When and where to park for free on campus
Free parking is available in certain locations on campus during weekends, and holiday and university breaks. A valid IU parking permit is required after 5 p.m., except in a limited number of lots.
Parking in CH and ST zones
Any vehicle may park in any CH or ST zone from 5 p.m. on Friday through 11 p.m. on Sunday, with or without a current parking permit. In certain circumstances this rule may not apply and signs will be posted to indicate the change. (For example, on football or basketball home game days, several parking lots near Assembly Hall and Memorial Stadium are restricted.)
Parking is free in IU parking garages all day Saturday and Sunday.
Parking in most metered spaces is free from 10 p.m. Friday until 7 a.m. Monday. (Meters are enforced 7 a.m.–10 p.m., Monday through Friday.)
The following three lots are free to anyone on weekday evenings and over the weekend:
- 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)
Parking in these lots is free Monday through Friday beginning at 5 p.m. until 7 a.m. the following morning. Parking is also free all day Saturday and Sunday.
Note: The lot across from the Maurer School of Law on Indiana Avenue (lot #414) maintains normal enforcement hours after 5 p.m. on weekdays.
Holidays and university breaks
Parking on campus is free on these holidays:
- New Year's Day (January 1)
- Martin Luther King Jr. Day
- Memorial Day
- Independence Day (July 4)
- Friday after Thanksgiving
- Christmas (December 25)
Note: These dates may not correspond with open parking dates at the Indiana Memorial Union (IMU) nor the Student Recreational Sports Center (SRSC). For information about parking in these areas, please follow these links:
Spring break, Labor Day, Thanksgiving break, and semester breaks
Any vehicle, with or without a valid permit, may park in any CH or ST space during spring break, Labor Day, Thanksgiving break, or semester breaks unless posted otherwise. The CH and ST spaces require a permit if fall, spring, or summer classes or exams are in session.