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 you must allow for mailing time when ordering a permit on-line. Students residing in residence halls 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 remove your permit from your windshield, and take the pieces of it and your MSU pictured ID card to the Parking Office. You will be issued a replacement permit for your new vehicle for $2. If you are having your windshield replaced, you must do the same. Permits are non-transferable from one vehicle or from one windshield to another. Your permit will likely come off in pieces, save all of the pieces as all pieces must be returned. You may choose to drive your vehicle to the MSU Parking Office and borrow a paint scraper to use to remove your permit. We recommend having a warm windshield and using a paint scraper to remove the permit.
Available to purchase online starting July 15, 2020, at 9:00am (effective August 1, 2020):
- 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 8/1/2020 through 8/20/2021.
- 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 8/1/2020 through 8/20/2021.
- Lot 89 ($98) – for all students and employees – A lot 89 permit is valid in lot 89 from 8/15/20 through 8/20/21. It is not valid in metered spaces, leased spaces, service vehicle spaces, university vehicle spaces, moped spaces, visitor spaces, or disabled spaces. CATA bus route #32 runs from lot 89 to the Shaw Ramp every 15 minutes Monday – Friday and you can ride it without paying a bus fare.
Available to purchase on-line starting July 23, 2020, at 9:00am (effective August 15, 2020):
- Lot 24/R1 ($320) – for residents of VanHoosen – This permit is valid in Lot 24, in lot 89, or in the employee parking section of the Shaw Ramp (R1) from 8/15/20 through 5/15/2021. It is not valid in metered spaces, leased spaces, service vehicle spaces, university vehicle spaces, moped spaces, visitor spaces, or disabled spaces.
- Lot 25/R1 ($320) – for residents of Owen and VanHoosen – Permit is valid in lot 25, in lot 89, or in the employee parking area (upper levels) of Shaw Ramp (ramp 1) from 8/15/20 through 8/20/21. If lot 25 is full DO NOT park illegally, instead continue on to the Shaw Ramp to park in the faculty/staff section in a legal parking space. Your student ID card will allow gated access to lot 25. Please call 517-355-8440 if your ID card is not working. Lot 25/R1 permits are not valid in the pay by plate spaces of Ramp 1, not in leased spaces, not in metered spaces, not in moped spaces, not in University vehicle spaces, not in visitor spaces, and not in disabled spaces.
- Lot 91 ($214) – for residents of Abbot, Akers, Holmes, Hubbard, Mason, McDonel, Owen, Phillips, Shaw, Snyder, and VanHoosen – Permit is valid in lots 89 and 91 from 8/15/20 through 8/20/21.
Available to purchase on-line starting July 28, 2020 at 9:00am (effective August 15, 2020):
- 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 8/15/20 through 8/20/21. 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 15 ($214) – for residents of Armstrong, Bailey, Bryan, Butterfield, Campbell, Emmons, Landon, Gilchrist, Mary Mayo, Rather, Williams, Yakeley, and 1855 Place – Permit is valid in lot 15 or in lot 89 from 8/15/2020 through 8/20/21. It is not valid in metered spaces, leased spaces, service vehicle spaces, university vehicle spaces, moped spaces, or visitor spaces.
- Lot 83 ($214) – for residents of Case, Holden, Wilson, Wonders, and 1855 Place – Permit is valid in lot 83 or in lot 89 from 8/15/20 through 8/20/21. It is not valid in metered spaces, leased spaces, service vehicle spaces, university vehicle spaces, moped spaces, or visitor spaces.
Available online ONLY starting July 15, 2020 at 9:00am (effective August 15, 2020):
- CHM / COM / CVM ($436 valid for Fall and Spring semester) – for all doctoral medical students.
** This permit must be purchased online **
All permits are sold ONLINE ONLY.
Graduate Assistant Permits
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. Summer 2020 semester graduate assistant permits are being sold starting June 1, 2020. You must be a graduate student with an assistantship for the current semester in order to be sold a graduate assistant parking permit. Permits for Fall 2020 semester will be sold on-line starting on July 21, 2020 at 9am. Fall 2020 graduate assistant permits are valid starting August 15, 2020. 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 and Comm Arts ramp. 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 2020-2021 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 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 or come in to 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. Effective July 24, 2019, graduate assistant permits are sold on-line only. They are not be sold in the Parking Office. 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. 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 may not register on-line. They must call 517-355-8440 to purchase their permits over the phone.
