Parking Guidelines

Parking at Oregon State University is governed by Division 30 of the Oregon State University Standards.

To best meet the current and future needs of faculty, staff, students and visitors, Oregon State University Transportation Services operates a zonal parking system. This demand-based system has been carefully developed to offer choices for parking location and permit price to best meet your individual needs, while also helping to:

  • Increase the probability of finding a parking space on campus where you choose to park.
  • Decrease the time required and stress experienced while searching for a parking space.
  • Reduce vehicle congestion in the campus core.
  • Help reduce campus-related parking impacts in surrounding neighborhoods
  • Make better use of existing campus parking.

About the System

All parking lots on campus have been carefully grouped into zones based on parking demand patterns. Total permit sales in all zones are limited to improve parking availability. Parking usage is regularly monitored to maintain a balance between the number of spaces and the number of permits sold.

The OSU Beaver Bus Shuttle has expanded hours, routes and weeks of operation to support the OSU community and the zonal parking system.

The Transportation Services department will continue to implement solutions and incentives to support all modes of safe travel to, from, and around campus.

About the Zones

A valid OSU zonal parking permit is required to park in any space on campus.  The OSU zonal parking system includes 8 general use zones (Zones A1, A2, A3, B1, B2, B3, C, and D), as well as two residence hall parking zones (Zones R1 and R2).  

There are three different zones at the A price level (A1, A2, and A3) and three at the B price level (B1, B2, B3). An A1 permit holder is only authorized to park in the A1 lots, not A2 or A3. However, a “park down” feature (see below) increases your parking options, by allowing you to also park in lower priced commuter zones. For example, with the A1 permit, you could also park in B1, B2, B3, C, and D. 

This system is designed to better manage the relationship between the number of spaces and the number of permits sold, helping ensure that spaces are available when needed, but not left empty for long periods of time. Keeping the zones small also cuts down on the time spent hunting for a space.

Each person now has the ability to select the zone that best meets their parking needs (see zone/pricing table below).  If the zone you choose is full, you may join a waitlist.

Expanding Parking Options  

For increased flexibility, this system includes a "park down" feature, which means that you may park in your assigned zone as well as in any commuter zone at a lower price level. For example, if you purchase an A1 permit, you can park in the A1 lot, as well as any B, C, or D Zone lots. Or, if you purchase a B2 permit, you can park in the B2 lot, as well as any C or D Zone lot.

If you purchased this permit: You may park in these zones:
A1 A1, B1, B2, B3, C, D
A2 A2, B1, B2, B3, C, D
A3

A3, B1, B2, B3, C, D

B1 B1, C, D
B2 B2, C, D
B3 B3, C, D
C C, D
D D
R1 R1
R2 R2

 

Campus Core Restricted Area

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Campus Core Restricted Access Area

For the safety and efficient travel of pedestrians and bicyclists, vehicle access is limited to the Campus Core area shown on the map above.

Only vehicles with a valid ADA placard, a valid Campus Core Load/Unload Parking Permit, approved campus service vehicles, emergency-response vehicles, U.S. Postal Service vehicles, freight trucks, OSU shuttle buses, public transit buses and non-motorized vehicles may enter the Campus Core area.

 

Transportation Services may issue a courtesy Campus Core Load/Unload Parking Permit to vehicles not otherwise allowed to enter the Campus Core area, allowing the vehicle to park in marked loading spaces in the Campus Core for up to 30 minutes.

Parking FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Do I need a parking permit to park on campus? 
  2. What kind of permit choices do I have?
  3. How much will a permit cost?
  4. Where can I park with my permit?
  5. Where can people with disabilities park?
  6. How do I purchase a parking permit?
  7. Are there benefits for people who carpool?
  8. What if I typically ride the bus, carpool or bike, where can I park for occasional use?
  9. Do motorcycles or mopeds require parking permits?
  10. Do I need a permit for metered parking? Can I park at a meter with my OSU Permit?
  11. Where can I find short-term (less than 1 hour) parking for myself or my visitors?
  12. Where can vendors park?
  13. Can a department provide parking permits for its guests?
  14. How can I use the OSU shuttle to help me get around campus and to and from my parking space?
  15. How can I get around campus if I don't have a permit and use public transit?
  16. How do I avoid getting a ticket?
  17. What can I do if I get a ticket?
  18. Where does the money go?

 

1. Do I need a parking permit to park on campus?

A valid OSU commuter (annual), monthy, or daily parking permit is required in commuter zones, and must be properly displayed to park in any commuter parking space on campus between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday - Friday, year-round. 

