Student Parking

Permit Information

  • All SAU students operating a vehicle on campus must register the vehicle and display a valid permit. Students may purchase their permits anytime after their class year's time has begun. Sales continue until permits are sold out.
  • Buy your permits online at The Permit Store. Up to three vehicles may be registered to one permit, but all the vehicles must be operated solely by the permit owner.
    • To register for a permit you need: an active email address; your SAU ID number; vehicle make, model, and color information; and license plate information. It is the owner's responsibility to ensure that all vehicle information is accurate. Changes to vehicle or owner information may be made online at The Permit Store.
    • Online registration is available 24/7.
    • Permits are not required for summer sessions, winter break, and spring break. However, students must contact Security to arrange for break parking, and to avoid tickets.

    For more information about campus parking options contact Parking Manager Calvin Cooper, 563-333-6015.

    Special Parking Provisions

    • Reserved spaces are identified by a sign in front of the space. Examples of these are Resident Priest, President, Vice President, Chapel parking. Unless otherwise labeled these spaces may be enforced 24/7 and only used by the person identified on the sign.
    • Program of Study parking provisions: Students in programs at the Center for Health Sciences Education and the Center for Communications and Social Development are prohibited from parking in the neighborhoods surrounding these buildings unless they live on the street in question or have written permission of a property owner. Students in these programs found parking in unauthorized areas are considered in violation of the Student Code of Conduct and may face consequences associated with their program's assessment of professional behaviors.
    • Temporary Vehicles or Permits: If you have a permit but have to bring a different vehicle to campus, temporary permits are available for free from the Security Office. Generally temporary permits expire after two weeks. You may also add a temporary vehicle to your permit in the online system. Please note that a second physical permit is not issued, and you must give 24 hours for the change to be posted in your record.

    Graduate Assistant Parking

    Graduate assistants are required to register and display a permit as outlined above, however, graduate assistants working 30 hours or more per week will be issued a complimentary Zone 2 permit with verification from a supervisor. Zone 1 parking is available to graduate assistants through the standard process and rate. 

Buy Your Permit Online

On Campus and Health Sciences

Using this phone connects you with the 24/7 security desk. A strobe light activates on the top of the phone, directing attention to the caller.

Learn about our other safety policies

Security Escorts

Students should walk in pairs, but when that's not possible you can arrange a free, walking escort on main campus, available 24/7. Contact the security desk at 333-6104.

Staying Safe on Campus

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Be a good neighbor

Don't park in SAU neighborhoods

All St. Ambrose students, faculty, and staff are discouraged from parking in the neighborhoods surrounding campus unless you live on that street or have written permission from the home owner.

Citations and Towing

Where can students park?

All St. Ambrose students are expected to use campus parking lots. Parking for students is available in lots designated  Zone 1, Zone 2, or Zone 3 with the appropriate valid permit.

A permit does not guarantee that space will be available, but instead gives the owner the right to park if space is available. Lot availability may be restricted based on campus events. Always check with the Security Office if you are unsure whether a particular parking area on campus is restricted. 

View or download a campus map with parking lot designations

  • Zone 1 student parking lots are located nearer to most academic and residential buildings in the areas bounded by Locust, Gaines, Lombard, and Harrison Streets respectively. These permits are sold on a 1-to-1 basis (one permit per space), subject to availability. Only vehicles with Zone 1 permits may park in these lots 24 hours per day/7 days per week. Permits for this area are $120 per year or $60 per semester. All Zone 1 permit holders may also park in any Zone 2 lot.
  • Zone 2 lots are located west of Gaines Street (including the lot at Locust and Marquette streets). Permits are required in these lots Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Permits for Zone 2 are $60 per year or $30 per semester. Zone 2 permit holders may not park in Zone 1 lots. The Marquette and Locust Street parking lot is reserved for students attending classes in the Center for Communication and Social Development on Pleasant Street.
  • Zone 3 is a free parking option available for students who only use their vehicles occasionally but not on a daily basis. This lot is located near the St. Vincent Center property about four blocks north of campus, on Central Park Avenue at the Gaines Street intersection. On-demand transportation to and from Zone 3 is free via Campus Security between 6 a.m. and 11 p.m. From 11 p.m. to 6 a.m., transport will only be provided from (not to) this lot. Daily use of the lot is prohibited.
  • Faculty/staff lots within the Zone 1 boundaries and Zone 2 lots are available to students from 3 p.m. to 7 a.m., Monday through Friday and all-day Saturday and Sunday, with or without a campus parking permit.


Bob Christopher, Director

Security Office
Rogalski Center, 2nd floor
518 W. Locust St.
Davenport, IA 52803

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