Student Parking Regulations




  1. TCU rules and regulations are valid at the time of printing.  Changes may occur during the academic year.  Signs posted at the entrance to all lots take precedence over any regulations in this brochure.
  2. TCU has enacted the following parking and traffic regulations for safety and security, as well as to make parking and traffic flow at TCU as efficient as possible.  They apply to all students and visitors. Voluntary compliance with these regulations is the goal, rather than to assess fines.  Parking fines have been enacted to deter violations.
  3. The University is unable to provide “close-in” parking for all vehicles.  Purchasing a parking permit does not guarantee a parking place nor does the perceived lack of parking space justify violation of any parking regulation.
  4. Rules and regulations are enforced year round, including weekends, holidays, breaks, study days, and summer (with the exception of reserved and maintenance spaces which are enforced 7 am to 5 pm, weekdays).
  5. The speed limit on all University property is 10 MPH.  Violators will be ticketed.
  6. The fact that a citation is not issued when a vehicle is illegally parked does not mean nor imply that the regulation or rule is no longer in effect.
  7. TCU is not responsible for loss or damage to vehicles parked on or in transit on TCU property.
  8. Any vehicle operated or parked on University property must comply with the state registration requirements and display a current vehicle registration sticker and license tags.  Additionally, proof of liability insurance must be carried in the vehicle and shown to TCU Police upon request.  Failure to meet these requirements may result in the vehicle being banned from campus.
  9. Any inoperable vehicle on the TCU campus may be towed at the owner’s expense.
  10. Throughout the year the campus hosts several special events that require reserved parking for the patrons.  This may result in some inconvenience to students, but does not authorize drivers to violate parking regulations.
  11. The Traffic/Records division can be contacted during business hours (7:30 am – 6:00 pm, Monday through Friday) at 817-257-7930.  The Police Department is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and may be contacted at any time by calling 817-257-7777.


  1. All vehicles parked at any time on TCU property must display a current parking permit.  Permits may not be falsified, transferred to another person or vehicle, forged or altered.  Permits must be permanently affixed to the outside of the vehicle’s window, lower left side.  (Permits for convertibles may be placed on the rear bumper, driver’s side.)  Motorcycle permits must be readily visible.
  2. The non-refundable registration fee is as follows:  If a permit is purchased in the fall semester, the fee is $75 and the permit is valid the entire academic year.  If a permit is not purchased until the spring semester, the fee is $37.50.  If a permit is not purchased until the summer, the fee is $20.  All permits expire on August 15, 2018.
  3. Low-Emitting & Fuel-Efficient parking Policy – In keeping with TCU’s commitment to sustainability, the University is offering a parking rate discount of 20% to students who drive a low-emitting or fuel-efficient vehicle.  Low-emitting vehicles are defined as vehicles that are classified Zero Emission Vehicles (ZEV) by the California Air Resources Board.  Fuel-efficient vehicles are defined as vehicles that have achieved a minimum green score of 40 on the American Council for Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) annual vehicle rating guide.  To see if your vehicle qualifies, go to: or
  4. All expired TCU parking permits must be removed from the vehicle prior to affixing the current year permit.
  5. Replacement permits may be obtained throughout the year.  A replacement is needed when the original registered vehicle is no longer being driven or the permit is damaged or lost.  The replacement fee is $5.00.  THIS FEE APPLIES TO ALL PERMIT TYPES.  Stolen permits must also be immediately replaced.
  6. Temporary permits are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at the TCU Police Department for those with a current parking permit.  There is no charge for a temporary permit; however, these will be issued for a maximum of 30 days.  If another vehicle is being used for longer than 30 days, a permanent permit must be purchased.
  7. Student permits are assigned according to where the student lives while attending TCU.  IE:  Commuter, Worth Hills, Main Campus or North Stadium (any student living on the Main Campus with less than 24 completed credit hours.)  Students are responsible for changing their permit at the beginning of the spring semester if living arrangements change.  A $5 replacement fee will apply.
  8. Only one current TCU parking permit is allowed per vehicle.


