Recreation Permits

Individuals who have purchased a membership through the NIU Recreation Center qualify for a recreation parking permit.

Recreation parking permits may be displayed in the following lots: 15E, 20, C, 2, E, C3, and Stadium Drive East. Please note:

  • Payment is still required for all individuals who park in the Visitor Pay lot or at meters/pay stations.
  • Parking in no parking zones, reserved spaces and service spaces is prohibited.
  • A handicapped placard or license plate must be displayed, along with the recreation permit, when parking in handicapped spaces.
  • 15-minute spaces may be utilized without a permit for the allotted time.

Recreation permits are issued as a privilege and are not to be used by relatives or other persons actively employed by or enrolled in the university.

Purchasing Your Permit

Recreation permits may be purchased online. Once you click the link to get to the AIMS website, please click on the red button labeled “Visitor Permits”, and then select option "C" for the yearly recreation parking permit. The cost is $25 for an annual parking permit. If your recreation membership is renewed past the period of your parking permit, a new parking permit will need to be purchased at that time.

If you would like more information, please call us at 815-753-1045 or email at

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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