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NMC Parking Information


Do I need a parking permit?

Parking Permits are needed for NMC Main Campus parking lots 8 am to 6 pm on weekdays only, September 1 to June 1. 

This includes classes at the Dennos Museum, Scholars Hall, Osterlin Building, Tanis Building, Les Biederman Building, Health & Sciences Building, Founders Hall, Innovation Center, Fine Arts Building, James Beckett Building, North Hall, Oleson Center, and Phys. Ed. Building. 

If you are taking a weekday class between September 1 and June 1, and will be parked in a lot between 8 am and 6 pm on main campus, you will need to email or call 231.995.1700 to get a parking permit. 

The University Center, Great Lakes, and Aero Park campuses are not monitored and do not require a permit

Where should I park?

The closest parking lots for main campus buildings are:


Dennos Museum: Aspen Lot 

Scholars Hall: Aspen Lot or Birch Lot Accessible Parking Icon (closest accessible parking)

Osterlin Building: Birch Lot accessible parking icon (closest accessible parking)

Tanis Building: Cedar Lot or Tamarack Lot

Les Biederman Building: Cedar Lot or Tamarack Lot

Health & Sciences Building: Cedar Lot

Founders Hall: Cedar Lot or Tamarack Lot

Innovation Center: Cedar Lot, Chestnut Lot, or Cherry Lot

Fine Arts Building: Maple Lot

James Beckett Building: Maple Lot or Poplar Lot ç (closest accessible parking)

North Hall: Elm Lot

Oleson Center: Maple Lot

Physical Education Building: Maple Lot  or Juniper Lot Accessible Parking Icon (closest accessible parking)

Parking Tips

Parking lots are in alphabetical order as you enter the main campus from the light at College Drive and E. Front St.

Tamarack Lot is located off of E. Front Street.


The gated part of Aspen Lot requires a code from the Dennos Museum to exit, which is given to Dennos Museum visitors. Please do not park in the gated area unless your class is at the Dennos Museum.


Pine Lot is for apartment resident parking only.


During Fall and Winter/Spring semesters, Chestnut and Dogwood Lots fill with dorm residents. 

There are a few metered parking spots on campus. You can not park in a metered spot if you have an NMC parking permit, you will be ticketed.  Metered spots are limited to 2 hours.


For maps of our campuses, including information on accessible parking and entrances, or to get driving directions, visit our Campus Maps & Facilities Page.

Off-Campus Locations

We often have classes at partner locations off of NMC’s campuses. Those classes will usually have directions in the confirmation email. Some of our frequently used partner locations are below:


Discovery Center and Pier
13223 S West Bay Shore Drive
Traverse City, MI 49684

Follow Grandview Parkway west towards Leelanau County. Continue on M22 S/S W Bayshore Drive, Discovery Center will be on the left, Discovery Pier will be on the right. (Discovery Pier is under construction in 2023). Park in the Discovery Pier Tall Ship & Tour Boat lot.

Grass River Natural Area
6500 Alden Hwy
Bellaire, MI 49615


Historic Barns Park
Grand Traverse Commons
1500 Red Dr
Traverse City, MI 49684

To find the SEEDS Workshop,  keep curving left from Silver Drive entrance, first building on the left. Look for the SEEDS flags!

Interlochen Arts Academy Sustainability Garden
1 Lyon St
Interlochen, MI 49643


Mayfield Pond Park
Mill St
Kingsley, MI 49649

Travel south on Garfield Rd or Three Mile Rd towards the village of Kingsley. Road will become S Garfield Rd/611. Turn right at Mill St, and the park is at the end of the road.

Sleeping Bear Dunes Visitor Center
9922 W Front St
Empire, MI 49630


Yoga for Health Education TC
1200 W 11th St
Traverse City, MI 49684

Inside Grand Traverse Commons main building, on first floor near Cuppa Joe.

Cedar Run Natural Area
4301 Cedar Lake Rd
Traverse City, MI 49685

From the traffic light at Front St. and Cedar Run Road, go 7.4 mi. west on Cedar Run Road. Turn left on Cedar Lake Road (it’s a gravel road).

Dharamsala TC
869 Robinwood Ct
Traverse City, MI 49686

Head south on Garfield Ave from Front St./Munson Ave. Turn right on Hannah Ave and left on Barlow St. Turn Left on Robinwood Ct. Dharamsala TC will be on the left after you turn onto Robinwood Ct.


Head north on Barlow from S Airport Rd. Robinwood Ct is on the east side of Barlow. Dharamsala TC will be on the left after you turn onto Robinwood Ct (look for Cherry Bay Dental for the turn).

Elmwood Township Marina
13501 SW Bayshore Dr
Traverse City, MI 49684


Fountain Point Resort
990 S Lake Leelanau Dr
Lake Leelanau, MI 49653

Follow Grandview Parkway west towards Leelanau County. Turn left onto M-72 W. Turn right onto S Bugai Rd. Continue onto S Lake Leelanau Dr for 10 miles, Destination will be on your left./span>

Arbutus Lakes #5 Park
506 E Arbutus Lake Rd
Traverse City, MI 49696

South from US-31 N/Munson Ave: Turn Right on 4 Mile Rd and then third left at the traffic circle to E Hammond Rd. Continue onto High Lake Rd (road curves). Turn right onto Rasho Rd / E Arbutus Lake Rd, continue to park entrance.