Graduate & Professional Student Permits

How to Register for a Parking Permit
Parking permits for graduate students are available for online purchase by visiting this page.

Note: Special parking permit information applies to the following graduate and professional students. Please visit the appropriate page below, and read about graduate and professional student parking fees:

Your Duke NetID and password are required to gain access to on-line registration for your 2016-2017 parking permit. 

If you plan to renew your 2016 permit, you may go on-line at any time after June 22, 2016.  

Graduate student carpoolers will receive email notices in July, offering a streamlined option for 2016-17 rideshare and carpool permit renewals.
If you do not have a parking permit or plan to change parking locations, you may purchase a permit on-line beginning at 10:00 a.m. (EST), Wednesday, June 22.  General availability permits will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis.  When spaces in a particular lot are no longer available, it will no longer appear on the permit selection screen.  The following permits will be sold to graduate students on a first-come, first-served basis:  

Permit Name


Annual Fee

Bus Routes

EAE East Campus Commuter Lots (All ungated lots on East Campus)


C1C1X, CSW, C2, CCX, C3
YEL Swift Ave; Facilities


SMI Smith Warehouse


C1, C1X, CSW, C2, C3
PEC Pegram, Carr


C1, C1X, CSW, C2, CCX, C3

Which Lots Should I Choose?
The lots with the greatest availability at the beginning of the academic year are East Commuter Lots. 

If You are Already on a Waitlist 
Due to numerous construction projects affecting parking in these zones, no Circuit or Green Zone permits will be offered to waitlist customers this summer.  If you are already on the Circuit or Green Zone waitlist, please do not remove yourself from the waitlist unless you no longer desire that parking.  To join a waitlist, visit this page.

Permit Payment
Parking fees are billed to student Bursar accounts.  No other method of payment is accepted.

Vehicle Registration
Students who do not have a vehicle when they purchase a permit may enter their Duke Unique ID number in the license information section of the permit order form. When a vehicle and permanent license plate are obtained, students must update vehicle records within 10 business days. 

How to Obtain Your Parking Permit
Parking permits for 2016-2017 purchased in June and July will be mailed to addresses within the continental United States around the third week of July.  Permits purchased after mid-July 2016 will be mailed within seven business days.

When to Display Parking Permit
A valid parking permit must be displayed and clearly visible at all times.  The 2016-2017 permit should be used beginning Aug. 16, 2016.  Do not discard your 2015-2016 permit until after Aug. 15, 2016.

Accessible Parking
Students with permanent physical disabilities must request consideration for handicapped parking each year by filling out an application form and forwarding copies to the Disability Management System.

Evening and Weekend Access to Parking Lots
After hours and weekend parking access is provided at no additional cost to permit holders excluding times when lots are reserved for events. When attending a special event on campus, your permit allows free parking in lots designated for the general public. Non-permit holders seeking to park after 5 p.m. daily and on weekends must purchase a Night permit.

Cost-Saving Alternatives to Driving Alone
Carpool, vanpool, GoPass, bicycle and Enterprise CarShare programs are available for students at Duke. Learn more about the benefits here.

Students who live near Duke in the LaSalle Street area have a way to get to and from campus for free. Duke Transit offers the LaSalle Loop to provide transportation to and from apartment complexes between Erwin Road and Hillsborough Road. Free rides are available Monday through Friday.  Stops are approximately every 30 minutes in a continuous loop at existing Durham Area Transit Authority (DATA) bus stops along the route.

Questions regarding Parking
Additional parking information is available by calling (919) 684-PARK (7275).  The Parking and Transportation Services Office, located at 302 Science Drive, on the ground level of the Science Drive Garage, is open 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.