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Parking

The Student Services Center is the location to pick up or purchase annual or semester parking permits for the Drake lots for all faculty, staff, and students.  If you are unsure which parking pass to purchase, please review the parking lots on the campus map.

For the 2020 academic year, we will be communicating alternative distribution methods to allow for more social distancing.  This website and the OnCampus newsletter will be updated to reflect parking purchase plans for this year.  Parking permits for 2020-2021 will be available for sale online in the myDrake portal on August 3, 2020, and can be picked up or will be mailed/distributed in August.

Parking permits can be denied to students, faculty, contract employees, or staff who have unpaid fines.

Ways to purchase:

  • Order through myDrake and pay via credit/debit/ACH.  Passes can be picked-up in the Student Services Center when convenient (possible adjustments to pickup procedure due to COVID-19 - pickup instructions will be provided in confirmation email).
  • Faculty and Staff can utilize a payroll deduct option for the payment of their permits.
  • Short-term passes are also available for online purchase if an annual or semester permit is not needed.  Click on one of the links below to purchase a short-term pass. 

You can find parking regulations, forms, and additional parking information on the Department of Public Safety website.  Please note that refunds for parking passes are not available after the add/drop period of the fall or spring semesters, and lost permits are not replaced free of charge. 

PREMIUM LOT (RED, YELLOW, GREEN) PASSHOLDERS: There will be dates that premium lots (particularly Olmsted Yellow Lot) will be closed for pre-scheduled campus events. On the dates premium lots are closed, parking permits will be honored in an exterior commuter lot (purple or orange).

Guest Parking:

  • Drake University requires a parking permit to park in Drake parking lots.  Visitors can purchase a commuter lot pass or a residential lot (overnight) pass, and should park in one of the two VISITOR LOTS on campus.  Permits should be printed and placed on the dashboard of your car. 
  • Visitor lots will be indicated by Gray signs, and will also have parking meters in case you do not have a printed permit.  Please do not park in a lot that is not designated as a "Visitor Lot", and please do not park in a Drake parking lot without a permit to avoid ticketing and towing.
  • The Fine Arts parking lot (lot #1) does not require a permit after 4:30 pm, and could be utilized for guest parking.
  • There are options for free parking on the streets around most of the campus.  Please take note of any time limits and city regulations that are posted. 
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