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New Student Information

Welcome new Blugold families! We are excited for your students to join us; in an effort to help make their transition to UW-Eau Claire a smooth one, we have compiled some information that we hope will be helpful to you as parents. Consider this your guide to Parking and Transportation Services!

Click here to view our orientation presentation for incoming students and parents. Below you will find answers to commonly asked questions from parents of incoming freshman and transfer students.


  • Where is the Parking and Transportation Services office located?
    Parking and Transportation Services is located in Blugold Central, Old Library, Room 1108.
  • What are your hours?
    Our office is open from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.
  • Does my student need to bring a vehicle to campus?
    The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire is a self-contained unit with classrooms, libraries, recreational areas, food services, etc., all within walking distance. It is an environment where most individuals do not need transportation. Consequently, we recommend that students do not bring vehicles, unless off-campus employment dictates a need.
  • How and when does my student apply for a residence hall (R) permit?
    Since residence hall lots are for long-term "garage parking," these lots are sold at 100% or one permit per one parking space. To ensure fairness, these permits are granted by lottery. A lottery for incoming freshmen and transfer students is held over the summer months. To apply for the parking lottery, click here. Winners will be announced the last week in July.
  • What if my student wasn’t awarded a permit via the lottery but needs to have their vehicle on campus?
    Students who are not successful in the lottery may be eligible for a permit through the Need Based Application process. Need based permits are intended for students who have an off-campus job, medical need, student teaching, etc. If an off-campus situation qualifies, the application and documentation must be submitted to Parking and Transportation Services. We begin accepting applications for the fall semester need based permits the first Monday in August and spring semester need based applications the first Monday in January. All requests will be evaluated and permits will be assigned according to the need and until the supply is exhausted.
  • What if my student wants to bring their vehicle to campus but didn’t apply via the lottery nor do they qualify for the need based process?
    Your student may sign up on our Bollinger waitlist by contacting Parking and Transportation Services beginning the first Monday in August. The Bollinger lot is located approximately six blocks from upper campus. This economy lot is on the University bus route (Route 9). B permits are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis (via the waitlist) and do not require a need to apply; waitlist participants will be notified of the results approx. two weeks after the start of the semester. We strongly advise students not to bring a car to campus until they have secured a permit.
  • How much do permits cost?
    Please click here to view our fee schedule.
  • Are parking permits refundable?
    Yes. We issue parking permit refunds on a monthly prorated basis.
  • My student didn’t bring a car to campus. What transportation options are available for them to get to and from home?
    The following options are currently available:
    • Jefferson Lines: stops outside of Towers Hall and provides bus service from the Minneapolis area to Milwaukee, WI.
    • Badger Bus: stops outside of Towers Hall and provides bus service from UW-Eau Claire to UW-Madison and UW-Milwaukee.
    • ZimRide: offers a social network for ridesharing.
  • Where can I park when I visit campus?
    If you or other family and friends are visiting your student living in the residence halls on weekdays, you must obtain a permit to park. We provide free permits for guests that allow temporary parking in the residence hall (R) stalls. Permits are available at the Parking and Transportation Services office, the Visitor Center (127 Roosevelt Ave.) or the Service Center if outside of our business hours. Permits must be obtained by the visitor and they must provide a picture ID and their license plate information.

    For weekend visits (beginning Friday at 3 p.m. through Monday at 6 a.m.), you do not need a permit to park in the residence hall (R) stalls.

    Short-term visitor parking is available in the parking meters located within close proximity to the residence halls. Pay careful attention to the posted enforcement hours and be sure to pay the meter when required.
  • My student doesn’t have an R permit. Can they park near their residence hall while loading/unloading?
    As mentioned above, short-term parking is available in parking meters located within close proximity to the residence halls. They must pay careful attention to the posted enforcement hours and be sure to pay the meter when required.

    Move-in (last Thursday in August) and move-out (last week of spring finals) are exceptions to the rule, in that specific loading and unloading zones are available near the residence halls. These areas are clearly marked/staffed by Parking and Transportation Services employees. No such zones are available during the remainder of the academic year.
  • How can my student tell if they have citations?
    Your student can login to to view citations on any vehicle associated with their account. Vehicles are automatically associated with an account when a permit is purchased. Students can also call or email our office to inquire about citations or to add a vehicle to their account without purchasing a permit.
  • How does the Resident Escort Shuttle Service work?
    The Residence Escort Shuttle Service provides an on-call late night escort service throughout campus for residence hall students during limited hours each evening. To schedule a ride, call 715.559.5468. There is no charge to use the service. Students will need to present their Blugold ID in order to ride the shuttle. The shuttle will not operate during inclement weather conditions.
  • My student brought their bike to campus. Where can they park?
    Bicycles may park in any of the designated areas located throughout campus and we do ask that they lock their bicycle to prevent theft. Parking in non-designated areas (railings, sign posts, buildings, trees, etc.) may result in citation or impoundment.
  • I have additional questions not answered here. Where can I go for help?
    We encourage you to explore the remainder of our website as it is the best source of information. If you are unable to find the information you are looking for, please email or call us directly. Our email address and phone number can be found on our contact page.