Parking

Permits

The MSU Parking Office is closed to walk-in traffic.  All services are available online or over the phone by calling 517-355-8440.  Phones are answered Monday – Friday from 7:30am-4pm, excluding university holidays.

Online vehicle registration available at https://permits.police.msu.edu

Complimentary lots through 8/31/2021:

You may park in lots 15, 16, 25, 63, 83, 91, 100, 204, and in Ramps 3, 5, 6, and 7 without a permit through 8-31-21.  You may not park from 2am-6am in lots 63, 100 or in Ramp 6.  All other lots on campus will require a fee or permit as posted in the lot.  Corresponding lot numbers and locations may be viewed at maps.msu.edu.

Pay by Plate Parking Fees for Spring 2021 and Summer 2021 Semesters:

You may pay a $5 flat rate fee for one calendar day in order to park in the pay by plate level (bottom) of Ramp 1 and in lots 39, 62, 70, 79, 112, and 113 through August 31, 2021.  You may not park in any of these lots from 2am-6am.  The $5 flat rate option is not offered at the residence hall pay by plate spaces/loops.

Questions regarding parking? Please call Parking Services at 517-355-8440, Monday – Friday, 730am- 400pm, excluding University holidays.

 

Student

ALL STUDENTS whether residing on or off campus must register their vehicle with the Department of Police if they operate their vehicles on campus.  All permits must be properly affixed to your windshield before they are considered valid so please allow for mailing time when ordering a permit on-line.  Students residing in residence halls, in University Village, or in 1855 Place must have at least 28 credits in order to register their vehicle to park on campus.  Permits are not valid for special events.  To change vehicles, you must call the MSU Parking Office for instructions on what to do with your old permit and how to get a new one.  Phones are answered Monday – Friday from 7:30am-4pm, excluding university holidays, at 517-355-8440.  All Parking Office services are available online or over the phone.  Services are not available in-person.

Available to purchase online starting July 19, 2021, at 9:00am (effective August 1, 2021):

  • Spartan Village ($133) – for residents of Spartan Village – Permit is not valid in metered spaces, moped spaces, leased spaces, university vehicle spaces, or visitor spaces, and is valid 8/1/21 through 8/20/22.
  • University Village/1855 Place ($214) – for residents of University Village and 1855 Place – Permit is not valid in metered spaces, moped spaces, leased spaces, university vehicle spaces, or visitor spaces, and is valid 8/1/21 through 8/20/22.
  • Lot 89 ($98) – for students living on or off campus. Permit is valid 8/1/21 through 8/20/22.
  • Moped Permits ($50) – all mopeds must have a current and valid moped permit properly affixed in order to park them on campus.  They must be registered with a state issued registration to operate on campus.

Available to purchase online ONLY starting July 19, 2021 at 9:00am (effective August 15, 2021):

  • CHM / COM / CVM ($436 valid for Fall and Spring semester) –  for all doctoral medical students.
    This permit is repositionable.  You may register two vehicles with the one permit but only one may park on campus at a time.  The vehicle must be attached to the permit in the MSU parking system in order to be valid to park on campus.  The permit must be affixed to the lower left, driver’s side windshield of the vehicle that is parked on campus.  If you want to add a vehicle to your permit, then you must remove one (keeping only two attached at once).  You must call the MSU Parking Office to make any changes.  If you have your windshield replaced, you must remove the repositionable permit from the old windshield and then place it on the new windshield.  If your vehicle is in the shop, then you must move your to the loaner vehicle in order to park it on campus and call the  MSU Parking Office with the plate number, make, style, year, and color of the loaner vehicle.  If you only want the vehicle attached to your permit temporarily, then let us know the end date.

