Parking: Frequently Asked Questions

Good news! Patient parking is free at our UI Hospitals & Clinics main Iowa City campus with a Patient Parking Pass.

Outpatients receiving care may print a Patient Parking Pass from their MyChart Account prior to their visit or ask for one when they check in for their appointment. Inpatients will receive a pass when discharged from the unit. When exiting Hospital Parking Ramps 1, 2, 3, or 4, simply scan the parking pass at the pay-in-lane machine. The one-time-use barcode on each pass waives the parking fee for one vehicle and is valid regardless of the patient’s length of stay.

To get your Patient Parking Pass 

For outpatient visits, surgeries, and procedures:

  • Get it from your unit or clinic clerk
  • Ahead of time, log into MyChart
  • Under “Visits” select “Appointments, Visits, Admissions”
  • Click “Patient Parking Pass.” Print it out and bring it to your visit.

For admitted patients:

The nursing staff will provide the patient one pass on the day of discharge.

Frequently asked questions

Are there any limits to how long the patient’s vehicle can stay in the ramp?

There is no limit.

Does this include patients at UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital?

Yes, all of our patients can receive the Patient Parking Pass.

Will the hospital still offer valet parking?

The Patient Parking Pass does not apply to valet service; there continues to be a fee of $15 per day.

What if someone else is driving the patient to the campus and parks in the ramp?

The patient can use the parking pass whether they are driving or not.

What if a patient has multiple appointments in one day, leaves, then returns for another appointment?

Each pass can only be used once, but the patient can get a new Patient Parking Pass for each appointment. 

May I get a free parking pass if I stop in to pick up a prescription?

No, free parking passes are for patients receiving outpatient, procedural, surgical or inpatient care at our hospital. However, parking in a hospital ramp is free for the first 30 minutes and only $0.60 for one hour. Or, you may skip the trip altogether and use our prescription mail-order option. Many of our pharmacy products can be shipped directly to you with no mailing costs.

For more information: Prescription Mail Order Service

Can friends and family get copies of the patient’s parking pass to use?

No, the pass is only for patient use. However, visitors can purchase a Visitor Parking Pass Booklet with five passes that limit the maximum daily parking costs to $6.

Patient Visitor Parking Pass Booklets

Patient Visitor Parking Pass Booklets are available to limit parking cost for prolonged patient visits. The booklets cost $30 each and contain five patient visitor passes (making your cost $6 per ramp exit). Each of the five passes is valid for one pre-paid exit from Hospital Parking Ramps 1, 2, 3, and 4. 

The Visitor Parking Pass Booklets are especially beneficial to those making multiple extended visits here to see a patient with a prolonged stay.

Visitor Parking Pass Booklets can be purchased at the Guest Services Information Desks. When purchasing, visitors need to provide the patient's name.

Guest Services Information Desks

UI Hospitals & Clinics Main Information Desk (Elevator E, Level 1)

Monday through Friday 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.; weekends 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

Pomerantz Family Pavilion Information Desk (Elevator L, Level 1)

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

UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital Information Desk

Monday through Friday 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., weekends 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

Visitor Pass Booklets and individual passes are not eligible for refunds or redeemable for cash value in any way.

Frequently asked questions

Can I share the booklets and individual passes with others who are visiting the patient?


Do the passes expire?

No, and they can be used any day of the week and they do not need to be used on consecutive days.

What are the currently hourly rates?

Standard parking ramp rates:
  • Up to 30 minutes: Free
  • 31 minutes to an hour: $0.60
  • Each additional hour: $1.20
  • Maximum daily rate and/or lost ticket rate: $20

A higher hourly rate will apply for vehicles that enter the ramp between 5 and 9 a.m. Monday through Friday and stay longer than three hours. 

Patients or visitors needing more information, or those with oversized vehicles, should call UI Hospitals & Clinics Guest Services at 1-319-356-2456.

UI Hospitals & Clinics does not receive any of the parking fees. All fees go directly to UI Parking and Transportation which uses them to support the necessary operation, maintenance, and investment in the parking infrastructure at the main UI Hospitals & Clinics campus available to patients and visitors.

More information

Read more about other parking options and see a map of UI Hospitals & Clinics.

Call Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.:

Call after 5 p.m. and on weekends: