I looked online (http://police.msu.edu/permits.asp
) and it states that only residents of certain areas are allowed to park at Shaw... any advice for a commuter? I need to find some method to park my car next to the school because I'll already be commuting 70 minutes each way, and reaaaaally don't want to add another 20 to that
I don't know if you received a fellowship, but if so, then perhaps this paragraph offers some hope for the parking garage:
"Fellowship recipients who receive an MSU Fellowship of $1,000 or more per semester qualify for a graduate assistant parking permit. Qualifying fellowship recipients may not register on-line. They must go to the Parking Office with proof of their MSU Fellowship in hand beginning Monday, August 22, 2011. You must also take your MSU Spartan ID card and your current vehicle registration."
And then a bit further down, there is:
"The Parking Office will consider special parking requests from students (including freshmen) for parking privileges other than what is normally issued due to extenuating circumstances, which may include family-, work- or medical-related issues. Persons are, however, encouraged to use existing parking and transportation options [bus (CATA), pay lots, disabled parking spaces (with valid disabled parking placard or plate issued through the Secretary of State or Department of Motor Vehicles, etc.)]." Hopefully having a 70-minute commute and the need to quickly access your vehicle in the event of a family-emergency will qualify you for a special parking request.
Also, I'm waiting until an ASW and the fate of the rest of my applications before I decide to go to MSU for sure (but it is VERY tempting, particularly given my excitement over the urban ag practicum and forthcoming urban ag legal clinic), but if I do end up going, I expect to live close enough to a bus stop (or even walking distance). If my future housemates are amenable (as I'm hoping to join or establish a co-op for student parents), you'd be welcome to park chez nous and bus/walk it in with me.