The Parking 411 - Calder


  • Enforcement Hours
    • Monday Thursday: 7am to 6:30pm
    • Friday: 7am-5pm
    • Weekends: Only specially marked spaces and overnight parking in non-residential lots are enforced
    • Non-residential lots are enforced overnight every night between 3am and 7am
  • Meters - Costs: 25 cents for the first half hour/25 cents for each additional 12 minutes
    • Housing Meters - 30 minute limit
    • Other meters - 4 hour limit
    • Failed or Out of Order meters are a No-Park zone
  • Visitors
    • Visitors must have a permit. Guests must stop in to Public Safety with photo ID and their license plate number to receive a temporary permit at no cost. Students may not pick up the permit for their guest.
    • Visitors are limited to 20 overnight parking passes between Sunday and Thursday nights per school year.
    • Visitors with citation balances cannot be issued permits until the outstanding balance has been paid.
  • Handicapped Parking
    • A valid handicapped permit and a GVSU permit are required to park in Handicapped spaces on GVSU's campus.
    • If no Handicapped spaces are available, handicapped permit holders may also park at any meter (payment not required) or in reserved faculty/staff areas.
  • Motorcycles
    • Motorcycles do not require a parking permit. Motorcycles may park on the yellow hash marks at the end of parking rows. Motorcycles are NOT allowed to park in the blue Handicapped hash marks.
  • Overnight parking
    • Overnight parking is limited to Residential lots. Vehicles are NOT allowed to park overnight in Commuter of Faculty/Staff lots. A RESIDENTIAL permit is required.
    • If your vehicle breaks down and cannot be moved overnight, the Police Department must be notified.
  • Temporary Permits
    • Students are allowed 20 days of temporary parking permits per academic year at no cost. To use a temporary permit, bring your Student ID and license plate number to Public Safety.
    • Temporary permits are placed on the driver's side dashboard to left of the steering wheel.
  • Permit Placement
    • Place your parking permit decal on the lower left side of your vehicle windshield. You may receive a citation if it is not in the proper location.
    • Place your temporary permit on the driver's side dashboard to the left of the steering wheel. Permit dates must be visible from outside the vehicle for the permit to be valid.
  • Transferring Permits
    • Parking permits are transferrable between vehicles. The person registered is responsible for all citations incurred while the permit is displayed on a vehicle.

Calder Residents

In what lots may I park?

On the Allendale Campus: Any lot marked with an Orange "C" or Yellow "R"

  • Lot B-2 (Ravine Apartments)
  • Lot D (3-9, NOT Lot D1 or D2)
  • Lot K-West (South of Calder Dr and East of Laker Dr.)
  • Lot J (Behind Laker Village - Residential section only)
  • Lot P (Across from Murray and Van Steeland)
  • GVA (at the Grand Valley Apartments)
  • Lot R (South of South D and E Housing)
  • Lot O at the signed Calder Resident spaces

On the Pew Campus: any lot marked with a Red "S"

  • Seward Flat Lot (North of Fulton St.)
  • Seward Ramp (South of Lake Michigan Dr.)
  • Mt. Vernon Lot (South of Fulton St.)
  • Watson Lot (Non-resident area only, South of Winter Hall)

Where am I not allowed to park?

  • Meters (still require payment)
  • Faculty and Staff Lots
  • Student Commuter Lots
  • Any Specially Signed Spaces

* Lot O is shared by two designations  make sure you are only parking in signed Calder Resident spaces, otherwise you are likely to receive a citation for parking in a Faculty/Staff space.

IMPORTANT! Unauthorized or improper use of this permit may result in a referral to the University Judicial process. Fraudulent use of this permit will result in its confiscation, and may result in criminal penalties. Fraudulently obtaining goods or services is a crime punishable by up to one year in jail and a fine of not more than $2,000.