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Parking & Transportation

Students who use mobility aids such as electric scooters, wheelchairs, canes, or crutches are advised to research the most accessible route to get to and from class. For information regarding construction on campus and planning alternate routes, view Facilities Management's construction updates or call 847-491-4269 (Evanston) or 312-503-8000 (Chicago).

Students can use the University's shuttle services, which are wheelchair-accessible. After dark, students with mobility impairments may want to request SafeRide's handicap-accessible van

ADA parking spaces

Any student who wishes to use ADA parking spaces must have a state disabled parking permit or license tag. If not already in possession of one of these, it is recommended that they acquire a temporary disabled placard (external site) through the City of Evanston or regular disabled parking permit through their state of residence.

In addition, anyone parking on Northwestern's campuses, must purchase a Northwestern parking permit. Students should take their proof of disability parking to University Parking Operations (1841 Sheridan Road, 847-491-3319) to purchase a Northwestern parking permit. With a disability or injury placard/permit/plate plus any type of Northwestern parking permit, students can park in any lot on campus in any ADA space and in any non-reserved standard parking spaces.

Standard parking spaces

Students with disabilities or with short-term injuries who do not have a state disability parking permit, license tag, or temporary disabled placard but require parking consideration are required to register with AccessibleNU and be approved by AccessibleNU in order to purchase their Northwestern parking permit from Parking Operations.