New Student Transportation Information

Welcome to the University of Kentucky! To help make your transition as easy as possible, we have compiled some information that will be beneficial as you and your parents navigate your way around campus.

Please take some time to explore our website. You will find answers to frequently asked questions, campus parking maps, bus routes and schedules, and more! It will be a useful tool during your time at UK.

Parents’ Guide to Transportation Services

Where is Transportation Services located?

The central office for Transportation Services is located in the Press Avenue Garage (PS #6), at the corner of Press and Virginia Avenues. Our mailing address and phone number may be found on our contact page.

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How and when does my son or daughter apply for their permit?

Student permit sales are staggered by permit type and student classification. A calendar of permit sales dates may be found here.

Students may apply for permits online, through the mail using our printable forms or by visiting our main office location at Parking Structure #6, 721 Press Avenue.

It is extremely important that the student’s name is used when applying, and not the parent’s name.

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Are parking permits refundable?

Yes, parking permit refunds are issued on a monthly prorated basis.

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Where can I park when I visit campus?

If you are visiting a student living in a residence hall, your student host must provide you with a guest parking permit that allows temporary parking in the spaces marked for residence halls. Parking permits are available at Transportation Services. Temporary passes will be issued on a space available basis in the residence hall parking area or to the next closest parking area.

Short-term visitor parking is also available at pay parking meters, in the South Limestone Garage (PS #5) and the Sports Center Garage (PS #7). Visitors parking in the garages listed above have the option of paying the hourly fee with cash or credit card (Visa/MasterCard/AMEX/Discover Card).

Most employee lots and student commuter lots are accessible and available on weekends. Permits are not required after 3:30 p.m. Friday until 5:00 a.m. Monday. On weekdays, visitors may pay to park in the South Limestone Garage (PS #5) and the Sports Center Garage (PS #7).

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My student parks their vehicle at Kroger Field. How crowded is this area?

K permits are valid in one of many K areas, so these students have multiple options available to them. They may park in the Red or Blue Lots, as well as the Greg Page Overflow Lot and the Soccer/Softball Complex Lots

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My son or daughter does not have an R permit. Can they park near their residence hall while loading/unloading?

The main move-in and move-out weekends are exceptions to the rule, in that designated short-term loading and unloading zones are available near the residence halls. These areas are clearly marked and staffed by UK employees. However, no such zones are available during the remainder of the academic year. Transportation Services does not condone the use of hazard lights instead of parking legally. If a vehicle is illegally parked, no matter the duration, it may be subject to a parking citation or impoundment.

Some residence halls have parking meters or pay parking facilities in close proximity.

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How can my student tell if they have citations?

Often students forget about or lose citations. After clicking on Pay a Citation, they will have the option to search by license plate number or citation number.

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How does the night and on-demand bus service work?

The campus Yellow Route runs from noon to midnight on Sundays. A map and schedule of that route is available online.

Beginning at midnight until 5 a.m. on Monday through Friday, drivers are available to transport students on an on-call basis. By calling (859) 221-RIDE (7433), students can arrange for a ride anywhere on campus. Calls must be received at least 30 minutes prior to the end of on-demand service.

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My student brought their bike to campus. Can they lock it up anywhere as long as the bike is not blocking pedestrian traffic?

While we encourage people to ride on campus, bicycles have a set of regulations similar to motor vehicles. Riders are required to use one of the many bicycle racks on campus to park. Locking a bike to a bench or a building's handrail, for example, may result in citation or impoundment. To reduce confrontation between bicycles and pedestrians, UK does not allow bicycles to be ridden on most sidewalks within the core of Main Campus. Cyclists should use caution in the areas designated by the "Shared Use" symbol on the sidewalk. Finally, Transportation Services strongly encourages all members of the campus community who plan to park their bike on campus to obtain and display a valid bike permit, which is available free of charge on the PTS website.

Please read through the bicycle information, as well as the parking and permit regulations.

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Where can I get answers to parking- and transportation-related questions?

Our department web site is your best source of information, such as permit calendars, maps, and bus schedules. If you are unable to find the information that you need, we encourage you to email or call us directly. Our email address and phone numbers may be found on our contact page. You can also contact Transportation Services through our Twitter page.

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