Parking Zones and Classifications

•  Blue Zone

Faculty and Staff. Blue permit required.

•  Brown Zone

Regents and White Residential College residents only. Brown permit required.

•  Yellow Zone

Upper Classmen living in North Residential College Complex only. Yellow permit required.

•  Red Zone

Commuters. Red permit required.

•  Green Zone

College Courts residents only. Green Permit required.

•  Purple Zone

Freshmen residing in North Residential College Complex

Stewart Stadium large lot, east of stadium. Purple permit required.

**Note—Parking on the west side of stadium is zoned Blue. This is not part of Stewart Stadium large lot’s Purple zoned area.

•  Visitor Zone


Individuals who are not students, faculty, or staff (full time or part-time, retired, volunteer)

at Murray State University . Visitor permit required. See Section V for application process for visitor permits.

•  Motorcycle (M/C) Zone

Motorcycles, scooters, or mopeds must be registered. Motorcycle marked spaces only. Motorcycle permit required.

•  Disability Zone


Spaces for individuals with disabilities. Murray State University Disability permit required.

Information on acquiring a MSU Disability permit is available at the Public Safety office, the Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity, & Access (IDEA formerly Office of Equal Opportunity), or on the web at

•  10 Minute     Zone


Fast Tracks and Coffee Shop patrons only. Permit display is required.

•  1 Hour Zone


One-hour parking is for utilizing the Curris Center facility only. Permit display is required.

Time Limit/Seasonal Parking Exceptions

  • South of Chestnut St. between the hours of 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays, faculty, staff and students may park only in zones designated by their permit color. After 4 p.m. weekdays and all day on weekends, students may park in Blue Zone with their current parking permit. (excluding Freshmen with Purple permits reference Freshmen section below)
  • North of Chestnut Color Zones in the North Residential College Complex are enforced 24 hours a day everyday.
  • College Courts is assigned parking and enforced 24 hours a day everyday.
  • Curris Center, Stewart Stadium and RSEC requires student, faculty and staff permits and is enforced 24 hours a day everyday. One-hour parking is for Curris Center patrons use only and will be enforced.
  • Summer sessions students may park in any color zone excluding the blue or green zone with their current parking permit.
  • No registration permit displayed, disability, yellow curb, fire lane, visitor, and any other restricted parking is enforced 24 hours a day.
  • Parking will be allowed at the Curris Center between the hours of 5:00 PM to 12:00AM daily.  All 1 hour spaces and visitor spaces may be utilized during the hours listed.  A valid current MSU parking permit with no time limit is REQUIRED.  The restricted and disability spaces will remain as zonedand should not be parked in without MSU approved restricted permits or disability permits.


Freshmen residing in the north residential college complex must park in the large lot at Stewart Stadium from 6:00 p.m. Sunday evening until noon on the following Friday. Beginning at noon on Friday until 6:00 p.m. Sunday, freshmen with Purple permits may park in the north residential college area in the yellow zone.  Vehicles must be moved back to Roy Stewart Stadium by 6:00 p.m. Sunday.

Bus parking is prohibited in many parking areas on campus. Arrangements for bus parking may be made by contacting the Public Safety Parking Office at (270) 809-4812 or Murray State Police at (270) 809-2222. Bus parking is always open north of Roy Stewart Stadium. Bus traffic must make arrangements to drop passengers off at their location and move buses to the Stadium or other areas as arranged by the Parking Office.

Boats, trailers, large trucks, and vehicles towing trailers must park in the large lot at Stewart Stadium. Any boat or trailer parked in the stadium lot must be identifiable as to the owner. Arrangements for boats, trailers, large trucks, and vehicles towing trailers parking may be made by contacting the Public Safety Parking Office at (270) 809-4812 or Murray State Police at (270) 809-2222. 

State, city, and university regulations regarding fire lanes, fire hydrants, service areas, stop signs, crosswalks, and disability sidewalk access ramp areas, are enforced 24 hours daily, seven days a week.


Parking lots may be restricted on days that special events are scheduled around the University .


Loading/unloading zone permits will be issued by the Parking Supervisor at Public Safety . This permit is not for general parking, but for active loading and unloading only. A vehicle displaying this type of permit must have their current Murray State parking permit displayed behind the loading/unloading permit and may park in any color zone, loading zones, or visitor zones.  The vehicle must not interfere with traffic flow, university business, and must not violate fire lanes or codes. This permit does not allow parking in areas marked as service vehicles, fire lanes, restricted areas, or handicapped spaces.  Loading zone permits are valid only for time indicated on the permit. Both long term and short term loading permits are available. All long term loading permits must be requested on department/agency letterhead by the appropriate dean or director and be addressed to the parking supervisor. These permits will be limited and issued on a per semester basis at the discretion of the parking supervisor. Anyone using/displaying a loading zone permit must have a current university permit. Students may request short term loading zone passes for loading and unloading at their residential college. Loading zone permits for other activities should be requested by the sponsoring group 48 hours prior to event for which the permit is needed.

Vendor permit — those agencies exterior to the university who are performing service functions on campus may be issued a vendor parking permit.

Motorcycle/Scooter/Moped permit - Any two-wheeled vehicle with motor, including scooters and mopeds is considered a motorcycle and must be registered with the Parking office and display a valid permit. Motorcycle/scooter/moped permits allow parking in designated motorcycle parking spaces only. Under no circumstances are motorcycles/scooters/mopeds permitted to park on sidewalks, grass, bicycle racks or areas not assigned for vehicle parking.  Permits should be attached to right front fork.  (Where fork attaches to front wheel.)

***If you forget your permit, you may obtain a temporary pass at the Parking Office***

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