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?

Permits are required 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday - Friday, year-round, in all commuter zones. A valid permit must be properly displayed. 

Metered parking is available on campus 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday. Permits are not valid in meters. 

Residental zones, reserved, dedicated and service parking spaces require a parking permit at all times. Contact Transportation Services for more information about these spaces.  

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

2. What kind of permit choices do I have?

Location: OSU annual parking permit options include commuter zones (A1, A2, A3, B1,B2, B3, and C) and 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?

Permit prices are based on a zonal parking system, which allows each person to determine the level of convenience and cost savings that best meets their needs.

Pricing ensures distribution of vehicles to eas congestion in high demand areas. 

Permit prices are available here: OSU Parking Permit Prices

 

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), C 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, or C. 

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

A2

A2, B1, B2, B3, C

A3

A3, B1, B2, B3, C

B1

B1, C

B2

B2, C 

B3

B3, C

C

C

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. 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. 

 

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 shuttle routes have been strategically planned to efficiently transport people from remote parking areas to the core of campus.

Download the Beaver Bus app to track the route in real time. 

 

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, pay with the Passport App, 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; 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, or by contacting Transportation Services at 541-737-2583. 

 

18. Where does the money go?

Transportation Services is a self-sustaining auxiliary, which means it does not collect funds from tuition, student fees or taxes. A breakdown of annual expenditures and income can be found on our website.