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Commuter Tips

  • Parking is more difficult the first two weeks of a semester. Parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis - so please remember to arrive early, especially during the first two weeks of each semester.

  • Park in a lot that generally has available spaces at the time you arrive. (Lots K, L & C3 normally do not fill up during the day and are serviced by the Huskie busline).

  • Parking lots close to classroom buildings are generally full between the hours of 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.

  • Allow sufficient time to find a parking space and walk to your destination. See the Walking Guide for more information.

  • Read posted signs at all parking lots.

  • Do not park in reserved spaces. You risk receiving a $100 fine and having your vehicle towed at your expense. If you pull into a parking space that has a yellow reserved space sign in front of it, back out and find another parking space. Even though the sign color is yellow, there is a "Tow Risk" warning printed on the sign.

  • Parking permits are needed even when school is not in session. The only time a parking permit is not needed, is when the university itself is closed. However, permit at all time lots, reserved spaces, and 15 minute spaces may still be monitored by NIU Public Safety.
  • Keep your NIU parking map in your vehicle.

  • Read through the NIU Parking Rules & Regulations.

  • There are certain blue lots that are available for parking after 5 p.m. Check out our map for additionl lots or call Campus Parking Services, Monday - Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. for assistance at 815-753-1045.

  • Practice your driving route to campus before the first day of class and determine alternate driving routes to campus in case of heavy traffic.