Security & Parking Services


Security & Parking Services strive to provide our University Community and visitors, with safe and well maintained parking and transiting infrastructure. We are dedicated to courteous and helpful customer service through information resources, polite and knowledgeable staff, and convenient parking facilities. We encourage voluntary compliance.

We also encourage alternative means of transportation to preserve the environment. We have collaborative initiatives with the office of sustainability, such as go transit, carpool parking, and secure storage and bike locker rentals to meet storage needs for green transit users.


Tuesday December 4th 2018

Parking Offices will be closed from 12 pm to 1 pm on Tuesday December 4th. We apologize for the inconvenience.

2018-19 Inter-zone Access to Main Campus

Monday - Friday after 4:30pm

  • Access to Main Campus lots B, C, D, H, I and Stadium Underground after 4:30pm
  • No access to A, K, G and Underground Wilson
  • No access to short term parking lots J, F and Q

Weekend access to Main Campus lots B, C, D, H, I and Stadium Underground lots with above exceptions (No access to A, Underground Wilson, J, F and Q).

All transponder holders must be back in their assigned lots by 7:30am on a weekday morning or they will be charged for their time in that lot.


West Campus and Ward Ave Parking 2018-19

Monthly permits for September are now on sale and going fast! For more information on important dates and eligibility criteria, click here.

Parking Rate Changes

Parking Rate Changes Monthly Parking rates will be increased effective September 1st 2018. For more information, click here.

Validation Vouchers Discontinued

Parking Validation Accounts and Vouchers will be discontinued as of July 31st. For more information, click here.

Undergrad Student Monthly Parking 2018-19

Permits for eligible returning undergrad student will be available for purchase as of July 1st 2018. Permits for new students will be available for purchase as of August 1st 2018. For more information, click here.

Lot Q Automation

Parking Services is currently working towards installing automation equipment in Lot Q. For details, click here.

Flex pass Changes

Effective immediately, flex passes will be issued with an expiry date of April 30th 2018. The flex pass will no longer be available for purchase or renewal as of January 1st 2018.

'Old' Transponder Exchange Deadline




Please note the deadline to exchange the old transponders above for a new transponder below at no charge is August 31st 2017. As of September 1st 2017 new transponders (below) will have to be purchased at the full cost of $40 each.


Interim Stop for Shuttle Service Notice

The main campus shuttle stop will relocate to the west side Mary Keyes Residence where the existing Inter City Bus Stop. Please see this document for more information.

*New* Suspension of Parking Privileges for Abusive Customers

McMaster University is committed to fostering a respectful and inclusive organizational culture in which all members of the University community work, study and live free of discrimination and harassment. Any abuse of our staff in any medium and format will result in the suspension of parking privileges. No refund will be provided for parking fees covering period of suspension.

Ward shuttle bus schedule

Shuttle bus schedule can be seen here.

Visitor Parking Rates - DBHSC

We would like to inform you that effective May 16 2016, there will be a change to visitor rates for both the underground and the surface lot at the David Braley Health Sciences Centre. The new rates will be as follows:

DBHSC Underground:

  • $5 per hour to $20 maximum, Monday to Friday.
DBHSC Surface:
  • $5 per hour to $20 maximum, from 6 am to 6 pm, Monday to Friday.
  • $7 evening flat rate, from 6 pm to 6 am, Monday to Friday.
  • $7 flat rate on weekends and holidays.
Please note, although we are implementing rate changes to the surface lot visitor rates, there is no visitor/ public parking available in this lot at present. We are working towards implementing a visitor system on the surface lot and hope to have this in place shortly. If you or your department/ faculty is interested in using the lots for any events/ meetings, please submit an event parking form. and we will try our best to accommodate your request.

Where can I park?

McMaster University parking lots interactive map available here.





Bicycles must be parked in bicycle racks

They are not to be locked to or leaned against handrails, trees, shrubs, bushes, or other features of University landscape in ways that will cause damage to University property, interfere with pedestrian or vehicular traffic, or work responsibilities of University employees. Bicycles found in violation are subject to ticketing and/or impoundment that can result in a fine of $25.00

Please click here with instructions for bicycles on campus.

2017/18 Rates

For a list of our Visitor Rates, click here.



Canadian Parking Association
The Ontario Campus Parking Association


Directions to Mcmaster Campus
Ron Joyce Centre, Burlington
Hamilton Car Share
Storm Closure Policy


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