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Visitor Parking Garages

Visitor parking is located in the Welcome Center, University, and Kenton Garages (Interactive Campus Map). Always pull a ticket as you enter the garage, even if the gates are up. If you do not pull a ticket you must press the lost ticket button and pay the maximum day rate of $8.75. Garages accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover and Cash (at the Pay on Foot station) only. If you cannot provide proper payment at exit you will receive a $16 non-payment of garage fees citation. Some departments validate parking, be sure to check with department prior to heading back to vehicle.

Visitor Parking in Lots

Visitors must posses a permit to park in surface lots. Visitors can purchase a pass from the parking office or visitors can purchase a printable day permit online for $8.75/day. Visitors will need to create a Guest Account in the NKU Parking Portal. Once an account is created they need to Log In and click the Purchase Permit Option. Choose the Day Visitor Permit option, select the effective and expiration date of the permit, add your vehicle information and complete the transaction online.

Once the transaction is completed you will be able to print and use your permit. The permit must be displayed on your dashboard and can only be used in the Student Parking or Permit Parking lots. The permit can only be used in the vehicle that was assigned to the permit. Any misuse or falsifying of the permit will result in parking fines or possible vehicle immobilization.

Students & Faculty/Staff can purchase a day permit for friends and family who visit campus; they will need to log in using their NKU user name and password under the Standard Log In, and follow the same process outlined above. They must enter details for the vehicle that will be using the printable permit rather than linking their own vehicle.

List of Garages:

  • Welcome Center Garage: At the corner of Nunn & University Drives
  • Kenton Garage: Kenton Drive, across from Griffin Hall and Student Union
  • University Garage: University Drive, next to the BEP building
Garage Rates $
0 - 0.5 Hour $2.50
0.5 - 1.0 Hour $3.50
1.0 - 1.5 Hours $4.50
1.5 - 2.0 Hours $5.50
2.0 - 2.5 Hours $6.50
2.5 - 3.0 Hours $7.50
3.0 Hours + $8.75
Lost Ticket $8.75



  • Kenton Garage: In stairwell 2nd floor near Campus Rec
  • University Garage: In stairwell near 2nd floor exit
  • Welcome Garage: Next to stairwell near top exit


Accomodations and Departmental Arrangements

Handicap spaces are available to visitors with ADA needs. These spaces require a valid state issued handicap placard and a permit issued by Parking Services. Please stop by the Parking Services on Nunn Drive between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. to obtain a permit Monday-Thursday or 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on Friday (8:00 - 4:30 M-F in Summer).   

Recipients of the Purple Heart award whose vehicles carry a Purple Heart license plate may use any of the four marked parking spots without additional charge or registration. These spots are located on Short Nunn Drive, in Lot I, University Garage, and Kenton Garage. We thank all of our veterans for their service.

All requests to accommodate visitors for special events need to be coordinated with Parking Services, via the submission of a special parking request form which is located on our website. If you have specific visitor parking questions please call us at (859) 572-5505.

Only Parking Services may authorize a visitor to park in an area not designated for visitors.

Departments may pay for guest’s parking using validation passes. Please contact Parking Services for additional details