Skip to Content

Visitors & Guests


Visitors to Campus

There are several visitor parking locations throughout campus, including Pay-to-Park Garages, Pay-and-Display Stations and Pay-by-App.

Welcome Center and Admissions visitors may use the visitor parking spaces near the Admission Office with a visitor permit obtained from the Admissions Office. Validation for free parking is provided to registered tour guests who park in the LBJ Pay-to-Park Garage at 704 Gaillardia St.

From 5 p.m. Fridays through 7 p.m. Sundays, Parking Services does not enforce “No Permit” violations on Visitor/Guest vehicles. Students, faculty and staff must always display a Texas State permit.


Parents of Texas State Students are always welcome on campus!

Parents should stop by the Parking Services office from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to request a Parent Permit. The permit allows parking in any legal non-reserved space on campus. Reserved spaces are clearly marked and include service spaces.

Parents can allow apply for online access to get Parent Permits online.

Guests of the University

Campus hosts may request a Guest Permit for Official Guests of Texas State. The permit allows parking in any legal non-reserved space on campus.

Other parking arrangements may be made by the host through the Parking Services office. Any Texas State faculty, staff, student, or university organization who plans to invite a guest (or guests) to campus in a business or official capacity must contact Parking Services to make arrangements in advance of the visit.

This permit may only be requested by campus departments or offices.

Pay-to-Park Garages

LBJ Student Center Garage
Get Driving Directions

Edward Gary Garage
Get Driving Directions

Contact Us:
LBJ Student Center Garage Office 100A
(512) 245-7994
Office Hours: Mon - Fri 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Request Pay-to-Park Garage Validations.

This permit may only be requested by campus departments or offices.

 0 min - 1 hr$3.00
1 hr - 2 hrs$6.00
2 hrs - 3 hrs$8.00
3 hrs - 4 hrs$10.00
4 hrs- 5 hrs$12.00
5 hrs- 6 hrs$14.00

License Plate Recognition and Payment Instructions

The Pay-to Park Garages now use License Plate Recognition for vehicles exiting the garage!  Please pay before returning to your vehicle to exit the garage.

  1. Take your ticket to the payment kiosk
  2. Pay
  3. Return to your vehicle and drive to the exit
  4. The gate should lift automatically
  5. If the gate does not lift, please insert your ticket, and the gate will lift
  6. Exit the garage
  7. Dispose of your ticket properly

Frequently Asked Questions

Pay-by-App Stations

Pay-by-App lots are located throughout campus to allow visitors to purchase parking. Permits are $5.00 and are valid until midnight the day of purchase.

The Meadows Center also has a Pay-and-Display machine with $3.00 permits:

  1. Follow the prompts on the screen
  2. Insert credit card
  3. Take receipt
  4. Display your receipt on dashboard


What is Pay-by-App

Pay-by-App offers a contactless payment option for short-term parking using a smartphone or web app.

The AMP app is available in current Pay-and-Display locations on the map above and listed below, on the Texas State San Marcos and Round Rock campuses.

How to Pay-by-App

  1. Download the AMP Park app, available on the App Store or on Google Play
  2. Select the Parking Location you would like to park in
  3. Add your license plate and vehicle information
  4. Add your billing information
  5. Press “Purchase”
  6. Your Pay-by-App Permit is now active, and you may park in your selected location!

$5 all day permit

San Marcos Campus

  • P8 – UEC Perimeter
  • P9 – Aquarena Lot
  • P10 East – Bobcat Stadium East Lot
  • P10 West – Bobcat Stadium West Lot
  • P11 – Bobcat Village Fields
  • C13 – Speck St. Garage Levels 1-3

Round Rock Campus

  • 8 Commuter/Perimeter Lots
  • Pay to Park Lot

$5 after 5 p.m. permit

San Marcos Campus

  • R5 – Pleasant St. Garage
  • R40 – Mitte Building Lot

$3 all day permit

San Marcos Campus

  • R30 – Meadows Center

Vendors and Contractors

Construction Contractors

Parking is available by application. Red Zone permits and parking inside fenced staging or construction areas will be limited.  The staging areas are not intended to be parking areas and are generally limited to 1-5 spaces for the job superintendent and supervisors.

Parking in the staging area for pick-ups and drop-offs is allowed for a brief period of time and is not to circumvent the purchase of a permit. Vehicles parked outside the prearranged staging areas without permits may be subject to ticketing, immobilization (booting), and towing.

Construction contractors must purchase perimeter permits for their workers to park in lot P 10W (Bobcat Stadium West), and be transported to the job site if they choose to park on campus. Permits must be displayed in all vehicles to park legally on campus.

Non-Construction Contractors

Vendors and contractors (other than construction contractors) who have contracts with the university may purchase red restricted permits if they wish to have red restricted parking privileges. They may also purchase perimeter parking permits but can only park in the perimeter lots.

Non-Contractual Vendors

Vendors or Service providers with no contractual relationship with the university must park in the pay garages or may purchase a perimeter permit and park in any perimeter lot. On a case-by-case basis, the Associate Director of Parking Services, upon request, may approve the purchase of a red restricted permit.

Short Term Business

Vendors with marked vehicles who provide short-term business on campus such as the delivery of food, flowers, newspapers, etc… may park in university surface lots or in loading zones for not longer than 15 minutes with emergency flashers. No permit is needed.