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Student periphery (RK, CK) parking permit sales start July 19

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 18, 2023)  Student periphery (RK and CK), Remote (X) and Off-Peak (O) permits will go on sale on Wednesday, July 19. Permits are available for purchase online or by visiting the University of Kentucky Transportation Services’ Customer Service Center, located at 721 Press Ave.

Residential Periphery (RK) and Commuter Periphery (CK) permits are available for the full academic year at a cost of $272 or $136 for the fall semester only. Remote and Off-Peak permits cost $168 for the full academic year.

A student’s outstanding parking citations must be paid before a permit. Citations can be paid online or at the Transportation Services office.

To purchase online, students should log in to their customer account using their linkblue username and password. If purchasing a permit in person, please bring your UK ID, as well as information on the make, model and color of your vehicle, plus your license plate number. Vehicle information is required before a permit can be issued.

Permits purchased online prior to Friday, Aug. 4, will be mailed to your home mailing address. After that date, they must be picked up in person inside the customer service center or outside at the express pick-up window.

The 2023-24 permits are valid beginning Aug. 1 and must be displayed when parking on campus.

Residential Periphery (RK) permit details

Residential Periphery (RK) permits are available for on-campus residents and provide a variety of parking options, including the Kroger Field Red and Blue lots, Commonwealth Drive lot and the College Way East and West lots. These parking areas have direct access to the campus bus system.

RK permit holders may also choose to park in the Wildcat Court lots, but these lots do not have direct campus bus access and require a brief walk to a bus stop located at the intersection of College Way and Wildcat Court.

RK permits authorize permit holders to park overnight on campus.

Commuter Periphery (CK) permit details

Commuter Periphery (CK) permits are available for off-campus commuters. Like RK permit holders, CK permit holders may park in the Kroger Field Red and Blue lots, Commonwealth Drive lot and the College Way East and West lots, which have direct access to the campus bus system. CK permit holders may also park in the Wildcat Court lots, but these lots do not have direct campus bus access and require a brief walk to a bus stop located at the intersection of College Way Drive and Wildcat Court.

Students living in off-campus housing with insufficient parking accommodations, are not eligible to store their vehicles on campus, without prior authorization. CK permits are intended for daily commuting and do not authorize overnight parking. CK permit holders who park overnight in campus parking areas will be cited for each violation of this policy.

Additional parking options during off-peak hours

In addition to authorizing parking in the areas mentioned above, both RK and CK permits also authorize permit holders to park in most employee intermediate (E) parking areas after 3:30 p.m. and in most employee core areas after 5 p.m. However, please pay attention to any signage at the entry to parking areas and any additional control signage, curb markings and other parking control devices within these areas before parking, as there are some exceptions. Also be aware that parking permits do not authorize parking in pay lots or at meters. If you park in a pay lot or at a meter, payment is required.

Please keep in mind that RK and CK permit holders must pay attention to relocation/no parking requirements for home football games. Please see this page for additional information.

Remote (X) permits

A limited number of remote permits are available for on campus residential students. Remote permits are a cost-effective option for students who infrequently use their vehicles, but want to have them nearby.

Remote parking is located in the Greg Page and Shawneetown apartment area and is served by the campus Green Route, which provides access to campus via a bus transfer to the Blue and White routes at the Stadium Blue Lot bus shelter.

Off-Peak permits

Off-peak permits are offered to students and employees who only desire to park on campus after 3:30 p.m. This permit provides the permit holder with convenient access during periods of low parking demand at a steeply discounted rate.

How to input your license plate information

If ordering your permit online, please see below for information about how to properly input your license plate number:

  • Type horizontal then vertical characters in order they are shown on your plate.  
  • Make sure not to include spaces or dashes between characters.  
  • If you have a personalized plate, make sure to input letters and numbers correctly. 
  • Input zeros rather than the letter O. 
  • Please make sure to double check all characters before submission for any errors.  

Please see the Parking Maps page for detailed information about campus parking areas.

Permit renewal time also offers students a good opportunity to consider other methods of transportation to, from and around campus, rather than single occupancy vehicles. Transportation Services offers several attractive incentives to encourage both employees and students to consider sustainable options, such as biking, busing, walking or ride sharing. For details about these programs, visit the Incentives section of our website.

For more information concerning parking and transit operations on campus, sign up for e-news and follow Transportation Services on Twitter @UKParking.

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