Parking at SAU

Information for campus and visitors

St. Ambrose University uses a zone parking system which allows students to decide which permit will be most convenient and cost effective for their circumstances.

Student parking permits are sold on a staggered schedule based on class year. Registration of vehicles operated on campus is mandatory.

General Parking Information

  • Campus parking is limited to designated parking spaces in lots and available on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • All other areas – such as hashed lines, yellow curbs, sidewalks, and grass/dirt – are not to be used for parking, loading, or unloading.
  • The lots are frequently patrolled, though the university assumes no responsibility for the loss or damage of items or vehicles parked on university property.
  • Report all suspicious activity or incidents to the Security Office.

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Campus Parking

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Welcome to Campus! All parking lots are clearly marked for Zones 1-3, as well as CHSE and CCSD lots.

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Buying Your Parking Permit


To buy a permit, you need the following: an active email address; your student ID; vehicle make, model and color information; and license plate information.

Permits are sold online 24/7 and will be available for purchase on the dates listed below:​

  • Faculty/Staff: July 13
  • Graduate/Seniors​: July 13
  • Juniors: ​​​July 20
  • Sophomores: ​​July 27
  • First-year: ​​​Aug. 3

Students parking on campus must select the permit that appropriately reflects their choice of zone. It is the owner's responsibility to ensure that all vehicle information is current and accurate.

Temporary permits are available in the Security Office, Rogalski Center, and long-term permits are only available online.

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Don't want to mess with parking?

Ride the bus - for free!

To avoid parking on campus altogether, ride the bus! Your student ID card is your FREE bus pass on any city bus. Information on times and routes are available on the City of Davenport Citibus Transit website.


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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

Visitor Parking

Where are the Visitor Lots?

Visitor parking is available in the lots east of Cosgrove Hall and designated spaces at the Rogalski Center. If these areas are full or you are planning an extended visit, contact the Security Office.

Mondays through Fridays, 7 a.m.-3 p.m., current students, faculty, and staff may not park in visitor areas – no exceptions.

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Costs and Zones

Permits are required in these lots Monday through Friday, 7 a.m.-3 p.m.

Zone 1 – $130/year; $65/semester
Student-only lots. Located adjacent to most academic and residential buildings in the areas bounded by Locust, Gaines, Lombard, and Harrison Streets respectively.

Zone 2 – $70/year; $35/semester
Various. Lots are located west of Gaines Street and between McCarthy Hall and the Wellness and Recreation Center. 

Zone 3 – Free
Student-only lot. For students using their vehicles occasionally, not daily. This lot is located on the St. Vincent Athletics Complex about four blocks north of campus. On-demand transportation to and from Zone 3 is free via Campus Security.

Center for Health Sciences Education (CHSE) – $150/year; $75 per semester
This permit allows Health Sciences students to park in the CHSE lot ONLY.

Center for Communication and Social Development (CCSD) – Free
This permit allows CCSD students to park in the lot at Marquette and Locust streets. CCSD provides these permits.

Faculty/Staff – Free
Parking is available for employees at the Rogalski Center, portions south of Galvin, and Zone 2. Portions of Roglaski and Galvin are available only to faculty and staff from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday.  

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Please Note:

  • Student guests at university-owened houses may park behind/adjacent and must display a current Zone 1 or 2 parking permit.
  • Students with a Zone 1 or 2 parking permit may purchase a CHSE parking permit for an additional $75 per semester.
  • No parking at any time on Rogalski Dr., Pleasant St., or Ripley St. (adjacent to the Cosgrove lot).

Parking Tickets

General Information

Campus Security issues tickets to vehicles that are parked in violation of parking policies.

Read complete Parking Policies

Appeal a Ticket

To appeal a ticket, visit the SAU Permit Store to view your Account and Notices.

Tickets cannot be appealed until the business day FOLLOWING the day your ticket was issued. For example, if you received a ticket on Thursday, you may begin your appeal on Friday. If a ticket occurred over the weekend, the earliest an appeal can be made is on Monday.

Tickets must be appealed within 7 days of the date of issue. Tickets older than 7 days may not be granted an appeal.

Pay a Ticket

Pay for tickets online or in the security office Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.-3 p.m.

If paying in-person please bring the ticket with you.

Modes of Transportation

Motorcycles and Mopeds

For the purposes of university parking policy: motorcycles, motorized scooters, and mopeds are categorized and referred to as motorcycles.

Students, faculty and/or staff desiring on-campus parking for a motorcycle are required to have a parking permit. Motorcycles are required to park in designated lots and locations that will not interfere with the flow of traffic or pedestrians walking through campus.

Motorcycles may not park in any other areas, including the university's fire lanes, disabled spaces, loading zones, construction areas, disabled access aisles, driveways, lawns, sidewalks, or bicycle racks. Motorcycles are subject to towing in accordance with the Towing Policy.


Your bike must be registered with the city in accordance with all rules and regulations. For details see the City of Davenport section on bikes.

Bicycles do not have to be registered with Security. Bicycles must also be parked in a way that doesn't hinder the flow of pedestrian traffic within the parking lot or sidewalk. Bicycles may not be locked to or parked at utility poles, trees, bollards, railings, signposts, or fences. Bicycles may not be stored in building hallways. The university assumes no liability for any lost, stolen, or damaged bicycle locked to a campus bike rack.

How to secure your bicycle

How to keep your bicycle safe

People will steal an entire bicycle or unsecured items on your bicycle. Read the tips on this page to thwart damage and theft to your bicycle.

