Frequently Asked Questions
All parking on campus is allocated and signed for specific uses. A ParkEMU permit or paid hourly parking is required at all times, and parking regulations are enforced 24/7.
Permits provide access to designated surface and garage parking, depending on the type of permit purchased. However, permit holders parked in designated surface lot hourly parking spaces and at single-space meters are required to pay the hourly rate.
It is the customer’s obligation to use the permit in accordance with parking rules and regulations. Parking permits may not be shared and are not transferable to another individual.
For students living in the following buildings the permit needed is the Residence Hall Permit:
- Best Hall
- Buell Hall
- Downing Hall
- Hoyt Hall
- Phelps Hall
- Pittman Hall
- Putnam Hall
- Sellers Hall
- The Village
- Walton Hall
- Wise Hall
For students living Brown or Munson Apartments the permit needed is the Brown/Munson Permit.
For students Living in Cornell Apartments the permit needed is the Cornell Apt Permit
For Students Living in Westview Apartments the permit needed is the Westview Permit.
For a list of lots that each of these permit types can park at please see the "Where can I park?" section under permit details of each permit type. This information is found on the student permit page.
ParkEMU allows TWO license plates to be added on to a single permit. Please note that both vehicles are NOT permitted to be on campus at the same time. If both vehicles are on campus at the same time, a citation can be issued to the vehicles found in violation of sharing a permit.
All permits can have up to two (2) license plates per permit. Only one license plate associated with the permit may be on campus at one time, or both plates are subject to receive citations.
Yes, freshman are allowed to have cars on campus. The freshman must first purchase the student permit they are eligible for and add the license plate of the vehicle to their permit. Student permits are found here
Motorcycles must be covered by a valid permit to park on campus.
Motorcycles can park in any traditional parking space as well as any motorcycle spaces in any lots that their permit is allowed to park in.
Motorcycles cannot park in any hashed line areas, in any spaces in the lot not designated as a space, or in a space with another vehicle.
If a motorcycle is parked in a lot that is not covered by their permit type or if it is parked outside of a parking space or motorcycle parking in the lot they are allowed to park in based on permit type they will be eligible for a valid citation.
Graduate Assistants (GA) are eligible for student permits. You can purchase whichever student permit best suits your needs.
Temporary plates can be added to your permit in the same location you would enter in your permanent plate. Once you receive your permanent plate all Student and Staff/Faculty permits can be edited to remove the temporary plate number and add in the permanent plate:
For Text to Park parking or overnight parking permits, you would enter in the temporary plate number in place of a plate at time of check out.
If you accidentally purchase the wrong permit please contact our office via email at [email protected]. In this email please include the confirmation number of your incorrect permit and well as the permit type you need. Our office will issue a coupon code for the value of the permit that was mistakenly purchased. You will use this code to purchase the new permit you need.
Once the correct permit has been purchased, you must email us the new the new confirmation number so that the old permit can be cancelled. The confirmation number(s) can be found in the subject lines of the emails sent to you by LAZGo.
If you do not have a permit for the current semester and will be keeping a car on campus you would purchase the current semester permit. Which can be found in the student section under permits on our website. You would then park in the closest lot associated with your permit.
If you need to load or unload boxes closer to a door, this can be done by following our loading/unloading policy which can be found here
If you are using a car you do NOT intend to keep on campus for the semester OR If you are moving in prior to the permit sales for the coming semester you would need to utilize transient parking, including overnight parking if you will be staying overnight, until you can purchase a permit.
Guests assisting with move in will also need to be covered by transient parking.
Transient parking includes all metered locations, which can be paid for using coins or by utilizing Text to Park. Information on Text to Park can be found here. We also offer Text to Park in North lot and Westview.
Additionally, there are 5 guest lots located strategically throughout the campus to provide parking for guests/visitors at EMU. The rate at each lot is $2/hr., with a maximum rate of $16 for the day.
Click here for a link to the campus parking map that shows all lots, including all the paid parking options on campus for visitors that do not have a permit.
If your guest will be staying overnight, they can purchase an overnight pass for either North Lot, Cornell Lot, or Westview Lot. This pass is valid from 5pm to 9am and can be purchased online here.
There are 5 guest lots located strategically throughout the campus to provide parking for guests/visitors at EMU. The rate at each lot is $2hr., with a maximum rate of $16 for the day. We also have multiple locations with metered parking for guests. The meter rate is also $2/hr.
Below is a link to the campus parking map that shows all lots, including all the paid parking options on campus for visitors that do not have a permit.: https://www.parkemu.com/maps/
In addition to guest lots and metered parking, we offer Text-to-Park, which is available Monday-Sunday, 6am-2am, at all metered locations, as well as North Lot and Westview. Text-to-Park is also available on Saturdays and Sundays, 6am-2am in Snow Lot and in the Main Campus Parking Structure.
To utilize Text-to-Park, you will need to text a code to a number found on signage at these locations. Text-to-Park sessions must be purchased before walking away from your vehicle. Text-to-Park is done through the same License Plate Recognition (LPR) technology as our permits. Please make sure you have accurately input your plate, as any errors could result in a valid citation. Below is a link for more information on Text-to-Park below:
If your guest will be staying overnight, they can purchase an overnight pass for either North Lot, Cornell Lot, or Westview Lot. This pass is valid from 5pm to 9am and can be purchased online at https://www.parkemu.com/visitors/overnight/.
If your vehicle is disabled (i.e., it cannot be driven), please report it to ParkEMU (734-217-4892) or the Department of Public Safety (734-487-1222) to be added to the Disabled Vehicles List.
For more information about this policy, like how long a vehicle can stay on the list, please reach out to either of the two departments mentioned above.
Extended permits are available for students who are planning on staying on campus past the end of April but are not staying past the end of May.
If you are registering for summer classes or living on campus through out the summer the extended permit is not the correct permit for you. You will still need to purchase a standard winter permit and a summer permit (when they become available).
A parking permit does not guarantee the holder a specific parking space. It provides the opportunity to park within an area designated for a specific permit type. Drivers are responsible for finding an authorized parking space. Lack of available space, inclement weather, or other conditions do not justify parking illegally.
The university is a 24/7 operation, and not every customer who purchases a permit parks on campus at the same time. As a result, there are always available parking spaces for the different permit options. Cutting off the sale of a parking permit to a customer who has a need for it becomes challenging to defend when there are empty spaces where the customer could park.
- Read all parking signs before you park.
- Allow enough time to park and walk to your destination.
- Remember the allotted amount of time when you are parked at a meter or in an hourly parking space.
- If your vehicle experiences mechanical difficulties and you are parked illegally, please contact ParkEMU to report the incident. Parking light flashers and notes on the dashboard do not authorize illegal parking.
The parking system allows flexibility to move around campus, but this also means that at times you may not find parking in the exact location you prefer to park because the spaces for your permit designation are filled. There are consistently available surface parking spaces in Green Lot, and North Lot for permit holders.
There are many areas on campus where it might appear that a car would fit, when in fact it is not a legal parking space. We are required, for safety reasons, to maintain specific widths in drive aisles. Parking spaces are always designated with two painted lines on each side. If a car is parked in a space that has only one line or in an area marked with yellow hash marks or a large “X,” it is not a legal space, and a citation may be issued. For additional details, please view the parking map.