FAQ

Is there anywhere on campus I can park for free?

No, there is nowhere on campus that you can park for free.  Parking must be paid for at all times.

Is it true that I can park in any parking lot after 5:00 p.m. as long as I have a valid parking permit?

Our policy is that all UTM parking permits (with the exception of Athletic parking permits) are valid in all UTM parking lots after 5:00 p.m. from Monday to Friday and all day on Saturdays, Sundays and Statutory Holidays (with the exception of all signed reserved spaces, car pool areas, resident parking – P6, P7 & P10 and all short term parking facilities such as Inner Circle Road).

I am a student who is only enrolled in evening classes.  Is there a specific permit I can purchase that will allow me to park at night?

Yes, you can purchase our monthly Evening parking permit.  This permit is valid from 3:30 p.m. onward Monday-Thursday, and all day Friday/Saturday/Sunday & Holidays.  It is valid in P4, P8 & P9.  However, after 5:00 p.m. on weekdays and all day on weekends, permit holders may park in P1, P4, P5, P8, P9 and the CCT Garage as long as their permit is clearly displayed in the vehicle (with the exception of all signed reserved spaces, car pool areas, resident parking – P6, P7 & P10 and all short term parking facilities such as Inner Circle Road).

If I have two or more cars, or need to make a change to my parking permit what can I do?

You can register multiple vehicles (including rideshare vehicles) to your parking permit. You would have to transfer the permit between whichever vehicle you bring to campus as required.  If you would like to add a license plate to your parking permit or change an existing plate/vehicle, you can do so by logging into your account here.  Please note it is important to maintain accurate vehicle information for enforcement purposes.

If I have a valid UTM parking permit, can I also park at St. George or UTSC?

If you have a valid UTM parking permit, you are only permitted to park in the designated lots at UTM.  To inquire about parking for any other U of T campus, you must contact the Parking Office specific to that campus.

I paid for parking at the Pay & Display machine using my credit card, but nothing printed. What should I do? Was I double-charged?

If you attempted to pay for parking using your credit card in a Pay & Display (P&D) machine and no slip printed, you were likely not charged.  The P&D machines operate by live authorizations and a ticket will only print if your transaction was approved.  You are required to go through the steps again until the machine prints a slip. 

Failure to display a P&D slip for any reason (failed transaction, out of order machine, declined credit card, etc.) will result in a Parking Infraction Notice (parking ticket), issued by the City of Mississauga. 

Why can’t I pay for parking at the Pay & Display machines in P1 and P5 on weekdays?

On weekdays, until 5:00 p.m., P1 & P5 is reserved for permit holders only.  After 5:00 p.m. on weekdays and all day on weekends, patrons may purchase parking from the Pay & Display machines located in those lots.

I only have to go into the William G. Davis Building for a few minutes.  Is there somewhere close by I can park?

Yes, you can pay for parking for up to 90 minutes (enforced maximum) in the short-term parking area located outside the William G. Davis Building.

Do faculty and staff pay for parking?

Yes, all faculty and staff pay for parking and they pay the same rates as students.  Resident students pay slightly less for a permit because they do not have to pay HST.

How are parking fees set?

Fees are set to cover the total costs of providing and maintaining parking facilities, smoothed over a reasonable number of years.  This approach reduces the need to increase fees by large amounts each year (as had to be done several years ago when the underground CCT garage was built).  Rather, fees are set to cover the costs over a reasonable timeframe, depending on the nature of the various costs involved.  For example, currently, the operation is paying back money borrowed to build the extension to the deck in lot 8 which was completed in 2016.

Many students are under severe financial pressure and cannot afford UTM parking rates.  How is this issue of affordability/accessibility being addressed?

Parking is one of many costs that a student may incur related to education. Anyone who is struggling financially should contact Financial Aid in the Office of the Registrar. Financial Aid is approached on a holistic basis, taking into account the financial situation of each particular student. Financial Aid Advisors will meet with a student and provide options after reviewing a student’s entire financial situation, not just one aspect of it.  Financial Aid offers walk-in advising, and can assist a student in reviewing their budget and identifying cost-effective strategies for managing their educational expenses.

For example, in some cases Advisors may suggest alternative transportation methods which are readily available – such as taking advantage of the ‘U-pass’ program, which allows UTM students unlimited fare-free rides on MiWay, Mississauga Transit’s bus system.  As well, the shuttle bus service that runs between the UTM and the St. George campus is free of charge for UTM students and is a cost-effective alternative for students who are taking courses at St. George and/or travel to downtown Toronto on a regular basis.

Finally, sessional permits are available which allow students to purchase parking for individual sessions, as compared to the 12 month annual pass, providing the students with a more affordable option.