Visitor Passenger Vehicles

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First Time on Campus

Parking is prepaid across campus except in the Student Union and Lubar Hall garages. These garages are cashiered ,meaning that parking is paid for upon exiting the parking structure.

Visit the Parking Rates Page for current rates.

All parking structures and surfaces lots are enforced 24/7.

Parking in the Union Garage:
The most convenient parking on campus for visitors is the centrally located Student Union garage. Enter the Union garage from E Kenwood Blvd. This is a cashiered parking structure, meaning that you pay as you exit for the time you are parked.
Use google maps to help you find the garage entrance.

Acceptable and Unacceptable Payment(s)
Acceptable

Unacceptable

  • ATM Cards
  • Checks
  • Panther Gold Account

Review posted signage, to avoid citations
Several University parking lots are available to visitors, students and the general public. Some surface lots and sections of garages, during business hours, are permit only parking. Pre-payment of applicable parking fees is necessary across campus in the appropriatly designated spaces. See campus parking map for exact locations. Adhere to posted signage at each lot!

Other public parking areas:
Other public/visitor parking lots and garages are controlled by pay stations, which are centralized multi-space meters. It is important to take notice of the signage located at the entrance of each lot. This includes lot number, time restrictions (if applicable), and payment instructions. Most pay stations require users to enter their license plate number and parking duration.

Public and Student parking areas are located:
Loading and Unloading in Service Areas and Loading Docks

Following are the rules for repair workers, contractors, service representatives and members of the University community who need to load or unload material.

Dock areas are reserved for delivery vehicles with truck plates while loading or unloading. Short-term errand parking (picking up mail or delivering something to an office) is provided at the 30-minute meters or in public parking lots only. Personal vehicles are not allowed in loading docks. Parking in service areas requires authorization from the Transportation Services office. Parking a location not designated for parking is prohibited.

Note: Parking at the job site is not an acceptable excuse to park illegally.

If a motor vehicle of any type will be used in the conduct of a job or business at UWM, a vehicle left unattended for any length of time is considered parked. This applies even to vehicles that are unattended with their hazard lights on.

Special Visitors/Departmental Guests

Special visitors and department guests may be eligible for special parking arrangements. Ask the hosting department for more details.

  1. Only deans, division heads, directors, department chairpersons or their designated representatives are allowed to request special visitor parking reservations on behalf of their faculty and staff. Special visitor/guest permits cannot be provided to anyone who is employed by the University. Student Association recognized student organizations may request reservations through the Dean of Students Office.
    • Student organizations may make arrangements through Student Involvement.
  2. Establish a blanket account with Transportation Services for special visitor/guest parking services.
  3. Available permits:
    • For portions of a day
      • Mornings 7 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
      • Afternoons 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
      • Evenings 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.
      • Any overlapping period, no matter how short, is counted as an all day period.
    • For an entire day
      • 7:00 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  4. Request a reservation(s) at least 48 hours in advance in writing or by completing the Special Visitor Request Form and faxing it to 414-229-2933. Information that we will need at the time a reservation is made includes:
    • Date, parking preference, location and time period parking reservation(s) is/are desired.
    • Name, email, and phone number of departmental contact person along with PK number.

Transportation Services will then issue a permit for a specific parking space. A permit and a map with parking instructions for the visitor/guest will be available for pick-up at the Transportation Services office in Union WG25.

Restrictions include:
  • A limit of two reservations per department in outdoor lots on any given day. Reservations will be made on a first-come/ first-served basis.
  • Transportation Services reserves the right to deny a Special Visitor Request.
  • A maximum of 26 spaces in outdoor lots may be reserved campus wide for any given day.
  • Special visitor parking spaces may not be reserved for regular UWM employees or students.
  • Parking arrangements can be made for the Union and Lubar garages. A special Value Pass will be issued to the guests. These areas are not restricted to the limit of 2 reservations per day.
Garage Pay Stations
All parking garages on campus use the same methods for payment. There are three different machines used during a standard transaction, each will be described below. There are three different ways users can pay for parking in the garage.

  • Parking Ticket – Pushing the appropriate button will dispense a parking ticket. Users can use this ticket with pay stations or the exit station to pay for parking.
  • Panthercard (Student / Faculty ID) – If the user has the appropriate permit registered with their account, they can scan their Panthercard to open the gate.
  • Park Mobile – The Park Mobile app will generate a barcode that is scanned by the machine. It will automatically connect the users parking to their account.

Entrance Station
This is the machine used when entering a parking garage.
Here is a list of the different parts of the machine, and descriptions on how they are used.

