Parking Information

Things You Need To Know

STUDENTS: Students are able to purchase temporary parking permits at the cost of $10.00 per day. To obtain your temporary permit, bring your student ID and license plate number to either Parking Services office.

FACULTY/STAFF: Faculty/Staff members are able to obtain a temporary parking permit at no cost. If the vehicle is registered in the Faculty/Staff member's Parking Portal, the Faculty/Staff member may call either Parking Services office to obtain a temporary parking permit. 

GUESTS AND VISITORS: Guests and visitors may obtain a temporary, daily parking permit at no cost.

**Temporary permits are paperless and linked to a license plate, therefore, permits cannot be issued without a valid license plate number.

Permits are required in faculty/staff and student spaces during the following times:

Monday - Thursday: 3 AM - 6:30 PM

Friday: 3 AM - 5 PM

*Permits are required in specially designated spaces and Pew Resident spaces 24/7, year-round.

Overnight parking is limited to residential spaces only and is enforced year 'round. A valid residential permit is required. Vehicles are NOT allowed to park in non-residential lots, such as Student Commuter and Faculty/Staff.


Faculty/Staff scheduled between 3 AM and 6 AM may park in Lot C, Lot D1, and the southwest row of Lot M. When parking overnight, particularly in the winter, vehicles are to park in clusters to allow for snow removal.


If your vehicle breaks down and cannot be moved, you must notify Parking Services (during business hours) or Public Safety (after hours) to obtain overnight parking privileges. Disabled vehicles must be removed within 24 hours or you are subject to citation.

Parking for Individuals with ADA Compliant Accommodations:  

A valid GVSU permit is required to accompany an ADA compliant placard or plate. If ADA parking spaces are not available, the ADA permit holder may park at a meter (payment not required) or in a Faculty/Staff or Student space. Parking in any other space is prohibited. Parking in ADA compliant spaces in pay station lots require payment and is limited to a two-hour stay.

University-Issued ADA Compliance Permits:

Mobility impaired persons shall be issued, without charge, a temporary permit not to exceed three (3) days by Parking Services. This permit is not renewable.

To obtain a thirty (30) day permit from Disability Support Resources, a written statement from a physician must be presented. The statement must specifically state the need for ADA compliant parking and the time frame for which it is necessary. This permit is not renewable.

Those individuals needing ADA parking privileges beyond thirty (30) days must obtain a permit from the Michigan Secretary of State. If temporary ADA compliant parking accommodations are needed, contact Disability Resource Services at 616-331-2490 or Parking Services at 616-331-7275.

GVSU does not offer expectant mother parking.

Individuals with temporary mobility impairments as a result of pregnancy may obtain a temporary ADA placard once registered with and approved by Disability Support Resources


Academic Areas: Payment is required in academic pay-to-park areas Monday through Saturday, 7:00 am - 8:00 pm. Academic pay-to-park areas will accommodate parking for up to two hours at a rate of $2.50 per hour. All spaces in academic pay-to-park areas require payment, including ADA and motorcycle spaces.

  • Accepted payment methods:   Cash, Coin, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, and Parkmobile

Housing Areas: Payment is required in housing pay-to-park areas 24/7. Housing pay-to-park areas will accommodate parking for up to 30 minutes at a rate of $1.25 per half-hour.


Additional Information:

  • Overnight parking (3:00 am - 6:00 am) is not permitted in pay-to-park areas
  • Permits are not valid in pay-to-park areas

Allendale Campus: Motorcycles and mopeds do not require a parking permit. Motorcycles MUST park on the yellow hash marks at the end of parking rows.

Pew Campus: Motorcycles and mopeds are accommodated in designated motorcycles spaces only. Locations can be found at the Eberhard Center loading dock, Seward Parking Ramp, Watson Lot and DeVos Lot. Pew Residents MUST park in the yellow hash marks at the end of parking rows in the Secchia Lot only. 

Health Campus: Motorcycles and mopeds must be parked in designated and signed motorcycle parking areas only.


