If you’re a student—anyone who pays fees and receives credit from Ball State University or attends Burris Laboratory School—you may buy a parking permit based on where you live.

Burris students are considered “off campus.” In order to purchase a commuter permit, the student must bring a letter of permission signed by the principal along with vehicle information and payment.

Parking Locations

To see all of the parking lots and garages at Ball State, please see our campus map. Or for a breakdown of the locations allowed by each permit, please see below.

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Important

You cannot register a vehicle that belongs to another student, employee, or family member of another student or employee. Doing so will result in the revocation of your parking privileges.

Types of Permits

Off-Campus

Students who do not live in the residence halls are eligible to purchase a commuter permit.

You need a commuter permit for

  • green surface commuter lots
  • Monday through Friday
  • 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Additional Guidelines

There is no overnight parking in any commuter lot between 3:30 a.m. and 7 a.m. Vehicles parked overnight may be towed at the owner or operator's expense.

A commuter permit does not authorize parking in the commuter restricted (CR7 and CR8) area of the Student Center garage.

Commuter permits are sold on an academic-year basis. They cannot be purchased by the semester.

Prices for 2018-19

The price of your permit depends on the semester you buy it.

  • Fall – $83
  • Spring – $63
  • Summer – $43

If you do not live in a residence hall, you are eligible to purchase a commuter restricted permit for either the:

  • Student Center Parking Garage (CR 8)
  • McKinely Avenue Structure Parking Garage (CR 7)

You need a commuter restricted permit for:

  • orange areas of their assigned garages
  • 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Monday through Friday

Please check with Parking Services on the price and availability of commuter restricted spaces. If we do not have a space available, you can request to be put on a waiting list.

Additional Guidelines

Commuter Restricted permits are sold by the semester.

There is no overnight parking in any parking garage. Vehicles parking overnight may be towed at the owner or operator's expense.

Prices for 2018-19

  • Fall only – $159
  • Fall and Spring – $235
  • Yearly – $311

Fees include $83 for registration plus an additional fee that is prorated monthly beginning October 1, February 1, and June 1.

A restricted permit allows you to park in:

  • an assigned red lot
  • any green commuter lot

Please check with Parking Services on the price and availability of these spaces. If we do not have any available, you can request to be put on a waiting list.

Locations

  • R2 – Petty and McKinley (surface lot)
  • R4 – Neely North (surface lot)
  • R5 – Architecture Building (surface lot)
  • R6H – Emens Parking Garage
  • R7 – McKinley Avenue Parking Garage*

Enforcement hours are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday.

* There is no overnight parking allowed in parking garages (3:30-7 a.m.).

Prices for 2018-19

Surface Lot (R2, R4, R5)

  • Fall only – $182
  • Fall and Spring – $281
  • Yearly – $380

Fees include $83 for registration plus an additional fee that is prorated monthly beginning October 1, February 1, and June 1.

Garage (R6, R7)

  • Fall only – $202
  • Fall and Spring – $321
  • Yearly – $440

Fees include $83 for registration plus an additional fee that is prorated monthly beginning October 1, February 1, and June 1.

We enforce parking policies 24 hours a day, seven days a week at Ball State University’s two apartment complexes.

Resident Permits

Residents of Scheidler and Anthony Apartments must purchase one of the following permits to receive an accompanying apartment permi:

  • commuter (green)
  • commuter restricted (CR8) (red)
  • restricted (red)

Once you purchase a permit at the Office of Parking Services, take it to the University Apartment Office to receive your residential permit at no additional charge. Your vehicle must display both permits.

Residents are limited to one car per licensed driver and two cars total per apartment. A Ball State permit must be purchased for each vehicle in order to receive an apartment permit.

Visitors

Scheidler Apartments – Guests of Scheidler Apartment residents need to display an apartment visitor permit between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Anthony Apartments – Guests of Anthony Apartment residents are required to display an apartment visitor permit 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Apartment visitor permits are issued at the University Apartment Office.

If you need to park on campus between 4:45 and 7 p.m., you may buy a night pass permit.

This permit applies to either of the following assigned red restricted lots:

  • R2 – Petty and McKinley (surface lot)
  • R5 – Architecture Building (surface lot)

You may add a night pass to a commuter permit for a green lot or restricted permit for a different red lot or garage.

If you are already purchasing a standard restricted permit for R2 or R5, you do not need a night pass to park in the same lot. (After 7 p.m. you do not need a permit to park in any restricted lots.)

Night passes are not sold for the summer, when we stop enforcing restricted lots at 4 p.m.

Prices for 2018-19

All night pass permits are $50 per semester, excluding Summer, when we stop enforcing parking restrictions on these lots at 4 p.m.

All motorcycles and motor scooters must be registered with the University.

You may buy one of these permits independently or add one to an existing yearly permit for no additional charge

Locations

A motorcycle permit lets you park in:

  • yellow faculty/staff lots
  • green surface commuter lots

Or if you separately purchase a restricted permit your motorcycle permit will also allow you to park in your assigned red restricted lot (along with any yellow or green lot).

Additional Guidelines

Only one motorcycle is allowed per parking space.

Motorcycles and motor scooters are not allowed to park on sidewalks, bike racks, or in areas posted with “No Parking.”

To purchase a motorcycle permit, you must provide the Office of Parking Services the vehicle registration for each motorcycle you would like to register.

Prices for 2018-19

  • with another permit – free
  • motorcycle permit only – $83

Anyone parking in a Ball State disabled driver space must display a Ball State disabled driver permit along with a current Ball State parking permit.

The University issues disabled driver permits free of charge to students who provide supporting documentation.

Types of Permits

We offer two types of disabled driver permits, depending on how long you will need one.

