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Parking for Students

Parking Reminders

  • Parking spaces are clearly delineated. If there are no pavement markings, it isn't a space.
  • Do not park in drive lanes, grassy areas, handicap-space aisles, fire lanes, or any location with yellow pavement markings.
  • Permits have several locations for which they are valid.
Please note: Parking availability is reduced due to the North Campus Residential Expansion Project and permits are sold to eligible students on a first-come, first-served, space-available basis. Students are encouraged to leave vehicles home.

Student Parking Options

Parking on campus is restricted to permit or payment at all times unless posted otherwise. Parking requirements and times of enforcement are posted at the entrance of each lot; please read all signs carefully before parking.

Because campus parking is limited and can be expensive, most students walk, bike, or ride the TCAT bus. New-to-Cornell students automatically receive free unlimited TCAT bus privileges in their first year, and find having a car on campus is more of a hassle than it’s worth.

Read details about bus transportation, bicycling, and other options:

Getting Started

Vehicle Registration

Students who bring personal cars, motorcycles, or motorscooters to the campus must register their license plate with Transportation Services, whether or not they buy a parking permit. Vehicle information must be kept current. Register a license plate and update vehicle information.

Permit Sales and Delivery

  • Annual permits are available for sale beginning mid-August at; permits are valid until August 31 of the following academic year.
  • All student permits are sold online and mailed by our vendor to the address designated during the checkout process.
  • Commuting students must review and update their Student Local mailing address, and have their name clearly labeled on or inside their apartment mailbox to ensure timely delivery.

Student Permit Options and Eligibility Guidelines

Commuter Permits: LIMITED AVAILABILITY – must meet commuter eligibility requirements or permit will be recalled.

  • B Commuter Permit – 2021 Annual Rate: $359.85
    The B permit is valid at all times in the B Lot near the Vet College; valid in the north campus A Lot after 2:30 pm.

  • SC Commuter Permit – 2021 Annual Rate: $752.86
    The SC permit is valid in designated lots located along Campus Road, B Lot, and CISER on Pine Tree Road; valid in A lot after 2:30 pm.
  • Permit prices prorate on a daily basis beginning September 1. The current price will display at the time of purchase.

On-Campus Resident Permits: LIMITED AVAILABILITY – must meet resident eligibility requirements or permit will be recalled.

Students living in university housing can purchase a parking permit for their residence area. Resident permits are valid only in their signed parking area and the North Campus A lot after 2:30 pm. 

  • Resident Permits – 2021 Annual Rate: $752.86
    • FH – Hasbrouck Apartments
      Parking locations: Hasbrouck Apt. Receive OmniRide privileges.
    • ND – North Campus Residence Halls, Program Houses, and Cooperative Housing; 411 & 508 Thurston Ave.**
      Parking locations: Outer Circle of Hasbrouck Apartments; Program House Drive; Anna Comstock; Hurlburt House; Thurston Court.
    • SW* – Cascadilla Hall; Sheldon Court; Eddygate;109 Sage Place; Schuyler House.
      Parking locations: Stewart & Williams St; Schuyler House.
    • WD – West Campus House System, Program Houses, and Cooperative Housing; 112 Edgemoor Lane.
      Parking locations: Edgemoor Lane; University Ave Lot.
  • Permit prices prorate on a daily basis beginning September 1. The current price will display at the time of purchase.


  • M Permit Sticker – 2021 Annual Rate $119.94; valid in spaces signed for motorcycle (M Permit) parking.
  • May display student permit and park in vehicle spaces.
  • Permit price prorates on a monthly basis. The current price will display at the time of purchase. There are no refunds or exchanges for returned M permits.

Sharing Commuter Permits (Carpool)

Commuters can share the cost of a parking permit. One person purchases and is responsible for the permit, which can then be switched among vehicles registered with Transportation Services. Please note that while commuting students can share the permit with their peers, permit ownership is not transferable.

Permit Refund Policy

  • A pre-paid, annual permit is eligible for a refund if it is returned by March 31.
  • There are no refunds on M permits.
  • There are no refunds on annual permits after March 31.
  • There are no refunds on temporary permits.
  • There are no cash refunds.
  • Refunds are based on a prorated schedule. Refund amounts are determined on the day the permit is returned.
  • If a permit was charged, the account charged will be credited for any refund due.
  • Refunds on permits that were paid for by check or cash will be processed through Cornell University Accounting, and a check will be mailed. This process takes approximately two weeks.


  • Permits are sold on a first-come, first-served, and space-available basis.
  • The rate is set as of July 1; permits prorate beginning September 1.
  • Annual permits are valid through August 31.
  • Permit ownership is not transferrable.
  • The vehicle on which the permit is displayed must be registered with the university.
  • No refunds on permits after March 31.

*SW permits may be made available to commuting students for a limited time at the beginning of each semester. Once the sales cap is reached, permit sales are restricted to residents only.

**Extremely limited due to North Campus Residential Expansion Project. Permit sales capped at 100 annually. Limited to North Campus residents of university-owned housing.