Parking at SAU

Information for campus and visitors

St. Ambrose University uses a zone parking system which allows students to decide which permit will be most convenient and cost effective for their circumstances.

Student parking permits are sold on a staggered schedule based on class year. Registration of vehicles operated on campus is mandatory.

General Parking Information

  • Campus parking is limited to designated parking spaces in lots, and is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • All other areas – such as hashed lines, yellow curbs, sidewalks, and grass/dirt – are not to be used for parking, loading, or unloading.
  • The lots are frequently patrolled, though the university assumes no responsibility for the loss or damage of items or vehicles parked on university property.
  • Report all suspicious activity or incidents to the Security Office.

Buy Your Permit Campus Map with Parking Lots

Blue Cap Phones

Using this phone connects you with the 24/7 security desk. A strobe light activates on the top of the phone, directing attention to the caller.

Learn about our other safety policies

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Don't want to mess with parking?

Ride the bus - for free!

To avoid parking on campus altogether, ride the bus! Your student ID card is your FREE bus pass on any city bus. Information on times and routes are available on the City of Davenport Citibus Transit website.


Frequently Asked Questions: Parking

Do I need a permit to park on campus?
Yes, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. every faculty, staff, or student vehicle (even if you are taking only 1 class) must have a valid SAU parking permit to park on property owned or operated by SAU. This includes all parking lots, driveways and roadways. You must park only in designated areas; if it is not explicitly marked as a parking area then it is not available.

Where can I park if I am not faculty, staff, or student?
Visitor parking is available in the Cosgrove Hall lot and in designated spaces in the Rogalski Center. Click here to view a campus map with parking lots. If all these spaces are full or you have an extended stay, please contact Security at 563/333-6104.

How do I buy a permit?
Temporary permits are available in Security located in the Rogalski Center, and long-term permits are only available online.

Does a permit guarantee a space?
No, there are times when the lots may be full. If this happens you will need to find legal parking on the street. We try to minimize these disruptions but please plan additional time to make sure you can find parking.

Where can I park on campus?
Students can park in any lot designated as student parking. Areas for visitors and faculty/staff are not available for students.

Can I get a permit if someone is coming to visit?
Temporary permits are available in Security for a nominal charge. Please call 333-6104 for more information.

What should I do if I have a vehicle break down or flat tire?
Immediately notify Security at 563/333-6104 if you find your vehicle is inoperable. Often times we can lend a helping hand or help you find the phone number to a garage. This is particularly important to avoid tickets if you have broken down and are in a faculty/staff or visitor lot.

What should I do if my car is damaged or broken into?
Immediately contact Security and the Davenport Police. Do not move your car before contacting these agencies. If you are not sure how to contact the police we can help.

Do you ticket cars on campus?
Yes, in order to help make space available for those who have purchased a permit and to help keep the campus safe, tickets may be issued every four hours until the vehicle is moved.

How do I appeal a ticket?
Ticket appeals are generated electronically by following the instructions at You cannot appeal a ticket until one business day has passed and tickets must be appealed within seven days of the date of issue. Tickets older then seven days may not be granted an appeal.

How do I pay a ticket?
You may pay for tickets online at or in the Student Accounts office. If paying in person, please bring the ticket with you.

Do you tow or immobilize cars?
Unauthorized vehicles in the following areas can be towed at the owner's expense: disabled spaces, fire lanes, 24-hour reserved areas, faculty staff lots or those vehicles found blocking roadways and garage doors. Additionally vehicles found on sidewalks, lawns, blocking other vehicles or those with $100 or more in unpaid fines are subject to being towed.

Do you have disabled parking?
Yes, there are a number of spaces designated. Contact Security or the Office of Disability Services for more information. If you have an injury and need temporary special accommodations please contact the Office of Disability services.
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Bob Christopher, Director

Security Office
Rogalski Center, 2nd floor
518 W. Locust St.
Davenport, IA 52803

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