Parking Policy

Parking Policy

Parking on campus is limited. To register your vehicle on campus, you must complete the online parking form:


  • If you choose to park without a parking sticker, your vehicle may be ticketed and/or towed at your own expense. Ave Maria University will not be held responsible for reimbursement.

Vehicle Parking Sticker Placement

Parking Brochure


Visitors are asked to obtain a temporary parking permit from the Department of Security office in the Bob Thomas Student Union located at 5236 Clancy Street.  This may be done during regular business hours.  Please park in designated parking spaces only.

Parking Violations

If your car is ticketed, you will receive an email from a Department of Security staff member.  Parking violations may incur a fine, to be assessed to student accounts through the Business Office.  Vehicles may be towed for being illegally parked, at the owner's expense.  Please do not block entrances, driveways, or other access points with your vehicle.

Restricted Areas

Security and emergency vehicles only are permitted to drive on the pavers which run north and south through campus.  Please contact Security for special requests to drive on these pavers for drop-offs and pick-ups.  You may receive a ticket and your parking privileges may be revoked as a result of violating this policy. 

If you have any questions or would like a further explanation of this policy, please feel free to email or call 239-280-2401. Thank you for your attention to these matters.

Bicycle Parking

Bicycles are permitted on campus and bicycle parking is available in designated areas. A map of bicycle parking locations can be found in the Parking Brochure. The use of bicycles inside buildings is not permitted, and are only permitted inside a student's residence hall. Bicyclists must adhere to all traffic regulations. The use of bicycles inside buildings is not permitted, and are only permitted inside a student's residence hall.

On-campus residents are urged to register their bicycles with the Department of Security. Bicycles must be removed from residence hall bike racks at the end of each academic year. Unclaimed bicycles and parts will be collected and disposed of by University staff annually. Please contact the Department of Security at or (239)280-6289 with any further questions.

Locking Your Bicycle

U-shaped bar and shackle locks are the most effective devices for preventing bicycle theft. Its efficient design and solid construction makes it difficult to defeat by pry bars, hammers, freezing, hacksaws, and bolt cutters. The University assumes no responsibility for damage, loss, or theft of bicycles.


  • For bicycles with quick-release front wheels, remove the front wheel and place the bike against a stationary object such as a bike rack. Then, take the front wheel and place it next to the rear wheel. Place the U-bar around the bike rack and the bike seat tube and through the two wheels. Attach the crossbar and lock it.
  • For bicycles with bolt-on front wheels, place the U-bar around the bike rack and down tube, and through the front wheel. Use a cable lock for extra protection.

Bike locks are available at the University Bookstore for purchase.

Bicycle Safety Tips                                                                            

  • Always wear a helmet.
  • Learn, use, and obey traffic signals. Remember bikers must obey the same traffic laws as motor vehicles.
  • If riding at night, use reflectors and lights.
  • Give pedestrians the right of way.
  • Ride defensively. Watch for cars and car doors opening.
  • Do not weave in and out of traffic.
  • Slow down at intersections. Look both ways before crossing.
  • Keep your bike well maintained. A regular tune up will ensure that your bike is in good riding shape.
  • When you are not riding your bike, always lock it.
  • When riding at night, make sure to wear reflective clothing and have reflectors on your bike. A light on your bike is also highly recommended.