Parking & Transportation

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Parking and Transportation Services

Parking is available on-campus in the East Gate Parkade and Lot 2 at the West Gate entrance. Parking is free for the first 30 minutes and then a significantly reduced flat rate of $5 per day will apply (compared with $17 during normal operations). Hourly parking rates are unavailable until further notice and only select parking permits* are available to Residence students and employees. Payment will be contactless using the HotSpot app (fees apply). The usual pay stations will not be running. Note that reduced parking rates and available lots are continuously under review and subject to change. 

To complete payment through the HotSpot app, please follow the steps below:

Option #1: Download the HotSpot app

  • Download the HotSpot app from the Apple or Google app store

  • Follow the prompts to set-up your own personal account and choose a Hotspot membership (pay-per-use at $0.20 per transaction, $2.00 plus tax per month or $20.00 plus tax per year. The pay-per-use transaction fee is charged during the parking session, not in advance). 

  • Add money to your ‘virtual’ HotSpot wallet

  • Enter the zone number indicated on signs in the parking lot to start paying for parking 

  • Parking payments will be automatically deducted from your HotSpot ‘virtual’ wallet

Option #2: Use the QR codes or use NFC capability on signs located in the parking lots

  • Scan the QR code or simply touch your cellular device to the Fast Tap signs located in the parking lot

  • You will be redirected to the HotSpot parking payment page. Note that this is a pay-per-use option and subject to a $0.20 fee per transaction. No membership is required however, Google Pay or Apple Pay must be set up on your mobile device.

  • Enter the zone number indicated on signs in the parking lot, along with your license plate number. Payments are made by Google Pay and Apple Pay only. 

Option #3: Visit to make desktop payments

  • If you do not have a smartphone, visit to create an account and use your desktop to make payments. Membership fees apply (pay-per-use at $0.20 per transaction, $2.00 plus tax per month or $20.00 plus tax per year. The pay-per-use transaction fee is charged during the parking session, not in advance).

Note that the pay-per-use option available on the app and desktop requires users to upload funds ($20 minimum) to your virtual wallet. Unused funds can be refunded by contacting HotSpot at or call toll-free 1-855-712-5888.

*Residence parking permits will be handed out on Aug. 29 and 30 when you move-in and pick up your room key. Residence parking permits can be paid for at the Residence Office located in Residence Building B from Aug. 31 to Sept. 4. Please refer for full details.

Employees can purchase a parking permit for Lot 3 at the West Gate entrance and Lot A near the Grounds Building starting Sept. 1. Employees can sign up for a spot now using the MRU Parking Portal. If you are new to the portal, you can login using your MyMRU credentials. Simply click “Login” at the top right corner, then beneath “Customer Authentication” make sure to click “Affiliated Login”.

Permits cost $421 for the semester ($105.25 per month, $52.63 per pay period) including GST and can be processed through the payroll deduction system. If you paid in full for the Winter 2020 Semester and have a credit on file, please email and we will apply these funds to your permit prior to payroll deductions taking effect. If you prefer to pay for the whole Fall 2020 Semester in advance, you can pay by Visa or Mastercard through the Parking Portal. There will be no hangtags and your license plate will be your permit number.   Parking office will begin enforcement starting September 1, 2020.  Please ensure you have the correct license plate to avoid being ticketed.

Parking permits for the Fall 2020 semester in Lot 3 and Lot A are temporary. When operations on campus return to normal, those who previously parked in Lot 3 and Lot A will have a first right of refusal for those lots. 

For any questions regarding HotSpot, please contact or call toll-free 1-855-712-5888.

Kindly note that the parking office remains closed for in-person services.  For other parking inquiries, please email