Parking & Transportation 


Jm Benford, Chief of Campus Safety – 810-762-9899

Kettering University provides ample free parking for all members of our community and their visitors.  Our Campus Safety officers patrol all parking lots, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.  As a result, incidents—break-ins and minor accidents—occur rarely.  In order to protect our students and their property, we require they and their guests follow our policies and procedures, including obtaining the appropriate permits and parking according to our policies.

Permits: All vehicles parked on Kettering property must display a valid permit.  These permits are easy to obtain—for students and their guests, including parents.  Students register their vehicles online (and we allow them to obtain multiple permits for all vehicles they will park on campus) and pick up their permits from the Campus Safety office, located on the first floor of the Campus Center.  More information about student permits may be obtained at

Students must obtain parking permits, and display them, no later than the first day of instruction, each academic year.  For Summer 2014, new students may obtain permits during Orientation.  Beginning July 18th, 2013, Campus Safety will enforce all parking regulations, including our permit requirement.  Students who fail to obtain and display a permit by that deadline will receive parking citations, at a cost of $25.00 each.  Fines are posted to student accounts; unpaid fines may result in registration holds and other administrative sanctions.  The University tows vehicles, without notice and at the owner’s expense, when they receive a third citation.

Parents, and other guests of students, must display a “Visitor’s” permit, easily obtained through the Campus Safety office.  Whenever you visit campus, park your car in the Campus Center lot on Chevrolet Avenue and stop by Campus Safety (located in the Great Court on the second floor of the Campus Center) to register your vehicle.  An officer will issue you a permit, valid for one day.  You may leave your car in the Campus Center lot or, if it’s more convenient, one of our officers will direct you to a lot closest to your final destination.  You may park in any available parking spot except those specifically designated, e.g., 15-minute parking (unless you only need the space for that amount of time), handicapped spots (unless you have a state-issued permit), etc.

Permit Exceptions:  Occasionally, we open all lots for special events:  Move-in days (typically orientation Thursday), commencement, etc.  On these days, vehicles need not be registered and no permits need be displayed.  Signs will alert visitors to open parking.

Parking Policies:  We post our parking policy on our website. Students and their parents should familiarize themselves with our parking policies to avoid receiving citations and fines.

Parking Enforcement

 We vigorously enforce parking policies to facilitate our ability to maintain a safe and secure campus.  Join us in this effort by setting a good example and encouraging your student to adhere to parking policies.


Campus Safety provides free transportation to students who have no other means to acquire necessary services such as medical treatment, important off-campus appointments, etc.  Students who need transportation should visit the Campus Safety office in the Campus Center to arrange it.  Or, they may call the office at 810-762-9501 and speak with the desk officer on duty. 

After dark, students may obtain transportation to locations within a one-mile radius of the Kettering campus as a safe alternative to walking alone.  The service is not intended to provide transportation to social events or social venues and under no circumstances do we provide it to partying students.

Zip Cars

Need a car? Borrow a Zipcar! Kettering University has partnered with Zipcar to bring self-service, on-demand car sharing to the area. To use Zipcars, simply register as a member, reserve a car online or by phone, use your Zipcard to enter the car, and drive away. When you’re done, return the car to the same location where you picked it up.