Motorcycles are NOT allowed to park in the blue ADA reserved hash marks, in vehicle spaces, or in areas signed as prohibited.

Electric charging stations are found in Lot F and Lot N.

Vehicles must have a valid Grand Valley permit and be actively charging in order to park in these locations.

Guests must stop in to Parking Services for a temporary pass before parking and charging.

Allendale Residents 

Call Housing and Residence Life to verify your vehicle's status at (616)331-2120. Specific Information will be requested (make, model, color and plate number of vehicle) and added to a list. The Associate Director will send this list to the Department of Public Safety (DPS). Once the DPS receives the list, they will provide the student with an additional corresponding decal which identifies the ability to park in the Hybrid and Electric parking spaces. Hybrid and Electric Car spaces in Residential areas are reserved for residents only. These designated spaces require special permits. Guests may not park in these spaces regardless of day or time.


Faculty and Staff

Vehicles that utilize an alternative fuel or energy source (i.e. - E85 ethanol, battery-powered drive trains) are eligible for alternative fuel parking. The Faculty / Staff member will need to provide one of the two following pieces of documentation for a vehicle that utilizes power drive trains:

          Current proof of registration for a vehicle that utilizes E85 ethanol

          Receipt showing the purchase of E85 fuel within the last 30 days

Those wishing to register their vehicle will also need to bring in their current Faculty/Staff parking sticker in addition to the documentation listed above.

Your parking permit must be displayed in the lower left corner/driver's side of the front windshield of your vehicle. Permit must be completely affixed to the windshield with the barcode fully visible from outside the vehicle. Failure to properly display your permit may result in the issuance of a parking violation.

All expired permits must be removed from the windshield.

Parking permit decals are transferable between vehicles. The person registered to the permit is responsible for all violations incurred while the permit is displayed on the vehicle.

Students and Faculty/Staff are limited to one permit. Additional permits are NOT available for purchase.

Allendale Residents: If you live in Kirkpatrick, Stafford, Swanson, Seidman or Laker Village, you may call Parking Services (prior to pulling up) during business hours for drive-up privileges for a maximum of 15 minutes. After hours, you must call GVPD Dispatch at (616)331-3255 for drive-up privileges. If you reside in other living centers on campus, you must pay to park at a meter or park in a residential space. Residential meters are enforced 24/7 year round.

Calder Residents: You are required to park in a Calder Resident space and transport your items.

Pew Residents: All vehicles must be parked in marked spaces with a valid permit or at a paid meter. The Winter Circle Drive is for short-term stopping and someone  must  be with the vehicle and able to operate it at all times.


During the academic year, buses are permitted to park in Lot B-2.
During the summer, buses are permitted to park in Lot B-2 and the west portion of Lot H.


Bus parking is not allowed on the Grand Rapids Campuses. Buses are encouraged to park next to the Ford Museum on the street.


Account Information

  1. Log into your “myBanner” account
  2. Click “Parking Services; Permits, Citations and Appeals”
  3. In the upper right corner, click “Welcome, (Your Name)!”
  4. From the dropdown menu, click “Manage Your Account Information”
  5. Make any changes to your address, email and/or phone number


Vehicle Information

  1. Log into your “myBanner” account
  2. Click “Parking Services; Permits, Citations and Appeals”
  3. At the top of the page, click “Vehicles” to add/edit your vehicle
  4. To edit your vehicle, click on your license plate number, then click “edit”
  5. To add a new vehicle, click “Add Vehicle” at the bottom of the page

*It is IMPERATIVE that you enter an accurate plate number and VIN number



  1. Log into your “myBanner” account
  2. Click “Parking Services; Permits, Citations and Appeals”
  3. In the middle of the page, click “View Your Citations” or enter the citation number to search for your citation(s)
  4. You will have the option to appeal or add the citation to your basket on the next screen

*If you cannot find your citation, you may need to link the vehicle to your account first (Add Vehicle)

IMPORTANT!  Unauthorized or improper use of a permit may result in disciplinary action or 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.

Do you have questions about permits? We have your answers! Parking Permits Q&A