Winter Parking and Travel Tips

Cars parked in the Alumni B Lot during the winter.

Cars parked in the Alumni B Lot during the winter.

Published November 16, 2018


Winter weather is inevitable. Here are some tips from Parking and Transportation Services to help you travel to and around campus safely once the snow starts to accumulate.

Winter Travel Tips For Getting To and Around Campus


  • Sign up for text messages regarding weather related emergencies or closings at
  • Call 716-645-NEWS (6397), UB’s information line to learn about weather notifications and closings.
  • Follow Parking and Transportation Services on Twitter for lot and campus travel updates.
  • Plan accordingly.  suggests keeping a kit of emergency supplies in your car and office. Suggested supplies include water and food, vital medicines, a blanket and warm clothes.


  • When parking, try to pick a familiar landmark, such as a sign, light pole, or tree to gauge where a parking space is located when the parking lot is snow covered.
  • In most lots, you will notice orange delineators at the end of the rows to help guide you to parking in an orderly manner.
  • Be careful not to triple park. Triple parking - making three rows out of two - inconveniences others and may lead to the ticketing and/or towing of your vehicle.
  • To find a parking space immediately, make a Park and Ride lot your first destination. Campus shuttles service the Center for Tomorrow, Stadium, Arena, Alumni Lots on the North Campus and Main-Bailey on the South Campus.
  • Overnight parking is allowed only in designated lots, or portions thereof. Check out the complete list of lots.
  • To maintain emergency vehicle access, please make sure there is room for a double travel lane from your vehicle when it is parked at the end of a row. This will also aid in plowing during the day.
  • In cold temperatures, approach with caution and assume wet, dark areas on pavement are slippery.
  • When exiting or entering your vehicle, use the vehicle for support. Walk in designated walkways.  Keep your hands out of your pockets for better balance.  Take short steps or shuffle for stability.

Snow Removal

  • Review the university’s snow removal policy.
  • If you notice a walkway or building access with excessive snow cover, call Facilities Customer Service at 716-645-2028.