Parking is available in assigned, well-lighted areas on Rider University campus for students, faculty, staff, visitors and guests. To help ensure everyone’s safety and to facilitate parking for all, members of the University community are encouraged to familiarize themselves with Rider’s parking regulations and enforcement as described below.
Students, faculty and staff must register their vehicles with Department of Public Safety. Public Safety is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and can be reached at 609-896-5029.
Parking decals must be displayed on the back of the rearview mirror and the lower left portion of the driver’s side passenger window. All hang tags must be hung from the rearview mirror with the information clearly displayed.
Student parking permits:
All undergraduate, graduate, residential and commuter students must purchase a parking permit in order to have a car on campus.
PARKING PERMITS WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR PICK UP THE LAST WEEK OF AUGUST AT THE PUBLIC SAFETY OFFICE.
To apply online for your student parking pass:
- Create a new Nelnet account, or sign into an existing Nelnet account. (Please note, Nelnet does not use RiderKey credentials.)
- Go to the Parking Permit Application Form. Select a "Resident" or "Commuter" permit in "Full Year" or "Half Year" increments. Click "Add to Cart" to confirm your selection.
- Go to the Shopping Cart. Check the box to agree to the terms of service, then click "CHECKOUT". On the following screen, enter your billing information and select a payment method (ACH or credit card). Click "CONFIRM" to complete the transaction.
Starting in the fall semester, students may pick up their new parking decal at the Department of Public Safety, located in West House at the south entrance of campus. The office is open Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Please bring your Rider ID, driver’s license, and current auto insurance and registration cards to pick up your decal.
Faculty and staff parking permits:
Vehicles must be registered with the Department of Public Safety. Please download a vehicle registration form (PDF). Print out your completed form. Bring this form along with your Rider ID, driver’s license and current auto insurance and registration cards to pick up your decal.
Beginning in fall 2023, Rider will charge a parking fee for all students who park a car on campus, including undergraduate, graduate, residential and commuting students. The cost of maintaining parking lots and traffic signage is significant. The new rate, which aligns with those of our peer institutions, will provide funding for parking lot maintenance and upgrades across campus.
Yes, parking on Rider University property is by permit only for students. Parking permits will be valid only for the academic year identified on the permit.
Permits are $250 for the full academic year and $125 for half the academic year.
Because the New Jersey Division of Taxation requires New Jersey colleges and universities to collect New Jersey state tax on parking fees charged to students who live off-campus, New Jersey sales tax will be added to the cost of the fee for commuting students.
If you received a parking fee waiver, it begins in the fall of any given academic year and is valid for the fall and spring semester during the same academic year. A student who begins enrollment in the spring or does not have a vehicle until spring will be able to use their waiver for the spring semester only.
In fall 2023, more than 50 new student parking spaces will be allocated for residential student parking behind the Alumni Gym. The Faculty and Staff Lot will be reconfigured to accommodate this expansion. These new spaces will be in addition to the 35 that were added for students in the South Lot in the spring 2023.
Additionally, improvements will be made to roadways and parking lots, including pothole repair, re-paving and striping of various areas. These enhancements will be in place for fall 2023.
Looking ahead, Rider hopes to add additional charging stations and premium spaces in the future.
Parking regulations and enforcement
The operation of a motor vehicle on campus is a privilege which may be withdrawn by the University for failure to comply with regulations enforced by the Department of Public Safety. These regulations apply at all times to members of the University community including students, faculty, staff, administrators, visitors and guests.
Parking is prohibited in fire zones and on campus roadways except as otherwise designated. The Department of Public Safety may limit or alter on-campus parking and traffic flow in the event of an incident, emergency or campus event.
Please note that Rider University assumes no responsibility for the care of, protection of, or damage to any motor vehicle or its contents at any time it is operated on, parked on, or removed from University property.
Please familiarize yourself with the Rider University Vehicle Policy (PDF) and parking assignments.
Please note the following:
- Temporary state placard applications are available at the Student Accessibility and Support Services Office located in the Vona Center, Room 8, and at municipal police departments. The application requires a doctor’s signature and a small fee. Resident students should indicate their Rider address on the application. Keep in mind that temporary placards are only valid until their date of expiration.
- Gated lots are accessed as designated via your Rider ID.
- Any change in the license number of a registered vehicle during the academic year must be reported to Public Safety by the registrant.
- Temporary parking permits may be obtained from Public Safety for guests and for an unregistered vehicle when a registered vehicle is unavailable due to repairs or other reasons. Temporary permits are to be displayed on the driver’s side of the dashboard. There is no fee for temporary permits which may be issued for a maximum of 7 days. Extenuating circumstances may be approved by the Director of Public Safety.
