Frequently Asked Questions

  • A. Yes, all students, faculty and staff must have a permit to park in any KSU parking area, including off-site park and ride lots. KSU allows one vehicle per permit to be on campus at a time. If two vehicles are on campus at the same time, both vehicles will be considered in violation, and both will receive a citation. Visitors and anyone who does not have a parking permit must utilize a visitor parking area and pay at the pay-per-plate station in that lot.

  • A. No. Student permits are valid for one academic year (fall, spring and summer semesters) and expire on July 31. The permit fee associated with your selected parking area will be charged to your student account at the beginning of each semester. Permit rates do not include the mandatory parking infrastructure fee, which is $93 per semester. 

  • A. Please visit the Permit Options & Pricing page to view the parking permit options available and the cost associated with each permit. 
  • A. Faculty/staff parking spaces are marked with a green stripe painted on the pavement.  Students may not park in spaces or lots designated for faculty/staff at any time. Faculty and staff are not permitted to park in student parking spaces except when the campus is in Flex Parking. View the maps of the Kennesaw and Marietta campuses for areas with designated faculty/staff parking.
  • A. There is no physical parking permit—your vehicle is registered to your permit through its license plate number. However, no more than one vehicle registered to a permit may be parked on campus at a time and vehicles may not be linked to more than one permit. Visit the Getting a Permit page for instructions on purchasing a virtual parking permit.
  • A. Each parking permit is valid for a specific parking area and many have reciprocal parking on both campuses. View the parking maps for the Kennesaw and Marietta campuses to see a list of parking decks and lots associated with each permit, visit the Permit Options & Pricing web page.

  • A. While you may exchange your parking permit, you are doing so at the risk of losing not only your current parking selection but also the one you hope to get. To exchange your permit, you must return your current permit by visiting parkingportal.kennesaw.edu, clicking on your permit number and then clicking on "Return Permit." You may then select a new virtual parking permit from the available parking areas shown. Be aware that you permanently relinquish your permit for your current parking area when you click “Return Permit.” This area, and any showing previously, may not be available by the time you complete the return process and go to make your selection for a new parking area.

  • A. Faculty/staff parking decals are no longer issued—your vehicle is registered to your permit through its license plate number. Please visit the Talon One Service Center to obtain a Faculty/Staff parking permit, and then log in to parkingportal.kennesaw.edu to add vehicles that you currently drive to campus to your account. KSU allows one vehicle per permit to be on campus at a time. If two vehicles are on campus at the same time, both vehicles will be considered in violation, and both will receive a citation. Also, vehicles may not be linked to more than one permit.
  • A. Parking rules and regulations are enforced 24 hours a day, seven days a week. All employees and students must have a parking permit to park on the Kennesaw or Marietta Campus. Visitors and anyone who does not have a parking permit must utilize a visitor parking area and pay at the pay-per-plate station in that lot.

    Flex Parking Hours

    Flex Parking enables any KSU permit holder to park in non-residential and non-faculty/staff parking areas and residential permit holders to park in non-faculty/staff parking areas during the evenings and weekends. Flex Parking hours are from 5:00 PM to 7:00 AM, Monday through Thursday, and from 5:00 PM on Friday to 7:00 AM on Monday during the weekend. Flex Parking may also be in effect during holidays and off-peak times. These instances will be communicated to permit holders as they occur. A valid KSU parking permit is still required during Flex Parking hours. 

  • A. Motorcycles do not need a parking permit. However, motorcycle owners must register their vehicle information at parkingportal.kennesaw.edu for safety and security purposes. Motorcycle parking is available on campus in areas marked for "Motorcycle Parking Only."

    Motorcycles MAY NOT park in any regular vehicle parking space. Parking in a regular parking space will result in a citation.

  • A. Visit parkingportal.kennesaw.edu to pay all parking citation fines and to review or appeal parking citations.

  • A. If you obtain a new vehicle or drive more than one vehicle to campus, you will need to update your vehicle information at parkingportal.kennesaw.edu. KSU allows one vehicle per permit to be on campus at a time. If two vehicles are on campus at the same time, both vehicles will be considered in violation, and both will receive a citation. Also, vehicles may not be linked to more than one permit.
  • A. Please visit the Talon One Service Center on the Kennesaw or Marietta Campus to register and obtain a Temporary Permit.
  • A. To have a vehicle removed from your account, complete the Vehicle Removal Request form. Your request will be reviewed and responsed to within seven business days.

  • A. Yes.
  • A. Yes, University Police patrols all KSU parking areas.

    For safety, download the LiveSafe app.

    The free LiveSafe app provides students, faculty and staff with a direct connection to campus police so that everyone can easily communicate all their safety needs. Its easy-to-use features help you stay safe every day and enable us to provide better protection for you.

    Make a Difference: See something of concern? With a few taps, send picture, video and text info to campus police. The tips you send can even be anonymous!

    Steps to Download LiveSafe

    1. Download
      Search for and download “LiveSafe” for free from the App Store or Google Play. Open LiveSafe and enter in your email address or tap “Connect Using Facebook.”

    2. Verify your email address
      You will be sent a verification email. Go to your email inbox to verify your LiveSafe account. Then tap “Open” on the next screen of the app. Create a password and fill in your name. Tap Next.

    3. Select your organization
      Search for "Kennesaw State University" to select it as your organization. You will see the KSU logo at the top of the home screen of the app once you are connected.

    4. Bonus Points: Add to your profile
      Complete your profile by tapping the left menu icon. Tap “Settings” then “Profile”. Enter in your mobile phone number so that you can better connect with University Police in an emergency.
  • A. All students pay a mandatory $58 transportation fee, which allows students unlimited Big Owl Bus rides. 
  • A. Yes. All shuttles are ADA compliant and equipped with a ramp and restraining harnesses for handicap accessibility.
  • A. For those individuals who may have high-profile vehicles in terms of height, below are the clearance heights for the parking decks on the KSU campuses. If you are unsure whether your vehicle will clear these areas, please park in an alternate lot within your permitted parking area to avoid damage to your vehicle and/or decks and blocking the deck entrances. Clearance heights are clearly marked on ALL deck entrances. Please make sure your vehicle will have sufficient clearance prior to entering any deck.

    IMPORTANT: KSU is not responsible for damage incurred to vehicles caused by entering a deck with insufficient clearance. The vehicle owner may be responsible for any damage done to the physical deck structure if caused by a vehicle attempting to enter a deck with insufficient height clearance for that vehicle.

    Parking Deck Clearance Chart
    • PARKING DECK
      CAMPUS
      CLEARANCE
    • Central
      Kennesaw
      8 ft. 0 in.
    • East
      Kennesaw
      7 ft. 2 in.
    • North
      Kennesaw
      6 ft. 8 in.
    • West
      Kennesaw
      7 ft. 2 in.
    • Deck P60
      Marietta
      8 ft. 2 in.
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