Temporary

Temporary disabled driver permits last up to four weeks for students who present proper documentation to our office.

For time extensions, please contact Disability Services.

Accepted forms of documentation are:

Permanent

Permanent disabled driver permits are issued on an academic-year basis.

You must provide proof that you have a current state-issued disability placard or license plate, which you must submit to the Office of Parking Services every year.

Accepted forms of documentation are:

  • the vehicle registration for the handicap license plate
  • the certification sheet for the state-issued placard 

Parking Locations

Where you may use a disabled driver permit depends on the type of primary Ball State parking permit you have.

Commuter Permit

You may park in the disabled driver spaces of:

  • yellow faculty/staff lots
  • green commuter lots
  • red restricted lots

(not blue residence hall lots)

Restricted Permit

You may park in the disabled driver spaces of:

  • assigned red restricted lot
  • yellow faculty/staff lots
  • green commuter lots

Someone with severe disabilities may receive a recommendation from the Office of Disability Services for a Special 97 permit.

Ball State issues these permits free of charge to eligible students and employees who have a valid Ball State parking permit.

Parking Locations

Where you may park with a Special 97 permit depends on the type of Ball State parking permit you have.

Commuter Permit

You may park in the Special 97 spaces of:

  • yellow faculty/staff
  • green commuter,
  • red restricted

(not blue residence hall lots)

Restricted Permit

You may park in the Special 97 spaces of:

  • assigned restricted lot (including lot CR8)
  • yellow faculty/staff
  • green commuter lot

Students or employees who do not have a current Ball State permit may purchase a temporary one that lasts two weeks.

The expiration date will be two weeks from the date you buy your permit.

Parking Services reserves the right to limit the number of temporary permits that may be purchased to three or fewer per semester.

The type of temporary permit issued will be determined by your classification.

  • off-campus students – green surface commuter lots
  • residence hall students – stadium and stadium overflow lots
  • faculty/staff – yellow faculty/staff lots

Two-week permits are not available for red restricted or blue residence hall lots.

Cost

$25

If you live in a residence hall, you may purchase a stadium permit. This lets you park at the football stadium and baseball overflow lot.

Stadium permits are sold on an academic-year basis. You may not purchase them by the semester.

You may park in:

  • Schuemann Stadium lot – west of G14/C7
  • baseball and overflow lots – west side of Tillotson Avenue and down Bethel Avenue
  • Anthony Administration Building lots – west side of Oakwood Avenue, just north of the little league fields

Stadium permit holders may not park in lot G14/C7. This lot is directly north of the Alumni Center and marked with a red "X" on the stadium parking map above.

Athletic Events

Football Season – To avoid being towed, you must move your vehicle by 9 p.m. the evening before a home football game. You may return it to the lot two hours after the completion of the game.

Baseball Season – Parking in the baseball overflow lot during the spring baseball season is prohibited. Violators will be ticketed and towed at the owner or operator's expense.

Blue residence hall lots are enforced 24 hours a day from 7 p.m. on Sunday through 5 p.m. on Friday.

A residence hall permit authorizes parking at:

  • an assigned blue residence hall lot
  • Scheumann Stadium

You must live in a residence hall to be eligible for this permit. We did not provide these permits to first-year freshmen.

Locations

  • Johnson Complex (H2)
  • DeHority Complex (H4)
  • Elliott Hall (H6)
  • Worthen Arena (H7)
  • Studebaker Complex (H8)
  • Kinghorn Hall (H9)
  • Emens Parking Garage (R6H)

Availability

Please check with Parking Services on the availability of these permits. If we do not have space available, you can request to be put on a waiting list.

Summers

Residence hall permits are not sold for the summer.

Students who have an expired residence hall permit for the current academic year can park in any green surface commuter or blue residence hall lot.

Parking for the summer semester begins the Monday after Spring finals week and lasts through the Friday before Fall classes begin.

Prices for 2018-19

The price of residence hall permits includes an $83 registration, plus an additional $48 per semester for surface lots or another $119 per semester for a spot in Emens Parking Garage.

Surface Lots

  • Fall and Spring Semester – $179
  • Fall Semester – $131

Emens Parking Garage

  • Fall and Spring Semester – $321
  • Fall Semester – $202

Locations

  • R2 – Petty and McKinley (surface lot)
  • R4 – Neely North (surface lot)
  • R5 – Architecture Building (surface lot)
  • R6 – Emens Parking Garage*

Enforcement hours are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday.

* There is no overnight parking allowed in the parking garage (3:30-7 a.m.).

Locations

Where you may park depends on the type of primary parking permit you own.

Stadium Permits

  • yellow faculty/staff lots
  • green surface commuter lots

Residence Hall Permits

Your assigned lot.

Restricted Permits

Your assigned lot.

Locations

Where you park depends on the type of primary Ball State parking permit you have.

Stadium Permit

You may park in any disabled driver spaces of:

  • yellow faculty/staff
  • green commuter
  • red restricted

(not blue residence hall lots)

Residence Hall Permit

You may park in any disabled driver spaces of:

  • assigned blue residence hall lot
  • yellow faculty/staff
  • green commuter

Restricted Permit

You may park in any disabled driver spaces of:

  • assigned red restricted lot
  • yellow faculty/staff
  • green commuter

Parking Locations

Where you park depends on the type of primary Ball State parking permit you have.

Stadium Permit

You may park in the disabled driver spaces of:

  • yellow faculty/staff
  • green commuter
  • red restricted

(not blue residence hall lots)

Residence Hall Permit

You may park in the disabled driver spaces of:

  • assigned blue residence hall lot
  • yellow faculty/staff
  • green commuter

Restricted Permit

You may park in the disabled driver spaces of:

  • assigned red restricted lot
  • yellow faculty/staff
  • green commuter 

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