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SHOCKER PARKING

Parking FAQ

Why is this plan being enacted?
When does the plan take effect?
What are the hours of enforcement?
Am I required to purchase a permit to attend WSU?
How do I purchase a permit?
Who can purchase a yellow permit?
Who can purchase a red permit?
What permits are available to students?
Can I purchase a green permit if I live in student housing?
I am planning to visit campus. Do I need a purchase a permit?
My organization is expecting VIP visitors. Where should they park?
I'm taking courses as senior audit, do I still have to pay to park on campus?
I am a frequent visitor to the campus but am not a student or faculty/staff member. What is my best option for parking?
Why does it cost so much?
Does purchasing a permit guarantee me a parking space?
Can I purchase a permit for the fall semester only?
I own multiple vehicles. Can I use one parking permit for all of them?
I own a motorcycle and a car. Do I have to buy two different permits?
Do I need a parking permit for the satellite campuses?
Will I be able to include parking fees as part of the payment plan?
Can I pay half of the parking fee in the Fall semester and the other half in the Spring semester?
Where can I order my parking decal and what are my options to pay for parking?
How do I pay for my parking decal by cash?


Why is this plan being enacted?

The primary goal of the move to a permit-only parking environment is to ensure that more parking is available on the WSU main campus for commuter students. 

» See an in-depth explanation of the reasons behind the plan

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When does the plan take effect?

The plan goes into effect on Monday, Aug. 11. 

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What are the hours of enforcement?

Parking permits will be enforced on weekdays when classes are in session from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Permits are not required to park on the main campus after 6 p.m., on weekends or on days when classes are cancelled or not in session, with the exception of red permit lots and the yellow permit lot east of Ahlberg Hall.

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Am I required to purchase a permit to attend WSU?

No. Purchase of parking permits is completely optional. The WSU Shuttle System will allow students and staff a free park-and-ride option from satellite parking at a nearby WSU-leased lot at 21st and Oliver (pending final agreement) or at the Metropolitan Complex at 29th and Oliver. The shuttle system has been improved this year with added stops on campus and greater frequency of shuttles at Perimeter Road stops.

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How do I purchase a permit?

Commuter students who wish to park on the main campus may purchase permits either online (credit card, debit card or web check) or in person (cash, check), while faculty and staff purchase through Financial Operations.

» See detailed information on purchasing permits, including costs

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Who can purchase a yellow permit?

Yellow parking permits are reserved for benefits-eligible WSU faculty and staff.  Student workers, GTAs and GRAs are not eligible for a yellow permit.  

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Who can purchase a red permit?

Red parking permits are reserved for benefits-eligible WSU faculty and staff who report directly to a Vice President.

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What permits are available to students?

There are four permits that are available to students:

  • Green Permit (Commuter students): WSU students not living in student housing may park in any green lot or in any green/yellow shared lots.
  • Orange Permit (Shocker Hall residents): WSU students living in Shocker Hall are issued one permit at no cost and must park in their assigned orange lot at the Hughes Metropolitan Complex at 29th and Oliver. Orange permit holders are not allowed to park in any parking lots on the main campus or in the brown permit lot at Fairmount Towers during times when permits are being enforced.
  • Brown Permit (Fairmount Towers residents): WSU students living in Fairmount Towers are issued one permit at no cost and must park in their assigned brown lot adjacent to Fairmount Towers. Brown-permitted vehicles are not allowed to park in any parking lots on the main campus during times when permits are being enforced.
  • Purple Permit (Motorcycle parking): Students, faculty or staff who drive motorcycles may purchase purple permits to allow parking in the designated cycle zones in lots across campus.

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Can I purchase a green permit if I live in student housing?             

No. Students registered to live in Shocker Hall and Fairmount towers can only use the permits issued in their check-in packets on move-in day.

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I am planning to visit campus. Do I need a purchase a permit?                      

No. Visitors to WSU during enforcement hours may park in designated metered visitor parking area in lots across campus. Consult the parking map at www.wichita.edu/parking to see visitor parking locations.  

Visitors may also may use the free park-and-ride lots at 21st and Oliver and at the Metropolitan Complex at 29th and Oliver and take a free shuttle to the main campus.

