The Ultimate Parking Guide for University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

The University of Illinois flagship campus in Urbana-Champaign draws students from all over Illinois and 44 other U.S. states to attend one of the nation’s premier public universities.

But unlike many other state colleges, UIUC is not located in the state capitol or large city. Instead, the University of Illinois is nestled between the two relatively small towns of Urbana and Champaign, meaning that students traveling from either in-state or out-of-state bring their car along for trips home or even getting to-and-from the airport or train station when coming to campus.

To help current and future students plan for their parking needs when they get to UIUC, here’s a rundown of the parking options available at the University of Illinois.

Parking permit options at the University of Illinois

The University of Illinois Urbana Champaign offers students two types of parking permits: a 12-month parking permit and a 12-month shuttle lot permit.

These are the only permit options available to UIUC students, regardless of full-time or part-time status or undergraduate or graduate years in school. Any student planning to park in a university-managed or shuttle lot must register their vehicle before parking. The University of Illinois does not distribute physical parking passes. Instead, permitted vehicles are registered with their license plate.

Students must maintain the correct vehicle and license plate information on file with the University and update their account if a license plate number changes. It also makes it so students cannot share a pass with multiple drivers unless they share the exact vehicle. Students should visit the online parking management page to begin the registration process or update vehicle information.

Cost of parking at the University of Illinois

Since the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign only offers two different types of year-round parking permits, the cost of parking is pretty straightforward.

To take full advantage of an annual parking permit, current and future UIUC students should plan to register their vehicle and purchase their pass on or by August 1st. Those who already have an annual pass must re-purchase one every year beginning August 1st. Annual passes are subject to an annual increase in the permit cost.

12-month parking permits from August 1st – July 31st:

  • Student permit: $660
  • Shuttle lot permit: $143

The University does offer short-term parking options for those students bringing a car to Urbana Champaign for a limited amount of time, like in-between trips home or during finals when a vehicle is handy to get to and from campus more easily. Here are the short-term parking permit options and their rates for the 2022-2023 school year.

Limited-time parking permits:

  • Daily permit: $14
  • 1-week permit: $58
  • 2-week permit: $78
  • 1-month permit: $110
  • Meters: $20 per day

Parking locations at the University of Illinois

UIUC students with a shuttle lot permit are limited to two parking lots on either end of campus.

The first shuttle parking lot is at the University Avenue and Goodwin Avenue intersection on the northern edge of campus, next to the Parking Department office. The other shuttle lot is located on the southwest corner of campus between Kirby Avenue and St. Mary’s road, with access from both Oak Street and First Street. This lot, located just west of the State Farm Center arena, is much larger but is a long shuttle ride to the academic center of campus.

Students with a full parking permit have a dozen parking lots scattered throughout campus.

Those trying to park close to the Illini Union and Main Quad can park in lots C6 or C16 on the west side of campus off Daniel Street or lots B10, B11, or D8 on the east side of campus on either side of Green Street. Students should reference the University of Illinois campus parking map to find parking near their classes.

Transportation options at the University of Illinois

The MTD offers 25 bus routes to help Champaign-Urbana residents and students get around town.

The on-campus bus system at the University of Illinois Urbana is operated by the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District (MTD).

The MTD offers 25 bus routes covering Champaign and Urbana’s retail and commercial areas and campus access to all UIUC campuses. Students with a valid iCard can ride any MTD bus for free and have access to the MTD on-demand van service for late-night trips or trips that aren’t accessible via the regular route. Riding the bus is a popular option for students who live off-campus but do not want to pay for an annual parking permit and is a convenient option once you know which routes are closest to your apartment and classes.

Bicycling on-campus at the University of Illinois

The University of Illinois has been designated a Silver-level Bicycle Friendly University because of its biking infrastructure and services investment.

The University requires anyone who rides an on-campus bicycle to register with the Office of Facilities & Services. This helps in the event a bike is lost or stolen and also gives the University a count of how many students, faculty, and staff are opting for biking to help boost bicycle support services. Registering your bike requires a one-time $10 registration fee to obtain a 529 Shield registration tag.

The University of Illinois operates a Campus Bike Center at 51 E Gregory Dr., Champaign, IL. 61820, where students can pick up their bike registration stickers, receive information about safe cycling and learn how to fix and service their bikes. This one-stop shop, jointly run by the University and the Bike Project of Urbana-Champaign, is intended to boost cycling and bike awareness at UIUC.

Transportation options at Illini Tower

Residents of Illini Tower do not need to drive to class since the community offers students one of the best locations for an off-campus student housing community in Urbana-Champaign. Located at 409 E Chalmers St, Champaign, IL 61820, Illini Tower is just three blocks from the Main Quad and is a short walk or bike from most of the academic buildings on-campus.

Illini Tower offers studio, two, three, and four-bedroom apartments, with single and double-occupancy options within each floor plan.

The community has on-site dining, a study lounge, onsite management, and free wireless internet for all residents. For information about pricing and availability, contact the Illini Tower team today at (217) 888-2060.