Parking as a Visitor

  • Parking is available to visitors on campus for a fee. Payment can be made at a Pay by Plate machine (coin, Visa, MasterCard, or Campus Card), online at, or via the HotSpot Parking App.
  • For information on which lots are available for visitor parking, along with rates and times, please visit:
  • To find where a specific parking lot is located, please refer to the Campus Map
  • The HotSpot Parking App is available for anyone looking to access visitor parking on the Carleton University campus. HotSpot offers users a mobile parking app for a $2 monthly or annual fee for the convenience of paying for your parking on your mobile device.  There are no transaction fees.
  • Change service (bill changers) is not provided by Parking Services in any on-campus parking area and CALE Pay by Plate machines do not issue change or refunds for any over-payments. If you are making payment by coin, please ensure that you have adequate change on hand to make accurate parking fee payments before your arrival on campus. If you are uncertain as to the length of your stay on campus, Parking Services recommends use of the “Daily Maximum” rate in Pay by Plate lots — please refer to the Parking Rates for visitor parking rates and choices.
  • All visitor and permit parking areas are enforced for payment compliance from 7 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., Monday to Sunday.

Parking on Holidays

  • Parking is free on University recognized statutory holidays.
  • Parking is not free during the Fall and Winter reading/study breaks as the university remains open for business during these periods – only classes are suspended!