Extended Office Hours for Start of Semester

Saturday, Aug. 17: 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Monday-Wednesday, Aug. 19-21: 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 22: 7:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Monday, Aug. 26: 7:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.




Due to the high demand for parking, permits for most preferred lots near the core of campus sell out quickly, however, there are always permits available. We recommend that you purchase a permit from your available options even if your first or second choice is not available.  This may be limited to the “Summit East” or “Allerton Sports Complex” parking lots for commuters or the “Stadium” parking lot for residence hall students.


Waitlists - If the permit that you wish to purchase is sold out, you may be given the option to join a waitlist for that permit. Waitlists are only offered for select permits.  Joining a waitlist does not guarantee that you will be able to purchase the permit you wanted, but it puts you in a queue should the permit become available.  Parking Services monitors the usage of the parking lots closely during the first month of the semester to determine if additional space is available.  If additional space becomes available, Parking Services will begin awarding from the waitlist, usually within the first two weeks of the semester.  You will be notified through your Kent State email account with instructions and the deadline for purchasing your new permit.  If you already purchased a permit and your waitlisted permit becomes available you will be required to return your current permit.  If you have not been notified by September 27th, please email parking@kent.edu or contact the Parking Services office at 330-672-4432 for updated information.


Other options:

Local churches – Many of the local churches sell parking permits for their lots (see list below).


United Church of Christ (next to Center for Performing Arts)

1400 E. Main St.




United Methodist Church (across from Rockne’s)

1435 E. Main St.

330-673-5879 ext. 10


PARTA Kent Central Gateway parking Deck:
The Portage Area Regional Transportation Authority (PARTA) will sell parking permits for the Kent Central Gateway parking deck located in downtown Kent - just a few minutes away from front campus. The cost of the deck permit is $350 for the year or $195 for the semester.  This parking permit is valid Monday - Friday, from 7:15 a.m. to 7:15 p.m. in the KCG deck. To purchase the deck permit, bring your valid Kent State FLASHcard to the Kent Central Gateway Parking office located on the ground floor of the deck at 201 E. Erie St. between 8 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. Monday – Friday.  If you have questions or need further information about the deck permit, contact PARTA at 330-677-3432. Quantities are limited and will go on sale July 15. Permits will be issued on a first come, first serve basis.
Permit Sales


  • Graduates: Monday, July 8
  • Seniors (90+ Credit Hours): Wednesday, July 10
  • Juniors (60-89 Credit Hours): Friday, July 12
  • Sophomores (30-59 Credit Hours): Monday, July 15
  • Freshman (0-29 Credit Hours): Wednesday, July 17
Hours of Operation

Office Hours

Monday - Friday: 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 

Motorist's Assistance

Monday - Thursday: 7 a.m. - 11 p.m.
Friday: 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. 

The hours of operation may vary during summer and breaks.

PARTA Bus Service
Motorist's Assistance
Pay Ticket Online

Mission Statement

Kent State University Parking and Transit Services strives to provide safe and well-maintained parking facilities in addition to efficient and dependable transit services for the Kent campus community. This is accomplished through the fostering of an effective and reliable delivery of service for campus parking and transit needs in support of Kent State University's mission.

In addition to overseeing the operation of over 12,000 parking spaces on the Kent Campus, Parking and Transit Services provides a broad range of related services including online parking permit sales, online citation payments and appeals, special event parking, visitor parking, parking lot enforcement, a motorist assistance program, parking lot maintenance and snow removal and 24-hour security at Dix Stadium.