For Music Prep programs, you have the option to:

  • Purchase a parking permit to park in designated areas (recommended).
  • Utilize NKU visitor parking options ($8 day pass or garage parking at an hourly rate). For more information on visitor parking, please visit Parking.
  • Dropoff your student and not park.

Parking Permits

Music Prep students are eligible to purchase a Music Prep Parking permit through NKU parking services. Prep permits are valid in Student/Open lots and in Faculty/Staff lots after 6 p.m. and on the weekends. Parking permits must be purchased directly through NKU Parking Services (not through Music Prep) by calling (859) 572-5505 or online.

Permit Costs:

$17.50/semester or $35/year for Music Prep students
Spring permits include the summer.

$35/semester or $70/year for Music Prep staff
Spring permits include the summer.

*note: if you are a Prep student/staff but also have another role as a NKU staff, faculty, or college student, your status will not allow you to purchase parking permits at the discounted Music Preparatory rate. For all parking permit rates, please visit parking.

Garage Parking

(please visit parking for all visitor parking options)

  • Park in the "Welcome Center Garage." (This is the closest visitor parking)
  • Take a ticket upon entry.
  • Pay with cash or credit card (Visa/MasterCard) upon exit based on an hourly rate.
  • Cost will be $2.00–$8.00 per visit, depending on length of parking.


  • Follow Nunn Drive until it dead-ends into a circle turn-around in front of Steely Library.
  • The Fine Arts Center is directly to the left.
  • This is the best place to drop-off and pick-up a student.
  • You may not park in this circle area.