Available to purchase on-line ONLY starting July 26, 2021 at 9:00am (effective August 15, 2021):

  • Lot 24 ($320) – for residents of VanHoosen – Permit is valid in lot 24, the upper levels of Ramp 1, or in lot 89 from 8/15/21 through 8/20/22.  It is not valid in metered spaces, leased spaces, service vehicle spaces, university vehicle spaces, moped spaces, or visitor spaces.
  • Lot 25 ($320) – for residents of Owen or VanHoosen – Permit is valid in lot 25, in the upper levels of Ramp 1, or in lot 89 from 8/15/21 through 8/20/22.  It is not valid in metered spaces, leased spaces, service vehicle spaces, university vehicle spaces, pay by plate spaces, or visitor spaces.
  • Lot 91 ($214) – for residents of Abbot, Akers, Holmes, Hubbard, Mason, McDonel, Owen, Phillips, Shaw, Snyder, or VanHoosen – Permit is valid in lot 91 or in lot 89 from 8/15/21 through 8/20/22.  It is not valid in metered spaces, leased spaces, service vehicle spaces, university vehicle spaces, or visitor spaces.

Available to purchase on-line ONLY starting July 28, 2021 at 9:00am (effective August 15, 2021):

  • Lot 15 ($214) – for residents of Armstrong, Bailey, Bryan, Butterfield, Campbell, Emmons, Landon, Gilchrist, Mary Mayo, Rather, Williams, and Yakeley –  Permit is valid in lot 15 or in lot 89 from 8/15/21 through 8/20/22.  It is not valid in metered spaces, leased spaces, service vehicle spaces, university vehicle spaces, moped spaces, or visitor spaces.
  • Lot 65 ($320) – for residents of Armstrong, Bailey, Bryan, Butterfield, Campbell, Emmons, Landon, Gilchrist, Mary Mayo, Rather, Williams, and Yakeley –  Permit is valid in lot 65 or in lot 89 from 8/15/21 through 8/20/22.  It is not valid in metered spaces, leased spaces, service vehicle spaces, university vehicle spaces, moped spaces, or visitor spaces.  It is not valid in the employee parking sections of the Brody Complex.
  • Lot 83 ($214) – for residents of Case, Holden, Wilson, or Wonders – Permit is valid in lot 83 or in lot 89 from 8/15/21 through 8/20/22.  It is not valid in metered spaces, leased spaces, service vehicle spaces, university vehicle spaces, moped spaces, or visitor spaces.

All permits are sold ONLINE ONLY.

Graduate Assistant Permits

Summer 2021 graduate assistant permits are being sold online now.  Fall 2021 semester graduate assistant permits will be sold ONLINE ONLY starting July 21, 2021 at 9am.  Those residing in University Village or 1855 Place Apartments require a UV/1855 permit to park by their residence.   Graduate assistant permits are sold online only at https://permits.police.msu.edu.

