As part of Normandale's commitment to our students, faculty and staff, we have updated our Parking and Commuting information to provide improved information and access.  On this page, you can find information on carpooling, bus service, parking tips, safety and much more.  Take time, especially if you are new to college, to have a look at some of the ways you can improve your parking and commuting experience.

Normandale Parking Advisory the First Two Weeks of the Semester

During the first two weeks of class, the main parking lots near 98th Street (1 & 2) and the lots near Collegeview Road (3 & 4) often fill by 9 am each day. The parking ramp may fill by 9:30 am. 

The north lots (5 & 6) near the Athletic Fields will fill later. Campus Public Safety Officers and the Bloomington Police Department will be on hand to help direct students to available parking spaces.   

Students are encouraged to consider alternatives to driving to campus whenever possible.

How to Survive Parking the First Couple of Weeks!

The first couple of weeks of parking during Fall Semester can be hard.  By the 2nd and 3rd week parking becomes much easier! These tips can help you out...

  • Allow about 20 extra minutes to park and get to your classes.
  • Consider an alternate entrance.  Typically most of our students come in from 98th Street leading to large backups.  You can also come in from the north side of campus down Collegeview Road from Poplar Ridge Road, especially if you are coming from the north on Hiway 100 (Normandale Blvd.) or turn into our campus from France Ave. onto 94th St. by the Marsh Lake Park Fields and park in Lots 3, 4, 5 or 6.
  • By 10:45 most of our on-site parking is full.  By the 2nd week you will always find parking in one of our lots.
  • Consider Parking at the Bloomington Ice Gardens.  It is an easy walk!