Student Parking

Student parking on campus is in great demand, but the number of spaces available to law students is limited. Parking is limited to commuter students, i.e., those who live beyond a 2 mile radius of the Law School. Applications will be made available on August 1st by 5:00pm.

Because of high demand, parking is not guaranteed. A parking permit only guarantees the holder access to the campus lot; it does not guarantee a parking space. There are peak periods during the year when students may have difficulty finding a parking space.

If qualified applications exceed demand in 2014-2015, the SBA, in conjunction with Student Services, will assign parking consistent with the following priority list:

  • First Priority
    All students, including 1Ls, with non-Chicago residential addresses.
  • Second Priority
    All students who live more than 3 miles from the Law School as determined by school guidelines.
  • Third Priority
    JD-MBA students in the 3rd or 4th year of the program who are taking courses at both schools and JD-PhD students who are taking courses at both schools.
  • Fourth Priority
    2Ls and 3Ls who live 2-3 miles from campus as determined by school guidelines.
  • Fifth Priority
    1Ls who live 2-3 miles from campus will be placed in a lottery for any remaining spots.

If you have any questions, please contact Student Services.

There are several types of parking permits. Following is a summary of permit terms, student eligibility, and procedures for obtaining a permit:

Temporary Parking

Temporary Summer Permits

  • Term: July 1, 2014 – October 1, 2014; $166.77 for entire summer quarter
  • Term: August 1, 2014 – October 1, 2014; $150
  • Term: August 17, 2014 – October 1, 2014; $90
  • Eligibility: All registered students
  • Procedure: Temporary permits will be assigned on a first come, first serve basis. Please fill out the parking application and specify "summer parking". Students must provide the Parking Office in Abbott Hall with a current driver's license, evidence of vehicle ownership (car registration or insurance papers), proof of address (e.g. lease, utility bill, etc.), and evidence of registration as a Northwestern Law student (ID or tuition bill). Students do not have to live with in the 3 mile radius during the summer. Students with annual permits from 2013–2014 academic year do not need temporary parking.

Annual Commuter Permits

  • Term: October 1, 2014 – September 30, 2015
  • Eligibility: Only registered students who reside beyond a 2 mile radius of the Chicago campus are eligible for annual permits. Residents of University Housing are not eligible.
  • Price: $475
  • Procedure: Student Services processes annual parking applications in conjunction with the Student Bar Association. Starting AUGUST 1st please fill out your online parking application. A list of students granted parking will be posted on September 24. The listed students may then obtain permits from the Parking Office according to the procedures set forth under the temporary permits. If demand for parking exceeds supply, parking will be assigned based on the criteria established by the SBA. Students applying for parking after September 24, should use the same application. These permits, if available, are limited and will be filled on a first come, first served basis.
  • Note: Students who have an annual commuter permit for the 2013-2014 academic year may use the permit until October 1, 2014. 3Ls who plan to prepare for the Bar exam at the Law School should consider the Annual Commuter Permit.

Academic Year Commuter Permits

  • Term: October 1, 2014–June 30, 2015
  • Eligibility: Only registered students who reside beyond a 2 mile radius of Northwestern University 's Chicago campus are eligible for annual permits. Residents of University Housing are not eligible.
  • Price: $412
  • Procedure: See application procedure set forth under Annual Permits.

Evening and Weekend Permits

  • Terms: "Annual" - October 1, 2014–September 30, 2015; "Academic Year" - October 1, 2014–June 30, 2015
  • 4 p.m. to 8 a.m. Monday through Friday; 24 hour access on weekends and University holidays
  • Eligibility: All registered students
  • Price: $393 Annual - $303 Academic Year
  • Procedure: Evening and weekend permits may be obtained from the Parking Office according to the procedures set forth under Temporary permits.

Alternatives to On-Campus Parking

Convenient non-university campus parking is expensive. Students ineligible for on-campus parking are strongly discouraged from bringing their vehicles to the Law School. Fortunately, Chicago is rich in public transportation resources.

Northwestern University provides a free, convenient shuttle service between campuses and the train station, and offers a secure bike room for Chicago campus bicycle parking.