Parking at Oregon State University is governed by the Oregon State University Standards. The authority to regulate parking on campus is granted by Oregon Revised Statute 352.087(1).

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 and C), 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 and C. 

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 or C Zone lots. Or, if you purchase a B2 permit, you can park in the B2 lot, as well as any C Zone lot.

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

A3, B1, B2, B3, C

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