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Student Parking FAQs

Q: What types of parking permits are available for students?

Commuting students receive a Brown Zone C permit and must park in the Zone C lots.

Residence Hall students receive a Pink Zone Z permit and must park in the Zone Z lots.

Upperclassman Residence Hall students receive a Blue Zone R permit and must park in the Zone R lots.

All parking permits cost $140 and are valid for the academic year. Register for a student parking permit.


Q: What is the “Zone Z” Permit?

Zone Z permits are issued to freshman residential students. View Zone Z lot locations. Zone Z lots require permits 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Big E Transit service offers regular bus routes from Zone Z lots to various stops on campus Sunday-Friday. 

Students with Zone Z permits will also be permitted to park Saturday/Sunday in any employee lot (Zone E) and commuter lots (Zone C), beginning Fridays at 7 p.m. and continuing through 2 a.m. on Mondays.


Q: Where are the Zone Z (Park and Ride) lots on campus?

Several Zone Z lots are available to residential students in multiple campus areas:

  • Ashland Lot
  • Vickers Lot
  • Keene Lot
  • Madison Lot (Currently closed due to construction)
  • Kit Carson Lot (Dual R & Z)
  • Lower Lancaster Lot


Q: Can I park in the lot closest to my residence hall with a Zone Z permit?

Dorm Closest Zone Z Lot Permit Zone Shuttle Stop Near Parking lot
Burnam Hall Kit Carson Lot Z/R Telford Hall or Walters Hall
Clay Hall Kit Carson Lot Z/R Wallace Building
Grand Campus Grand Campus GC N/A
Keene Hall Keene Hall (Side Lot) Z Keene Hall
Martin Hall Lower Lancaster Lot Z Daniel Boone or Lancaster Lot (evening Route)
McGregor Hall Lower Lancaser Lot Z Daniel Boone or Lancaster Lot (evening Route)
North Hall Kit Carson Lot Z Telford Hall or Walters Hall
Palmer Hall Vickers, Ashland or Kit Carson Z Vickers, Ashland, Telford or Walters
South Hall Kit Carson Lot Z/R Telford Hall or Walters Hall
Sullivan Hall Kit Carson Lot Z/R Telford Hall or Walters Hall
Telford Hall Kit Carson Lot Z/R Telford Hall or Walters Hall
Walters Hall Kit Carson Lot Z/R Telford Hall or Walters Hall

**Alternative remote lots (Ashland, Perkins, and Vickers) provide additional parking options for residents who do not need regular access to vehicles on a daily basis. We recommend using these lots when other lots are full during peak times and hopping on a Big E Transit route to travel to/from central campus areas. Map out your parking options here.


Q: Which lots offer accessible parking?

Accessible parking is identified on the Parking Map and includes the number of available spaces. Obtain more information and deatils on accessible parking permits. 


Q: Will I need my car to get around?

With a number of on-campus dining options and activities, we hope you will settle in and enjoy all that EKU has to offer. Most if not all campus areas are within a 20-minute walk from anywhere on campus. Traveling by foot is often the easiest and most convenient way to get around the Campus Beautiful. If walking is not practical, the new and expanded Big E Transit service offers multiple bus routes to both on and off-campus locations. A number of students find they only use their vehicles when they plan a visit home or weekend trip.


Q: How often do Big E Transit buses run?

Big E Transit offers five (5) bus routes to meet the needs of the campus community. There is also a Sunday route from noon until 6 p.m. that includes stops at the Richmond Centre and Wal-Mart and Vickers zone Z parking lot. 


Q: Does Big E Transit provide transportation off campus?

Big E Transit includes Sunday routes to popular off-campus shopping areas.


Q: Is it safe to walk to these lots at night?

Your safety is a priority at EKU and parking lots are designed to have proper lighting and close access to emergency phones if needed. If you are walking after dark, you are encouraged to be with a friend or in a group for additional safety. If you park alone during evening hours, consider requesting a public safety escort by calling EKU Police Dispatch at 859-622-1111. EKU Police is available 24/7 and can send a uniformed escort to walk with you to your destination.

Another great safety measure is using the LiveSafe app available free of charge to all students. Download the app to your phone and you can also use it to contact police in an emergency, request a safety escort or activate the WalkSafe feature that allows someone, at your request, to virtually follow your path to your destination. If you appear to be in distress or speeding up rapidly, the app lets anyone monitoring your walk contact police to tell them you could be in danger.

Learn more about LiveSafe features and learn how to download the app


Q: Are there loading/unloading zones available?

If you are carrying items to or from a residence hall or building, you will find a number of designated loading/unloading or short-term parking spaces in most areas. Please only use designated spaces and observe all time limits posted.


Q: Is there less parking with the ongoing campus construction projects?

EKU’s Campus Revitalization is underway to bring exciting new housing and facilities to campus and this has required adjustments to existing parking areas. To address parking needs, we have created a number of new lots and/or rezoned existing parking lots. View an up-to-date parking map.

We ask for your patience as parking areas are subject to change, and you are reminded to always check the posted lot designation and permit regulations before parking in any lot. In many cases, planning ahead and providing ample time to get to your destination will help you find the best parking and transportation options.


Q: Where are commuter lots located?

As EKU’s campus revitalization plan progresses, we have added additional commuter lots. Commuters will find C-Zone (Brown permit) parking in these lots:

  • Alumni Coliseum
  • Brockton
  • Business & Technology Center (BTC)
  • Stratton
  • Summit
  • VanHoose
  • Street Parking on South Second Street

Commuters are also permitted to park in designated employee (Zone E-Yellow) lots Monday-Friday from 4:30 p.m. through 7 p.m., in the Jones Lot from 9 p.m. through 2 a.m. Monday through Friday and General Parking Lots (Orange) 7 a.m. through 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.


Q: How can I get answers to additional questions?

The EKU Parking and Transportation Office is here to help. Complete parking regulations can be viewed by clicking here. If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact EKU Parking by phone at (859) 622-PARK (7275), by email, by using our web-based contact form, or by stopping in our offices on the second floor of Commonwealth Hall during normal business hours.


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