UNM Parking Info for Newcomers

Students, faculty and staff may purchase annual parking permits. Lobos who choose not to purchase a permit, as well as campus visitors, may use various daily and hourly parking options. Restrictions apply.

View the PATS News page, follow us on Facebook, Instagram or X for updates about permit availability, construction notices, and traffic advisories that may affect your route to campus.

What do I need to buy?

To purchase a parking permit for UNM you will need:

  • LoboCard or Driver's License, if purchasing in-person
  • UNM NetID and Password, if purchasing online
  • Vehicle make, model, and color 
  • Vehicle license plate number
  • A form of payment

Find more permit information using right sidebar navigation.

ADA Accessible Parking

If you have a state-issued placard that has been issued to you, you have many accessible parking options around campus. You may park in any designated accessible parking space, any regular permitted space, and any pay station space (including parking structures).

Visit our ADA Parking page for more information.

Parking Liability Waiver

The University of New Mexico ("UNM") assumes no responsibility or liability for the care or protection of any vehicle or its content while it is parked on university property and permit holder hereby releases UNM from any liability arising from fire, theft, damage to or loss of your vehicle or any vehicle left therein.

UNM reserves the right to block or otherwise restrict parking areas and roadways for maintenance, special events or other functions deemed appropriate.

Park at your own risk!

Avoiding Citations

  • Properly display your parking permit. If using a sunshade, ensure the permit is visible on review mirror or on driver side dashboard. (See illustration below)
  • Park only in the zone that corresponds to your permit you purchased to avoid any parking violations. Be sure to park responsibly, between two white lines or at a bumper barrier.
  • Never park in spaces designated with special signage, such as ADA, reserved, loading zones,
  • Pay extra, if possible, when using pay station parking. 
  • Properly display your valid ADA placard when parking in an ADA space.
  • Never park in spaces restricted by signage (e.g. Reserved, Patient Parking, barricaded or construction zones, etc.).
  • Unpaid tickets or excessive tickets received may result in disciplinary action from the Dean of Students.


Hang Tag Permits:


Sticker Permits:


Sticker permits are meant to be removeable with ease. If you do not want to stick the permit onto your window interior the PATS Business office offers clear hang tags at no cost to permit holder.

Visit our Enforcement page for more information, 3:45 p.m. Rule, citations, and more.

Alternative Transportation

UNM Shuttles

The UNM Transportation system is offered free of charge and transports students, staff, faculty, and visitors from UNM Park and Ride lots onto campus connecting the north, main, and south campus areas.

  • At peak times you can expect a shuttle approximately every 15 minutes.
  • Shuttle ride time is typically 12 minutes or less.
  • PATS shuttles are ADA Accessible (equipped with lifts).
  • Regular hours of operation: Monday-Thursday 6:30 a.m. - 10 p.m., Friday: 6:30 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Track the locations of UNM Shuttles in real-time using PassioGo!

Albuquerque Transit

Get to your destination using ABQ RIDE, Albuquerque Rapid Transit (ART) or Sun Van, the City of Albuquerque's public transit system. Learn more about Albuquerque Transit.


  • Free bike racks across campus.
  • Bike lockers available for yearly rental through UNM PATS.
  • Bike maintenance through UNM Recreational Services, Lobo Bike Shop.
  • Bike etching through UNM Police Department along with bike safety info.
  • Visit the Bike to Campus section of our website for more info.

PATS divides parking by student academic programs and requires permit purchases through the My Parking Account or in person at our Business office. All customers must pay outstanding citations and adhere to Parking and Transportation Regulations when parking on campus.

For academic year 2024-25:
Campus Resident: R*, S* (Lomas), INS*, & GR* zones - Thursday, July 25 at 7:30 a.m.
Proximity & Structure: G*, L*, P, Q*, T, & Y (Yale) zones - Tuesday, July 30 at 7:30 a.m.
Commuter: K & South zones - Thursday, August 1 at 7:30 a.m.

*Permits subject to eligibility criteria.

Payment Options:

  • Cash (In-Person)
  • Card (Accepted cards include VISA, Discover, MasterCard, and AmericanExpress)
  • Bursar's Transfer (Must send an email to parktran@unm.edu, include your name and UNM ID)

Find out more information including rates and more HERE.

PATS offers diverse parking options for UNM faculty/staff across different campus locations and salary-based rate schedules, with permits available for annual purchase and renewal.

Rate #1: Employees that earn below $70K per year, annualized.
Rate #2: Employees that earn $70K and above, annualized.

Permit rates also vary by type of parking permit.

Payment Options:

  • Cash (In-Person)
  • Card (Accepted cards include VISA, Discover, MasterCard, and AmericanExpress)
  • Automatic Payroll Deduction
Working a hybrid schedule? Try our flexible parking options:
  • Pay-by-Day Permits
  • Employee Scratchers

Find out more information including rates and more HERE.

Student residents who leave campus housing may exchange their permits for another permit (depending on availability and eligibility) or receive a pro-rated refund.

  • Permit exchanges must be conducted in person at our Business office.
  • If you plan to exchange permits, bring in current permit and pay the $10 exchange fee.

If you leave campus housing or are no longer a student at UNM, permits must be returned online through the Permit Return Form for a pro-rated refund.

  • Permits must be returned by March 29, 2024 to receive a pro-rated refund.
  • Permits do not need to be returned to our office. 

For more information, visit the Permit Return page.

Parking & Transportation Services (PATS)

  • PATS Business Office: 505-277-1938
    • Permits, Citations, Alternative Transportation, and more.
  • PATS Shuttle Office: 505-277-0850
    • Shuttles, Routes, Lost & Found, and more.

UNM Hospital (UNMH)

  • UNMH PATS: 505-272-4074
  • UNMH Security: 505-272-2160

UNM Police Department (UNMPD)

  • Security Escorts: 505-277-2241
  • Security: 505-277-6059
  • Lost and Found: 505-277-0081
  • Police Records: 505-277-3150