Parking and Public Transit

With KCAD being located in a vibrant downtown area, it's a good idea to scope out your parking and public transit options before planning a visit to our campus or starting your first semester.


Visitor Parking

We recommend parking in the Grand Rapids City parking ramp located on the corner or Pearl St. and Ionia Ave, with the entrance located across the street from the Ionia Ave side of KCAD's 17 Fountain St. NW building.

Parking rates in this ramp are $2.00/half hour with a $24.00 daily maximum. 

 


Student Parking

Paid City Parking Ramp at Pearl/Ionia

The nearest Grand Rapids City parking ramp is located on the corner or Pearl St. and Ionia Ave. The entrance is located across the street from the Ionia Ave side of KCAD's 17 Fountain St. NW building.

Parking rates in this ramp are $2.00/half hour with a $24.00 daily maximum.


Paid City Street Parking

The majority of street parking spaces in the downtown area are metered from 8:00am until 5:00 or 6:00pm, Mondays through Fridays. Students can pay for metered parking using the City's MOTU app.

CITY OF GRAND RAPIDS DOWNTOWN PARKING GUIDE


Paid City Parking at Downtown Area Shuttle (DASH) Lots 7 and 9 (includes free shuttle between the lot and the KCAD campus area)

The free DASH bus line runs between designated paid city parking lots various stops throughout the downtown area. The closest stop to KCAD is located outside of the Tupelo Honey restaurant just one block from campus.

Cost to park is $4 (for DASH Lot 7) or $3 (for DASH Lot 9) for a full day. Alternatively, students can reserve a space through KCAD for $192 per semester plus a $20 security deposit. The deposit will be refunded upon return of the student's assigned parking card to the KCAD Student Services Office, provided there are no outstanding student account balances.

Learn more about The DASH


Paid Parking at St. Mark's Episcopal Church

St. Mark's Episcopal Church offers students the option to park in the church's gated lot at 134 N Division Ave—right across the street from the KCAD campus—at a rate of $12.00 per day or $175 per month (if you park over 15 days in a month).

For more information, contact Pam Stevenson at 616.456.1684.


Free Parking for The Lofts @ 5 Lyon Residents

KCAD students living in The Lofts @ 5 Lyon complex adjacent to campus have access to 24/7 free parking at 801 Broadway NW, located approximately 1.3 miles from the apartment complex/the KCAD campus. 

Learn more about living at The Lofts @ 5 Lyon

 


Public Transit

 

The Rapid

 
Service

Wide-reaching buses on 25+ routes serving the greater Grand Rapids metro area

Cost 

One time cost of $3 to issue a Rapid WAVE bus pass, each ride after that is FREE



Learn more about The Rapid

 

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The DASH (Downtown Area Shuttle)

 
Service

Quick, downtown-only shuttle with 2 main routes and longer running hours

Cost 

FREE

Learn more about The DASH

 

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Shuttle 100 (connecting Grand Rapids and Big Rapids)

 
Service

Express bus line between Grand Rapids and Big Rapids (Ferris State University main campus) with four daily departures

Cost 

$5 for each one-way ride, or $480 per semester for unlimited rides

MORE INFO/SCHEDULE

 

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