Short Term & Guest Parking

Everyone who parks on the UW-Stout campus must be authorized by permit, pay station payment or meter payment.
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Hours of regulation are posted at the entrance to each university lot.  Any university parking area without posted hours of regulation is regulated 24 hours, every day.  To purchase a permit stop into Parking Services - office hours M-F 7:45 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.  You must provide your vehicle license plate to become authorized.

Short term, pay by the hour, parking can be purchased at any of our six pay stations on campus, or through the ParkMobile phone app.  Event attendees and other guests can also pay for parking, or validate their pre-arranged parking, at any of the pay stations.

Except when otherwise prohibited, metered short term parking is available in Lot 5 (between South Hall and Price Commons), Lot 21 (across from Wigen Hall, near the Health Services Building) and behind AFM (Antrim, Froggatt, McCalmont Hall).

Free, timed, short term parking is available in Lot 3 near Fleming Hall and in Lot 7 in front of JTC.

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Pay Station Information

UW-Stout has six pay stations on campus.  They will operate at $1/hr., and will accept cash or credit card.  Be aware that no refunds or change are given at the pay station.

To properly park, using a pay station:

  1. Park with your license plate visible to the drive lane
  2. Remember your license plate number
  3. Approach the nearest pay station and follow the instructions printed on the pay station and the prompts on the screen
  4. Enjoy your time on campus, no need to display a receipt on your dash.

You may use the extend by phone option if you pay by credit card.  This option allows you to enter your cell number at the pay station.  The pay station will send you a text when your time is about to expire and allow an opportunity to extend your parking time simply by replying with the number of additional minutes you need.  Your card will be processed at the end of your parking time.

Pay Station Locations and Regulations:

Look for these signs
Pay Station Location Signage

Lot 14:  Pay station located in the middle of the lot near the west entrance to Sorensen Hall. 

  • A short term section is marked by sign in the center median.  This is a 1hr maximum stay.
  • Pay by the hour rates apply to any other un signed space in the lot.  Max. 9hrs.

Lot 18:  Two pay stations located on the west side of the drive lane near the Jarvis Hall Science Wing.

  • Pay by the hour in designated zone only, marked by signage.  Max. 9hrs.
  • All other spaces in lot 18 require an annual commuter or A-zone permit.

Lot 27:  Pay station located on the north side of the entrance off Broadway Street near the General Services Building

  • Pay by the hour or by coupon code at any unsigned space.  Max. 9hrs.

Lot 29:  One pay station near the east entrance to Johnson Filed House and one across 13th Ave near Applied Arts.

  • Pay by the hour or by coupon code at any unsigned space.  Max. 9hrs.

Pay Station Locations



ParkMobile Phone App

Many of our commuter lots have short term payment options using the ParkMobile phone app.  Look for the green ParkMobile Zone signs in the lots or open the app to buy time based on your current location.

Buying time is simple and you can easily extend your time if your visit to campus is taking you longer than expected.

Make sure that you are in the parking lot that you are purchasing parking for. An error in selecting the wrong parking lot could result in a citation.

Department Guests

Guests are defined as a person who is invited to visit the campus or take part in a function organized by the campus.  This does NOT include faculty/staff in paid status or students who are signed up for classes and paying tuition.

Parking Services encourages every university affiliated person to provide their guest with valid parking prior to that guest's arrival.  This holds true for individual visitors, meetings, or large conferences.  Information and permit request form are found at:  Permit request form

If you are attending a meeting or event, the event organizers should have reserved parking prior to the event and provided parking information in their literature/publicity. If you're unsure about where to park, contact your event's organizer for that information. If an event organizer has not reserved campus parking, you must pay at a pay station or park in a legal space on a city street.

Overnight Visitor Parking

It is especially important for residence hall guests to obtain a permit because they're usually staying overnight and cannot park overnight on many City streets.

The UW-Stout student should obtain pertinent parking information and guide their guest on valid parking prior to that guest's arrival.  A guest cannot park in a university lot prior to authorization.

Weekends:  Residence hall parking lots (except Reserved spaces/Lots) do not require special authorization from 1 PM Friday through 9 PM Sunday.  If your guests arrival and departure is within that time period they may park without payment.

Day visits only:  When a guest is not staying overnight they may park in lots 27 or 29 (pay at a pay station); or a legal City street space rather than purchase a permit to park in a university parking lot.

Overnight visits: Prior to 4:25 p.m. - purchase parking at the Parking Office.  After 5 p.m. - purchase parking at a pay station: for main campus go to the pay station near the Applied Arts Building for authorization for lot 34 and for north campus go to the pay station near Sorensen Hall for authorization for lot 22.

Winter Break visits:  Prior to 4:25p.m. - purchase parking at the Parking Office.  After 5 p.m. - purchase parking at a pay station: for main campus go to the pay station near the Applied Arts Building for authorization for lot 4 and for north campus go to the pay station near Sorensen Hall for authorization for lot 11.

Bus Parking

General guidelines for parking on or around campus:

  • Parking in UW-Stout lots is monitored and regulated 365 days a year. Regulations are posted on lot entrance signs, signs in specific portions of the lots, and on our website:
  • Parking on all streets through, and adjacent to, campus is regulated by the City of Menomonie. Drivers should follow regulations set forth by the city.
  • Exceptions to parking regulations for UW-Stout events may be granted and will be relayed from UW-Stout Police to event coordinators. These exceptions will be in writing and issued to the event coordinators.
  • Buses are only able to utilize UW parking lots for parking on weekends after 4pm on Friday – Sunday afternoon or by written exception from UW-Stout Police.

Drop-off / Pick-up:

The drop-off and pick-up of passengers should be a short-term event and can be done with the following exceptions to parking and regular traffic regulations:

  • Stopping along the edges of lots and in drive lanes, even if marked as a “no parking” or “fire lane,” is permitted if done for the purposes of the drop-off or pick-up. NOTE: The driver must always remain with the bus.
  • Briefly stopping in the drive lanes of UW parking lots where it does not impede the regular flow of traffic for an extended period is permitted for drop-off and pick-up only.
  • Briefly stopping along the curb on city streets for the purposes of dropping-off or picking-up passengers has historically been acceptable, however, drivers should refer to City of Menomonie regulations regarding any street stopping or parking.
To Inquire About Your Meetings Parking

If you're attending a meeting, conference, or event on the UW-Stout campus you are required to obtain authorization to park for an assigned lot.  The meeting sponsor is responsible for providing you with said authorization and instructions about parking.  Ultimately, the driver is responsible for parking legally.  If you have not received instructions regarding parking you may either follow up with the meeting sponsor to elicit that information, pay a meter or park on a city street adjacent to campus.