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SHOCKER PARKING

2015-16 Parking Plan

Beginning Aug. 10, Wichita State University’s main campus will again become a permit-only parking environment. WSU students, faculty and staff must purchase and display a color-coded parking permit to legally park on the main campus. Visitors to campus will park in reserved visitor spaces.

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The goal of the permit environment is to ensure that more parking is available for students on the main campus. 

Permits will be required from 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday in green and green/yellow lots and from 7 a.m.-6 p.m. in yellow lots. Permits are not required to park on campus on weekends or on days when classes are not in session. Vehicles parked on campus during enforcement hours without a proper permit will be ticketed by the Wichita State University Police Department.

Students, faculty and staff who decline to pay for parking permits may choose to ride the free WSU Shuttle System buses from satellite lots at the Hughes Metropolitan Complex at 29th Street or from a new WSU-leased parking lot at 21st Street and Oliver.

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2015 Parking Map


Lot types and enforcement

There are six lot designations that require permits on the WSU main campus.  

Lot Color Description Enforcement
green icon Green Lots. Parking for students with a green permit only.  7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays when school is in session
green_yellow Green/Yellow Lots. Parking for students with a green permit and for faculty and staff with a yellow permit.  7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays when school is in session
JPEG Image Orange Lot. Reserved for Shocker Hall residents.  Permits are enforced at all times.
JPEG Image Brown Lot. Reserved for Fairmount Towers residents.  Permits are enforced at all times
yellow square Yellow Lots. Reserved for faculty and staff with a yellow permit. 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays when school is in session*
red_square Red Lots. Reserved for staff with a red permit.  Permits are enforced at all times.

*with the exception of the yellow lot east of Ahlberg Hall which is enforced at all times.


Permit types

There are six permit types for WSU faculty, staff and students at Wichita State.

  • Green Permit (WSU student commuter): WSU students not living in student housing may park in any green lot or in green/yellow shared lots.
  • Orange Permit (Shocker Hall residents): WSU students living in Shocker Hall may purchase an orange permit. Orange-permitted vehicles must park in their assigned orange lot near the Corbin Education Center (Lot 5). Orange-permitted vehicles are not allowed to park in any other 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 will recieve a free brown permit at check-in 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. 
  • Yellow Permit (WSU faculty and staff): Faculty and staff at WSU may park in yellow lots or in green/yellow shared lots. Yellow-permitted vehicles may not park in green permit lots. Doing so will result in a ticket from the WSU Police Department. 
  • Red Permit (Reserved parking): Red-permitted vehicles are assigned a reserved space for the entire year. Red permit lots are reserved at all times, including weekends. 
  • 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.

Purchasing parking permits

Commuter Students

Students who wish to park on campus must purchase a hangtag/decal permit. The costs for student permits are $150 per year for cars, trucks and SUVs ($75 if purchased for Spring semester only) and $60 per year for motorcycles ($30 if purchased for Spring semester only).

  • Pay online (debit card, credit card or web check only) at www.wichita.edu/parkingpermit.  Students purchasing online in July will recieve their permit by mail. Permits purchased after July 31 must be picked up after 10 a.m. at Jardine Hall, Room 201. Allow one full business day for processing.
  • 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.

Students who purchase a permit for their primary car, truck or SUV will be able to move the hangtag between vehicles without purchasing additional permits. Motorcycle decals must be purchased separately. 

To accommodate graduating students and those not returning to WSU in the spring, students driving  cars, trucks or SUVs may opt to return the hangtag at the end of the fall semester to receive a $75 refund, equivalent to half the cost of the one-year permit. To receive the refund, bring the hangtag to Jardine Hall, Room 201, at the end of the semester. A $75 credit will be placed on the student’s account and then refunded either to the student’s bank account as specified in the Student Account Suite or via a check mailed to the student’s home address.

Commuter student permit fees

Vehicle type Cost per year
(Fall 2015 / Spring 2016)
Fall 2015 only* Spring 2016 only
Cars / trucks / SUVs $150 $75* $75
Motorcycles $60 Not applicable $30
* After $75 refund at the end of the fall semester. See paragraph preceeding the table for details.

Students must provide name, myWSU ID, mailing address, tag number and state of registration in order to get the permit. Each request will be checked to ensure that the student is enrolled. Information will also be cross-checked with student housing to ensure that the proper permit is issued.

Housing students

Students living in Fairmount Towers will be issued one permit at no cost at check-in. Shocker Hall students may purchase an orange permit. Housing students will be informed of the process for registering their primary vehicle during the housing check-in process.

 Faculty and staff 

Faculty and staff who currently have a yellow permit will automatically receive a permit for the 2016 fiscal year in campus mail at the end of July. Faculty and staff who currently do not have a yellow permit and would like to purchase one for FY16 can download the Faculty Staff Parking Decal Payment Form from the Financial Operations website at http://www.wichita.edu/j/?3001 and bring it to 201 Jardine Hall after July 17.


Safety at satellite parking lots

Student safety is of utmost importance at Wichita State. For this reason, the satellite lots at the Metropolitan Complex and at 21st and Oliver will be regularly patrolled by WSU Police Department personnel from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. 


Handicapped parking

There is no WSU-issued permit for handicapped parking. Vehicles displaying a valid state-issued handicapped indicator may park in the designated handicapped spaces in lots across campus. This includes handicapped spaces within the Red Permit parking lot between Morrison and Jabara Halls (Lot 8).


VIP visitors and lot reservations

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

Lot reservations for special events will only be permitted in lots on the periphery of campus (yellow/green striped lots on the parking map). Permission must be arranged through the WSU Police Department.


Media parking

Members of the media needing to park at Wichita State for interviews should contact Joe Kleinsasser, director of news and media relations at 978-3013 or joe.kleinsasser@wichita.edu.