Fall Orientation 2021

Parking & Off Campus Housing

Find out how to get to the Fred Lazarus IV Center, how to obtain a MICA Parking Permit and helpful resources for finding housing in Baltimore!
Directions to Fred Lazarus IV Center for Graduate Studies

Parking is limited around Lazarus Center, with some on-street metered parking. Consider parking at the Maryland Avenue Lot, located at 1805 Maryland Ave, Baltimore MD, 21201. 

Parking PERMIT

Parking in the College lots requires a parking permit (available from Campus Safety). Parking is on a first-come, first-served basis. Please display your parking permit on the lower driver side windshield. The purchase of a parking permit does not guarantee a parking space, but students who arrive early generally park without difficulty. Students must be in a campus building while parked on campus. With the exception of the Founders Green lot, overnight parking on campus is not permitted. These lots are not attended, so cars should be locked. Maryland Institute College of Art is not responsible for damage to vehicles kept on the lot or for the theft of valuables left in cars. For more information about parking lots, parking passes, and parking policies visit here or contact Campus Safety at 410-225-2355. 

To obtain or renew a parking permit, please fill out this ONLINE PERMIT REQUEST  from Campus Safety. You may pick up your permit at the Campus Safety Office at 1501 W. Mt. Royal Avenue during business hours (8:30am - 4:30pm, Monday - Friday).

***Please note: on-site parking at Lazarus Center will be limited this fall, as one of the designated lots will be tented to accommodate outdoor breaks and meetings. Please make sure to familiarize yourself with other options prior to arriving on campus.***

 Off Campus Residents - Baltimore City Residential Parking Permit 

In general, Baltimore City signs are posted regulating on-street parking. Please take the time to read these signs for parking restrictions as they vary from block to block. 

Some neighborhoods recommend residents purchase a residential parking permit. If this service is offered in your neighborhood, students who live off-campus may obtain a Baltimore City Resident Parking Permit, which is zoned by neighborhood. You must have a valid student ID, proof of residence (a lease, notarized letter from your landlord, utility bill, etc.), your driver's license, car registration, and tag (license plate) number.

Please note: If you do not have your own motor vehicle insurance policy, and if the motor vehicle is not registered under your name, you will need a notarized letter from whomever has insured the vehicle with permission to have the car in Baltimore before the city will issue you a parking permit. (You may also have to go to the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration to get an out-of-state registration permit if your car is not registered in Maryland.)

Residents who are new to a Residential Parking Permit area typically must apply for permits in person with all necessary documentation including vehicle registration and proof of residency at the Baltimore Parking Authority Office. 200 W. Lombard Street, Baltimore, MD 21201. Please call 443-573-2800 or check their website for up to date information at https://parking.baltimorecity.gov/residential-parking


Most parking in one of the neighborhoods surrounding MICA, Bolton Hill, is restricted to a two-hour time limit, as posted, unless you have an Area 3 Resident Permit. Station North, the neighborhood of the Lazarus Center, is mostly restricted to a two-hour time limit, metered, on-street parking. It is therefore recommended that students obtain a MICA Parking Permit.

Finding Housing

View Graduate Admissions’ most recent recorded info session all about finding housing and living in Baltimore.

Baltimore, like most east coast cities, is split into dozens of smaller neighborhoods. Below is a list of neighborhoods that are convenient and close to campus that could be a helpful starting point in your search for off campus housing. For a more in-depth look at Baltimore neighborhoods, please visit livebaltimore.com

Join the MICA Graduate Students Seeking Housing Facebook Group to connect with potential roommates and find an apartment in Baltimore.

Convenient Neighborhoods:
Bolton Hill
Reservoir Hill
Mt. Vernon
Charles Village 

On-Campus Housing

If you’ve applied for on-campus housing, the Office of Residence Life will be in touch very soon with updates. If you haven’t applied for on-campus housing, and think you might still be interested, feel free to email Janine D’Adamo, jdadamo@mica.edu to talk more about what might be available. ‚Äč