Visitor Parking

Welcome to Sam Houston State University, where we embrace license plate recognition technology! Parking permits and passes are electronically connected to your license plate. Visitors must register their vehicle and pay for parking. We offer pay by hour and day parking to visitors. If you are visiting for an event, check out our event parking page or ask the host of your event.

Pay By Hour

For short-term visits, visitors are encouraged to park in Pay By Hour parking spaces.

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The parking garage provides 254 pay by hour spaces on the upper levels, with a skywalk to the Student Lowman Center. After 5:00PM and on weekends, reserved numbered spaces may be used for pay by hour parking. You can register and pay for parking on a kiosk within the garage or through the ParkMobile application.

Lot Lot Parking

For surface lot parking, you must download the ParkMobile app to register and pay. You can use the app to locate the nearest parking lot or use our parking map. Zone one lots 6, 10, 15, 16, and 26 have individually signed spaces. Zone two and zone three lots are open pay by hour areas.

For more information about Pay By Hour parking, click here.

Day Parking

For longer visits, visitors are encouraged to create a visitor account within our parking portal to register and pay for parking. Our parking portal offers Sam-ePasses and day passes to visitors.

garage-2 Sam-ePasses

Sam-ePasses allow for visitors to purchase prepaid parking in the Sam Houston Parking Garage. These uses can be used 24 hours a day and expire at 11:59 PM nightly. The use is valid for a full day of parking within the Sam Houston Parking Garage pay by hour spaces. Sam-ePasses are priced based on the amount of uses purchased. Savings on daily prices are achieved when more uses are purchased at a single time.

Day Pass Car Day Passes

Day passes are a great option for visitors that have a need to park multiple days in a row, but do not require an ePermit for the entire academic year. Day passes are available within the parking portal for the Sam Houston Parking Garage, zone two, and zone three areas. The cost per day of a day pass does not exceed the maximum daily limit of pay by hour parking.

ADA Parking


Visitors with a handicap license plate or hangtag can register and pay through our parking portal or ParkMobile app. Disabled spaces are available to visitors in zone one, two, three, and the parking garage. Visitors requiring access to the disabled spaces should call us or visit our office to verify their ADA information. We grant ADA permission to your license plate or issue an ADA/Mobility ePermit.

DV Disabled Veteran

Veterans with a DV license plate may park in any surface lot without purchasing parking. The parking garage does require registration and payment through a kiosk or the ParkMobile app.