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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 handicap-accessible parking—we can direct you to a parking space and building entrance convenient to your destination. Contact us if you have any questions.

Permit Parking
A Cornell-issued visitor or conference AP permit, displayed along with your state-issued handicap plate or placard, is required Monday - Friday, 7:30 am - 5 pm. The AP permit allows you to park in permit-restricted and handicap-accessible spaces throughout campus. It does not allow parking in spaces reserved for specific license plates or business uses, such as MT.

After 5 pm and on weekends, you may park in permit-restricted spaces displaying only your municipal placard or license plate. Please adhere to time restrictions noted in areas.

Metered Parking
Payment and a valid municipal placard or license plate is required Monday - Friday, 7:30 am - 5 pm.

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 events that can impact traffic and parking