Motorcycles must be registered over the phone with the MSU Parking Office. The cost for on-campus or off-campus undergraduate students is $98 for the 2020-2021 academic year. Motorcycles (over 100CC) are not allowed to park in moped parking spaces. They must park in a motor vehicle space. You may park in lots 15, 83, 89, or 91 with a lot 89 motorcycle permit.
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.
As of 6pm on 3-16-20 and through June 15 2020 Semester, complimentary parking is available in lots 15, 39, 54, 62, 63, 70, 79, 83, 89, 91, 100, 109, 112, 113 and in Ramps 3 and 5. Parking in the pay by plate (basement level) of Ramps 1 and 6 will also be complimentary. The Parking Office is closed to walk-in traffic. All services are offered online. 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
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, 2020 through May 15, 2021. Payment for the AY permit can be payroll deducted $50.06/month, September 2020 through April 2021. AY permits are available online at https://permits.police.msu.edu starting August 1, 2020. During Summer Semester 2020, complimentary parking is available in lots 15, 83, 89, and 91.
Or, academic year (AY) employees may choose to purchase a permit valid through June 30, 2021. The deducted amount will be $66.75 per month (September 2020-April 2021). They are sold online 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, 2020 through June 30, 2021. 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. You may pay for your repositionable permit using payroll deduction (if you qualify), cash, American Express, Discover, MC, VISA, or a check or money order payable to MSU. Lot 89 Permit: This permit is valid in lot 89 August 15, 2020 through May 15, 2021. During summer semester and over spring break you may park in lots 91, 89, 83, or 15 complimentary. CATA bus service is available from the commuter lot (lot 89) to the Shaw parking ramp (Ramp 1) during fall, spring, and summer 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 2020-2021 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 cash, credit card, or a check or money order payable to MSU. Lot 89 permits are only sold August 1 through April 30. If you need to park closer to your work place on a particular day, 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. 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 go into the MSU Parking Office (to change vehicles, change permits, buy a new permit, etc…), you must take in your MSU ID card and current vehicle registration. If you are a new employee or have a new appointment and are purchasing a new permit, then you must also take a letter on letterhead from the Department Administrator with you. This letter must state your employment status, job title, and start/end dates. 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 and return it to the MSU Parking Office so that we can issue you a 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 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. They are not sold at the Parking Office. The retiree permit must be displayed on the vehicle that you have parked on campus in order for it to be valid. You may register more than one vehicle to your permit by calling 517-355-8440. 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 may be parked using the permit. If you now have an employee parking permit and you are retiring, then you must remove and return your employee parking permit to the MSU Parking Office before you will be issued a retiree permit. You must take your MSU ID card, current vehicle registration, and your removed employee parking permit to the MSU Parking Office. Once your employee permit is returned to the MSU Parking Office we will stop payroll deduction of it. If you do not have a current employee permit and are retired, then you may present your MSU Retiree ID Card and your current vehicle registration at the Parking Office to obtain one complimentary retiree parking permit. 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.
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 in person, as they are not available online. All members of the car pool must come into the MSU Parking Office with their MSU ID card and current vehicle registration. One permit will be issued for the entire car pool. The 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, 2019 – June 30, 2020). You may pay for a car pool permit using payroll deduction, American Express, Discover, MC, VISA, cash, or a check or money order payable to MSU. You may purchase a one day parking permit or pay to park in metered spaces, pay by plate spaces or in lot 100. If you choose to pay to park for one day by purchasing a one day parking permit, then you must go into the MSU Parking Office with your MSU ID card and your current vehicle registration. The permit will be valid for one calendar day and will cost $8. 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 or come into 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 make, body style, color, and plate number of the new vehicle. If you are coming into the MSU Parking Office be sure to bring in your current vehicle registration and your MSU ID card.
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
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 – Friday from 8am-3:30pm at the MSU Parking Office on campus. You must take your MSU pictured ID card and proof that you own the bike with you to the MSU Parking Office. Are you an MSU employee and avid bike commuter who only on occasion needs to use a motorized vehicle? MSU faculty/staff may purchase a one day parking permit at the Parking Office or park and pay at meters, in pay by plate spaces, or in pay lot 100. If you purchase a one day permit, it will be valid for one calendar day only and you must take your MSU ID card and current vehicle registration with you to the MSU Parking Office. 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 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.
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 17, 2019 for the 2019-2020 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 at the MSU Parking Office or 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.