CaRES Student Parking

If you will be living in UAB Housing or at University Place, parking may be taken care of in your weekly or monthly rent – check on this first.  If this is the case, you may be able to keep your car parked and walk to work each day and use your car only for shopping, errands, and to travel on weekends.  But for those of you who must arrange for parking, here is some guidance. 


Parking on the UAB campus can be challenging, but thankfully, it is less challenging in the summer than at other times of the year.  You may want to pay for parking in a UAB parking deck or parking lot, but it is possible that you could find cheaper parking (see below). 


UAB students who are doing CaRES should retain the parking arrangements that they have had so far this year, if possible.  CaRES students who are not UAB students may obtain a temporary parking permit for all UAB Student Lot 15's (15A, 15B, 15C, etc.) located across campus.  Hopefully one of the Lot 15’s is near the UAB building where you will do your CaRES project. The cost of a temporary parking permit is $17.50 per month, or $70 for the entire summer (May through August).  A permit may be purchased at the UAB Parking Office at 608 8th Street South (205-934-3513) on the edge of the UAB campus, near the I-65 access ramps.  You must go there in person (bring your driver’s license) to fill out paperwork describing your vehicle (including license tag number), and you will be given a hang tag to display on your inside rear-view mirror.


FYI, in addition to Student Lot 15’s, there are other UAB parking decks and parking lots around campus where you can park, but they are more expensive.  Some UAB parking decks and lots accept ONLY monthly parkers (UAB employees and students) who need to swipe their UAB “ONE Card” to enter.  But other UAB decks and lots accept a limited number of daily parkers who need not be UAB people; these decks and lots display a sign that says, “Public Parking.”  Typically, the cost of public parking in a UAB deck or lot is $2 for the first hour, plus $1 per hour for each additional hour, up to $6 maximum per day.  Parking in one of these decks or lots may be okay in a pinch, but your cost could add up to $30/week! 


An alternative that you may want to consider is street parking, if you can find it.  Each morning you may be able to find parking meter spaces a few blocks from campus, but there is typically a 2-hour time limit on each meter.  The cost for most meter parking is 25 cents for 15 minutes, or $2 for 2 hours.  After 2 hours you will need to move your car to another parking space, as you are not supposed to re-feed the meter.  This approach is not suggested for parking every day.    


A note to you early-birds (you know who you are) . . . if you plan to come in to campus very early (well before 8 AM) each day, you may be able to find free street-parking (with no meters) south of campus (as on 11th Avenue South, west of 5 Points South), or possibly north of campus (as on 18th Street, north of 4th Avenue South).  Be careful not to park where you may get a ticket because parking tickets can be expensive in Birmingham!   If you are a good detective you may find a free parking space that no one else seems to know about, and that is yours to park in every day if you arrive early, before everyone else does.  If you find a great parking space like this don’t tell anyone about it!  Good luck!


APRIL 10, 2018