- Freshman residents are permitted to obtain one temporary parking pass per semester (not to exceed 3 days) for temporary use of a vehicle. No additional temporary parking passes will be issued to that student without prior consent from the Director of Public Safety.
- Lost or stolen decals or temporary parking permits must be reported to Public Safety. They will be invalidated and new ones will be issued.
- Designated handicapped accessible spaces are interspersed throughout the parking lots. The applicable license plate or hang tag issued by a state Department of Motor Vehicles is required for these spaces. Faculty, staff or students with handicapped license plates or state-issued hang tags also still must register their vehicles with the Department of Public Safety.
- Passenger pick up/drop off points are designated in the Fine Arts Circle, in front of Moore Library and the Bart Luedeke Center, and in the residential complex. These areas are designated for this purpose only. Unattended vehicles in these pick up/drop off areas and on roadways are subject to ticketing and towing at any time.
Traffic Ticket Appeals
If you believe that a ticket may have been inappropriately issued, you may seek to have it reviewed administratively. This review is initiated by completing a Traffic Ticket Appeal form which must be submitted via email within 15 days of the issuing of the citation. All reviews are conducted by a Traffic Ticket Review Board, comprised of representatives of the student body and staff. The decision of the Board is final and is communicated via regular mail to the person making the appeal.
Questions or concerns about the appeal process may be addressed to: [email protected].
Please note that parking is prohibited in fire zones and on campus roadways except as otherwise designated. The Department of Public Safety may limit or alter on-campus parking and traffic flow in the event of an incident, emergency or campus event.
- Open parking is available at all times for general faculty/staff, student and visitor use in the back lots adjacent to the turf field and track, in front of the Canastra Health and Sports Center, in Durkin Lot between the south entrance and the south gate kiosk, and in the C/Z/R Lot that runs along the south entrance roadway and the tree line.
Additional open parking is available as follows:
- Gated Bart Luedeke Center (BLC) lot on weekends and from 4 p.m. until 6 a.m. Monday through Friday.
- Fine Arts and Daly/Vona lots on weekends from 5 p.m. Friday until 6 a.m. Monday.
- Visitor parking or dedicated visitor parking is located along White Pines across from the large BLC lot as indicated by signs. It is accessible via the entrance/exit at the stop sign at the corner of the BLC before heading to the back of campus. Only visitors may park in that lot. Additional visitor parking is available in open parking lots as described in the bullet above.
- Faculty and staff parking is available in gated lots adjacent to the academic buildings, across from the BLC and next to the Canastra Health and Sports Center. These lots are accessed with your Rider ID. Parking is also available behind Daly Dining Hall, the Vona Center and the General Services Building (building occupants only). Your parking decal will determine where your primary lot is located.
- Resident (R) and commuter (C) student parking is available in the large lot across from the BLC as indicated by signs on the light poles and the blue roadway stripe as well as in the lot that runs along White Pines near the south gate entrance as indicated by the C/Z/R signs. Students with C, Z or R decals can park anywhere in the C/Z/R lot (open to all). Parking is also available to non-freshman residents in the Kroner lot.
- Graduate and evening student parking is available after 4 p.m. in the gated BLC lot and in all open lots (see first bullet above).
- Beckett Village residents and sorority residents and commuter parking is available in the gated lots adjacent to these buildings. These lots are accessed with your Rider ID. Zeta Tau Alpha, Alpha Xi Delta and Delta Phi Epsilon residents and commuters may park in the Poyda and G lots (behind Lake and Longstreet Houses) at those times when no parking is available in the gated Y lot behind their buildings.
- Residents of Omega, Phi Sigma Sigma, Longstreet and Lake Houses parking is available in the lots behind fraternity row and in the lot adjacent to Phi Sigma Sigma house. This includes freshman residents in these buildings.
- Designated handicapped/disabled parking spaces are available in the parking lots to anyone who has either a permanent or temporary state-issued handicapped placard displayed. Vehicles must also be registered with Public Safety.
- Parking at night for students who work, rehearse or meet in the BLC or Fine Arts can park in the commuter lot directly in front of the BLC beginning at 7 p.m. regardless of the type of vehicle decal they have. Non-commuting vehicles, however, must be out of the lot by 6 a.m. on weekdays.
Students who work, rehearse or meet at night in Fine Arts can park in the Poyda lot directly behind that building prior to the start of their evening meeting or rehearsal regardless of the type of vehicle decal they have. Those who are not Poyda residents, however, must be out of the lot by 6 a.m. on all days. Please remember that the Fine Arts lot, otherwise restricted to faculty and staff during the week, is open to all Friday at 5 p.m. to Monday at 6 a.m.