Parking & Vehicle Registration

2020–21 Vehicle and Parking Registration (Check Back for Fall 2020 Information)

General Information

All students and employees who bring a car to campus must register their vehicle with the Office of Safety and Security, regardless of whether the vehicle is parked on the street or in an SPU parking lot.  SPU does not charge for vehicle registration

SPU does charge for parking, and also issues fines for vehicles that are not registered. Vehicles must be registered within 10 business days of the start of a quarter (for students) or of the start of employment (for employees).  If a student or employee wants to park on campus, they need to both register their vehicle and complete a parking application.  

Registering vehicles and applying for on-campus parking permits can be done online through our parking web site.  To access the online parking application, log on to the NuPark Parking System and follow the directions. Under this menu, you will be able to register your vehicle and apply for a parking permit. This process must be completed each year and updated as information changes. After this process has been completed, the Office of Safety and Security will issue a decal to the vehicle owner.  The decal will reflect whether the vehicle is merely registered or whether it may also park in an SPU lot, as further described in the Parking Regulations.

Faculty and Staff Parking

Faculty and staff who wish to purchase a parking permit will receive a permit that is designated “Fac/Staff.” With this permit, a vehicle may be parked in any open spot in the commuter lots, as long as it is not a reserved or specialized space.

Student Parking Information

Non-residential (commuter) and residential students can apply for a Commuter permit, which is applicable in any of the commuter lots. Residential students can apply for an assigned parking space at their residence.

Residence Parking

  • Parking lots for Emerson Hall, Ashton Hall, Hill Hall, Arnett Hall, Moyer Hall and campus apartments are reserved for students living in the corresponding areas.
  • Some parking lots have limited spaces.
  • On-campus student residents who register their vehicle and receive a space will be assigned a numbered space for the academic year.
  • Assignments to residence hall or apartment parking lots are based on:
    • Date application is received
    • Student's assigned residence
    • Any special needs or concerns
  • Students who do not receive an assigned space can apply for a permit to park in commuter lots or on the street.


  • Commuter students, Faculty and Staff are eligible for a discounted carpool permit.
  • There are a limited number of available carpool spaces on campus. 
  • Two-person carpooling requires one driver to register and pay. The other rider can then choose to reimburse the driver for their portion of the carpool cost. 
  • Three or more people in a carpool get a space for free. Primary drivers are required to register their vehicle, along with the names and the SPU ID #s of all riders in the vehicle. Applications will be considered incomplete without all information provided. SPU NuPark
  • Faculty and staff will also need to submit a Commute Trip Reduction form to Transportation Manager Heather Eide.
  • For all carpools, participants will receive a permit valid only in their space

Parking Decals

Parking applications will be processed late in September. Applicants for commuter decals will receive an email notifying them to pick up their decal from Safety and Security, and applicants for resident decals will receive their decals via on-campus mailing services. Faculty and Staff will receive their permits either via on-campus mailbox, or they will need to pick it up at Safety and Security if they do not have a campus mailbox on file.

Canceling a Parking Permit or Change of Vehicle

To cancel your parking, return your decal and email the Transportation Manager within 10 days of the start of the quarter. You may receive a refund only if you cancel and return your decal within this 10-day period.

If your decal is damaged, lost, stolen, or if you purchase a new vehicle, please email the transportation manager immediately, as you will need a new decal. Each decal is specific to each vehicle, so any vehicle changes require a new decal. Decal replacements are $10, unless the damaged decal or used decal (from previous vehicle) is returned to the Transportation Manager at the Office of Safety and Security.

The Loop

Find Your Way

Get directions to SPU, and find your way once you’re here with the campus map and campus accessibility map.

Forms & More Information

Faculty Staff CTR Participation Form and Agreement

2020-2021 Parking Information (Check Back)

Parking Regulations – Set by the University for parking on or around campus.

Parking FAQs – Learn answers to common questions about parking.

Parking Changes – Submit any changes regarding your vehicle.

Parking Petition – Petition a citation received while parked in University lots.

Special Event Guest Pass – Email the Transportation Coordinator to request parking passes for your special event and/or guest speaker.