The University of Arizona is far more than a campus for college students. It’s a place where people go to experience the finest in music, dance, theatre, photography, art, athletics, and academic lectures. There’s truly something for everyone at the U of A.
Although there is no free street parking on or around the university campus, you can definitely find a metered or garage parking spot to meet your needs. There are 200 metered spaces at a rate of $1 per hour. There is no charge for metered UA parking on weekends and holidays.
There are also six parking garages on-campus: Cherry Avenue Garage, Highland Avenue Garage, Main Gate Garage, Park Avenue Garage, Sixth Street Garage, and Tyndall Avenue Garage. All six garages are open 7am to midnight. The rate is $1-$2 per hour with an $8-$10 daily maximum.
Don’t forget that taking the Tucson Streetcar is also an excellent option! It’s affordable, comfortable, eco-friendly, and fun – plus you’ll see more of the city and the university area.
If you’re going to the Arizona Stadium
Bear Down for the Arizona Wildcats! Don’t let UA parking keep you from cheering on your favorite football team in red and blue. A number of surface lots and parking garages are available for fans. Note that surface lots are cash-only. Expect to pay $5 or $10, depending on which lot/garage you choose. The Second Street Garage and Sixth Street Garage are the two closest available options. For more info, see the UA Football Parking Map.
If you’re going to Arizona State Museum
Convenient garage parking is available for a small fee just one block from the museum at either Euclid Avenue and Second Street or Tyndall Avenue and Fourth Street. The garages offer hourly rates, with a maximum all-day fee of $8. Parking is free (and least crowded) on the weekends. Note that 15-passenger vans fit in the garages, but RVs do not.
If you’re going to Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium
The first and easiest option for parking at Flandrau is the “yellow curb” along Hawthorne Street on the north side of the building. Free parking passes are available for visitors. That parking tends to fill up fast due to school groups on weekday mornings.
If the yellow curb is full, metered curb parking is available on First Street and Second Street, north of Flandrau. Pay at the credit/debit stations. Remember that metered parking is free after 5pm and on the weekends!
The two closest UA garages are the Cherry Avenue Garage and the Second Street Garage. The rate is $4 for 2 hours or $5 for 3 hours. Garage parking is free on the weekends, except on major game days and special event days.
Flandrau is only one block from the 2nd Street/Cherry Avenue streetcar stop so that’s also a great option.
The least crowded times at Flandrau are weekday afternoons.
If you’re going to Main Gate Square
Park in the Tyndall Parking Garage. Enter from Euclid & Fourth Street for easiest access. All Main Gate Square merchants validate (with a purchase) for the Tyndall garage after 5:00pm, M-F. Saturdays & Sundays (except football Saturdays) are free. During the day, parking is $2.00 per hour…but there is a two-hour parking limit on the first floor in the northwest quadrant.
Parking is also available in the Main Gate garage for $2.00 per hour.
There is a metered UA parking lot at the southeast corner of Tyndall & University that is $.50 per hour. There is also valet parking at Tyndall & University for a fee.
Since Main Gate Square is adjacent to the University, UA parking is most crowded M-F from 10:00am to 3:00pm. Parking is more readily available after lunch and in the evenings.
If you’re going to the University of Arizona Museum of Art
The easiest place to park is in the Park Avenue garage on the NE corner of Park and Speedway. From there, you can walk through the underpass to the museum. Visitors may also prefer to take the streetcar and get off at stop 16 on Second St and Olive. From there, the museum is just a short walk north. Parking is free on Saturdays and Sunday; $2 per hour on weekdays. Vans can be accommodated in the garages, but RVs and buses must call UA Parking & Transportation at 520-621-3710.
For evening events at the museum, you can park in the Zone 1 lot just north of the Park Avenue garage. UA Parking is free after 5:00pm.
The most crowded times of the days are late mornings during the week (when school is in session). Weekends are the least crowded.
If you’re going to UA Centennial Hall
Heading to a UAPresents show at Centennial Hall? The most convenient parking is the Tyndall Avenue Garage (Euclid Ave at 4th St). There is also parking available in the Main Gate Garage (Euclid Ave at 1st St), as well as street parking on University Blvd and the rest of the Main Gate neighborhood. Parking is free on weekends and after 5pm. For anyone needing assistance in getting from Tyndall Garage to Centennial Hall, a free shuttle is available. Call UA Parking & Transportation Services at 520-626-7275.
We’ll be adding more venues in the coming months! Let us know where you want to go on the university campus and we’ll include the best UA parking tips here.