Free Parking

Free parking is available for these families of pediatric patients age 18 or younger who are receiving care in:

  • Burn Treatment Center
  • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
  • UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital Inpatient Units (Levels 3, 6, 9, 10, 11)
  • Infusion/Dialysis Center (Level 2)

How do I get a free parking pass?

The staff in the Burn Treatment Center, NICU, PICU, PCICU, inpatient unit, or outpatient clinic where your child receives infusion therapy or dialysis treatment will determine if a parking pass can be issued.

Where can I park with the free pass?

The parking pass will be valid for Parking Ramps 1, 2, 3, and 4, and the Dental Visitor’s Lot. Please note that the pass cannot be used for valet parking.

What if my child is a long-term patient? Do I have to get a parking pass every day?

If you are continually parked in a ramp, one pass will cover your full stay. There is a limit of one free exit per day. If you leave the ramp and return later that same calendar day, parking will not be free. A reduced fee parking pass will ensure you receive the lowest hourly rate.

What if our family traveled in separate cars? Can both parents get a free pass to stay with our child?

One parking pass will be provided to each family per calendar day. Additional family members can take advantage of the Patient Parking Voucher (gives you our lowest parking rates).

Free Off-Site Parking Option
The Hawkeye Commuter Lot is about two miles from the hospital. A free UI Hawkeye Hospital Cambus makes regular trips from the West Campus Transportation Center (connected to Ramp 3) to the Hawkeye Commuter Lot. Get a permit from the main information desk at:

  • UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital
  • UI Hospitals and Clinics
  • UI Parking and Transportation Office

Parking Information

UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital Concierge Services

UI Parking and Transportation Office

Parking Ramps 1, 2, 3, and 4 and the Dental Visitors Lot
Note: Parking Ramp 2 is below ground and connected to UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital. Patients and families can go between the hospital and Parking Ramp 2 without going outside.
Ramps are open 24/7; cash, check, MasterCard, Visa, and Discover accepted.
Parking Rates (rates subject to change)

0 - 30 minutes Free
31 - 60 minutes $.60
Each additional hour $1.20

Maximum daily rate and/or lost ticket rate: $20 ($10 with a Patient Parking Voucher).

Patient Parking Voucher
Patients and their visitors should ask for a Patient Parking Voucher (formerly known as a Reduced-Fee Parking Pass) from the clinic or nursing unit. Please give this pass to the parking cashier as you leave and pay.

Discounted Multiday Parking Ramp Pass
(For use in Ramps 1, 2, 3, and 4 and the Dental Visitors Lot)

Three-consecutive-day pass $27
Seven-consecutive-day pass   $58

Passes may be purchased at the main information desk in these locations:
UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital (Level 1)

  • Monday through Friday: 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Saturday through Sunday: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

UI Hospitals and Clinics (Elevator E, Level 1)

  • Monday through Friday: 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Saturday through Sunday: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Pomerantz Family Pavilion (Elevator L, Level 1)

  • Monday through Friday: 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Valet Parking

Open 24/7; cash, check, MasterCard, Visa, and Discover accepted
Rate: $15 per day
Drop your vehicle off at one of the following locations:

Main Entrance, UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital
Monday through Friday
6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • Pay at the information desk in the Gerdin Family Lobby before retrieving your vehicle.
  • After hours only: Keys may be left and retrieved at the main information desk at UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital (Level 1). Vehicles will be parked near the main entrance to the children’s hospital for guests to retrieve.

Main Entrance, UI Hospitals and Clinics
Monday through Friday
5:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

After hours only: Keys may be left and retrieved at the main information desk at UI Hospitals and Clinics (Elevator E, Level 1). Vehicles will be parked near the main entrance for guests to retrieve.

Pomerantz Family Pavilion
Monday through Friday
5:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

After hours only: Prepay for your valet service if you plan to stay past 5 p.m. If space is available, vehicles will be parked on the Pomerantz Family Pavilion entrance drive, and keys will be returned to vehicle owner. If it’s after 5:30 p.m., and you have not prepaid, retrieve vehicles and keys at the main information desk at UI Hospitals and Clinics (Elevator E, Level 1).