Campus Police – Parking

Open Parking in Most Lots

Purdue University North Central has an “open parking” policy, so students will not be issued permits (with the exception of RideShare). The majority of parking spaces in the 10 campus lots are unrestricted, meaning, you may park anywhere you wish, except in certain restricted areas. See the Campus Map. Parking is on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Restricted areas are designated for vehicles with “A” staff and/or handicapped permits. If you park in these areas without the proper permit, you will be issued a ticket. You will also see that some areas are designated short-term 30-minute parking and you will be ticketed if you overstay that limit.

Signs are posted in lots where parking is restricted:

  • Yellow and black signs mean parking is restricted at all times; vehicles parked there must carry “A” staff permits.
  • Green and white signs indicate the areas is reserved for “A” staff permit vehicles until 4:30 p.m. on weekdays; at other times open parking is permitted.
  • Blue signs indicate handicapped areas; vehicles parked here must carry the appropriate permit.
  • White and black signs indicate short-term (30-minute) areas.
  • If you drive a motorcycle, you must park on the concrete pad on the east side of Lot 1.
  • If you ride a bicycle, racks (P) are located in Lot 2 and Lot 5.

Parking for Those with Disabilities

handicap sign

Parking is available for students, staff and visitors with disabilities in specially designated areas. If your vehicle has a state-issued handicap plate or a Purdue-issued permit, you may park in these areas. Purdue-issued permits are available from the Campus Police office, Physical Facilities Campus Police (PFCP) building. You must present a statement from your physician when applying for this permit.


Park in any unrestricted lot area, but NOT in the restricted “A” areas or in the handicapped area (unless you have the proper permit). Short-term area parking must not exceed 30 minutes.

Bus Parking

school bus

Buses will be directed to park in an uncongested area. Check with the Campus Police, PFCP Building, if you have not been advised as to where to park.

All-terrain Vehicles/Snowmobiles

All-terrain vehicles and snowmobiles are strictly prohibited on University property.

Skateboards/Roller Skates/Rollerblades

These methods of transportation provide recreation for the rider, but pose a potential threat to pedestrians and vehicles, and may cause damage to concrete and other material.

Therefore, their use is not permitted at any time on the Purdue University North Central campus. Any violator will be issued a violation notice and the item(s) will be confiscated and released on payment of the fine.

Use of rollerblades, skateboards and roller skates is also prohibited in any building or on any surface where damage may occur. Violations may result in fines.

people walking

Walking on Campus

Purdue University North Central strives to provide a safe and beautiful campus. To ensure your safety, always walk at night in well-lit areas, preferable with another person. If you must walk alone, let someone know when to expect you, and be on time. It is a good idea to carry a warning device such as a whistle or alarm. See Fitness and Nature Trails. Campus police are on foot, bicycle or vehicle patrol 24 hours a day to assist you.

Officer on a bicycleParking and Traffic Rules

Indiana state traffic laws are enforced by the Campus Police 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. In addition, parking rules are in effect from 7 a.m. Monday to 11 p.m. Friday and from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays. Parking for “A” permits and for Reserved spots are enforced twenty-four hours a day, every day of the week.  To avoid a ticket, remember to:

  • Obey all traffic laws on campus.
  • Remember that the speed limit is 20 mph.
  • Observe signs indicating traffic flow and speed limits.
  • If you have a Handicapped or Staff “A” permit, hang it from the rearview mirror with the colored side facing out.
  • Park between yellow lines. If you park on a line or straddle it, you may receive a ticket.
  • Lock your car. Although lots are patrolled, the University assumes no liability for loss or damage to vehicles or their contents.

Bus Routes may be found at the Transit Triangle link.

911 – Emergency Number – From any on-campus telephone
24-Hour Police Department