park vehicles on campus.

Vanderbilt University offers a variety of parking options to best fit your individual needs. 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.

Permit Options

Registration is now open for vehicle permits. Students may log in online with their VUnetID and password to register their vehicle for the 2022–23 academic year.

To register, please have the following information available:

  • Vehicle license plate number
  • State of vehicle registration
  • Vehicle make, model, year and color
  • A valid email address. All Parking Services notices will be sent to the given email address only.
  • Current cell phone number

Students are encouraged to use their student accounts as an alternative to a credit or debit card.

Academic Year Parking Permits

Permits for sophomores, juniors and seniors—whether they are residing on campus or off campus—will be $780 per academic year. 
Sophomore spots are limited and available on a first come, first served basis. Once spaces are sold out, students will be placed on the waiting list and notified if a space becomes available.

Semester Parking Permits

Juniors and seniors wishing to park on campus for one semester only (fall, spring or summer) have the option to purchase a one-time semester undergraduate permit for $260.

Reserved Parking

Students will be able to register online for a limited number of reserved parking spaces in Kensington Avenue Garage and Kissam Garage. The parking rate for a reserved space is $2,240 per academic year. The full amount will be charged at the beginning of the year and can be paid through the student’s account or credit card. Reserved spaces are first come, first served.

No refunds will be issued for any undergraduate student permits except where outlined in the message at the top of this story.

For questions or if you need additional assistance, contact VUPS Parking Services at or 615-322-2554.

Learn more about purchasing annual permits >>

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.

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