Visitors may park in any pay lot or pay deck. All parking pay facilities accept credit cards. Designated visitor lots:
- North Campus Deck
- South Campus Deck
- Tate Center Deck
- East Campus Deck
- Performing Arts Center Deck
- Carlton Street Deck
The hourly rates for the above lots are:
- 0-30 minutes: $1
- 31-60 minutes: $3
- 61-120 minutes: $5
- Each additional hour: $1
- Maximum daily fee: $10
However, exceptions to these rates do exist for special events. The parking rates at these decks are $20 for every home game and $5 for any other campus event.
Football and Special Events
During special events, particularly football Saturdays, resident students, staff and faculty can park only in certain areas starting Friday night through the end of the game.
Note that in fall 2020 capacity on buses is limited and face coverings are required.
The UGA bus system can be efficient and saves you the time and expense of hunting for parking. You can download an app with routes. transit.uga.edu
Athens-Clarke County Transit
Athens has one of the highest ridership rates in the country, and buses take you all over town.
Through the end of 2020, it is fare-free to ride Athens Transit. Normally, the service is free for students, faculty and staff with UGA IDs, seniors, and children under age 17. athenstransit.com
Parking in Athens
Downtown parking can be problematic. If you stay at a downtown hotel, the best bet is to keep your car in the hotel parking lot and walk. Metered parking is $1.25 an hour with a two-hour maximum. After 6:00 p.m., you may purchase additional time.
If you do park downtown, consider the city-operated decks on College Avenue, a couple blocks from the Arch, and Washington Street, close to restaurants and music venues. You can leave your car there and not worry about running out to feed a meter. Plus, the first 30 minutes are free.
Good to Know: Street parking is free on Sundays in Athens.
This article originally appeared in the fall 2020 Visitors Guide produced by The Red & Black special publications team.