Graduate assistant permits are sold one semester at a time and are sold online ONLY.  All permits must be properly affixed to your windshield before they are considered valid so allow for mailing time when ordering the permit on-line.   You must be a graduate student with an assistantship for the current semester and be enrolled for classes for the semester, in order to be sold a graduate assistant parking permit.  Vehicles with a current and valid graduate assistant parking permit affixed to their windshield may park in employee spaces south of the Red Cedar River and also in the Brody Complex. Parking is not allowed north of the Red Cedar River unless at a paid meter or when the posted employee restriction is no longer in effect. Use of gate cards on north campus is restricted to accessing loading zones for 10 minutes to load or unload. Parking with a graduate assistant parking permit is allowed in lots 62, 79, 112, 113, and in the Wharton ramp (Ramp 3)and Comm Arts ramp (Ramp 5).  Graduate assistant parking permits are not valid in lots 39, 63, and 100.  Parking in lots 39, 63, and 100 requires payment.  Parking at any meter on campus requires that the meter be paid.  Graduate assistant parking permits are repositionable permits and are sold on a semester basis.  They are movable to whichever vehicle is on campus.  Each repositionable graduate assistant permit will cost $133 per semester for the 2021-2022 year.  You may register two vehicles with the one permit but only one may park on campus at a time.  The vehicle must be attached to the permit in the MSU parking system to be valid to park on campus.  The permit must be affixed to the lower left, driver’s side windshield of the vehicle that is parked on campus.  If you want to add a vehicle to your permit, then you must remove one (keeping only two attached at once).  You must call the MSU Parking Office to make any changes.  If you have your windshield replaced, you must remove the repositionable permit from the old windshield and then place it on the new windshield.  If your vehicle is in the shop, then you must move your graduate assistant permit to the loaner vehicle in order to park it on campus and register it to the permit by calling the  MSU Parking Office with the plate number, make, style, year, and color of the loaner vehicle.  If you only want the vehicle attached to your graduate assistant permit temporarily, then let us know the end date. Once you have a current and valid graduate assistant parking permit, your MSU ID card should be activated for gated parking access. Please contact the MSU Parking Office if your ID card is not working.  The phone operator will need your ID card number which is found on the back of your card, at the bottom. It is a six digit number preceded by an asterisk or a plus symbol.  Graduate assistant permits are sold on-line only.  You may only purchase them one semester at a time. If you have a repositionable graduate assistant permit and you change vehicles, then you MUST notify the Parking Office by calling 517-355-8440 (Monday – Friday from 7:30am-4pm). The Parking Office will then remove whichever vehicle that you want from the repositionable permit record and add in the new one. You may only have two vehicles registered with the repositionable permit at one time. You must remember to remove the permit from your old vehicle before you sell it or trade it in. If you have your windshield replaced, then you must remove the repositionable permit from your old windshield beforehand. Then once the windshield is replaced, you may start using the repositionable permit on your new windshield. Fellowship recipients who receive an MSU Fellowship of $1,000 or more per semester qualify for a graduate assistant parking permit for that semester. Qualifying fellowship recipients must register on-line for a graduate assistant permit or by calling 517-355-8440 during business hours.

Motorcycles

Motorcycles must be registered over the phone with the MSU Parking Office.   The cost for on-campus or off-campus undergraduate students to park a motorcycle in lot 89 is $98 for the 2021-2022 academic year.  The fee to park a motorcycle in lots 15, 83, or 91 is $214 for the 2021-2022 academic year.  Motorcycles (over 100CC) are not allowed to park in moped parking spaces.  They must park in a motor vehicle space.

Special Parking Requests

The Parking Office will consider special parking requests from students (including freshmen) for parking privileges other than what is normally issued due to extenuating circumstances, which may include family-, work- or medical-related issues. Persons are, however, encouraged to use existing parking and transportation options [bus (CATA), pay lots, disabled parking spaces (with valid disabled parking placard or plate issued through the Secretary of State or Department of Motor Vehicles, etc.)]. A fee of $169/semester is charged for special parking privileges in addition to registering the vehicle with the Parking Office. If not approved, persons will be directed to use existing parking and transportation options.

Complimentary Parking

Online vehicle registration available at https://permits.police.msu.edu

The Parking Office is closed to walk-in traffic.  All services are offered online or over the phone.  Complimentary parking is allowed in lots 15, 16, 25, 63, 83, 91, 100, 204 and in Ramps 3, 5, 6 and 7 through 8-31-2021.  Parking is not allowed in from 2am-6am in Ramp 6, lot 63, or lot 100.  Parking in lot 63 is not allowed on Saturday or Sunday.  Permits and payment are required in all other lots on campus.  Please call 517-355-8440 for any further parking related questions.

Payment will be required to enter any of these lots if they are being reserved for a special event.

Student Parking Rules and Regulations

Employee

The Parking Office is not open for in-person traffic.  All services are available online or over the phone from 7:30am-4pm, Monday – Friday, excluding university holidays.

Unless parking in one of the complimentary lots available through 8/31/21 or paying to park at a meter or pay-by-plate location, a permit is required to park. An employee permit allows for parking in employee spaces within signed employee lots. To purchase an employee permit, go to https://permits.police.msu.edu. All lots are subject to special event requirements and restrictions.

