Guests and Visitors

Visitors can pay to park at meters and Pay Stations without a permit. To receive a temporary permit at no cost, visitors must stop in to Parking Services or Pew Campus Security with a valid photo ID and the license plate number of the vehicle being used for the day. Visitors are limited to 20 overnight parking permits between Sunday and Thursday nights per school year. Visitors with citation balances cannot be issued permits until the outstanding balances have been paid. For Faculty and Staff making online requests for visitors, an electronic permit will be emailed to the guest. Guests are required to display the electronic permit on their dashboard to the left of the steering wheel while on campus.

Monday - Thursday: 3:00 am - 6:30 pm

Friday : 3:00 am - 5:00 pm

Saturday - Sunday: Specially marked spaces as well as Pay Stations and Meters still require payment.


Permits are not required in Residential lots from 6:30 pm to 7:00 am Monday - Thursday and after 5:00 pm on Friday. If you are coming to campus and do not have a parking permit, you must park in a Residential lot overnight and stop into Parking Services the next morning at 7:00 am to obtain a temporary parking permit. Do not park in Commuter or Faculty/Staff lots overnight.

Permits ARE required in residential lots on the Grand Rapids Campus: Secchia Lot requirements are 24/7 and parking is for residents only, guest parking is permitted in the Winter Lot requiring permits 3am- 7am 7 days a week. Do not park in Commuter or Faculty/Staff Lots Overnight.

If your vehicle breaks down and cannot be moved overnight, you must notify Parking Services (during business hours) or Campus Safety (after hours) to obtain overnight parking privileges.

Disabled vehicles must be removed within 24 hours or you will be subject to citations.

Guests traveling to campus via bus (including school buses and charter buses) may be dropped off and picked up in the Field House circle drive, the pull-off on Laker Village Drive in front of the Kelly Turf Building, or in Lot G. Buses may NOT pick up or drop off in the Marketplace Pay-to-Park Lot, in the roadway, or on sidewalks. Following drop off, buses must park in Lot B2 across the row. When the guest pick up time nears, buses may wait in the approved pick up and drop off locations for a maximum of 15 minutes prior.

We aim to make your visit pleasant. Please call Parking Services at (616)-331-7275 (PARK) with your parking questions.

Residential Meters - 25 cents for each 15 minutes with a 30 minute limit. Residential Meters are found near housing units.

Academic Meters - 30 cents for each 12 minutes or $1.50 for each hour with a 4 hour limit. Academic Meters are found in Kirkhof Lot and Lot D1.

Failed / Out of Order Meters are "No-Park" zones unless paying with Parkmobile.

Payment is required in the Marketplace lot Monday - Saturday, 7:00 am - 8:00 pm, rather than 24/7. Overnight parking (3:00 am - 6:00 am) is not permitted in the Marketplace Visitor lot.

The Marketplace Visitor Lot located in the center of campus next to the bookstore will accommodate parking for up to two-hours. The cost associated with parking in this lot will be $2.50 per hour for a maximum of 2 hours; and all spaces including Disabled Reserved spaces will require payment.  

Paying to park will be made easy by visiting one of the two GVSU blue pay station shelters located within the lot and convenient to walkways.  You may also conveniently pay from your car by using your cell phone and the Parkmobile app.  Permit parking is not valid and violators will be cited. Accepted payment methods are:   Cash, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, and Parkmobile.

Allendale Campus: 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 ADA reserved hash marks or the areas signed as prohibited.

Pew Campus: Motorcycles are accommodated in designated motorcycles spaces only. Locations can be found at Eberhard Center loading dock, Seward Ramp, Watson Lot and DeVos Lot. Center for Health Sciences (CHS) spaces are accommodated on the upper level of the CHS ramp. Residents may park in the yellow hash marks at the end of parking rows in the Secchia Lot only. 

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. All expired permits must be removed from the windshield. Your parking permit decal 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 in full display, and visible at all times from outside the vehicle. Barcode must be in plain sight and scannable. Failure to properly display your permit may result in the issuance of a parking citation.

Kirkpatrick, Stafford, Swanson and Seidman Living Centers and Laker Village Apartments are provided with one entrance to be used for loading and unloading for a maximum of fifteen minutes. You must contact Parking Services at 616-331-7275 (during business hours) or Campus Safety at 616-331-3255 (after hours) to gain authorization to park in these areas.


Parking for People with ADA Compliance Needs:  A valid GVSU permit is required to accompany an ADA compliant placard or plate. If ADA compliance parking spaces are not available, the ADA permit holder may park at a meter (payment not required) or in a Faculty/Staff or Student lot only.  Parking in any other space is prohibited.  Parking in ADA compliant spaces in pay station lots will 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 and 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.

Illegal Use of an ADA Parking Placard or License Plate: Under Michigan law, it is illegal to use an ADA placard or license plate when the ADA permit holder is not being transported; to lend an ADA placard to another person; and to make a copy of an ADA placard.

Campus Safety will confiscate any ADA placard found to be in use illegally and return said placard to the Secretary of State with an explanation of misuse.

ADA Compliance Parking Fine: $100


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.

You must stop in to Parking Services with a valid Photo ID for a visitor permit. The vehicle's license plate number is also required.