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

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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.


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Frequently Asked Questions

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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Motorcycles and Mopeds

For the purposes of university parking policy motorcycles, motorized scooters, and mopeds are categorized and referred to as motorcycles.

Students, faculty and/or staff desiring on-campus parking for a motorcycle are required to have a parking permit. Motorcycles are required to park in designated lots and locations that will not interfere with the flow of traffic or pedestrians walking through campus.

Motorcycles may not park in any other areas, including the university's fire lanes, disabled spaces, loading zones, construction areas, disabled access aisles, driveways, lawns, sidewalks, or bicycle racks. Motorcycles are subject to towing in accordance with the Towing Policy.


Your bike must be registered with the city in accordance with all rules and regulations. For details see the City of Davenport section on bikes.

Bicycles do not have to be registered with Security. Bicycles must also be parked in a way that doesn't hinder the flow of pedestrian traffic within the parking lot or sidewalk. Bicycles may not be locked to or parked at utility poles, trees, bollards, railings, signposts, or fences. Bicycles may not be stored in building hallways. The university assumes no liability for any lost, stolen, or damaged bicycle locked to a campus bike rack.

How to keep your bicycle safe

People will steal an entire bicycle or unsecured items on your bicycle. Read the tips on this page to thwart damage and theft to your bicycle.

Locking your bicycle
• Always keep your bicycle locked, even when it's on your porch.
• Lock the frame and at least one wheel (preferably two) to a bicycle rack. This also prevents your bicycle from falling over. If you only lock the wheel, your bicycle can be quickly detached and stolen.
• If you don't need a quick release seat or wheels, replace them with standard bolts. If you do want quick release items, take them with you when you lock your bicycle.
• Take lights, mirrors, bags, and panniers with you, along with anything else not securely fastened to the bicycle.
• Consider riding an inexpensive bicycle for everyday use and short trips.

The lock
• Invest in the best quality lock (or two) that you can afford. Purchase a hardened steel U-shaped lock and/or a hardened steel chain and padlock (see image at right).
• When possible use two different locks – one for each wheel and the frame. This requires a thief to have two different sets of tools and takes more time, both of which makes it more difficult and likely the thief will get caught.
• Position a U-lock so that the keyhole faces down toward the ground. A keyhole is located in the middle of the straight bar (instead of the end) which offers better security.
• When locking your bicycle, fill up the space of the U-lock with your bicycle frame and wheel so there is little room to jam a lock-breaking tool into the lock.
• Make sure that chains do not lay on the ground. A chain laying on the ground can be smashed with a rock.
• Register your lock with the lock manufacturer as soon as you purchase it in order to access the insurance should the bicycle be stolen (if they have anti-theft insurance policy or a guarantee).

The Location
• Look for a busy, well-lit bicycle rack.
• Lock to a sturdy, immovable object that is securely bolted down. On campus, use the provided bicycle racks, and don't lock your bicycle on ramps or in front of doors because security will remove and confiscate the bike.
• Make sure that your bicycle can't be lifted over what you have secured it against.
• Avoid locking to materials that can be cut such as wood, wire fencing, or trees.
• Avoid "sucker poles" by checking to make sure the posts are securely fastened to the ground and cannot just be lifted up and removed (some street signs are like this).
• Out of courtesy, never lock to wheelchair ramps

Take Action
Register your bicycle with the city of Davenport. This will increase the chances of having your bicycle returned to you. You will need to know the serial number (generally located on the bicycle frame) and the make.
• Keep of copy of the serial number, make and model, color, and frame size.
• Always report a stolen bicycle or stolen parts to the police and SAU Security, even if your bicycle was not registered.
• Don't support the market for stolen bicycles. Only buy secondhand bicycles from someone you trust. If you are not sure a bicycle has been stolen or not ask questions about where it came from and copy the serial number and call the police to have them check for any theft reports on it.


Bob Christopher, Director

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

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