TCU provides a shuttle service from lots 3 and 4 to the main campus (Blue Line) and east campus (Red Line); from lot 12 to the east campus (Green Line); and from Worth Hills to the main campus and east campus (Purple Line) Monday – Friday during the fall and spring semesters (when classes are held).  Shuttle routes, times and stops can be found on the TCU Police website at


  1. All visitors must obtain a visitor parking pass from the TCU Police Department (24 hours a day, seven days a week) unless they are using the Frog Alley Parking Garage.  See below for specific instructions for the parking garage.
  2. A visitor is defined as one who has no affiliation, association, or relationship with TCU as an employee or student.  Students are not considered visitors during Christmas break, Spring break, summer, or study days.
  3. Students are never considered visitors when driving a vehicle other than the one registered or when using a vehicle on a temporary basis.
  4. Visitors to TCU should be given parking guidance by the person, department or organization inviting them to campus.
  5. Visitors using vehicles that have a current TCU parking permit must comply with the rules and regulations that apply to that permit.
  6. Visitors should be encouraged to use the shuttle service to minimize disruption of campus parking.
  7. Visitor lots are open from 7am – 3am every day.  No overnight parking is allowed in visitor lots.  Vehicles must be moved to student parking areas by 3am.


  1. Visitors who are not attending a specific event may park in the visitor section of the Frog Alley Parking Garage.  Visitors should take a ticket from the kiosk at the entrance to the lot, park and then get the ticket validated at either the D J Kelly Alumni Center (DJKAC) front desk or the Brown Lupton University Union (BLUU) information desk. The BLUU is open for ticket validation from 7am until 2am during the fall and spring semesters; 7am – 9pm during the summer. This validated ticket will be used to exit the lot.
  2. Guests who are attending a specific event may park in the visitor section of the Frog Alley Parking Garage.  Guests may use the E-flex pass from their smart phone sent via email to enter AND exit the lot.  Guests may also take a ticket from the kiosk at the entrance to the lot and get it validated at their event, the DJKAC front desk or the BLUU information desk.  The BLUU is open for ticket validation from 7am until 2am during the fall and spring semesters; 7am – 9pm during the summer. This validated ticket will be used to exit the lot.
  3. If a visitor/guest forgets to have their ticket validated, the ticket is lost, or the machine malfunctions please press the button on the kiosk to call the TCU Security Guard on duty for assistance in exiting the lot.  If the guard is not in the office, the call will be forwarded to the TCU Dispatch office.

******TCU Employees and Students who choose to park in the Frog Alley Parking Garage visitor section must use the “call” button on the kiosk to speak to the TCU Security Guard on site in order to exit the lot.  A parking citation will be issued for violation of parking regulations.  This citation may be appealed at the TCU Police Department during regular business hours within 5 days of the date of the citation.


  1. Students are responsible for any citation issued to their vehicle.
  2. Fines are automatically charged to the student account.
  3. Fines may be paid online or at Financial Services (Sadler Hall, room 2011).

(Citations are issued 24 hours a day, 7 days a week)

  • No current parking permit/permit not permanently affixed $75
  • Parking in fire lane $100
  • Parking in handicap space/access space $250
  • Numbered or Reserved Space $75
  • Improper permit for space used $50
  • Overtime in time-limited zone $50
  • Double parking/parking in traffic lane $50
  • Reuse of old citation $50
  • Fail to obey traffic control device (cones, barricades, etc) $50
  • Not in defined limits of parking space $50
  • Marked “No Parking” $50
  • Parked in visitor parking $50
  • Unauthorized use of Bookstore lot $50
  • Parked after posting closing time $50
  • Immobilization Fee $50
  • Other (indicated by code) $50(A list of violations that fall under “other” may be found on the TCU Police website.)


  1. All citations issued by the TCU Police Department may be appealed within a reasonable amount of time, preferably within 3 days of the date of the citation.
  2. Citations over 2 weeks old are not eligible for appeal.
  3. Appeals are processed ONLY during business hours and must be done in person at the TCU Police Department (3025 Lubbock Avenue, 7:30am – 6:00pm, Monday – Friday).
  4. The decision of the Appeals Committee is final.
  5. Results of the appeal will be sent via email.


