How to Get an R Permit
Do I qualify for an R permit?
If you are a UT Austin student living on campus in a dorm or residence (i.e., with a Division of Housing and Food Services (DHFS) contract), you qualify for an R permit. If you are a future dorm resident, you qualify for a future R permit once room assignments are made by DHFS. Fall semester room assignments are typically made some time in mid-July.
Ok, I qualify. Now how do I apply for an R permit?
Follow these steps:
- After you get your room assignment from DHFS (typically mid-July), you will automatically get an email with instructions on how to enter the R Permit Lottery. Make sure to follow the instructions and apply before the deadline posted in the email.
- Click the link in the "R Lottery " email you received and log on with your EID (university electronic identification issued during orientation).
- Enter up to three choices for garages where you want to park (check out recommendations for garages closest to your dorm). You should also enter your vehicle information including license plate, make, model, and color for any vehicles you may be driving.
- Within a week of the entry deadline posted in the "R Lottery " email, another email will be sent with R permit offers to those picked in the lottery.
- Make sure to follow the payment instructions and deadline posted in the "R Permit Offer" email. To secure your space, payment must be received to PTS prior to the deadline stated in your email. Payment may be mailed or paid by credit card online.
You will not get the email until after room assignments are made. If you have received your room assignment and still did not receive an email on applying for the R Permit Lottery, enter the lottery online through My Parking Profile.
We will make at least two, possibly three (depending on availability), groups of offers. If you didn't get an offer during the first round, you shouldn't be concerned. While we can't make guarantees, over the past several years, we have been able to make some type of garage permit offer to everyone who enters the lottery. You may not get your first choice but we typically make offers in the general area of your housing.
The entire process from the start of the lottery entry period to the final round of offers typically takes three to six weeks.
Typically, Brazos Garage (BRG) and 27th Street Garage (TSG) are in highest demand and fill up first, followed by Speedway Garage (SWG). Guadalupe Garage (GUG), Manor Garage (MAG), and Trinity Garage (TRG) have never filled up during the R Lottery period. Each year, we offer approximately 425 spaces in BRG, 50 in GUG, 300 in MAG, 75 in SAG, 55 in SJG, 150 in SWG, 400 in TRG, and 200 in TSG. Returning students have priority over incoming students in the selection process but the selection within the returning or incoming student groups is entirely random. While this lottery is weighted toward returning students, there should be spaces rewarded to incoming students. We highly recommend that you make multiple choices during the lottery process to increase the chance of you getting a parking assignment in the area close to your dorm.
You can still get an R permit if you missed the lottery. We have open sales each year beginning in early to mid-August for garages with availability, which typically include Guadalupe (GUG), Manor (MAG), and Trinity (TRG) Garages. Sales for these garages are ongoing throughout the year. Remaining R permits typically go on sale in early to mid-August on My Parking Profile.