Other Parking Information

Accessible Parking

Accessible parking stalls are designated in various lots on campus as shown on the map below. They are usually closest to buildings and located in premium lots, but are discounted to the general lot rate. 

To use an accessible space, your vehicle must display either a valid provincial placard, or a short-term placard available from the Parking Office (with an approved doctor’s note).

Along with the placard, you must display a valid parking permit. Use PayByPhone or see Student or  Employee parking to obtain a daily or long-term general permit. Annual permits are available by applying in person at the Parking Office in the Bookstore (CAC building).

Visitor parking lots I, K, P and Q also have metered accessibility spaces.

Motorcycle Parking

Motorcycle parking is available for $12.50 per week (available via e-Permit), or for $2.50 per day (12-hour period) from dispensers in designated motorcycle stalls in parking lots C and W (see the main parking map).

Motorcycle parking permits are only valid in designated motorcycle spaces. If you park your motorcycle in economy, general, premium or reserved spaces, those rates apply.

Electric Vehicles

Reserved electric vehicle parking

There are reserved charging stalls on campus for electric vehicles (EV). The rate for reserved stalls for EV parking will increase for the 2019/2020 year, from $1,150 to $1,225. To apply, bring your EV vehicle with insurance papers to the TRU Parking Office. The Parking Office will check your insurance papers to confirm that your vehicle is electric and walk you through the reserved permit application process. The reserved EV stalls are located in lot F1 and lot C as shown on the map below.

Contact the Parking Office at 250 828-5368 or by email for more information.

Public electric vehicle parking

Public electric vehicle (EV) parking spaces are located on campus in Lot C (by the Culinary Arts Building) and Lot H (by A&E), as shown on the map below. General parking rates apply.

Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

Rideshare Carpooling

Share the costs of commuting and parking—sign up for TRU Rideshare to find a carpool buddy or two.

TRU Rideshare is a free online app that helps students and employees of TRU quickly and securely find carpool partners, whether you're a driver or passenger. Using your home and campus addresses, Rideshare matches you to other users with similar routes to campus and daily schedules.

Your home address will never appear on match lists, and you choose who you contact and how you want to arrange carpooling once you find the right match. There are no costs, obligations or requirements to use Rideshare. You can even use it to find cycling and walking partners. How you carpool is up to you.

Check out Rideshare


You can also register an additional vehicle on your long-term parking permit—whether it's economy, general, premium or reserved—so you and your carpool buddy can take turns driving if you wish. (Just make sure you transfer your permit between vehicles when you switch—and call the Parking Office if you leave it behind.) Email the Parking Office with the vehicle's licence plate and model to register.

Bicycle Parking

General Bike Parking

Public bicycle racks are placed in various places around campus, typically near major buildings.

  • South and west entrances to Old Main
  • South of House of Learning
  • North of Science
  • Inside main entrance of BCCOL
  • Near library main entrance
  • Near TRUSU main entrance (north end of CAC)
  • Between IB and AE
  • Main entrance to warehouse

Contractors & Service Vehicles

Service vehicle parking spaces are typically located to have easy access to buildings. Every contractor parking at TRU must apply at the Facilities Office for a service vehicle permit to use those spaces, in addition to purchasing a parking permit. Visit the Facilities Office or contact the Parking Office at 250-828-5368 or by  email for more information.

Vehicles parking in a service vehicle space without displaying valid permits will immediately be subject to a parking violation and/or towing without warning at the owner's risk and expense. Service vehicle permits are issued to authorized service agencies and contractors doing business with TRU, and cannot be used for any other purpose.

Parking Regulations

Pay parking is in effect at the TRU Kamloops campus from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Friday, except for statutory holidays or days that TRU is officially closed.

Users must clearly display a valid permit on their rearview mirror or dashboard or register with E-Permits during enforcement hours. On evenings, Saturdays, Sundays, and days when TRU is officially closed, there is no charge for use of pay parking lots. (Note, campus is not closed for Reading Break; pay parking is in effect.)

Any vehicle improperly parked and/or parked in a designated parking space without displaying a valid parking permit will be subject to a ticket and/or towing without warning at the owner’s risk and expense and/or suspension of parking privileges at TRU.

