Where can I afford to park?

One parking pass for one free exit will be provided to each family per calendar day. See the NICU unit clerk for details.

The parking passes will be valid for Hospital Parking Ramps 1, 2, 3, and 4 and the surface lot next to the UI College of Dentistry building.

Also, the unit clerks can give a reduced fee parking pass to other family members and visitors for a lower rate of $10. See handout at NICU desk.

Rates: These rates are with a Patient Parking Voucher, which you get from your unit or clinic and give to the cashier when exiting the ramp.

Parking Rates
Type Amount
Maximum daily ramp rate $10 (with Patient Parking Voucher)
Hawkeye Commuter Parking Lot   Free (with placard)
Valet parking  $15 per day
3-day (consecutive parking pass)  $27    
7-day (consecutive parking pass) $58
Lost transaction ticket $10 (with Patient Parking Voucher)

If you do not have the money to pay for parking, you may request that the ramp fee be billed to you. You may be asked to provide a Photo ID, Social Security number, driver’s license number, name, address, and license plate information. There is an extra charge of $2.50 for this.

Ronald McDonald House Ramp Parking: For Ronald McDonald House guests, one free parking pass per family is available that allows parking in the lot next to Ronald McDonald House as well as at the hospital ramps. A $20 deposit is required and parent will be asked for a credit card or “hold check” for $100. 

If you do not have a credit card or check, you can get a free “Finkbine” pass. There is Cambus (free UI campus bus) service; Ronald McDonald House staff will take you during scheduled van runs.

Weekly Ramp Parking: UI Hospitals and Clinics parking permits may be purchased at the information desk in the Main Entrance Lobby. You will need to give the parking office your car’s year, make, model, and license number.

Valet Parking $15 per day (cash, check, MasterCard, Visa accepted):
To use valet parking, take your car to the Main Entrance between 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. or the Pomerantz Pavilion Entrance between 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. If you do not get your car by 7 p.m., it will be parked near the Main Entrance. You do not have to get your car, but it is available throughout the night. The keys are at the information desk in the Main Entrance Lobby. If you do not get your car out during the night, your car will be re-parked and you will be charged another $15 for the next day. If you need to leave during the day and come back, a free “re-park” pass is allowed once per day. Question? Call Valet Parking at 319-353-7219.

Free Parking at Hawkeye Commuter Parking Permit: Free permits for the UI Hawkeye Commuter parking lot—located two miles from the hospital—are available at the information desk in the Main Entrance Lobby from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. You must take the “waiver” from the NICU unit clerk with you to obtain the permit “hang tag.” Free Cambus service to the Hawkeye Commuter lot is available from 5:10 a.m. to 12:21 a.m. ever day. The Hawkeye-Hospital Cambus makes regular stops at the West Campus Transportation Center next to Ramp 3. For a complete list of routes, please visit transportation.uiowa.edu/cambus. For questions, please contact UI Parking and Transportation at 319-335-1475.

Other Parking: Parking may be available in the lots near UI Hospitals and Clinics such as Lot 43 (around Kinnick Stadium), or Lot 75 (the Carver-Hawkeye Arena lot). You may park for free after 4:30 p.m. until 7:30 a.m. and after 4:30 p.m. Friday through 7:30 a.m. Monday. If you park before or after the above times and during events, you could get a parking violation. These lots are reserved for permit holders from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and for events.