After 5:00 pm, and on weekends, you may park without a parking permit in commuter parking lots. All other space types which require a permit, including resident, reserved, dedicated, and service spaces, are monitored 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and require a permit for that space type at all times. Metered spaces require payment Monday - Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

OSU commuter, monthly, and daily permits are not valid for OSU Football games.

2. What kind of permit choices do I have?

The OSU Zonal Parking System provides options for individual parking choices, so that you can select the parking permit that best meets your needs, including location, price, parking type, and frequency.  

Location: OSU annual parking permit options include 8 commuter zones (A1, A2, A3, B1,B2, B3, C, and D) and 2 residence hall zones (R1 and R2).  Zone Map.

Type: Permit options support a variety of parking types, including general commuter and residence hall parking, motorcycle, ADA parking, carpool, and conference or special-events parking. 

Parking Frequency: To meet the varied needs of our campus community, visitors and vendors, permits are sold in the following increments:

  • Annual Permits 
  • 30-Day Permits
  • Daily Permits (Visitors)
  • Daily Permits (Infrequent Driver discounts for OSU faculty, staff and students who do not own an annual permit)
  • Hourly parking at meters and pay stations 

3. How much will a permit cost?

This new system allows each person to determine the level of convenience and cost savings that best meets their needs.

Parking zones in areas of high demand have a higher price and lower-demand parking zones have a lower price.

Commuter & Resident Parking Zones

A Zones
A1, A2, A3
High demand lots
  • $504 Annual
  • $100 Monthly
  • $12 Daily visitors
  • $ 7 Daily for OSU faculty, staff and students with no annual permit
  • $ 2 per hour
B Zones
B1, B2, B3
Moderate demand lots
  • $336 Annual
  • $66 Monthly
  • $10 Daily visitors
  • $ 5 Daily for OSU faculty, staff and students with no annual permit
  • $ 1 per hour

C Zone

Low demand lots
  •  $98 Annual
  •  $20 Monthly
  •  $10 Daily visitors
  •  $ 5 Daily for OSU faculty, staff and students with no annual permit
  •  $ 1 per hour

D Zone

 

Low demand lots
  •  $98 Annual
  •  $10 Daily visitors
  •  $ 5 Daily for OSU faculty, staff and students with no annual permit
  •  $ 1 per hour
R1 Zone Residence hall lots
  •  $336 Annual
R2 Zone Residence hall lot
  •  $98Annual
ADA Parking Vehicles may park in ADA spaces anywhere on campus with a DMV-issued ADA parking placard and an OSU parking permit, even a $76 D Zone permit
Motorcycle Parking  

$75/yr. (or $20/yr for permit holders)

Carpool Parking  

35% discount on parking permit for carpool vehicles.  Minimum of 3 people per carpool to qualify

 

4. Where can I park with my permit?

 

Large parking signs identifying the zone are posted at the entrances to each parking area. You may reference the parking map as well.

There are three different zones at the A price level (A1, A2, and A3) and the B price level (B1, B2, B3), one C zone, and one D zone. An A1 permit holder is not authorized to park in A2 or A3. However, a “park down” feature increases parking options, by allowing you to also park in zones with a lesser demand. For example, with the A1 permit, you could also park in B1, B2, B3, C, or D. 

This table shows all the park-down options.

If you purchased this permit:

You may park in these zones:

A1

A1, B1, B2, B3, C, D

A2

A2, B1, B2, B3, C, D

A3

A3, B1, B2, B3, C, D

B1

B1, C, D

B2

B2, C, D

B3

B3, C, D

C

C, D

R1

R1

R2

R2

 

5. Where can people with disabilities park?

ADA parking spaces require both an OSU parking permit and a valid DMV placard.

Visitors to campus with a valid ADA placard, may obtain a three-hour guest permit at no charge at Transportation Services in Adams Hall.

 

6. How do I purchase a parking permit?

Parking permits can be purchased online or in person at Adams Hall located at the intersection of 15th and Washington Way (Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.). 

See the Visitor page for information on buying short term parking permits.

 

7. Are there benefits for people who carpool?

OSU supports carpooling. A carpool with at least 3 people may purchase an annual carpool permit in any zone at a 35% discount. In addition, ten priority carpool spaces are located around campus, and only people with a carpool permit may park in these spaces. 

If the carpool vehicle is not parking on campus often, a carpool member, who works at OSU and does not have an individual annual parking permit, may purchase daily permits at a reduced rate ($7.00 for A and $5.00 for B/C zone). The daily permits can be purchased online and printed at home.

 

8. What if I typically ride the bus, carpool or bike, where can I park for occasional use?

To reward faculty, staff and students who regularly travel to campus in ways other than driving alone, and who do not purchase an annual parking permit, an Infrequent Driver Discount is available to buy daily permits at a reduced rate ($7.00 for A and $5.00 for B/C zone).

