Visitor Parking

New: Printable Day Permits

Visitors can now purchase a printable day permit online for $8/day and are no longer limited to parking in one of the three garages.

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.

Other Visitor Parking

If you do not buy a printable permit, visitor parking is located in the Welcome Center, University, and Kenton Garages (2D 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 will be charged a lost ticket fee. If garage is full, visitors may request an overflow ticket from parking services, or garage attendant for $5 (if on duty).

Parking Map

Handicap spaces are available to visitors with special 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).   

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


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 $2.00
0.5 - 1.0 Hour $3.00
1.0 - 1.5 Hours $4.00
1.5 - 2.0 Hours $5.00
2.0 - 2.5 Hours $6.00
2.5 - 3.0 Hours $7.00
3.0 Hours + $8.00
Lost Ticket $8.00
Overflow Tkt (If Garage is Full) $5.00

Parking Services Office Hours:

  • Mon - Thu:  7:30am - 5:30pm
  • Friday:        7:30am - 4:30pm
  • Sat/Sun:     Closed


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