Faculty/staff permits can be purchased online at https://permits.police.msu.edu. Academic year employees (AY employees) may only be payroll deducted for the months of September through April and are offered 2 parking permit options.  They may select an academic year (AY- 9 month) permit which will be valid August 15, 2021 through May 15, 2022.  Payment for the AY permit can be payroll deducted $50.06/month, September 2021 through April 2022.  AY permits are available online at https://permits.police.msu.edu starting August 2, 2021.  Complimentary parking is available in lots 15, 16, 25, 63, 83, 91, 100, 204 and in Ramps 3, 5, 6, and 7 through 8-31-2021.  You may not park from 2am-6am in lots 63, 100 or in Ramp 6.

Or, academic year (AY) employees may choose to purchase a permit valid through June 30, 2022. The deducted amount will be $66.75 per month (September 2021-April 2022).  They are sold online starting June 1, 2021 at https://permits.police.msu.edu.

Motorcycle permits may not be purchased online.  You must call the Parking Office at 517-355-8440 to purchase a motorcycle permit.   The person to whom the privileges are granted is the only person who may park under the privileges, otherwise the privileges are invalid.  All permits/privileges and gate access privileges remain the property of MSU Parking and are assigned to individuals.  These privileges are not transferable.  Unauthorized transfer or use of a permit and/or gate access privileges will result in their/its confiscation, and termination of the privilege(s) for at least the balance of the registration period.  Parking violations may also be issued for unauthorized use of the permit and/or gate access privileges. MSU employees who are not graduate assistants, or student employees, may opt to purchase any of the permits described below. Repositionable Employee Permit: This permit allows you to park one vehicle on campus at a time in any employee parking space on campus.  Access privileges to gated employee lots are enabled on your Spartan ID card.  You will be able to move this permit back and forth between the vehicles that you have registered with the MSU Parking Office but only one may be on campus at one time.  The permit is valid only on vehicles registered to your permit with the MSU Parking Office.  The cost of a repositionable employee permit is $534 for July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022.  If you choose to add a vehicle to your permit, so that you can park it on campus, then you must call 517-355-8440.  Only one vehicle with permit displayed may park on campus at one time.  You may pay for your repositionable permit using payroll deduction (if you qualify), American Express, Discover, MC, or VISA.  Lot 89 Permit: This permit is valid in lot 89 August 15, 2021 through May 15, 2022.  During summer semester and over spring break you may park in lots 91, 83, or 15 complimentary.  CATA bus service is available from the commuter lot (lot 89) to the Shaw parking ramp (Ramp 1) during fall and spring semesters.  The CATA commuter route transfers from Ramp 1 to other parts of campus.  You may ride CATA bus routes numbered 30-39 without paying a fare.  A lot 89 permit will cost $98 for the 2021-2022 academic year.  You may opt to pay using payroll deduction (deducted from pays of September through April at $12.25 per month).  Or you may opt to pay up front for the permit in full using a credit card.  Lot 89 permits are only sold August 1 through April 30.  If you need to park closer to your work place for one week or longer, then you may call the MSU Parking Office to purchase a permit for whatever period of time you would like.  Or you may opt to park at a meter and pay the meter fee if you only need to be on campus for one day.  Or in lot 100 and pay in cash upon exiting.  You may also park in pay by plate spaces and pay at the pay stations or by using the MSU app spoton. The fee to pay by the hour is $2 per hour. Carpool Permit: Information about carpool permit programs can be found at http://police.msu.edu/management-services-bureau/parking-office/carpools/ Driving a different vehicle? Remove and retain the repositionable permit from the vehicle you will be using while your vehicle is in the shop. If it’s a vehicle that you don’t have registered with the Parking Office, then, call the MSU Parking Office and provide the new vehicle information to a Parking Office Service Assistant.   If all checks out, the information will be updated and you may use the permit temporarily on the borrowed vehicle. Buying, selling, trading in, or turning in a vehicle? Remove and retain the repositionable permit from the vehicle you are selling, trading- or turning in.  Call the MSU Parking Office and provide the information on the vehicle you no longer have and/or the new vehicle information to a Parking Office Service Assistant.  If all checks out, the information will be updated and you may use the permit on the new vehicle. Having your windshield replaced? Remove and retain the repositionable permit before having your windshield replaced. Then place it on the new windshield. Other Important Details:

  • Employee permits are not valid for special events.
  • Whenever you call MSU Parking Office (to change vehicles, change permits, buy a new permit, etc…), you must let the operator know your MSU ID card number and current vehicle registration license plate number.  If you are a new employee or have a new appointment and are unable to purchase a permit online because your appointment is not through the system, then please call us at 517-355-8440 for instructions.  Please notify us if you are paid on an academic year pay (8 pays per year rather than 12).
  • If you will be on leave, or are no longer employed by MSU, then you MUST remove your permit from your windshield, take a photo of it, then take a second photo of it cut up into at least 5 pieces.  Then complete the form and submit the two photos at https://police.msu.edu/permrefreq/.  Once we receive the photos we will issue you a pro-rated refund (if you paid in full up front for the permit) or stop collection and payroll deduction of it (if you chose to pay using a monthly pay plan). 
  • Permits are not valid until they are properly affixed to your windshield so please allow for processing and mail time and order your permit early.
  • Removing a permit or use of a repositionable permit remains the responsibility of the person to whom the permit is issued.  Michigan State University assumes no liability for damage or injury associated with removal of a permit or use of a repositionable permit.

Retiree

The Parking Office is not open for in-person traffic.  All services are available online or over the phone from 7:30am-4pm, Monday – Friday, excluding university holidays.

Retiree parking permits can be ordered online at https://permits.police.msu.edu.  All permits must be properly affixed to the vehicle’s windshield before they are considered valid, so allow for mail time when ordering your retiree permit online. An MSU Retiree is allowed one complimentary retiree permit. This complimentary permit is provided as a courtesy, and is not a retirement benefit.  The person to whom the privileges are granted is the only person who may park under the privileges; otherwise, the privileges are invalid.  You may obtain a retiree permit online or by calling 517-355-8440.  Retiree permits are not sold at the Parking Office.   All retiree permits are repositionable so can be moved from windshield to windshield.  The retiree permit must be displayed on the vehicle that you have parked on campus in order for the privileges to be valid.  You may add or delete vehicles from your permit by calling 517-355-8440.  We will need the plate number of the vehicle that you are adding or deleting.  You must move the retiree permit to whichever vehicle that you have on campus for the day.  Only those vehicles registered with the MSU Parking Office to your retiree permit may be parked using the permit.  If you now have an employee parking permit and you are retiring, then you must remove your employee parking permit and email a photo of it as a whole permit and a second photo of it cut up into at least 5 pieces to the MSU Parking Office or mail it through the US Mail before you will be issued a retiree permit.  Call 517-355-8440 to obtain an email address to email the photos to.  Once we receive the two photos of your employee permit we will stop payroll deduction of it.  If you do not have a current employee permit and are retired, then you may order your MSU Retiree ID permit online. Please note that at times parking spaces and/or areas may be reserved for special events, and an additional fee will be charged. Retiree permits are not valid on home football game days. You must pay the special event parking fee on home football game days.

Carpooling

The Parking Office is not open for in-person traffic.  All services are available online or over the phone from 7:30am-4pm, Monday – Friday, excluding university holidays.

