Planning a Trip to BGSU

Planning a trip to see your student can be difficult, you have to consider places to stay, eat, shop, and spend time with your loved ones. We are here to help make that process easier by providing you with resources to help you plan your tip and make the most out of your visit to BGSU! We hope you find this page useful and if you have any questions feel free to contact our office any time. Thank you for being a part of the Falcon Family! 

Getting Here

Our students come from all over the world, which means that their parents and family members do as well. We want to make your trip to BGSU as easy as possible and the first step to your visit is getting here! To help you get to the right address please click the button below, which will help you find your way to campus, no matter where you're at.

Parking at BGSU

Finding a place to park is often most challenging any time you go to a new city, but for many it can be even more difficult on a college campus. Below you will find valuable information about parking on the BGSU campus to help alleviate your stress and provide you with the most up to date advice.

Here are some important points you should know about parking on campus as a visitor:

  • All visitors must display a valid Visitor parking permit issued by Parking Services or provided by Departmental authorized representatives.
  • Visitors must pay in advance of parking in metered spaces and/or pay station areas.
  • A current non-expired receipt must be displayed on the dashboard at all times when parked in pay station lots.
  • All visitors must park in the marked visitor spaces or in pay station lots.  

For More information including hours of enforcement, shuttle services, violations/fines and more please visit Parking Services.

Getting Around Campus

Whether you have visited our campus before or not, a map is always useful in helping you get where you are going. BGSU is proud to introduce our interactive map which will help you find buildings, parking locations, construction zones, features unique to BGSU, and so much more! Once you have found what you are looking for there is even an option to print out the map, allowing you to personalize it to your needs.

Use our interactive map

Staying in BG

Planning a trip for the day is always a great way to connect with students, even a few hours with family members can brighten any student's day, but if you would like to stay longer than one day there are several hotel options available to you in the area! Please click below to learn more about the lodging options in and around Bowling Green.

Learn more about lodging options

Places to Eat

When hunger strikes, don't be left wandering around town looking for a place to eat! Our on campus dining facilities offer a great variety of dining options at many convenient hours. However, if you are looking for some more traditional fare off campus, we have compiled a list of many of the most popular restaurants in and around the BGSU campus and down-town Bowling Green.  

Dine on CampusDine Off Campus


Once you are here there are tons of places to get BGSU apparel and shop for everything from A to Z! In addition to textbooks, Falcon Outfitters offers great BGSU gear and more at competitive prices. If you are looking for more familiar shopping locations such as Wal-Mart, Kroger, and Meijer, or you are looking for some great local shops down town, the Bowling Green Convention and Visitor's Bureau has a useful shopping guide to help you find your way.

Falcon OutfittersBG Shopping Guide

Things to do in BG

In addition to the great events, games, and activities put on by BGSU, there are also some fantastic recreational activities and sites to see in and around the City of Bowling Green!

Bowling Green Convention and Visitor's Bureau's recreation guide