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 easier, and more enjoyable.

Permits and Pay Stations

NIU is quite a large campus. You may want to take a look at the campus maps in order to get an idea of where you are headed and the best route to get there.

Parking permits or pay parking is required Monday - Friday, 7 a.m. -5 p.m. You may purchase a visitor permit at Campus Parking Services, on our website, or use the Visitor Pay Lot, the Pay Stations or the parking meters. 

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 bills and coins.

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

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

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

If you have any questions, please contact Campus Parking Services at 815-753-1045 or

Football Parking

Visit NIU Athletics to learn more about football game day parking.

Contact Us

Parking Services
121 Normal Road

Office Hours

7:30 a.m.-4 p.m.