ORIENTATION GUIDE: How to park for free on Ball State's campus

Messed up? How to pay a ticket:

Ticket prices vary depending on when they are paid — tickets paid within 10 business days are $10 less than those paid after.

Tickets can be paid Online, by mail and in person at the Parking Services office (located in the lower level of the L.A. Pittenger Student Center).

If you purchase a parking pass, you receive an “oops voucher” that can be used once to pay a ticket.

Editors note: Every year, The Daily News produces the orientation guide for incoming freshman. This story first appeared in The Cardinal Field Guide printed in May 2017. To read the full issue, click here.

Classes that are 50 minutes long and meters that are 45? Parking Services does what they can to make money – here’s how you can avoid parking tickets.

Know the enforcement hours

Restricted surface (red)

  • Not enforced on weekends
  • Enforced 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. weekdays
  • Overnight parking is allowed (you can park from 7 p.m. - 7 a.m. for free)

Faculty/staff (yellow)

  • Awesome parking if you have an evening class
  • Free after 5 p.m.
  • Free on weekends
  • OK for overnight but beware: often paired with commuter which is NOT OK for overnight.

Residence hall (blue)

  • NOT free during evenings
  • Free from 5 p.m. Friday until 7 p.m. Sunday
  • Good for weekend dorm visitors

Parking garages (red & meters)

  • No overnight parking (between 3:30 a.m. and 7 a.m.)
  • Red zones free after 7 p.m.
  • Metered zones generally free after 7, but check signs

Commuter surface (green)

  • Similar to yellow but does not allow overnight parking
  • Free on weekends
  • Free after 5 p.m.
  • Convenient locations (one near village, one near Student Center and one on north side)

Parking meters 

  • Most are free after 7 p.m. until 7 a.m.
  • Meters are labeled with enforcement hours

Know Muncie street parking

Color zones

  • Red - North of campus and Bethel Avenue (“The Woods”)
  • Yellow - East of campus (area around Neely)
  • Green - Southeast of campus (“Frat Row”, area around University Avenue)
  • Blue - Southwest of campus (area around McKinley and Jackson)

Same colors, different rules

Though the colors are the same, Ball State and Muncie permits are not compatible. You may park on a Muncie street for 2 hours without a permit.

If you’re visiting someone off-campus, check the parking rules on their street. The area west of campus is a historic district and generally doesn’t allow street parking.

Park and ride

Of course, out-of-town visitors might also choose to park in a large business lot and take the MITS to campus. Wal-Mart and Rural King are accessible by a MITS route. Check with local businesses about their overnight policy before parking.

Buy a parking pass

New students can purchase a parking pass by visiting
bsu.edu/parking and clicking the link to their Online account portal.

Residence hall students can purchase the following permits:

  • Stadium (purple)
  • Residence Hall (blue) or Restricted (red) if a not a freshman
  • Motorcycle
  • Disabled Driver/Special 97 (with documentation)
  • Temporary permit (offered on a limited basis, contact Parking Services)


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