Parking Guidelines

Online Parking Registration is Open for Students

Use the link below to register for parking.

Parking will be limited as more than 50,000 people are expected on our campuses in Piscataway and New Brunswick for Rutgers University Commencement on Sunday, May 19, 2019. Therefore, 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 19.

Parking Registration Periods

Parking Hangtag Registration Periods Description
Open now Special-Needs Parking Hangtag Registration: 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 consider registering early for special-needs parking. See our Accessibility Information page for details.
Open now –
April 22, 10 a.m.
Student Registration for Free Parking Hangtags for Themselves and Their Guests: Now through April 22, graduating students can register for up to two free parking hangtags for themselves and their guests. Students are encouraged to register early. Parking is assigned by parking zones on a first-come, first-served basis. Parking hangtags will be mailed by early May to the address provided during hangtag registration.

April 22, 10 a.m.–
May 1, 10 a.m.

Paid Parking Registration: If parking hangtags are still available, attendees may purchase hangtags online in advance for $10 per hangtag.

Selecting a Parking Zone

We have three campus parking zones, as well as a special-needs parking zone, available for online registration, including:

Choose the best parking option for you and your guests:

  • There is no curbside drop-off at Stadium on the Busch Campus. 

  • Complimentary shuttle service is available from College Avenue and Livingston parking lots to the stadium. There is no shuttle service from Busch Campus parking lots to the stadium.

  • Students and guests who require accommodations due to a disability, or health issue, and find it difficult to walk long distances, must register for a special-needs parking hangtag in advance on our Accessibility Information page.

  • Students and guests who select Busch Campus Blue Zone Parking should be able to walk at least 1 mile to and from the stadium. If students and guests are unable to walk a mile to and from the stadium, we recommend choosing a hangtag for the Livingston Campus Orange Zone Parking, which includes a shuttle bus to the stadium and a drop-off area near the shuttle buses.

  • Are you attending the School of Arts and Sciences Convocation on May 19 at 12:30 p.m.? Choose any available parking zone.

Register for Your Parking Hangtags Online

Graduating students can register for Commencement parking hangtags.
(NetID Login Required)

Register for parking hangtags
  • 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 parking 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 early May 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 19, 2019, you do not need a Commencement parking hangtag for those days.

Plan Ahead

  • Commencement is held rain or shine in an open stadium. Guests may experience direct sun or rain. Please bring a hat, sunscreen, or poncho. Umbrellas are not allowed.

  • 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 taxi or car service, such as Uber. A complimentary shuttle bus is available to the stadium on Busch Campus. 

  • Rutgers Athletic Bag PolicySTADIUM SECURITY & RESTRICTED BAG POLICY: There will be a security check when entering the stadium. Only clutches and wallets no larger than 4.5 x 6.5 inches are permitted in the stadium. You may carry items in a clear plastic bag up to one gallon in size or 12x12x6 inches. Cameras and binoculars (without their bags) and seat cushions may be carried in on their own. Walkers, wheelchairs, and scooters are permitted in the stadium. Strollers, umbrellas, and balloons are not permitted. Learn more about the Rutgers Athletics Bag Policy on the Scarlet Knights website.

  • Walking distances from your car to the stadium may be as much as 1.5 miles. Please wear comfortable shoes. If you have a disability, or health issues, and have difficulty walking, please register for a special-needs parking hangtag. Space is limited. Walkers, wheelchairs, and scooters are permitted in the stadium. If you require assistance for mobility, you must bring your own.

  • For those who are unable to walk long distances, but do not wish to register for a special-needs hangtag, Livingston Campus Orange Zone parking is recommended.

  • For questions related to special needs, contact 848-932-2469.

Complimentary Commencement Campus Shuttle

Complimentary shuttle bus service will run from 7 a.m.–4 p.m. on May 19 from the parking lots on the Livingston and College Avenue campuses. There is no shuttle service from Busch Campus parking lots to the stadium, which is also on Busch Campus.