  1. Vehicles that have been charged with three (3) or more citations may be immobilized or towed.  There is a $50 service charge to release an immobilized vehicle.  The owner of a vehicle towed from campus is responsible for all costs related to the towing and storage of the vehicle.
  2. The University shall not, nor shall any of its authorized personnel, be liable or assume any responsibility for any loss or damage resulting from a vehicle being immobilized or towed.
  3. The payment of fines for traffic citations does not remove citations from the record.  Citations accumulate during the academic year.
  4. Vehicles illegally parked (regardless of number of violations) are subject to being immobilized or towed when parked in or obstructing a fire lane, reserved space, handicap or handicap access space, overtime in a loading zone, blocking another vehicle in a parking space, or blocking a driveway, aisle, entry or exit to any parking area.
  5. If a vehicle has been towed or immobilized, the individual seeking release of the vehicle may obtain the necessary information from the TCU Police Department by calling 817-257-7777.


  1. An indefinite number of parking citations will not be tolerated.
  2. Persons who have been charge with three citations may be notified that their parking privileges are in jeopardy.
  3. Upon receipt of the sixth citation, parking privileges may be immediately suspended.  At that time, the person will be notified to turn in their parking permit, and will receive another permit which will allow them to only park in lots 2, 3, or 4 for the remainder of the academic year.
  4. Failure to comply with the terms of the suspension, or continued receipt of citations may result in an additional $100.00 fine along with the offense fine, immediate towing, and disciplinary action by the Dean of Students.


  2. All vehicles MUST be returned to the appropriate lots by 6pm Sunday following the game.
  3. Parking instructions will be sent via email prior to all home games.
  4. Special instructions may be in place for weeknight games.
  5. Any questions regarding game day parking should be directed to Athletics or Frog Club.


  1. All persons should lock their vehicles while parked on campus.
  2. Electric markers are available at the TCU Police Department to use to mark property for identification purposes.
  3. Theft of, damage to or accidents involving vehicles should be reported to the TCU Police immediately.
  4. Theft of or damage to personal property or property owned by TCU (while on campus) should be reported to the TCU Police immediately.
  5. All lost and found items should be reported to or brought to the TCU Police Department as soon as possible.
  6. The University Christian Church parking lots are available under certain circumstances (signs posted) and may be closed to TCU students during special events.
  7. No parking on West Cantey in front of Alice Carlson Elementary School as per signs.
  8. Students may not leave their vehicle on TCU Property during a semester in which they are not enrolled (including summer).  Vehicle may be towed.


  1. Special loading/unloading areas will be designated for fall “move in” and spring “move out” of residence halls and identified by temporary signs.
  2. Visitors (parents) AND students are expected to show courtesy to others by moving vehicles from these zones into other authorized parking spaces as soon as possible.
  3. Vehicles are forbidden from driving or parking on sidewalks or grass at any time.  Violators are subject to having their vehicles towed at owner’s expense.
  4.  Once the temporary signs are removed, regular parking rules will be enforced.


  1. The D J Kelly Alumni Center (Lot 6) is for visitors only with the exception of marked 30 minute spaces, handicap and Health Center spaces.  No overnight parking.  Lot closes every night at 3am.
  2. The visitor lots at the Tom Brown/Pete Wright Complex and on W. Lowden are closed every day from 3am to 7am.  No overnight parking.  No student or employee parking at any time.
  3. North Drive is available for time-limited loading/unloading, Hall Director, handicap, and LEEDS.
  4. All commuter, faculty/staff, and reserved lots close at 3am with the exception of the commuter lot behind the TCU Police Department.  This is the ONLY overnight lot on the east campus.
  5. Reserved spaces (except those marked “24 hour”) are valid only on weekdays from 7am to 5pm.
  6. Any possession of narcotics or of weapons (even with a State of Texas “Licensed to Carry” permit) found in a vehicle on the TCU campus is in violation of TCU regulations.
  7. Bicycles should be secured in bicycle racks and registered with the TCU Police Department.  Riders must comply with all state and local laws.  Pedestrians have the right of way.
  8. Individuals who are non-TCU ROTC students may obtain a special parking permit from the TCU Police Department which will authorize them to park in Lots 3, 4, and 7.
  9. Special temporary disabled/handicap permits may be obtained from the TCU Police Department by presenting a doctor’s note stating length of disability.  The special permit allows parking in all student areas and visitor lots.  It DOES NOT allow parking in State handicap spaces, reserved spaces, fire lanes, or overtime in time-limited zones.  A current TCU permit is required to obtain a temporary disabled/handicap permit.
  10. All buses, RV’s, trailers, and boats must obtain permission from the TCU Police Chief before parking on TCU property.  NO PERMANENT PARKING ALLOWED FOR THESE VEHICLES.


