University District Visitor Parking

Metered Parking:

Metered parking is available on-street within the University District in both the commercial and residential areas. See the University District Meter Location Map on the Parking Maps page for more details. Rates are $.75 per hour or $1.00 per hour at meters displaying a blue label affixed to the post. The maximum time limit for metered parking in the commercial area is two hours. Ten-hour meters are available in the residential area  at a rate of $.75 per hour, and can be identified by the green label affixed to the post.

Payment is required: Monday – Saturday, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Parking is FREE:

  • All Day on Sundays
  • On City Holidays: New Year’s Day, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veteran’s Day, Thanksgiving Day, the day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day
  • From 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. Parking is not allowed at on-street metered spaces or in City hourly parking lots from 3 a.m. to 5 a.m. for street and lot cleaning activities.

 Payment Methods:

  • Meters: Coins and CashKey (cashless way to pay at a meter – go to the CashKey page for more information) accepted.
  • MobileMeter: Customers can use the MobileMeter app to pay at City of Champaign parking meters (not available in the Hill Street Parking Deck or at paystations).
    • Users can download the app for free at the app is available on iOS and Android phones.
    • Users may also use the website to pay or call 217.207.3033.
    • MobileMeter users can pay for any length of time at the meter, up to the maximum amount of time allowed per the regulation sticker on the meter.
    • There is a $0.25/transaction fee per use.
    • Users who load a MobileMeter Wallet to pay for their session, and load $10, will receive $1 free.

Short Term/Temporary Permits:

Short term/temporary permits allow parking at designated 10 hour meters located in the residential area of the University District. Permit holders are exempt from the “no parking 3 a.m. to 5 a.m. restriction.” For more information, see the Short Term/Temporary Permit brochure/application.

Permit Rates:

  • 1 to 4 day permit is $7.50 per day (10 hour meter in residential permit area)
  • 5 to 30 day permit is $35.00  (permit parking for 5-30 days is only available in the Boneyard Parking area between First Street and Second Street or Parking Lot S, near Third and Stoughton).

Permit Sales:

Permits are sold from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., Monday through Friday at the Parking Programs Office. The following information is needed to obtain a permit and may be submitted in person, by fax or by email:

  • Completed application – available above
  • Vehicle registration card
  • Valid Driver’s License

If faxing or emailing the application, call the office at (217) 403-4700 to pay via credit card. VISA, MasterCard, Discover, and AMEX are accepted.