Parking is prohibited in roadways, emergency or fire lanes, entrances to and exits from parking space, any area not clearly marked as a parking space, or in such a way as to block other vehicles or impede travel.

Tiered Parking Permits

The purchase of a parking permit for economy or general lots does not guarantee a parking space. Space in these lots is on a first-come, first-served basis.

An economy permit is valid only in an economy lot; a general permit is valid only in a general lot (see the main parking map for locations). A premium permit does guarantee a space, but is valid in one specified lot only, not in any other premium lot. A reserved permit is valid for a specific numbered stall only, and is not valid in any other parking space on campus. Permits are not valid in any metered visitor parking lots.

No refunds on long-term parking permits will be given for unused days.


By bringing a vehicle onto the TRU Kamloops campus, users accept the application of TRU's applicable policies and rules. Any vehicles in violation of these rules are subject to an immediate $25 fine (payable to TRU).

Unpaid fines may be referred to a collection agency, and all further violations will result in the vehicle being towed. Towing charges of $180 and up are set by and payable to the towing company.

Parking fines can be paid in person at the Parking Office in the Bookstore at the Campus Activity Centre, or at the Campus Cashier on Student Street in the Old Main Building. To pay fines online, visit the Impark website and choose City of Infraction: BC Interior, Thompson Rivers University.


The TRU Parking Appeal and Advisory Committee (PAAC), composed of students, faculty, staff and administrative members, will hear appeals in regard to all parking violations.

To appeal a fine, submit the Parking Appeal Form and the $25 appeal fee within 10 calendar days of receipt of the violation notice. The appeal will not be heard by PAAC without the $25 fee. If the appeal is successful, the fee will be returned; if unsuccessful, the fee will be used to discharge the ticket. Further information on filing appeals for warnings, fines or towing is available from the TRU Parking Office.

Need Assistance?

If you need assistance, the Parker Pete motorist assistance program offers free services to Impark customers. If you have a dead battery or a flat tire, you are out of fuel, or your keys are locked in your vehicle, call toll-free 1-877-771-7383. All calls received are coordinated, with services performed by an authorized third-party. If a tow is required, Impark will make arrangements but you must pay the cost.

If a meter or ticket dispenser is not working, contact Parking Services at 250-828-5368. Tell us which ticket dispenser or meter is not working, plus your licence plate number. The parking attendant will be notified of the problem.

Overnight Parking

No person shall occupy a parked vehicle on campus overnight, regardless of valid parking permit. Overnight parking is only allowed in Lot N and Lot M, unless otherwise approved by the Parking Office.

Idle-Free Campus

To reduce unnecessary air emissions and energy use, the TRU campus is an idle-free zone. The TRU Anti-Idling Guidelines set the following limitations for any vehicle operating on the TRU campus and for any TRU fleet vehicle whenever in operation.

  • Vehicles shall never be left idling when unattended.
  • Engine warm-up periods should not exceed one minute (provided air pressure for air brake systems are fully charged and all safety provisions are in place).
  • Light–duty vehicles (passenger size) should be shut down whenever idling periods are expected to exceed one minute.
  • Heavy-duty vehicles (such as buses and cargo trucks) should be shut down whenever idling periods are expected to exceed three minutes.

Exceptions, such as for emergency vehicles, are identified in point 4 of the guidelines.

Extensive research has shown that engine warm-ups should not last more than 10 seconds under average air temperatures. In extreme cold weather, a one-minute warm-up is appropriate. The best way to warm up a vehicle is to drive it gently to start with.

Read the TRU Anti-Idling Guidelines

Prevent Theft

To help prevent theft from vehicles, please ensure that valuables are not left in vehicles or are locked in the trunk. Even better, leave valuables at home.


Any motor vehicle parked, operated, or driven on campus shall be solely at the risk of the owner and the operator. Thompson Rivers University shall not be liable for any damage occasioned to any motor vehicle, the operator, other occupants thereof, or any person, unless such damage has resulted from negligence of the servant or agent of the University acting in the course and within the scope of his employment.

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