Parking and Transportation Information for Students

Located in the center of Dallas, the SMU campus is often congested, making commuting and parking challenging. To make the campus as accessible as possible, SMU provides a variety of parking and alternative transportation optionsso feel free to leave your car at home.

Understanding your options will make campus access easier, and following the parking regulations will promote safety. 

Parking on Campus

Parking Map ExampleTo park on campus, students need a valid SMU Parking Permit. Your parking permit is conveniently tied to your vehicle's license plate, and you must park in your designated area. Parking in an employee or visitor parking will result in a citation. Students can purchase virtual parking permits online through Parking Portal Account, which is good for the academic year. A Fall only and a Spring options is also available. 

Parking and Transportation Alternatives

You can avoid the stress and cost of parking on campus by using one of our many alternatives, including renting a car by the hour.

  • SMU Express Shuttle Bus
    Ride for free between SMU, Mockingbird station and multiple stops along Greenville Ave.
    Commuting to campus? Park for free at Mockingbird Station and take the shuttle to campus.  
  • ZipCar
    No car? No problem. Looking to run errands, grab groceries, or catch a show in Fort Worth? Zip card lets you rend a car by the hour or by the day.
  • SMU DART GoPass
    Students can enjoy use of DART, the Dallas bus and rail line, at no charge with their DART GoPass.

Your SMU ID Card

SMU Student ID Card

Your official SMU ID Card is much more than your official University ID – it's your passport to life at SMU!

From dining on campus to checking out books at Fondren Library, your SMU ID Card also makes you eligible for student discounts at movie theaters and other area merchants.

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