Welcome to Duke!

As a first-year student, you're allowed to bring a vehicle to campus, however, other modes of transportation are available and may be preferable:

Bringing a Vehicle

If you decide to bring a vehicle to Duke, you'll need to purchase the appropriate permit. Before you do so, please note:

  • First-year students live on East Campus. The only permit available is for nearby Smith Warehouse South lot (SGS permit); spaces are limited.
  • You may not drive a car to class, as parking near academic buildings is restricted to valid permits. Mopeds and motorcycles may be driven to class and must be parked in appropriate locations.

Before You Buy an Annual Parking Permit

Before you purchase an annual permit, note:

  • The annual permit fee for student residents (2024-25) is $474.
  • The fee is billed to your bursar account.
  • Your permit is only valid in its assigned facility, but grants access to most parking areas evenings and weekends.
  • Your permit cannot be shared, and is associated with your vehicle make/model and license plate.

Purchasing an Annual Permit

If you have a Duke NetID and password, you may purchase a permit online. Your receipt will include a temporary, printable pass (PDF) to use until your permit arrives.

Annual parking permits for 2024-25 will be available at My Parking Account beginning June 12, 2024.  We encourage you to purchase your permit by July 26 so that you will receive it prior to arriving on campus.

  • This is an annual permit, valid from August 16 to August 15.
  • You must display the permit whenever your vehicle is parked on campus (including during academic breaks and holidays).
  • You are responsible for any fines incurred by a vehicle displaying your permit. Fines are charged to your bursar account.