Whether you're visiting for an hour or a couple of days, we'll provide you
with a place to park and easy access to the entire campus.
Visitors have several payment options for parking:
Mobile payment option: Use the Parkmobile app or mobile website to pay using a credit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express) at metered, pay-and-display and pay-by-space parking locations. In addition to the visitor parking fee, Parkmobile charges 35 cents for each transaction. Not all visitor spaces are equipped to accept Parkmobile payments, so look for the green Parkmobile sticker posted on the parking meter or pay machine.
- $1.50/hour coin-metered spaces located throughout the campus (2-hour time limit).
- One-day Visitor “scratcher” permits (which allow parking in Visitor Pay Parking lots and at meters), available for $12 each at the P&TS office (open weekdays 7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.). One-day “scratcher” permits must be prominently displayed (hung from the rear view mirror) with the date of use properly scratched off. Posted time limits apply.
- Parking permit machines
You may purchase up to 8 hours of parking at any machine ($12.00 - $16.00 maximum/day). The machines accept Visa, MasterCard, or Discover, bills, or coins; if you do not use your credit card, please bring cash in smaller denominations because these machines do not issue change.
- Pay & Display permit dispenser locations
The Visitor parking permit should be placed on the car dashboard with the expiration time and date facing up. A valid Pay & Display parking permit (properly displayed) may be used to park in any Visitor Pay & Display parking location (posted time limits apply), and at parking meters without space numbers, but are NOT valid in Pay By Space # locations.
- Visitor Center / Track House (L-95)
- 401 Quarry Road / Psychiatry lot (L-2) — 3-hour maximum; one visit per day.
- Pay By Space # parking locations
- Cypress Lot on Via Ortega
- LKSC / Beckman lot (L-15) — 3-hour maximum; one visit per day.
- Lomita Drive in front of the Cantor Arts Center — 4-hour maximum; one visit per day ($2.00/hour rate).
- Maples Lot (L-93) — 2-hour maximum; one visit per day
- Memorial Way (near Memorial Auditorium)
- The Oval — 2-hour maximum; one visit per day ($2.00/hour rate).
- Roth Way Garage at Campus Drive West between Quarry Rd. and Roth Way — 4-hour maximum; one visit per day ($2.00/hour rate)
- Via Ortega Garage at Panama St. and Via Ortega
- Wilbur Field Garage (beneath Wilbur Field)
- Knight Management Center Garage
- Stock Farm lot (L-17) near Welch Rd. at Campus Drive West
- Tresidder Union lot (L-39)
Remember your parking space # for payment — a Pay by Space parking receipt need not be displayed. The Pay by Space receipt is NOT valid in any other Visitor Pay Parking location.
For visitor parking locations, please visit our Maps page.
"A," "C," and "shared" resident/commuter lots are enforced Monday-Friday, 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. Meters are generally enforced 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., unless otherwise posted. You are free to park in these areas after enforcement hours.
Stanford hosts should remind visitors to bring change for the parking meters; visitors may need to park at a meter temporarily while picking up a scratcher. Departments are welcome to purchase up to 20 "A" scratchers for visitor use or 20 "Visitor" scratchers per month (which allow parking in Pay & Display lots and at meters).
Visiting residents on campus
Resident student lots are enforced 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. In order to park in these lots, you will need to have a one-day 'Resident' scratcher, valid until noon the next day. Residents in Stanford student housing are eligible to purchase up to five scratchers per month.
Parking for visitors with disabilities
We honor any state's disabled person placards in nearly all marked parking spaces on campus. Please visit our Persons with disabilities page for more information.
Parking for tour buses