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Weekends and Evenings

Did somebody say Free parking? It's true - there are days and times when campus parking is absolutely free! To better serve you, we have compiled a list of these days and times.

The weekend parking rule - CH and ST zones

Any vehicle may park in any CH or ST zone, 5 p.m. Friday until 11 p.m. Sunday, with or without a current parking permit unless posted otherwise. (For example, several parking lots near Assembly Hall and Memorial Stadium are restricted on the day of home football and basketball games).

Parking Garages

Parking is free in the parking garages all day Saturday and Sunday.


Meters are enforced 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday through Friday. You do not need to feed most meters from 10 p.m. Friday until 7 a.m. Monday morning. (The meters at the residence halls, however, must be paid 24 hours a day, 7 days a week).

Town and Gown lots

Enforcement in these three lots ceases at 5 p.m. and does not resume until 7 a.m., Monday through Friday. These lots are not enforced on Saturday and Sunday.

  • Von Lee Parking Lot (Lot # 404)
  • Lot on the corner of Fourth and Dunn Streets (Lot # 412)
  • Lot on the corner of Sixth and Dunn Streets (Lot # 402)

**NOTE: the lot across from the Maurer School of Law on Indiana Avenue (Lot # 414) maintains normal enforcement hours after 5 p.m.

Holidays and University Breaks

Parking is also free on campus during the designated days listed below:

  • New Year's Day (January 1st)
  • Martin Luther King Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day (July 4th)
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Friday after Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Day (December 25th)
Spring Break, Thanksgiving Break and the Semester Break

Any vehicle, with or without a valid permit, may park in any CH or ST space during these breaks unless posted otherwise. The CH and ST spaces do require a permit if fall, spring or summer classes or exams are in session.


Visit the official IU Academic Calendar page for current holiday/semester breaks.