A limited number of free spaces will also be available on the main campus in the following areas:        

  • Visitors to the Marcus Welcome Center and Woodman Alumni Center may park in visitor spaces in lot 21E                
  • During clinic hours, patients of the WSU Dental Hygiene Clinic may park in designated visitor spaces on the south edge of lot 6, east of Ahlberg Hall.            
  • Patients of the Dental Clinic may park free in the Advanced Education in General Dentistry Building lot.                
  • Patients of the Cassat Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic may park in designated visitor spaces on the west side of the Metro complex.             
  • Visitors to the Ulrich Museum may park free in designated visitor spaces on the north end of Fairmount Street entrance.

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I am a frequent visitor to the campus but am not a student or faculty/staff member. What is my best option for parking?

Frequent visitors -- including alumni, Heskett Center members, Aqua Shocks, Library Patrons, unpaid volunteers and other qualifying members -- may be eligible to purchase a Frequent Visitor or WSU Volunteer parking permit for $20. 

To apply for a frequent visitor parking permit, download the appropriate form at http://www.wichita.edu/j/?3001 or obtain a form in person the WSU Police Department, then return the completed form to Jardine Hall, Room 201.

If you are unsure about which frequent visitor permit to obtain, please contact the WSU Police Department at 316-978-3450.


I'm taking courses as senior audit, do I still have to pay to park on campus?

Yes. No matter how many hours you are taking, if you want to park on the main campus you will have to purchase a parking permit. You can utilize the shuttle system for free by parking at the nearby park-and-ride lot at 21st and Oliver or at the Metropolitan Complex at 29th and Oliver. 

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My organization is expecting VIP visitors. Where should they park?

Faculty and staff may request single-day permits for a limited number of VIP visitors such as guest speakers, advisory council members, etc. These permits will allow guests to park in yellow, green or yellow/green lots. Contact WSU Police Department for more information.

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Why does it cost so much?

The permit proceeds will go toward increase security measures at the satellite lots, including overnight security and safety officers and a free, on-demand shuttle service from the Metropolitan Complex to Shocker Hall that will operate on weekends and after 10 p.m. on weekdays. Parking costs at WSU are the lowest among the three major Regents universities in the state.

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Does purchasing a permit guarantee me a parking space?

In a first-come, first-served environment, there is no way to guarantee a parking space in a given lot without going to a much more expensive reserved-space format. Parking studies have concluded that there will be student spaces available on campus at all times — even during peak traffic times. But, depending on the time you arrive on campus, those spaces may not be in the lot you prefer. 

The parking permit is completely optional. You’ll need to select the best strategy for you based on the parking situation at the time you need to be on campus.

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Can I purchase a permit for the fall semester only?

Yes. You will have to purchase a permit for the full year and then return the permit at the end of the semester to Jardine Hall, Room 201. At that time, a $60 credit -- equivalent to half the cost of the one-year permit -- will be placed on your student account and then refunded either to the bank account specified in the Student Account Suite or via a check mailed to your home address. 

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I own multiple vehicles. Can I use one parking permit for all of them?

Yes. Students who purchase a permit for their primary car, truck or SUV will be able to move the hangtag to other cars, trucks or SUVs without purchasing additional permits. Motorcycle decals must be purchased separately, however.

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I own a motorcycle and a car. Do I have to buy two different permits?

Yes. Motorcycles are a different permit type than Cars/trucks/SUVs and the permits are not transferrable between them.

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Do I need a parking permit for the satellite campuses?

No. Except where indicated, permits are not required at the South, West, Downtown and Metropolitan Complex facilities

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Will I be able to include parking fees as part of the payment plan?

No. Parking fees are not part of the traditional student fees and tuition and are maintained outside of the student accounting system.

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Can I pay half of the parking fee in the Fall semester and the other half in the Spring semester?

No. The only options are to pay $120 for the Fall and Spring semester or $60 for the Spring semester.

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Where can I order my parking decal and what are my options to pay for parking

There are two payment options available for commuter students:

  • Pay online (debit card, credit card or web check only) at www.wichita.edu/parkingpermit.  Students purchasing online will pick up their permits at the WSU OneStop at Jabara Hall, Room 122.
  • Pay in person (cash or check only), at Jardine Hall, Room 201, and get your permit in one trip. A permit will be issued to the student upon completion of the transaction.

» See detailed information on purchasing permits, including costs

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How do I pay for my parking decal by cash?

If you opt to pay by cash or check, visit Financial Operations in Room 201 of Jardine Hall and submit payment to a cashier. A permit will be issued to the student upon completion of the transaction.

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