Meter Parking

Meter parking is an excellent choice for those needing short term parking. Rates vary by meter and length of visit. The maximum parking time ranges from one to two hours, depending upon each individual meter (longer timeframes are available at a higher rate during special events) 

Rates are posted on each meter, on our Parking Rates page, and on the specific pages below.

Key Things To Know:

  • Be sure to read the information on the meter to verify that it is a University meter, not a City of Minneapolis meter or a Park Board meter (University meters are indicated on the PTS maps with a yellow box).
  • Campus parking meters accept credit cards. The minimum time charged is one hour at the current rate on our Parking Rates page.
  • University meters must be paid from 6:00 am to 10:00 p.m. every day of the week.
  • Unless there is a large event on campus, University parking meters are free on most official University holidays.
  • Individuals with a state-issued disability permit or license plate may park free at campus meters for a maximum of three hours (except meters at Northrop Auditorium, behind Coffman Union, near 3M Arena at Mariucci and the McNamara drop-off have one-hour limits).
    • After the allowed timeframe, meter patrons must either relocate their vehicle a minimum of 600 feet from the original parking space or pay the posted meter rate.
    • To apply for a disability permit, call the State of Minnesota at 651-296-6911.

Find a Specific University Parking Meter

Beacon Street Mariucci
Bierman MAST
Bio-Medical District on 23rd Avenue Mayo Building
Shevlin-Burton Halls McNamara Alumni Center
Peik Gym Northrop
Child Development/Elliott Hall Phillips-Wangensteen Circle
Comstock Sanford
Delaware Street (behind Coffman)  
East River Parkway Superblock (south side)
Education Sciences Building Superblock (north side)
Field House TVRP
Graduate Hotel Walnut Street
2221 University Ave
Food Stores Re Use Center
Printing Services
Dance Center Middlebrook Hall
Lot C-85  
Baseball Field Gymnasium
Carter Avenue Hodson Hall
Commonwealth Avenue McNeal Hall
Gortner at Dudley Avenue Raptor Center
Eckles Avenue St. Paul Student Center

Did You Know...

There are more than 350 parking meters on the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus that are managed and maintained by University staff.


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