In order to support and encourage alternative transportation, car pool permits are available for employees that allow the same parking privileges as individual permits but at a reduced cost. In other words, you may park in employee spaces on campus with a car pool permit, but only one vehicle from the car pool may be on campus at a time. While most employees find car pool partners within their departments or buildings, a locator service is provided through a number of websites. You must purchase a car pool permit over the phone at 517-355-8440, as they are not available online. One permit will be issued for the entire car pool and mailed to one person. The car pool permit must be displayed on the vehicle that is parked on campus, thus only one vehicle may be on campus at a time. The car pool permit must be properly affixed to the inside, driver’s side of the front windshield in order to be considered valid. There must be a minimum of two vehicles registered with your car pool. The cost of the permit will be $22.25 per month per person or $267 per person for a full year permit (July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2022). You may pay for a car pool permit using payroll deduction, American Express, Discover, MC, or VISA.  You may pay by the hour to park in metered spaces, pay by plate spaces or in lot 100 if you need to drive on your own.  If you choose to pay to park in metered, pay by plate, or lot 100, the fee is $2 per hour.  Payment in lot 100 is cash only.  Credit cards are not accepted in lot 100. If you change vehicles for any reason, then you must call the MSU Parking Office in order to update your permit record (remove the vehicle that you are no longer driving and add the new one). We will need to know which vehicle you are no longer driving and also the year, make, body style, color, and plate number of the new vehicle.

Bicycles

The Parking Office is not open for in-person traffic.  All services are available online or over the phone from 7:30am-4pm, Monday – Friday, excluding university holidays.

When a bicycle or E-bike is possessed or operated on campus, it must be registered, parked and locked at a bike rack and in operable condition. MSU, City of Lansing, City of East Lansing and Meridian Township registrations (permits) are acceptable if current, valid, and adhered to the stationary frame-post below the seat, facing the handlebars. To register your bicycle or E-bike, you must have the serial number from it. This may be found in several places, depending on the make and model. The most common location for the serial number is on the underside of the frame, near the pedals. Also, you will need to know the bicycle/E-bike make, color and whether the style is male or female.

Bicycle Serial Number Locations

Bicycle Serial Number Locations

There is no cost to you for a bicycle permit. The permit must be registered to you, current, and properly affixed to your bike (or E-bike) before it may be considered valid. Bike permits can be obtained at no cost online at https://permits.police.msu.edu.  Impounded bikes (improperly parked or not registered) are released Monday, Wednesday, and Thursdays from 8am-3:30pm by appointment only.  To make an appointment, you must call 517-355-8440.  Phones are answered Monday – Friday from 7:30am-4pm.  You must take your MSU pictured ID card and proof that you own the bike with you when you go to your appointment to pick up your bicycle. Are you an MSU employee and  avid bike commuter who only on occasion needs to use a motorized vehicle? MSU faculty/staff may pay by the hour and park at meters, in pay by plate spaces, or in pay lot 100.  Not quite so avid, but still want to save some money and do your part in supporting MSU’s green efforts? A number of University employees register their vehicles a portion of the year. For details, please contact the Parking Office.

MSU Bikes

MSU Bikes is a service of the MSU Sustainability division of the MSU Infrastructure Planning and Facilities department. Dedicated to promoting bicycling as a safe, fun, economical, efficient, environmentally friendly and healthy transportation alternative for the MSU campus community, MSU Bikes operates the MSU Bikes Service Center, a full-service bike repair and rental facility. The MSU Bikes Service Center is located under the Bessey Hall auditorium right on the river trail just 300 ft. northwest of the Farm Lane bridge.

Mopeds/Scooters

The Parking Office is not open for in-person traffic.  All services are available online or over the phone from 7:30am-4pm, Monday – Friday, excluding university holidays.

Students operating a moped or scooter (including e-scooters) on campus are required to register the vehicle with the MSU Parking Office. Moped/scooter operators may not ride a moped/scooter on the sidewalk. Moped Permits will be sold online starting July 19, 2021 for the 2021-2022 academic year.  The fee will be $50 per permit.  Mopeds and scooters (including e-scooters) must be parked in designated moped parking areas (one to a space) on campus and must display a current moped parking permit purchased online.  Permits must be properly affixed to your windshield before they are considered valid so you must allow for mailing time when ordering a moped permit online.  These new regulations are in response to a recommendation made by the All University Traffic and Transportation Committee (AUTTC) and the feedback received from students who submitted a proposal at the summer AUTTC meeting in 2017. Please visit the moped information page on this site to learn more about where these spaces are located.