  • A: This screen shows the status of the machine and the time. Only use a machine that says ‘OPEN’.
  • B: This button prints out a ticket for the user. The ticket prints directly below the screen. This ticket allows users to pay for their parking at a pay station or exit machine.
  • C: This is a card scanner for Panthercards. If the user has an appropriate permit registered with their account, it will lift the gate.
  • D: This is a barcode scanner for Park Mobile. Using the Park Mobile app, users can generate a barcode from the ‘gated parking’ option. The machine will beep when it has been read.
  • E: This allows users to call for assistance. Pushing the button will connect the user with a parking attendent. It includes a speaker and a camera.
  • F: This uses a users Gold account to pay for parking. COMING SOON


Pay Stations
This is the machine that can be used to pay for a parking ticket obtained from an entrance machine. Machines accept both cash and credit cards and are located within the garages.
Here is a list of the different parts of the machine, and descriptions on how they are used.

  • A: This is where a user can insert a ticket obtained from an entrance machine. The touch screen above will show payment options.
  • B: This is where users can pay with a credit / debit card. Use the pin pad below if prompted.
  • C: This is where users can pay with cash / coins.
  • D: Change from a cash transaction will be deposited here.
  • E: A printed receipt of the transaction will print here.
  • F: This allows users to call for assistance. Pushing the button will connect the user with a parking attendent. It includes a speaker and a camera.


Exit Station
This machine is at the exit to the parking garages.
While it allows users to pay for parking using a ticket, it is strongly recommended that they pay beforehand using one of the pay stations located within the garage. This eases traffic flow during busy times.
Here is a lsit of the different parts of the machine, and descriptions on how they are used.

  • A: This is where a user inserts a ticket obtained from an entrance machine. It will prompt for payment if not paid using a pay station. Use the ‘confirm’ / ‘cancel’ buttons during the transaction.
  • B: This is a card scanner for Panthercards. If the user has an appropriate permit registered with their account, it will lift the gate.
  • C: This is a barcode scanner for Park Mobile. Using the Park Mobile app, use the barcode generated when using the entrance machine. Payment is faciliated through the Park Mobile app itself. The machine will beep when it has been read.
  • D: This allows users to call for assistance. Pushing the button will connect the user with a parking attendent. It includes a speaker and a camera.
  • E: This is where users can pay with a credit / debit card. Use the pin pad below if prompted.

Vendors and Contractors
K Permits
Any service person or contractor who needs parking space(s) as close to their campus destination as possible for longer than a 30-minute meter will allow may purchase a special “K” permit. To purchase, contact the UWM Transportation Services office at 414-229-4000.

Eligibility
‘K’ permits are available only to vendors, suppliers, service and repair agents who show proof they have received an official contract, order for purchase, service or work; are eligible to obtain ‘K’ permits of any kind. UWM Transportation Services reserves the right to limit the quantity of permits issued to a vendor or contractor. ‘K’ permits are required to be physically retrieved from the Transportation Services office during business hours. ‘K’ permits will not be sold to persons or firms in the process of soliciting business from UWM.

Validity
The “K” permit will allow a vehicle to be parked at a 30-minute meter beyond the posted time limit and without having to pay the meter fee. The “K” permit will also allow a vehicle to park in other convenient areas/spaces posted: “Vehicles Authorized by the Transportation Services office only.”

In addition, a “K” permit will allow a vehicle to park in a parking space available for general public parking without having to pay any additional parking fee beyond the cost of the permit. This does not apply to the Student Union garage.


One Day Permits
These permits can be issued per day or in advance quantities. Each permit is self validating and allows parking all day on the date for which the permit is validated.

Consecutive Day or Extended Use Permits
These permits are sold for multiple days, month or per year (non-reserved). See Parking Rates for exact cost. Each permit is validated at the time of purchase.
Athletic Event Parking

Parking is prepaid across campus except in the Student Union garage and Lubar Hall garage.

Applicable hourly or special event parking fees are enforced at all hours, every day of the week. Limited public parking will occur on weekdays during the traditional Academic calendar, before 3 p.m.

Parking facilities adjacent to athletic venues on campus utilize multiple-space pay stations which accept small bills, coins and UWM parking cards (available from the Transportation Services office). See parking rates for cost information.

Engelmann Field
There are three parking lots which allow for the shortest walking distance to Engelmann Field. The Sciences lot is located off of E. Kenwood Blvd. The Cunningham lot is located off of E. Hartford Ave near Cramer St. Finally, the EMS parking garage is located off of N. Cramer St

Klotsche Center/Pavilion
Five levels of underground parking are available in the Pavilion parking structure. Enter off E Edgewood Avenue or N Downer Avenue.

View our interactive parking map for more detailed information.