Welcome to OSU!

Now that you're here, there are lots of options to get where you need to go!

Corvallis is ranked as a Gold Bicycle Friendly Community - with its linked bicycle facilities and relatively flat terrain, almost any trip can be accomplished by bicycle in less than 15 minutes. Additionally, Corvallis is Gold-level certified by Walk Friendly Communities, which makes walking a popular and safe option for many students. The Corvallis Transit System operates a fare-less bus system with multiple routes serving OSU and the surrounding areas. Many campus residents who bring a car to OSU find that they don't use it. Most students prefer other, more economical or sustainable transportation options.

  

BICYCLE FRIENDLY UNIVERSITY

Welcome Week Poker Ride

Bike to five stops across campus to draw a card, then meet up at the end to find out who is carrying the winning hand. Get free bike lights, free bike helmet, and the inside scoop on biking at OSU. Fall 2020 date and time TBD. Learn more about the Poker Ride.

ZAP Oregon State

Ride your bike, win prizes. ZAP is a free program with monthly prize drawings and annual team challenges.

Bike Security

Learn about bicycle locks and safety tips. Concerned about theft? Register your bike online. 

  

WHEELS WHEN YOU WANT THEM

Zipcar is available for rent for members 18 and over. Conveniently located at three locations around campus, Zipcar vehicles provide a cost-effective around-the-clock alternative to bringing your car to campus. Reserve by the hour or at a daily rate and insurance and gas are included in the rental. 

Learn more about how to become a Zipcar member to get access to vehicles in more than 300 cities nationwide.

Sign up for Zipcar

  

THINKING ABOUT THE HOLIDAYS?

Several bus services can help you get home.

PDX Airport Shuttle 

Groome Transportation provides hourly shuttles from the OSU campus to PDX, 7 days a week.

EUG Airport Shuttle 

Hub Shuttle runs door-to-door shuttles to the Eugene airport.

FlixBus

Private bus service from Eugene to Seattle with a stop at OSU.

BoltBus

Private bus service to Portland, with a stop in downtown Corvallis.

**Services may be temporarily suspended due to COVID-19. Please check with providers for current information.**

Parking Permits

Campus Resident Parking

Thinking about bringing a car? Students living on campus are eligible for Residential R parking permits. R Zone permits allow parking in any lot within the R zone, not just one location. Residential parking permits historically have sold out, so we advise that you secure a permit before bringing a vehicle to campus. 

Fall Permit Sales Information

Moving in early?

Contact our office for parking permit options if you will be arriving before parking permits go on sale.

New to OSU and Living Off Campus?

Off-campus residents are eligible for commuter A, B, or C permits. Learn more about what parking permit options are available for students living off campus.

Visitor Parking

Visiting someone who lives on campus? Here are helpful tips to make your visit a pleasant experience: 

Move-in Day 

The Corvallis Fire Department gives special permission to allow temporary loading/unloading in fire lanes during your scheduled move in day. Parking in fire lanes or yellow curbs is not permitted the rest of the year, so please obey all posted signs and painted curbs during your future visits!

Parking Permits 

Parking permits in A, B, or C commuter zones are required 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday - Friday, year-round, even when classes are not in session. You can purchase daily parking permits online or hourly parking permits from one of the many pay stations on campus. Please do not park in Residential R parking lots, as these locations are for campus residents only, 24/7.

Metered Parking

Metered parking is available on campus 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday-Friday. Permits are not valid in metered spaces. Don't have any coins? Pay for metered parking with the Passport app. Look for directions on the meter head. 


“I didn’t bring a car to campus and I ended up liking it a lot. [...] I get to explore campus and all of Corvallis in a much more personal way than if I had a car. I think if I’d had a car I wouldn’t know the area as well. I usually bike to and from campus but when I have extra time I always prefer to walk.”

-Audrey, Sophomore, Civil Engineering

Getting a bike makes life on campus so much easier and gives you more time to study or be with friends. Not having a car is just one less thing to worry about. I use a bike as my main mode of transport.”

-Martin, Sophomore, Chemical Engineering

“I would tell freshmen that having a car isn’t completely liberating. When you aren’t bound to a car you have the freedom to get around any way else, and it’s exciting to pull up Google Maps and figure out how to ride a public bus or walk somewhere."

- Liz, Sophomore, Business Management


Public Transportation

Corvallis Transit System (CTS)

Corvallis Transit System buses are free! Plan your route with Google Maps and track your bus with the Corvallis Bus app.

DUAL ENROLLED AT LBCC?

The Linn Benton Loop offers bus service between OSU and LBCC for free with an OSU ID.

Beaver Bus

Free on-campus shuttles, Monday-Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Track your bus with the OSU Mobile app.

 

“If you ever need to get somewhere off campus Corvallis city buses are free. They have an app with their routes and times which is really helpful!"

- Isabel, Sophomore, Bioengineering

Other Transportation Options

Safe Ride

ASOSU Safe Ride is a service dedicated to providing OSU students a safer ride home or to campus, free from judgment.

Get There Oregon

Get There is Oregon’s free ride-matching and trip-planning tool. Get There can help you find a carpool buddy at OSU, or plan a trip using transit, biking and walking directions.

Ride Sharing and Deliveries

Corvallis is served by ride sharing platforms like Uber and Lyft as well as local taxi companies. Grocery and restaurant delivery is also an option.