Housing Services

Housing Services

Residents are issued a key that will open the apartment and bedroom doors. In the event of a misplaced or lost key, students should go to the community desk to check out a spare key. To check out a key, the resident must have a picture identification card. Keys are only issued to the resident of that specific room. No resident will be granted access to another resident's room for any reason.

The spare key should be returned to the community desk by 9:30 a.m. the next day. If this key is not returned by 9:30 a.m. the next day, the key is considered lost, and the student will be charged $75 for a lost key. Residents may checkout a spare key three times a semester at no cost. All spare key checkouts after that will have a service charge of $50.

Lost Access Cards
Access cards are for the use of University Housing residents only. Access cards open all entrance and exit gates and the building to which the resident is assigned only. Misplaced or lost access cards should be reported immediately to the community desk, so that the card can be deactivated and replaced. Failure to report a lost card that is then used to illegally enter a building or a residence hall could result in judicial actions for the resident who failed to report the loss. Access cards are not to be given to any person other than the person to whom they are issued. A replacement card costs $35.

Residents whose access card is not granting access to their authorized entry points should report the problem to the community desk. Residents who cannot gain access because of a defective card should call the community desk or the police substation from an outside phone. All residents are expected to carry their card with them at all times.

Visitor Guest Parking
There are several metered spaces outside the parking garage located at the University Commons and Piedmont North for paid parking. Vehicles must pay at the meter and place the receipt on their dashboard. Vehicles without a displayed receipt or an expired ticket will be towed or booted at the owners’ expense. Residents who experience issues with the parking meter should contact the associate director of operations in University Housing at 404-413-1915.

Patton Hall, Greek Housing or University Lofts Residents
Residents of Patton Hall, Greek Housing or University Lofts should contact Campus Services at 404-413-9500 or refer to parking for information.

Piedmont North, Piedmont Central and University Commons Residents
Parking is available through University Housing for residents at Piedmont North, Piedmont Central and University Commons. Parking costs $400 per semester and is billed during each semester with housing fees and tuition. Motorcycle spaces are also available upon request and are billed half the rate of a car space. Residents requesting motorcycle space should indicate that on the parking application. Residents of Piedmont North, Piedmont Central and University Commons should complete the parking application in MyHousing under the Personal Preferences tab.

Residents who wish to cancel their parking may do so in University Housing at 75 Piedmont Ave., Suite 110, by completing a Parking Cancellation Request Form and turning in their parking decal if applicable. Once parking has been canceled, residents will be charged for the number of days they parked plus an $80 cancellation fee.

Parking decks are secured and monitored by police 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Residents are given an access card to gain entry into their assigned deck. Illegally or improperly parked vehicles will be towed at the owner’s expense. Contact University Housing by email or through the community desk for information regarding towed vehicles. Georgia State University assumes no responsibility for vehicles or protection of any vehicle or its contents at any time.

  • Parking in the deck is a privilege for University Housing residents.
  • Due to limited spaces, only one vehicle per resident is allowed.
  • Vehicle information on the application must be completed accurately.
  • Residents must own a vehicle or legally possess a vehicle to be issued a parking space.
  • Valid and current license plates are required for all vehicles.
  • Selling of your parking access to another individual is prohibited.
  • Parking decals and access cards are not transferable. Parking access is only granted to the parking applicant that received approved access to the deck.
  • An access card is needed to gain access in the parking deck. Residents who misplace or lose their card must go immediately to the community desk to replace it. The replacement of an access card is $35. If the community desk is closed, the police may let residents into the deck. A replacement fee for lost, damaged or stolen parking decal is $25.
  • University Housing parking decks are designated for residents only.
  • Any vehicle without a parking decal will be towed at the owner’s expense and assessed a parking penalty of $25.

University Housing parking regulations require that every vehicle parked at University Commons or Piedmont North must be registered and have a current parking decal properly displayed in the vehicles rear window on the driver’s side. Vehicles without the decal properly displayed will be ticketed and towed at the owner’s expense. On the various levels of the parking decks, there are several University Housing Only parking spaces. These spaces are for University Housing personnel only. Do not park in these spaces, or the car will be towed at the resident's expense.

Parking Deck Etiquette
Please observe the following:

  • Be mindful of pedestrians, both in and around the decks.
  • Drive slowly (five miles per hour) while in the parking decks.
  • Observe all directional arrows and yield right-of-way.
  • Please park in the center of the space and not too close to or over the lines.
  • Residents should turn on their headlights while in the decks and use turn signals to indicate when they are parking.
  • Enter and exit the decks slowly. As residents enter the parking deck, they should watch the arm go down behind their vehicle. This will prevent tailgating and keep the decks secure.
  • Servicing of vehicles, including oil changes and cleaning vehicles, is prohibited and illegal in the parking decks.
  • Do not park in spaces where the curb is painted yellow, where there are No Parking signs or in such a manner that obstructs the view of traffic entering or exiting the decks or driveways.

Failure to comply may result in the cancellation of parking privileges.

Parking Penalties and Parking Fines
Parking fines will be billed to residents' student account. Parking fines can be paid by cash and check at Student Accounts in Sparks Hall, Room 100. Credit card and check payments are accepted through residents' PAWS account.

Unpaid citations will result in registration holds being placed on residents' student account. Persons with unpaid citation(s) at the end of the year will not be allowed to register for classes and will not be permitted to register for parking for the following year. Failure to pay fines(s) within 30 days will result in a late fee of $10.

Fine Parking Violation
$10 Motorcycle parked in an unauthorized area
$15 Improper display of parking decal
$50 Parking in an unauthorized area (reserved spaces)
$15 Parking in a loading zone
$15 Obstructing traffic
$25 Vehicle without a displayed parking decal (Vehicle will be towed at owner’s expense.)
$25 Altering a parking permit (fraudulent permit)
$90 Parking in a fire lane
$25 Parking beyond parking spaces (parking in two spaces)
$50 Parking in a No Parking Zone (Vehicle will be towed at owner’s expense.)
$90 Parking in a handicap space without proper state issued permit or tag
$25 Replacement of parking decal
$80 Parking cancellation fee
$10 Late fee (failure to pay fine(s) within 30 days)


Security is a priority in University Housing at Georgia State University. The Georgia State University Police Department and University Housing staff members are available 24 hours a day to make sure students feel safe in their home-away-from-home. All residence halls have controlled access and are equipped with smoke detectors and fire extinguishers.

Georgia State University is proud to have been a part of downtown Atlanta for 100 years. The university’s proactive approach to safety and crime prevention has succeeded in minimizing criminal activity on campus and promoting greater awareness and security.

Through a commitment to a strong internal police department, and in coordination with downtown partners, the goal of University Police is to do everything possible to ensure the safety and security of the people on Georgia State campus whether they live, work or visit.

Services to assist on campus residents include a campus shuttle and escort service, emergency call boxes and more. For more information on these programs and services, please see the links on the left side of the page or visit Georgia State University Police.

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