Frequently Asked Questions
Visitors may park in the pay lot located in the parking garage near the corner of South 7th Avenue and Grant Street. The entrance is located on South 7th Avenue. They may also buy a daily hangtag that allows them to park in any SB, E or F parking lot. You may buy permits at University Police located on the corner of South 7th Avenue and Kagy Blvd.
There is no long term free parking anywhere on campus. All parking lots are permit only Monday through Friday from 6 am to 6 pm excluding staff holidays. However, there are several 15 minute standing areas (no unattended vehicles) and several 30 minute parking areas where vehicles may be left unattended for up to 30 minutes. These areas are colored orange on the parking map, located here.
There are several ways to get a permit to park on campus. If you will be attending classes here at MSU or you are, or will be, employed here, you may purchase a permit online. The very first link under the Parking Services navigation on the left will take you to buy a permit. You may also buy daily and short term permits in person at University Police located on the corner of South 7th Avenue and Kagy Blvd. The front counter is open 8:00 am - 5:00 pm Monday - Friday except on holidays.
In general, parking on campus is controlled between 6:00 am and 6:00 pm Monday-Friday.
We suspend enforcement and open the lots for commencement and move in days. We also,
from time to time, allow parking in certain lots for special events such as Special
Olympics. Additionally, after 6:00 pm on weekdays, all day on weekends and on staff
holidays, parking is available for free. There are some exceptions: there are a few
parking spaces on campus that are reserved 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Each of
those spaces has a gold sign clearly stating that it is reserved 24 hours. Violators
in these spaces are subject ticketing and/or towing regardless of day or time. Another
exception is that the pay stalls (white numbered stalls) in the parking garage are
controlled between 6:00 am and 8:00 pm Monday-Friday. Also, we occasionally close
our parking lots for special events or maintenance. Vehicles parked in closed lots
are subject to towing.