Parking and Transportation Services

44 Lower College Rd. Kingston, RI 02881 – Phone: 401.874.9281 Fax: 401.874.4553

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FAQ’s for Students

Q: How do I order a parking permit?

A: For information on how to pay for student parking, click here.

Q: Can I purchase a permit in your office?

A: No. They are only available online.

Q: How much does a permit cost?

A: Resident permits are $260.00 for the year and $155.00 for one semester. Commuter permits are $185.00 for the year and $110.00 for one semester. Greek & Special Program permits are only on sale for the annual price of $260.00. Pricing is subject to change.

Q: Where can I park?

A: Please review our Kingston Campus Map for the assigned parking areas for each different type of permit (i.e. Commuter, Resident, Faculty/Staff, Visitor, etc.)

Q: Does this parking permit work for Providence Campus parking?

A: No. The Providence Campus provides their own parking passes at no charge based on your course schedule. For more information please visit their website.

Q: How long is a parking permit good for?

A: Annual permits are valid from September 1 through August 31 of the current academic year. Semester permits are valid only during that given semester.

Q: Can I exchange my current permit for a different permit if my residency changes next semester?

A: If your residency status changes, you have one of two options: you may continue to display your original permit and park in the designated lots, or you can order a new permit. If you choose the latter, please note that the new permit will be at full price even though you have already ordered one. You will also have to remove your original permit from your vehicle and bring it into the Parking Services office.
Please be advised that there is no penalty for continuing to park with your original permit even after your residency status changes. For example, if you were a commuter in the fall semester and then moved into a residence hall in the spring, you may continue to park with the commuter permit as long as you use the Commuter and General Student lots.

Q: I do not have a parking permit but will have my car here for a few days, is there anything I can do to be sure I’m not towed?

A: We offer temporary permits for one day periods, seven day periods, and 30 day periods. Please see the Student Parking web page for more details. These temporary parking passes also allow students to park in any student lot on campus.

Q: My vehicle was towed. How do I find it?

A: Call Parking Services at (401)874-9281 or 874-4910 after hours. We can tell you what company has towed your vehicle and will provide you with their phone number.

Q: How can I prevent my vehicle from being towed?

A: First, you must register your vehicle with URI by ordering a parking permit online. Then view the URI Campus Parking Map and park in your designated area in a legal parking space between two white lines. DO NOT rely on parking information that you hear from friends, RA’s, faculty or staff. Our website has lots of important information available and if you are still unclear as to the rules, please contact our office at (401) 874-9281.

Q: My car got into an accident and the permit is gone/has been destroyed. Do I still have to pay for a replacement?

A: In the event of an accident or collision in which your permit cannot be retrieved, you may bring in an official incident report to the Parking Services office where we will evaluate each incident on a case-by-case basis. If you are deemed eligible for a replacement, we will manually issue you one free of charge. Please note that once you are issued a replacement, the original permit will be cancelled and marked invalid. Fraudulent use of parking permits is strictly prohibited and will be subject to criminal or student judicial action.

Q: If the gate to a Faculty/Staff parking lot is open, may I, as a Student, park there?

A: No. The Faculty/Staff lots are specifically reserved for employees and/or affiliates of The University of Rhode Island. If the gate is open it is either due to an emergency, an event or possibly that the gate is broken. Students are not permitted to park in Faculty/Staff parking lots and will be warned and towed similarly to any Faculty/Staff parking lot.

Q: What do I do in the event that the parking lot that I normally park in is full?

A: In this case the student would want to check the next available student lot. The University offers multiple parking lots for each type of permit. It is the responsibility of the permit holder to make certain they have parked in a lot that is designated for their permit type.
Parking for the first few weeks of school can get crowded due to students trying to adjust their class schedules. The Security Officers are aware of this and accommodations are made during the overcrowded weeks at the beginning of each semester. During these times, commuter students may park in resident student lots.
The Fine Arts North Commuter Lot and the Christ the King Church parking lot both become full by 8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. If you do not arrive prior to that time, please go to the Plains Road Commuter lot at the end of Flagg Road to prevent unnecessary traffic congestion in those lots.

Q:  Are permits required for the summer sessions?

A: Students coming to campus during the summer session do not need to have a parking permit. Students may park in any student lot including Commuter, Resident, General Student, and Greek & Special lots. Students should not park in Faculty/Staff or Visitor parking lots.

Q:  Where am I required to park during the J Term semester?

A:  During the J Term period only, students will be allowed to park in the Briar Lane Visitor Lot to attend classes.

Q:  Is there a fee to park during the Winter J-Term?

A:   There is no parking permit required, nor is there a fee to park during the J Term.  However, students planning on attending the following Spring semester are required to order a parking permit and to park in the appropriate student lot for their permit.  Information about parking and parking permits can be found at the links in the left hand column of this website.

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