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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.

Monday - Friday, 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. parking permits or pay parking is required. You may purchase a Visitor Permit at Campus Parking or use the Visitor Pay Lot, the Pay Stations or the Parking Meters. 

If you come to campus and don’t have cash, the Pay Stations at the Student Recreation Center in Lot 15E, the Campus Life Building in Lot 5, and the Anderson Building in Lot 2, all accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express, in addition to cash.

If you are visiting campus as the guest of a department, then that 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

Resident hall visitors who arrive at 5 p.m. or later may park on the west side of campus in Orange Lots  P, W, and O, without a permit unitl Monday morning at 7 a.m. 

PLEASE NOTE: NIU permits are still required in Lots P, W, and O in reserved spaces and handicapped spaces.

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.