Commuter Student Parking Permits

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Transportation & Parking Updates

Transportation & Parking Updates
URI Transportation & Parking wants to make sure you are prepared and informed about permits. 

Commuter permits DO NOT sell out and can be purchased any time before the semester beings.

All students must park in student lots only and MUST have a valid permit to park AT ALL TIMES. Parking will be strongly enforced in all other lots during these times. Please view the campus map here for all available student lots.

Parking permits are virtual. URI uses license plate recognition to verify registered vehicles. Please park with your license plate facing outward, and be sure that it isn’t obstructed by license plate covers, stickers, or debris. You are responsible to keep your license plate updated PRIOR to parking on campus in order to avoid receiving a ticket.

Please click on the ORDER YOUR PARKING PERMIT button below.

Please view our off campus alternative parking options for additional options to park your vehicle off campus. You don’t need a campus parking permit to have easy access to your car! Park for free at the Wickford Junction Garage (20 minutes away) either daily or overnight for as long as school is in session.  All students can purchase discounted 50%  RIPTA passes, available at the Campus Store, Lower Level of the Memorial Union. 

Commuter parking lots are marked in red on the Kingston campus map. Commuter students may only park in their designated lot for the permit they purchased, parking in any other lot or area will result in a $35.00 fine for the first violation and $50.00 for every subsequent violation.

Parking is enforced 24/7 and all vehicles must have an active permit and park in their designated lots 7am to 5pm.  

Between 5pm and 7am, commuter students can park in any commuter or staff lot on campus except for the Faculty/Staff lots in the residential district listed below which are enforced and require a valid Faculty/Staff permit 24/7:

Lot# 17 Potter Health Clinic lot, Lot #18 Hillside, Lots behind the entire residential complex which include Weldin, Adams, Browning/Eddy, Potter, and behind Fascitelli center and Lot#21 Surge.

Commuters can use Faculty/Staff Lot #s: 10, 11, 13, 14, 15, 16 and all staff lots on the east side of the campus after 5pm. All these lots are located within the academic core including lot #14- the library.  Additionally, commuters can park in Lot #26 and 27 which are in the athletic/recreational district.

Parking Permit Rates

Permit Type Cost
Resident Permit
Semester Resident Permit $180
Academic Year Resident Permit $290
Per Semester Greek/Special $180
Academic Year Greek/Special $290
Commuter Permit
Per Semester Commuter Permit $135
Academic Year Commuter Permit $215
Carpool Permit
Academic Year Permit (3+ commuters) $300
Graduate Assistant Permits
Graduate Assistant Per Year (20-hour resident) $75
Graduate Assistant Per Year (10-hour resident) $180
Graduate Assistant Per Semester (20-hour commuter) $0
Graduate Assistant Per Semester (10-hour commuter) $55
One Day Passes (Kingston Campus)
One Day Resident Pass $8
One Day Commuter Pass $6

Your License Plate Is Your Parking Permit

URI uses license plate recognition to verify registered vehicles. Please park with your license plate facing outward, and be sure that it isn’t obstructed by license plate covers, stickers, or debris. It is imperative to keep your license plate updated to avoid receiving a ticket. 

If you have a symbol in your plate, enter the plate number without the symbol. For disabled license plates, enter “DV” or “DP” before the plate number. For example: DPSAMPLE

Order Your Parking Permit


Information You’ll Need

You’ll need your single sign-on credentials to login. To register your vehicle, you’ll need its license plate number, make, and model. If qualify for an exemption, please fill out the exemption form

Avoid a Ticket

  • Your license plate must be visible at all times. Pulling through or backing into parking spaces is no longer permitted. 
  • Take extra care to accurately enter your license plate number when purchasing your permit through
  • Park in your designated lot (even on the weekends).
  • Purchase your permit before bringing your car on campus.
  • Never park on hash lines or in a fire lane. Only park in a designated parking lot (between two white lines, not on hash lines or in the dirt/grass)

What to do if you get a parking ticket.

Keep Your Vehicle Information Current

It is important that your vehicle information is up-to-date. If you get a new vehicle or your license plate number changes, update it at If you bring a different vehicle to campus, you must update your vehicle information BEFORE bringing that car to campus.  Failure to do so, will result in a $10 fine.

Students may register one vehicle at a time.

Accessible Parking

A copy of your disability placard along with the registration showing ownership should be forwarded to the Transportation and Parking office in-person, mailed, or emailed. 

ADA Placard is valid in: 

  • any ADA space on campus
  • any regular, non-reserved space in any student lot

The state-issued placard should be displayed from your rearview mirror. 

New documentation must be provided when the ADA placard expires.  

Temporary Parking Accommodations

Please note that neither the URI Transportation and Parking office, nor the Office of Human Resources Administration, nor the Office of Disability, Access, and Inclusion can allow or provide access to the public accessible parking spaces on campus. Only your state’s department/registry of motor vehicles can provide disability placards, which when paired with a URI guest pass allow parking in accessible parking areas. If you have a disability placard, please contact our office to add it to your guest pass. With a
placard assigned to you and a valid URI permit or pass, you can park in any accessible parking space on campus. For additional information about state-issued Disability Placards, visit this website.

Qualified individuals with disabilities with specific parking needs that may not be met by access to public ADA-compliant parking spaces must engage in the interactive process by contacting one of the divisions below:

Employees: Office of Human Resources Administration.
Students: Office of Disability, Access, and Inclusion.

For further information on compliance with the Americans with
Disabilities Act at the University of Rhode Island, please click here.

Parking Permit Refunds

Permit refunds will be issued only upon withdrawal from the University or to resident students who become commuter students. Members of Graduate Assistants United (GAU) who are hired after the start of the semester will be refunded a prorated amount based on their hire date. All refunds will be made net of an administrative fee of $10.

Please review the Parking Permit Refunds for additional information. 

Need Help?

If you are unable to log in, please contact the URI Help Desk at 401-874-4357, Monday–Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. If you have any questions, please call Transportation and Parking at 401-874-9281.