The University strives to maintain normal operations throughout the winter months. In rare instances, the severity of the weather may require the University to ban or modify normal parking operations. Use of the rooftop levels the University’s parking garages may be limited or restricted in the hours before a foretasted winter storm event when required to facilitate the clearance or treatment of snow and ice.
The latest University emergency information, including possible action plans, is at UConn Alert. You can also sign up for the University’s emergency text alert system while visiting the site. General guidance on early releases, delays or cancelations due to inclement weather can be found here, but parking specific information regarding these events follows.
The most detailed parking information related to winter storm-specific parking alterations, bans, and plans can be found on the Parking Services website.
Decisions to ban or modify normal parking operations will only be made following a careful review of available weather forecasts, road reports and travel conditions.
When decisions are made to ban or modify University parking privileges during the overnight hours, information about them will be announced by 5:00 a.m., whenever possible. Unfortunately, New England’s weather can be highly unpredictable and travel conditions can change rapidly. For these reasons, last-minute notifications may be necessary.
University parking permit holders who may be affected by winter storm parking restrictions will be notified by messages sent to their UConn email addresses.
Some University operations and services are essential despite severe weather. Exempt employees are those employed by dining, health, public safety, and residential services, as well as those required to maintain the University’s facility operations or to provide needed animal care.
Emergency Support Services/Essential Staff
Emergency Support Services/Essential Staff who are required to report to the Storrs campus when the University is officially closed will be allowed to parking in the North and South parking garages at no charge. These no-charge garage parking arrangements will continue until 8:00AM of the day upon which regular weekday garage operations resume.
Resident Student Permit Holders
Resident student permit holders may park either the North or South parking garages in Storrs at no charge during weather-related University closures, however…
- Resident student permit holders who shelter their vehicles in a University parking garage must remove them from those facilities within 24-hours of the University reopening.
- Resident student permit vehicles that remain within the parking garages after the aforementioned deadline, can be ticketed $30/day.
- Garage rates will be charged for any resident permit vehicle left in either the North or South parking garage after 8:00AM of the day upon which regular weekday garage operations resume. These fees will be due in addition to any parking citation fees that might also be owed.
Student Permit Parking Bans & Re-locations
To facilitate the removal of snow and ice associated with winter storm events, Parking Services may require that resident student permit holders temporarily relocate their vehicles to the alternate parking locations identified within the table below.
When resident student vehicles must be relocated, Parking Services will inform the affected permit holders about their alternate parking accommodations via email messages, website postings, Daily Digest announcements and using social media.
|Parking Permit Type||Regular Parking Location||Winter Storm Parking Location||Relocation Period Starts||Relocation Period Ends|
|Resident Student Permits||D-Lot||Lot-Y||map||3 hours before start of winter storm event||3 hours after end of winter storm event|
|Resident Student Permits||T-Lots (Lower, Upper, and West Sections)||W-Lot Northern section||map||3 hours before start of winter storm event||3 hours after end of winter storm event|
|Resident Student Permits||Husky Village Lot(W Lot to the north of Husky Village Residences||W-Lot Northern section||map||3 hours before start of winter storm event||3 hours after end of winter storm event|
|Resident Student Permits||East Campus Residences||North Garage||map||As directed||Maximum of 24 hours after start of relocation period|
|Premium Resident Student Permits||Alumni Quad||South Garage||map||3 hours before start of winter storm event||3 hours after end of winter storm event|
|Premium Resident Student Permits||Northwest Quad.||North Garage||map||3 hours before start of winter storm event||3 hours after end of winter storm event|
|Premium Resident Student Permits||North Campus Residences||North Garage||map||3 hours before start of winter storm event||3 hours after end of winter storm event|
|Charter Oak Apartment Permits||Charter Oak Apartments||C-Lot||map||As directed; typically the first weekend day following winter storm event||Maximum of 24 hours after start of relocation period|
|Hilltop Apartment Permits||Hilltop Apartments||Lot – Y||map||As directed; typically the second weekend day following the winter storm event||Maximum of 24 hours after start of relocation period|
|Northwood Apartment Permits||Northwood Apartments||F Lot||map||As directed||Maximum of 24 hours after start of relocation period|
|Mansfield Apartment Permits||Mansfield Apartments||S-Lot||map||As directed||Maximum of 24 hours after start of relocation period|
- Posted signage in the affected locations will be posted whenever possible.
- Compliance with such parking relocation requests and bans is required.
- Parking citations ($50 fee) may be given to vehicles that remain parked in locations from which vehicles must be relocated and where parking bans are in effect.
- During emergencies and other special situations (e.g., snowstorms, unusual crowds, university events, road or building construction), Parking and Transportation Services or the UConn Police may temporarily suspend or otherwise modify specific University parking regulations. Temporary parking regulations and restrictions have the full force and effect of permanent regulations. A vehicle left unattended on University property during such emergency or special situations may be towed at the owner’s risk and expense if parked in violation of temporary or permanent regulations or if such vehicle impedes traffic flow or snow removal operations.
Weather and road conditions may vary considerably across the state. Each member of the University community must evaluate the circumstances they face and act appropriately and responsibly. When it comes to winter travel, always consider your safety first.