Permit Overview

To park on campus, you need to have a permit or pay for timed parking:

Additional permit options include:

  • Community School of the Arts permits
  • Lifelong Learning Institute (LLI)
  • Recreation Center member permits
  • Retiree permits
  • Vendor/service permits

Virtual System

We use a virtual permit system, so you won’t receive a physical permit.

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Buy a Permit

Timed Parking Options

In addition to purchasing a permit, you can pay for timed parking in designated areas throughout campus, including parking pay stations and a mobile payment (AMP) option.


Please read the complete parking rules and regulations and note the following:

  • Students and employees may purchase only one permit.
  • Permits may not be shared.
  • Ordering a virtual permit, the color for which one does not qualify, may result in parking tickets and/or having parking privileges revoked.


Employees and students who have state-issued disability license plates or placards must obtain the appropriate NIU parking permit. They can then park in a regular space as well as any space designated for persons with disabilities, as long as their person with disabilities placecard or license plate is displayed. They can also receive a reserved parking space for a reduced fee.

Visitors with state-issued persons with disability license plates or placards need to have a visitor permit or utilize other pay parking options. They can then park in regular spaces as well as spots designated for persons with disabilities.

Learn more about accessibility at NIU.

Contact Us

Parking Services
121 Normal Road

Office Hours

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

The lobby is currently closed to in-person transactions.

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