Frequently Asked Questions



Why can’t I park on the core campus?

Priority for core campus parking is given to those students who live in residence halls, graduate students, and professional students.

Why can’t I get into the portal? It appears to be crashing.

The portal works in Firefox, Google Chrome, Safari and Explorer. Demand can be high at peak times. Refresh or try again later. There are plenty of spaces in perimeter lots.

Do not register as a visitor. This may delay your ability to purchase a permit. If you accidentally register as a visitor, please call us at 573-882-4568 to unlock your account.

Logging into the Tiger Park Portal on more than one device slows the process for you and your peers.

Are you sold out of parking permits?

No. We have never sold out of permits in perimeter lots.

If I bought a permit in one lot but you have opened up space in another lot, how do I move to the other lot?

You cannot sell your current parking space; you can cancel it. Email us with your request, and we will do our best to accommodate your request to cancel. We will not be making assignment change or moves. Requests must come from the Disability office as a recommendation or if you move into a residential life property we will confirm with res life staff. We use the day and time stamp to work through requests. This may take a few days during busy periods. Attempting to sell your parking permit to another student can result in you paying for their tickets and being fined $150.

Will I have to pay for parking if I am attending an event or studying on campus in the evening?

Parking is enforced from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, except in restricted structures and surface lots, including Parking Structure 7 and Tiger Avenue (both structures over by MU Health Care), and some floors in Virginia Avenue Parking Structure that are designated for Residential Life students. Lots restricted 24/7 also include Residential Life parking lots and surface lots, which are all noted as “restricted.”

The university has more than 75 surface lots and structures available on campus, most of which are unrestricted after 6 p.m. every day of the week. These include Turner Avenue, Conley Avenue and University Avenue parking structures, and most surface lots in the core campus.

What if I no longer need a permit or I am no longer a student or an employee on campus?

If you are no longer a student at MU or need a parking permit, you may not transfer (sell or give) a parking permission. You will need to notify Parking & Transportation Services via email. Refunds are pro-rated if available.

I live downtown. Why can’t I park near my apartment?

If you’re living off campus in a private apartment, sorority or fraternity house, you will probably get a perimeter lot assignment – regardless of your proximity to campus. If you need overnight parking, you will be assigned to SG4, behind the Hearnes Center.

You may also wish to call the City of Columbia at 573-874-2489 to see if there is space available in a city parking structure.

What is an AM/PM permit, and how do I get one?

If you are an off-campus student who works on campus early in the morning (shift ends by 9 a.m.) or late at night (shift begins before 6 p.m.), you may be eligible for an AM or PM limited-time parking permission to accommodate your work schedule. Just send an email with the subject line “AM/PM permit” to with your name, your supervisor’s name, where you work and when. Once we verify your work schedule, we’ll let you know your options.

Is it unsafe for me to walk from a perimeter lot?

Safety is our No. 1 priority. If you are working/studying at MU after hours and want an escort to your car, call MUPD at 573-882-7201. We’ll send a campus safety officer. We encourage everyone to take necessary precautions to maintain their own safety.

Additionally, Tiger Line shuttles run from 5 a.m. to midnight from Hearnes (SG4), 6 a.m. to midnight to Trowbridge (AV14) and 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. to Reactor Field (RP10, RP3) to provide a safe ride for students when school is in session. The GoMizzou app has a real-time map. Open maps and choose the Tiger Line icon on the bottom right side of your screen.

Mizzou’s blue light emergency phones also are visible across campus. The phones connect directly with an MUPD dispatcher who will respond immediately.

It will take me 30 minutes to walk to class; how can the university make these changes that have this kind of impact?

We understand that parking in perimeter lots can increase the time it takes to get to the core campus, and that it will require students to plan for necessary travel time. Shuttles run every 10-15 minutes during peak hours; it takes approximately 10-15 minutes for a shuttle from the perimeter lots to reach the core campus drop-off points.

Tiger Line shuttles run from 5 a.m. to midnight from Hearnes (SG4), 6 a.m. to midnight to Trowbridge (AV14) and 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. to Reactor Field (RP10, RP3) to provide a safe ride for students when school is in session. The GoMizzou app has a real-time map. Open maps and choose the Tiger Line icon on the bottom right side of your screen.

Why did I get a parking citation, and what do I do?

Parking citations are issued for violations of university parking rules and regulations. Citations may be paid or appealed. Citations must be paid or appealed within 5 days from the date of issuance of the citation, or a late fee will be assessed.

Learn more about MU Parking Regulations

Log in to NuPark to pay a citation

Appeal a citation

Citation rates and violations

What is Donations for Citations?

Donations for Citations allows an alternative payment for up to three citations each year. You may donate 10 full-size, non-perishable items in lieu of paying the actual citation dollar amount.

Your donations will go to Tiger Pantry, Mizzou’s on-campus food pantry for MU students, staff and faculty who are experiencing food insecurity or hunger.

Bring your items to the Parking & Transportation Office (Turner Avenue Parking Structure) within five days of receiving a citation. Be sure to check for acceptable items.

This only applies to citations for no permission, permission does not apply or expired meter (up to $25 per citation) for a maximum of three citations per year.

Who has access to my parking account information?

Your parking account information is covered under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), making access to this information restricted. Only the individual account holder is allowed to access their parking account information.

Read more about FERPA

Granting Additional Authorized Access