Student Permit Information


Do I need a parking permit?

All vehicles parked on campus must have an active parking permit displayed in their vehicle.  Permits can be ordered online at  and picked up in the Parking Services office in the Diboll Complex.  You can also purchase a permit in the office.  For your convenience, the vehicle registration form is available for download.  Once completed, bring your Tulane Splash Card and the  completed form to the Parking Services office in the Diboll Complex. Student permits can be paid with credit card, cash or check.  We are not able to accept American Express and permits may not be purchased on student accounts receivable.  Parking zones are strictly regulated to ensure there are spaces available for valid permit holders.

Parking Options for Students

Residential Permits are available to students who reside on campus in one of Tulane's residential halls.  The cost of the permit is $575 for the academic year running September 1 to August 31.  Parking is available to residential students 24/7 in the Diboll Garage.  Other areas are marked in yellow on the parking map.  Please see the parking rules for additional information related to this permit type.

Commuting Permits are available to students who live off campus.  The cost of the permit is $520 for the academic year running September 1 to August 31.  Parking is available in the Diboll Garage, the Claiborne Avenue lot and other areas marked in red and yellow on the parking map.  Please see the parking rules for additional information related to this permit type. 

Parking meters are located throughout campus.  If you are parked at a meter, please make sure you have paid the meter for the full time you will be gone. 

Daily Permits are available for purchase online and in the parking office.  Daily permits purchased online are printed at home and placed on your dashboard.  You can also purchase daily permits in the parking office.  With these you can scratch off the month, day and year you are using the permit making it a convenient back up plan if you are running late.

Handicap Permits are available for students with a disability, permanent or temporary.  Handicap parking permits are valid in accessible locations near campus buildings.  Annual handicap permits are purchased in lieu of a commuter or residential permit, not in addition.  Pricing is the same as a commuter or residential permit depending on whether you live on or off campus.  Temporary handicap permits are available for students who have a temporary need.  Pricing is the same as a day permit $5 per day. 

A student should begin by contacting Education Resource Center (ERC).  The Center is located on the first floor of the Mechanical Engineering Building (building #14 on maps of the Tulane campus) (504) 865-5113.  This office coordinates the university's services to those with a qualifying disability, including authorization for a handicap parking permit.

After a student receives authorization from the Goldman Center for Student Accessibility, he/she may contact Parking Services to purchase a handicap parking permit.

University affiliated persons must purchase and display a valid Tulane parking permit.  A state issued permit is not valid.

Although the Parking Services office strives to provide adequate disabled parking in every area of campus, students are encouraged to contact us if your needs are not being met.  We will provide any assistance possible to meet your needs including allocation of additional spaces, more enforcement, etc.

**FRESHMAN RESIDENTS ARE NOT ALLOWED TO REGISTER THEIR VEHICLES, AND MAY NOT UTILIZE CAMPUS PARKING AREAS.  Special provisions are not made for the perceived need for a parking permit.  It is our experience that employment, family, volunteer, and other needs are present in the entire student body.  There is no equitable manner to determine who has the greatest need.  We will make every possible space available to faculty, staff, and students but are restricted to the number of spaces in our parking areas.

Where Can Students Park

Before 3 pm daily, students are required to park in their parking zone. Ample parking is available in the Diboll Garage and the Claiborne Avenue Lot.  For all parking options, please see the parking map.  

After 3 pm, students are allowed to park in other areas of campus.  Students may never park in Cowen Circle or Newcomb Circle.  Please see the parking map.

Parking is available on a first come basis for those with a valid permit.  At this time permits are still available for purchase. 


Game Day Parking

In order to accommodate home football game day parking, all campus parking spaces are turned over to game day operations and the only annual parking permits that are allowed on campus are Residential permits.  Vehicles with a residential permit must be moved to the 5th and 6th floor of the Diboll Garage.  Failure to move your car to the top two floors of the Diboll Garage, will result in a citation and your car may be towed to University Square.  Each week before a home football game, you will receive at least two emails and signage will be places in the garage and around campus as reminders. 

Parking on Move-in Day

Move-in is a very special time at Tulane when we are welcoming our new students.  There are special permits that area sent out to students from Student Affairs and Housing and Residence Life.  Please check your e-mail for information on move-in day permits.  On move-in day, your permit will get you access to your resident hall building where you will unload your belongings and then proceed to parking in the Diboll Garage or the Claiborne Avenue lot.  

To ensure that we can accommodate unloading zones as well as parking for those with a move-in permit, all others are asked to park off campus that day.  Information is sent out prior to move-in with alternatives.


Parking for student's guests

Guests are responsible for parking legally by either displaying a valid permit or parking at a paid meter.  All campus parking areas are identified by signage and those signs show the hours of regulation.  Students are responsible for informing their guests of applicable parking regulations and the need for display of a permit or payment of a meter.

Spring Break parking

The two key things to know about spring break parking are all normal regulations are still in affect and will be enforced.

1.    If you wish to leave a vehicle on campus during spring break and do not have an annual permit, you must purchase a temporary permit from Parking Services and park in a designated area.  Vehicles not displaying a permit will be cited.
2.    All parking areas and meters will continue to be enforced as usual during the break period.  Vehicles may receive a ticket each day they are illegally parked without a permit.

Commuter Permits Parking Overnight

Students who live off campus and have a commuter permit but need to leave a vehicle on campus overnight must contact parking services prior to parking. 


Towing Policy

Tulane is authorized to remove to a storage area any vehicle illegally parked. The cost of any such removal is $100.


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