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Visitors/Others

Every day, 20,000 students, employees, and visitors make their way across the Cornell University campus. Visitors find that most academic and administrative buildings and residential areas are within easy walking distance from even the more remote parking lots, and that the area’s public transit system—TCAT—provides excellent service to all points of the campus.  

Parking Rules and Short-Term Parking Options

On-campus parking—except in metered , Parkmobile, and most time-zone areas—is by permit only. A limited amount of non-permit parking is available after 5 p.m., including both parking garages and the north campus A lot. Permits can be purchased from any visitor information booth or at 116 Maple Avenue.

Handicap-Accessible Parking

Inform our staff if you need accessible parking—we can direct you to a handicap space convenient to your destination. A Cornell-issued visitor or conference AP permit must be displayed along with your state-issued handicap plate or placard. If you choose to park in an accessible metered space, you must pay the meter.  

Contact us in advance for these parking situations

  • Bus Parking
  • Horse Trailer Parking
  • U-hauls/Tractor Trailers/Heavy Equipment Trailers
  • Government/Official Vehicle Parking

Below is a list of annual events that impact traffic and parking

  • Fall Opening
  • Class Registration
  • Fall Break
  • Winter Parking Rules
  • Winter Break
  • Spring Opening
  • Class Registration
  • Spring Break
  • Cornell Days
  • Slope Day
  • Move out/Closing
  • Commencement
  • Reunion Weekend
  • Summer Conferences
  • Construction/Road Closings