Visitors, Department Guests & Vendors

Vehicles parked on campus must display a valid permit or be parked at a paid meter from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday.

Important Information

  • All vehicles parked on campus must have a valid permit during enforcement hours:  Monday - Thursday from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Friday from 6:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Permits are not required in most locations from Friday at 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. on Monday.
  • Permits are not required when the University is officially closed.
  • There are new paystations in Lot 6 (near the Health Center) and Lot 20 (near SECU Arena).
  • If visitor parking is not available at a particular garage/lot, please consult a campus map for additional visitor parking locations. Campus Parking Map

Pay by Plate

This option for a visitor permit is virtual; therefore, it is not required to display the parking receipt on the dashboard of your vehicle. Enforcement utilizes a License Plate Reader system to track the validation of your vehicle parked on campus.

In order to use the Pay by Plate option, the following instructions should be applied: 

  • If available, go to one of the free five minute parking spaces located near the yellow paystation to purchase a permit from the paystation.
  • Push any button on the paystation to begin.
  • You will be required to enter your license plate number to purchase a general virtual permit. (Include all letters and numbers but exclude the state.)
  • Choose whether to pay for hourly or one day.
  • Pay for your permit via credit/debit card or using cash.*
  • The paystation will issue a receipt; however, it is not necessary to use the receipt as a permit.

*Paystations accept cash in the amount of $10, $5, and $1 as well as quarters and nickels (dimes and pennies are not accepted).

Pay by Plate visitor permits purchased at the Stadium Lots near SECU Arena or West Village Garage are not valid on the main campus until after 3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

ParkMobile Reservations

Effective July 1, 2019, Parking & Transportation Services will no longer use a Pay & Display option. Campus departments will use their assigned parking codes through  ParkMobile Reservations to reserve parking for their department guest. The guest will not need to go to the paystation and no permit needs to be displayed. ParkMobile Reservations is not available through the ParkMobile app. It can only be reserved online at towson.pmreserve.com

For a demonstration about reserving ParkMobile Reservations for department guest, see this Panopto video. (You will need to use your TU NetID to log in.)

ParkMobile Reservations Department Guest  Where Department Guest with ParkMobile Reservations Park
Main Campus Department Guest Visitor or Department Guest spaces in Union, Glen Towsontown and West Village Garages. Additional parking in overflow spaces where "All TU Permits are Valid" at West Village Garage and the stadium lots near SECU Arena.
Main Campus Evening Department Guest  Visitor or Department Guest spaces in Union, Glen Towsontown and West Village Garages. Additional parking in overflow spaces where "All TU Permits Valid" at West Village Garage and the stadium lots near SECU Arena. Permit is only valid after 3 p.m. 
SECU/Stadium/West Village Department Guest Overflow spaces In the overflow spaces where "All TU permits are valid" in West Village Garage and the stadium lots by SECU Arena/Johnny Unitas Stadium (Lots 13, 14, 19*, 20 or 21)
SECU/Stadium/West Village Evening Department Guest Overflow spaces In the overflow spaces where "All TU permits are Valid" in West Village Garage and the stadium lots by SECU Arena/Johnny Unitas Stadium (Lots 13, 14, 19*, 20 or 21) Permit is only valid after 3 p.m. at stadium lots or on the main campus.
Summer Department Guest Union, Glen, Towsontown and West Village Garage. Additional parking in overflow spaces where "All TU Permits are Permitted" at West Village Garage and the stadium lots near SECU Arena.
*A portion of Lot 19 is designated overflow spaces.

Note: SECU /Stadium/ West Village Evening Department Guests may park on the main campus in visitor and department guest spaces at Union, Glen and Towsontown Garages (only after 3 p.m.). Also, a portion of Lot 19 is designated overflow spaces.

Other TU Groups Using ParkMobile Reservations

Visitors driving an EPA certified SmartWay Elite 'green' vehicle to campus can purchase a discounted SmartWay Elite Visitor permit online through ParkMobile Reservations. The SmartWay Elite visitor will use the Access Code: 28586001. Anyone purchasing a SmartWay Elite visitor pass with an unqualified vehicle will be subject to a fine or towing at the owner's expense. 

Alternative Transportation Program participants and TURFA members will use their TU ID# as their Access Code when reserving their parking through ParkMobile Reservations. Overnight guest can purchase an Overnight Visitor permit through ParkMobile Reservations. 

ParkMobile Reservations Special Group Valid Parking Locations Access Code
SmartWay Elite Visitor Union, Glen Towsontown and West Village Garage. Additional parking in overflow spaces where "All TU Permits are Permitted" at West Village Garage and the stadium lots near SECU Arena. 28586001

Park Mobile App

Parking & Transportation Services has implemented a new system that allows users to download the ParkMobile app from the App Store or Google Play for the purchase of a same-day virtual visitor parking permit ahead of time. You must have your license plate information to input into the ParkMobile app.

Look for instructional signage in the garages and near paystations. You can also see the video above for more information.

Types of Visitors

General Visitor

A general visitor parks in designated visitor or overflow spaces.  General visitors may not park in department visitor guest spaces.  Purchase parking permit at a yellow paystation, located in all garages and lots on campus or through the ParkMobile app.

Department Guest Visitor  

These are Individuals unaffiliated with TU, who are visiting campus at the request/invitation of a TU department.  A faculty/staff member will reserve their parking through ParkMobile Reservations prior to their campus visit.

The guest will receive an email confirmation from the department, including an e-permit with details about where to park on campus. The e-permit does not need to be displayed in order to park on TU's campus. Department guests can park in a visitor or department guest visitor space. Authorized TU faculty/staff may fill out and submit the Department Guest Code Request Form online. 

In the rare cases, a department guest may need to reserve their own parking through ParkMobile Reservations. The guest will receive an access code from the department and be directed to http://towson.pmreserve.com to obtain their e-permit. Please see the following ParkMobile Reservations Dept. Guest DIY Instructions (PDF).  

'Green' VIsitor

Discounted 'Green' Visitor Permits are offered on hourly, daily, evening or summer visitor parking permits for EPA Certified SmartWay Elite vehicles. Violators using a Green Permit whose vehicle is not eligible are subject to a $75 fine for improper parking. Please see the signage at the paystations for the list of eligible vehicles.

Overnight Visitors

Visitors needing to stay on campus overnight can purchase an Overnight Permit at the paystations located at the Stadium Lots near Johnny Unitas Stadium and SECU Arena (Lots 13, 20 and 21). Overnight permits are available for purchase after 3 p.m. and are valid for 24 hours from time of purchase. The price is $18.

Center for the Arts patrons 

CFA patrons should follow the posted parking signage upon arrival to corresponding campus lots or garages.