The Parking Services Division is a self-supporting, auxiliary service of Kent State University. Parking Services does not receive financial support from the University or the state of Ohio. Parking Services' operating budget is derived from income generated through student and employee permit sales, visitor parking fees, parking violation fines, and special event parking. Income is used for the operation of Parking Services, the maintenance and improvement of existing parking areas, and the construction of additional parking areas.
Annual Operating Budget:
Responding to the varying needs for parking of students and staff, the department has developed a variety of permit options with different price points that address specific parking needs. In addition, continuous parking lot surveys are performed to assess lot capacity. If space is available, permits are offered for sale on a continuous basis throughout the year. This assures maximum use of the available parking spaces.
Parking Services is responsible for coordinating and managing parking and/or traffic flow for a number of campus events each year. Events range in size from large events such as football games or commencements, to small events like parking for a guest speaker. Parking and Transit Services works closely with other University departments and the surrounding community to provide orderly parking for these events.
The assignment and distribution of parking permits, along with related parking enforcement, are intended to maintain orderly parking for the entire university community. Parking Services strives to be flexible and responsive to the needs of the campus community. The combination of increased parking spaces on the central campus over the past few years along with the control of how permits are assigned, allocated and distributed have lead to a decrease in parking violations over the past 4 years. In addition, Parking Services has taken a more proactive approach to educating students and staff on parking rules and regulations through email messages and other forms of media.
Parking illegally may result in parking tickets, booting and/or towing of your vehicle, and loss of your parking privileges on campus. If you receive a ticket, please follow the instructions on the back of the ticket. Tickets can be paid or appealed on the Parking Services website. Payments may also be dropped in a red courtesy box (located in or near most metered areas) or mailed. Payments or appeals must be received within 7 days to avoid a late fee.
- Student Enrollment: approximately 26,938
- Faculty/Staff Employed: approximately 3500
- Total Parking Spaces: approximately 11,500
- Number of surface lots: 70
- Total visitors parking spaces: approximately 800
- Spaces allocated to students: approximately 7,000
- Handicap Spaces: 228
- 2/4-hour metered spaces: 230
- 30-minute metered spaces: 86
- Student Center Pay Lot: 418 Spaces
- Pay and Display machines located in the following lots: Schwartz Center visitor’s lot, Ice Arena and Student Recreation & Wellness Center