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Visitor Parking

Welcome to NIU! If you are visiting NIU for the first time, there are a few things to know that will make your visit much better. First off, our campus is rather large. You will want to take a look at the map of campus to get an idea of where you are headed and the best route to get there.

Most parking on campus requires a permit, so you will need to use either one of the paid parking lots or metered parking while you are on campus. You can also purchase a Visitor Permit at Campus Parking. These are helpful if you know in advance that you are coming on a particular day.

If you get on campus and don’t have cash, the Pay Stations at the Student Recreation Center in Lot 15E and the Campus Life Building in Lot 5  both accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, in addition to cash. The pay station outside Anderson Hall accepts Visa, MasterCard as well as cash.

If you are visiting campus as the guest of a department, the department is responsible for making prior parking arrangements with Campus Parking Services, or for informing the guest that there is a daily parking fee.

Residence Hall Visitors

We are pleased to announce that you no longer need to purchase a resident visitor permit if you arrive at 5:00 p.m. or after on a Friday. Simply park in orange lots P, O, or W. PLEASE NOTE: NIU permits are still required in those lots in reserved spaces and handicapped spaces and valid NIU parking permits will be required in those lots again every Weekday morning by 7:00 am.

We hope this change proves to be positive and helpful for our student residents and their guests. If you have any questions, please contact Campus Parking Services at 815-753-1045 or

Football Parking

Please visit NIU Athletics' website to learn more about football game day parking.

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