Locking your bicycle
• Always keep your bicycle locked, even when it's on your porch.
• Lock the frame and at least one wheel (preferably two) to a bicycle rack. This also prevents your bicycle from falling over. If you only lock the wheel, your bicycle can be quickly detached and stolen.
• If you don't need a quick release seat or wheels, replace them with standard bolts. If you do want quick release items, take them with you when you lock your bicycle.
• Take lights, mirrors, bags, and panniers with you, along with anything else not securely fastened to the bicycle.
• Consider riding an inexpensive bicycle for everyday use and short trips.

The lock
• Invest in the best quality lock (or two) that you can afford. Purchase a hardened steel U-shaped lock and/or a hardened steel chain and padlock (see image at right).
• When possible use two different locks – one for each wheel and the frame. This requires a thief to have two different sets of tools and takes more time, both of which makes it more difficult and likely the thief will get caught.
• Position a U-lock so that the keyhole faces down toward the ground. A keyhole is located in the middle of the straight bar (instead of the end) which offers better security.
• When locking your bicycle, fill up the space of the U-lock with your bicycle frame and wheel so there is little room to jam a lock-breaking tool into the lock.
• Make sure that chains do not lay on the ground. A chain laying on the ground can be smashed with a rock.
• Register your lock with the lock manufacturer as soon as you purchase it in order to access the insurance should the bicycle be stolen (if they have anti-theft insurance policy or a guarantee).

The Location
• Look for a busy, well-lit bicycle rack.
• Lock to a sturdy, immovable object that is securely bolted down. On campus, use the provided bicycle racks, and don't lock your bicycle on ramps or in front of doors because security will remove and confiscate the bike.
• Make sure that your bicycle can't be lifted over what you have secured it against.
• Avoid locking to materials that can be cut such as wood, wire fencing, or trees.
• Avoid "sucker poles" by checking to make sure the posts are securely fastened to the ground and cannot just be lifted up and removed (some street signs are like this).
• Out of courtesy, never lock to wheelchair ramps

Take Action
Register your bicycle with the city of Davenport. This will increase the chances of having your bicycle returned to you. You will need to know the serial number (generally located on the bicycle frame) and the make.
• Keep of copy of the serial number, make and model, color, and frame size.
• Always report a stolen bicycle or stolen parts to the police and SAU Security, even if your bicycle was not registered.
• Don't support the market for stolen bicycles. Only buy secondhand bicycles from someone you trust. If you are not sure a bicycle has been stolen or not ask questions about where it came from and copy the serial number and call the police to have them check for any theft reports on it.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need a permit to park on campus?

Do I need a permit to park on campus?
Yes. Every motor vehicle used on campus (including lots, roadways, and driveways) by students, faculty, or staff must be registered with the Security Office and display a current, valid permit.

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

How do I buy a permit?


To buy a permit, you will need to have the following: an active email address; your student ID number; vehicle make, model and color information; and license plate information. Permits are sold online and will be available for purchase on the dates listed below:​

  • Faculty/Staff: July 7
  • Graduate/Seniors​: July 7
  • Juniors: ​​​July 14
  • Sophomores: ​​July 28
  • First-year: ​​​Aug. 4

Online registration is available 24/7. Students parking on campus must select the permit that appropriately reflects their choice of zone. It is the owner's responsibility to ensure that all vehicle information is kept up to date and accurate.

Temporary permits are available in the Security Operations Center in the Rogalski Center, and long-term permits are only available online.

Does a permit guarantee a space?

A permit does not guarantee that space will be available adjacent to their resident hall, but instead gives the owner the right to park if space is available.

All St. Ambrose students are expected to use campus parking lots.

Student parking is available in lots designated as Zone 1, Zone 2, or Zone 3 with the appropriate valid permit. 

Can I get a permit if someone is coming to visit?

Temporary permits are available in Security Operations, Rogalski Center, for a nominal charge.

Please call 333-6104 for more information.

What should I do if I have a vehicle break down or flat tire?

If your vehicle breaks down or will not start, call Security and ask for assistance.

If the vehicle is not operable then the security officer will place an orange disabled sticker on your windshield. This will help prevent tickets.

All disabled vehicles should be moved within 24 hours unless special arrangements have been made through the Security Office. The operator is responsible for any tickets received for vehicles without a disabled sticker.

What should I do if my car is damaged or broken into?

Immediately contact Security and the Davenport Police.

Do not move your car before contacting these agencies. If you are not sure how to contact the police, we can help.

Do you tow or immobilize cars?

Unauthorized vehicles in the following areas can be towed at the owner's expense: disabled spaces, fire lanes, 24-hour reserved areas, faculty staff lots, or those vehicles found blocking roadways and garage doors.

Additionally, vehicles found on sidewalks, lawns, blocking other vehicles, or those with $200 or more in paid/unpaid fines are subject to being towed.

Do you have unloading/loading spaces?

If you need to carry something heavy or bulking up to your residence hall, classroom, or office, you may use the closest lot as long as you have your emergency flashers on and do not leave your car unattended for longer than 30 minutes.

You may not use disabled or reserve spaces or visitor spaces for loading and unloading.

Do you have disabled parking?

Disabled parking is available and conspicuously marked in most lots.

All vehicles parking in these areas must display a current student permit and disabled placard/plate. When vehicles are found parked in these spaces without a proper permit the Davenport Police may be notified and asked to ticket the vehicle.

If you suffer an injury and need temporary special accommodations please contact the Accessibility Resource Center.


Bob Christopher, Director

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

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