Frequently Asked Questions – Parking
You likely have a number of questions regarding parking at Grand Canyon University. The following FAQs should answer many of your questions. If you have any additional questions, please contact Campus Operations at 602-639-6527.
Do I need to purchase the decal/permit now?
Decals/permits are issued on a first-come, first-serve basis; so it is recommended that you complete the process as soon as possible.
I have read the rules and regulations, is there a grace period at the start of the semester before they are in effect?
No, in order to maintain appropriate security, the rules and regulations are in effect on the first day of the semester. No grace period is allowed.
Where can a residential student park and what is the price?
Purple Permit – Cost is $300 and valid lots are 5, 6,7,8,9
Yellow Permit – Cost $200 and valid lot is 10
Green Permit – Cost $0 and valid lots are 17, 19 and 21Download Parking Map
Where can a non-residential student park and what is the price?
Dark Blue Permit - $200 and valid lots are 10 & 14
Brown Permit - $5 and valid lot is 18Download Parking Map
Where can a student attending night/weekend (cohort) classes* park and what are the prices?
Garage parking is available for students that attend night/weekend (cohort) classes in lot 14. The price for 2014-15 is $15. Download Parking Map
*Students must be registered in specific courses
What are the hours for the various lots?
Open 6 a.m. Monday to 6 p.m. Friday; no overnight parking
Closed 6 p.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Monday
General Surface Parking:
Open 24 hours, seven days per week with appropriate decal/permit
Can the charge for the decal/permit be applied to my student account?
No, the parking management system is not able to apply charges to a student's account at this time. If you are due a financial aid refund, the campus will process the refund following their standard process and you can use those funds to pay for the permit.
I do not have a credit card, how do I use the web site?
A credit or debit card is required to use the web site. For students that do not currently have a credit or debit card, obtaining a prepaid card is recommended. Prepaid cards are available at most major retail stores.
I prefer not to use the web site, can I purchase the permit on Campus?
No, the permits are provided by a third-party vendor and all transactions must be completed via the web site. Computers are available in the Campus Operations office for use in completing the process.
I don’t know my vehicle information (plate, make, year, etc.) can I go online and purchase a decal/permit?
No, you will need to have your vehicle information to complete the process.
I only attend night/weekend classes - do I need a decal/permit?
Yes, all vehicles on campus must have a decal/permit. The decal for students that are attending night/weekend classes only is available for $15 and will allow access to the parking garage (lot 14).
I attend classes online - do I need a decal/permit if I plan to come to campus?
Yes, all vehicles coming on campus must have a permit or a pass. Online students may purchase the purple decal for $15.00, like a Satellite Evening Student.
Can a residential student park in the parking garage?
Only residential students with the yellow decal may use the Northwest parking garage. The parking garage at the front of campus can only be used by: commuter students, employees, evening students and arena event attendees.
If I do not purchase a permit, where can I park?
All vehicles coming on to campus must have a permit or a pass. Any vehicle on campus that does not have a permit or pass – may be issued a citation and/or may have a wheel lock/boot device applied.
My parents may visit me at campus, where do they park?
Visitor parking is available on the first level of the garage. Check in with the security officer at the 33rd Avenue entrance for more information.
I have a disability placard for my vehicle, do I have to purchase a permit and is there anything that I need to do once I get to campus?
Yes, you must purchase a permit; and your placard (or plate) must be verified by the Student Disability Services office on campus. You may purchase the permit online, please stop by the office as soon as possible following your arrival to have the placard validated. The handicapped plate or placard must be issued in the student’s name in order to use the handicapped spaces on the GCU campus.
Where are handicapped spaces located?
Accessible handicapped parking is available throughout the GCU campus. Once you have the special parking permit from the Disability Office, you will be able to utilize any of those spaces regardless of the lot designation.
Where do I place the decal?
The decal is intended to be affixed to the lower left corner of the windshield on the driver side of the vehicle. A citation may be issued if the decal is not visible.
If I receive a citation, how do I pay it?
Payment or appeal of a citation is done online at the following site: https://gcu.thepermitstore.com/ Enter the notice number from the citation and follow the prompts.
I understand that there are vehicles available for rent on campus, how do I learn about that?
Go to this web site for more information: https://www.ucarshare.com/secure/Home.aspx
Once I have completed the purchase process online, how long will it take for the decal to arrive at my location?
It generally does not take more than 5-7 business days for the decal to arrive. Please print the temporary permit as you are making the purchase. If the decal does not arrive prior to the temporary permit’s expiration, please contact the Campus Operations office at 602-639-7154 for assistance.
I own more than one vehicle, can I get extra decals?
You may purchase additional permits/decals – but it is not recommended, due to the cost. You may have multiple vehicles listed on your account, and it is suggested that you remove the decal from the primary vehicle and place it in the secondary one.
If I have a car cover for my vehicle, can I use it while parked on campus?
As long as the permit/decal is visible at all time, a car cover is allowed.
I ride a motorcycle with no windshield, where do I place the decal?
It is important that the decal be visible at all times while the motorcycle is on campus. For suggestions, please stop by the Campus Operations office.
Where do motorcycles park on campus?
There are dedicated motorcycle spaces on the first floor for the garage. They are available for resident and non-resident students who have purchased a campus permit (not remote). Motorcycles are also allowed to park in any open space in a lot designated for their permit/decal.
I am a student worker, can I get an employee parking permit?
No, the employee parking permit is only available to full-time employees, or faculty.
When I went online to purchase the permit, the system only showed non-resident permits available – and I am a campus resident. What do I do?
Call the Campus Operations office at 602-639-7154 for assistance.
I only come to campus a few times per semester, are there any parking meters available, so I do not have to purchase a permit?
No, at this time, there are no metered spaces available. It is recommended that you purchase the remote/off-site permit.
I am a non-resident and have a high profile vehicle that will not fit in the garage, where do I park?
Non-resident students may park in the surface lots in addition to the parking garage.
I sold my vehicle and did not remove the decal, what do I do?
You need to have the old decal cancelled, purchase a replacement decal ($10.00) and add the new vehicle to your account. For assistance, come to the Campus Operations office.