 

9. Do motorcycles or mopeds require parking permits?

Motorcycles and mopeds need a motorcycle permit to park on campus in any designated motorcycle parking space. Motorcycles are not allowed to park in vehicle parking spaces, and vehicles other than motorcycles are restricted from motorcycle spaces. Motorcycles and mopeds may park in meter spaces if the meter fees are paid. 

 

10. Do I need a permit for metered parking? Can I park at a meter with my OSU Permit?

Metered parking is available throughout campus. No permit is required for metered parking areas. Payment at metered spaces is required during posted hours, even if you have an OSU permit. Transportation Services also offers customers the ability to purchase time at meters through Passport Parking, an app/mobile site which allows for online meter payments, notifies the user when time is about to expire, and allows the customer to add time from anywhere on campus. Learn more about paying at meters with the Passport Parking app here.

 

11. Where can I find short-term (2 hours or less) parking for myself or my guests?

Metered and other short-term visitor parking is offered in many locations throughout campus. Meter rates are higher in the A zones.

 

12. Where can vendors park?

Vendors may park without a permit for up to 30 minutes in loading zones. Vendors may also purchase service/vendor permits, or daily or monthly permits for a commuter zone, as available. Short-term parking areas for hourly and daily parking exist throughout campus as shown on the parking map.

 

13. Can a department provide parking permits for its guests?

Departments may purchase daily or monthly permits for their guests through the Transportation Services website, or in-person at Adams Hall. These permits may be printed on a home or office printer and displayed on the driver's dash. Departments can charge their index codes for permits for their guests. More information is available on the short-term parking page.

The driver will be responsible for any citations if the permit is used incorrectly.

Departments expecting 20 or more guests should contact Transportation Services to make special parking arrangements.

 

14. How can I use the OSU Beaver Bus to help me get around campus?

The Beaver Bus (OSU's free shuttle system) is available to everyone. The number of buses, routes, and hours of operation have been expanded. The shuttle routes have been strategically planned to efficiently transport people from remote parking areas to the core of campus.

The Beaver Bus is now more recognizable and the live shuttle tracking phone app and website will have improved functions.

  • Extended hours of operation: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Year-round service
  • Four buses serving campus on three routes
  • 5 to 14-minute service frequency
  • For more information visit our Beaver Bus page
  • Parking and Shuttle Map

 

15. How can I get around campus if I don't have a permit and use public transit?

The OSU campus is well served by public transit with most routes stopping on campus and at least one bus running through campus on 26th Avenue at least every 30 minutes. Corvallis Transit Service (CTS) and OSU continue to look for ways to improve transit service to campus. The Beaver Bus (OSU's free shuttle) is available to help everyone get around campus.

 

16. How do I avoid getting a ticket?

If you have any questions about parking on campus, don't hesitate to contact Transportation Services. To avoid citations, make sure that you:

  • Have a properly displayed, valid OSU parking permit and park only in the lots your permit allows. 
  • If you park at a meter, set an alarm on your phone or watch to alert you when your meter is about to expire.
  • Pay close attention to signs at parking lot entrances, and individual spaces describing what type of restrictions apply and when permits are required.
  • If your vehicle becomes disabled and you cannot move it right away, call Transportation Services to avoid citations.

 

17. What can I do if I get a ticket?

If you have any questions about parking on campus, call Transportation Services. 

  • Citations can be paid online here; in-person at Transportation Services, Monday-Friday from 7:30 am – 4:30 pm; or by mail to: OSU Transportation Services, 100 Adams Hall, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR 97331
  • If you wish to appeal a citation, please carefully review the information on the appeals process available here, or by contacting Transportation Services at 541-737-2583. 

 

18. Where does the money go?

Oregon State University's parking program is a self-sustaining auxiliary. No tax revenue, student fees or tuition funds are received or used. If you do not park on OSU property, you do not support the parking program. Parking fees pay for the following:

 

  • Maintenance of Parking Lots - Pothole repairs, asphalt or concrete overlay, slurry sealing, sign replacements, painting of parking stalls and curbs, cleaning, grading of gravel parking lots, meter and Pay Station service and repairs, car stops, lighting, landscaping, leaf removal, water, sewers, etc.
  • Construction – Site acquisition, engineering and design costs, underground drainage systems, site preparation, gravel, asphalt or concrete surfacing, curb and gutter, landscaping, walkways, stall painting, lighting, signs, car stops, etc.
  • Enforcement and Administrative Support - Parking permit sales, printed parking information, Beaver Bus operation, parking enforcement, processing of citations, appeal processing, special events coordination and management, office equipment, supplies and administration of the parking program. A portion of parking fee revenue is used to support transportation options at OSU such as local transit, carpooling, and bicycling.