Parking Guidelines

Parking Registration for Students is Open

With more than 30,000 people expected on our campuses in Piscataway and New Brunswick for Rutgers University Commencement on Sunday, May 14, 2017, we know that parking will be challenging. Parking on campus will be limited, so graduating students must register to receive up to two free parking hangtags for themselves and their families or guests. Students are encouraged to register for hangtags early.

Note that parking permits issued by Rutgers Department of Transportation Services for use during the year will not be valid for parking on campuses in Piscataway and New Brunswick on Sunday, May 14.

Parking Registration Periods

Registration Period Description
March 20, 10 a.m.
–April 17, 9 a.m.

Graduating students can register for up to two free parking hangtags for themselves and their guests. Please use the link below to register.

March 20, 10 a.m.
–May 1, 10 a.m.
If you or your guests require accommodations due to a disability, health issue, or mobility challenge, and find it difficult to walk long distances, please see our Accessibility Information page. Special-needs parking and seating are available. Register for a special-needs parking hangtag in advance.
April 17, 10 a.m.
–May 1, 10 a.m.
Paid parking registration is available online to students and guests. Each parking hangtag is $5. Please check back.
After May 1, 10 a.m. Pay $5 at cash lots on Livingston Campus in Piscataway. On the College Avenue Campus in New Brunswick, on-street and paid lots are available.

Selecting a Parking Zone

  • To park in campus parking zones on Sunday, May 14, graduating students must register to receive up to two free parking hangtags for themselves and their guests on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • For those parking on Livingston Campus and College Avenue Campus, complimentary shuttle bus service will be provided to High Point Solutions Stadium on the Busch Campus.
  • Need accommodations due to a disability, health issues, or find it difficult to walk long distances? Please register for a special needs parking hangtag.
  • Using the considerations below, choose the best option for you and your guests: 
    • Guests who require accommodations due to a disability, health issue, or find it difficult to walk long distances must register for a special-needs parking hangtag in advance on our Accessibility Information page.
    • Guests choosing Busch Campus Blue Zone Parking should be able to walk 1 mile both to and from the stadium.  There is no drop-off location near the stadium. Guests who are unable to walk a mile to and from the stadium are encouraged to park in Livingston Campus Orange Zone Parking, as the parking lots are closer to the shuttle bus area. There is also a drop-off area near the shuttle buses.
    • Students and guests attending Commencement and the School of Engineering Convocation on May 14 are advised to park on the Livingston Campus and use the complimentary shuttle service to and from High Point Solutions Stadium.
    • Students and guests attending the School of Arts and Sciences Convocation on May 14 may choose any of the available parking lots.
  • We have three campus parking areas, as well as a special-needs parking zone, available for online registration, including:

–Busch Campus Blue Zone Parking

–College Avenue Campus White Zone Parking

–Livingston Campus Orange Zone Parking (Best choice for those who are unable to walk long distances.)

–Special-needs parking is available for those with a disability, health issues, or find it difficult to walk long distances. Register for a special needs hangtag on the Accessibility Information page. 

Register for Your Parking Hangtags Online

Required Commencement Parking Registration for Students Is Open.

Graduating Students (NetID Login Required):
Register here for Commencement hangtags

Register button
  • During the initial parking registration period for free hangtags, the system will only be available to graduating students, who must log in with a NetID.
  • Your choice will be final. You may not change your selection or contact information later.
  • The hangtags, along with maps and instructions, will be mailed in late-April to the address you specified when ordering.
  • Special-needs parking is available and requires a Rutgers Commencement special-needs hangtag. See the Accessibility Information page to register.
  • If you are attending convocation events on days other than May 14, 2017, you do not need a Commencement parking hangtag for those days.

Plan Ahead

  • As traffic volume will be heavy, please allow additional travel time. We recommend that you carpool or consider taking public transportation to campus.
  • Taking a taxi or car service? The College Avenue Student Center, located at 126 College Avenue in New Brunswick, is the designated drop-off location for those taking a taxi or car service, such as Uber. A complimentary shuttle is available to the stadium. 
  • There will be a security check when entering the stadium: Bags or purses larger than 4½ by 6½ inches will not be permitted in the stadium. You may carry items in a clear plastic bag up to one gallon in size. Cameras and binoculars (without their bags) and seat cushions may be carried in on their own. More details are available online at scarletknights.com/tickets/bagpolicy.html. Strollers, walkers, wheelchairs, and scooters are permitted in the stadium. Umbrellas and balloons are not permitted.
  • Walking distances from your car to the stadium may be as much as 1½ miles. Please wear comfortable shoes. If you have a disability, health issues, or have difficulty walking, please register for a special-needs parking hangtag. Space is limited.
  • For those who are unable to walk long distances, but do not wish to register for a special-needs hangtag, Livingston Campus parking is recommended.
  • For questions related to special needs, contact 848-932-2469.

Use Our Commencement Shuttle Service

  • Complimentary shuttle bus service will run every three to five minutes from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. between stops on College Avenue Campus White Zone and Livingston Campus Orange Zone and High Point Solutions Stadium on the Busch Campus.