This page provides the basics about parking at the University of Tennessee Knoxville.
If you need to know specific permit type details, please see the types on the right or scroll to the bottom of the screen on your mobile device.
Vehicle Registration and Permit Parking
All vehicles operated by UT students or employees are required to be registered with Parking and Transit Services.
Registration improves the security of campus, identifies the operator as affiliated with the university, and provides for more expedient notification in the event of any emergency. A registration tag is available at no cost, but does not provide campus parking privileges.
Only paid parking permits allow for parking in designated campus lots. Parking permit types and prices will vary. Please refer to our regulations for more information.
Ratio of Permit Sales to Parking Spaces
Parking demand varies greatly by day of week and time of day. In order to maximize the parking spaces on campus, commuter parking is 1.85 permits to 1 space. Non-Commuter parking is 1.20 permits to 1 space. Faculty/Staff parking is 1.20 permits to 1 space.
Permits may be used for another vehicle that you drive. Permits are not transferable from person to person. Staff and students who have purchased a transferable parking permit but forget to place it in the vehicle they are driving to campus may obtain a one-day courtesy permit at no charge. Read more about transferability of permits under regulations.
Lost or Stolen Permits
If your permit has been lost or stolen, first contact the UTPD to report the incident. Then come to Parking and Transit Services to obtain a replacement permit. The replacement cost is $15. If a lost or stolen permit is found on a campus vehicle, it will be towed and the violator will be charged.
The replacement cost for a lost or mutilated gate control card is $15.
RecSports Parking Area
Parking in this area requires a current Staff or Student Commuter permit and parking is not permitted between 3:00 A.M. and 6:00 A.M. except by special permit. The RPA lot is for the use of UT RecSports Facilities during their regular operating hours.
RecSports hours are posted by semester. Students attending classes or persons having other business on campus may not park in the RecSports Parking Area. To ensure member’s access to RecSports Facilities, there is a 3-hour time limit for parking between 6:00 A.M. and 5:00 P.M. This lot is consistently enforced.
The closest commuter lot with over 80 spaces is the C22 lot located at Todd Helton Dr & Volunteer Blvd. The other garage within walking distance of TRECs is the NEW garage located at Volunteer Blvd & Pat Head Summitt Dr with 840 commuter spaces.
The Staff 20 parking spaces, within the RPA parking area, are required to have a current Staff 20 parking permit. Staff or Students with a current valid permit may park in Staff 20 after 5:00 P.M.
Permits and Special Events
Game Day Parking
Commuter and staff lots around campus, especially those closest to Neyland Stadium, Thompson-Boling Arena, and surrounding areas are used for football and basketball parking. These lots may be accessed with a football or basketball permit only. Refer to our maps for more information on designated game day parking lots.
We provide extensive information regarding alternatives to parking on campus, parking for permit holders, and suggestions for staff who are required to work on a game day in our Special Events section.