  1. Due to construction during the course of the year, TCU reserves the right to alter parking designations on any lot.
  2. Additional parking lots may become available during the year.  Signs posted at the entrance to each lot will designate what type of permit is allowed.
  3. Signs posted at the entrance to all lots will take precedence over any regulation in this brochure.
  4. Shuttle service hours of operation may be adjusted throughout the year.


  • COMMUTER (CM) – Parking is allowed in white lined spaces in lots 1, 3, 4 and any lot east of University Drive (except visitor).  Lots 3, 4, and 12 (east campus) offer shuttle service.  Lot 2 may be used during the spring semester.  Lot 8 is available before 8 a.m. or after 5 p.m. on weekdaysand all day on weekends (unless closed for an event).  Time-limited loading zones may also be used for the posted time.  Nor parking is allowed in any visitor lot at any time.
  • MAIN CAMPUS (MC) – Parking is allowed in white lined spaces in lots 3, 4, 7, 9 and the Frog Alley Parking Garage.  Time-limited loading zones may also be used for the posted time.  No parking on the east campus at any time.  No parking is allowed in any visitor lot at any time. . *See Football Game Day Parking section.
  • FRESHMAN (NS) – Parking is ONLY allowed in white lined spaces in lots 3, 4 and the Frog Alley Parking Garage 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Time-limited loading zones may also be used for the posted time.  No parking in Worth Hills or on the east campus.  No parking is allowed in any visitor lot at any time.   *See Football Game Day Parking section.
  • WORTH HILLS (WH) – Parking is allowed in the Worth Hills Parking Garage and time-limited loading zones for the posted time.  Parking is also allowed on the east campus from 5 pm – 3 am weekdays and all day on weekends.  No east campus parking on weekdays from 3 am – 5 pm.  Please use shuttle.  No parking is allowed in any visitor lot at any time.
  • MOTORCYCLE/MOPED/SCOOTER (M) – Parking allowed in any white lined space campus wide (excluding visitor lots), designated motorcycle parking and time-limited loading zones for posted time.  No parking allowed on sidewalks, bike racks or handicap access space/ramps.
  • HANDICAP – Only vehicles with Federal or State handicap license plates or placards (hang tags) may park in designated handicap spaces.  TCU Police reserves the right to inquire as to the rightful owner of disabled placards or license plates and to request proof of ownership if deemed necessary.  A special TCU Handicap permit (DP) is available to students who have handicap plates or placard, are issued for identification purposes only and are free of charge.  A copy of the placard/license plate number and driver license must be on file.
  1. BICYCLE REGISTRATION is highly recommended.  Registration forms are available at the TCU Police Department and online at  Any bicycle found locked to anything other than an approved bicycle rack will be confiscated and assessed a $50 fine.  Permits for bicycles do not expire.
  3. Students MAY NOT use faculty/staff, reserved, or trustee permits for any reason.
  4. A student parking space is defined by a white line on both sides of the vehicle on the surface of the student parking lot.  If the area is not striped as a parking space, then it IS NOT a parking space.


TCU Police Department Emergency/24 hour number   817-257-7777

TCU Police Department Office (Non-Emergency)  817-257-8400

TCU Parking Department  817-257-6889

TCU Transportation (Shuttle) Department  817-257-7930

Froggie Five-0   817-257-5856

Emergency   911

Fort Worth Police Department (Non-Emergency)  817-392-4222

Fort Worth Fire Department (Non-Emergency) 817-332-2131

TCU Information/Switchboard  817-257-7000