Managing Parking in Zones

To meet the needs of faculty, staff, students and visitors, Oregon State University operates a zonal parking system. All parking lots on campus are grouped into zones based on parking patterns. This demand-based system offers choices for parking location and permit price to best meet your individual needs and helps:

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

About the Zonal System

Permit sales in each zone are managed to ensure that spaces are available when needed, but also not left empty for long periods of time.

Parking occupancy is regularly monitored to maintain a balance between the number of spaces and number of permits sold.

If the zone you choose is sold-out, you may join a waitlist.

Where can I Park?

The zonal 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 A1 lots, as well as any B or C Zone lots, but an A1 permit holder is not authorized to park in A2 or A3. If you purchase a B2 permit, you can park in B2 lots, as well as any C Zone lot.

Valid Parking Zones for Annual, Term or Monthly Permits
If you purchased this permit: Valid Locations Invalid Locations:
A1 A1, B1, B2, B3, C A2, A3, R, meters, carpool, short term, hourly or special use spaces
A2 A2, B1, B2, B3, C A1, A3, R, meters, carpool, short term, hourly or special use spaces
A3 A3, B1, B2, B3, C A1, A2, R, meters, carpool, short term, hourly or special use spaces
B1 B1, C A1, A2, A3, B2, B3, R, meters, carpool, short term, hourly or special use spaces
B2 B2, C A1, A2, A3, B1, B3, R, meters, carpool, short term, hourly or special use spaces
B3 B3, C A1, A2, A3, B1, B2, R, meters, carpool, short term, hourly or special use spaces
C C A1, A2, A3, B1, B2, B3, R, meters, carpool, short term, hourly or special use spaces
R R A1, A2, A3, B1, B2, B3, C, meters, carpool, short term, hourly or special use spaces
Valid Zones for Hourly or Daily Permits
If you purchased this permit: Valid Locations Invalid Locations:
A Daily* A1, A2, A3, B1, B2, B3, C R, meters, carpool, short term, hourly or special use spaces
B/C Daily* B1, B2, B3, C A1, A2, A3, R, meters, carpool, short term, hourly or special use spaces
Dixon Rec Hourly Dixon Rec in the hourly parking spaces A1, A2, A3, B1, B2, B3, C, R, Sackett Hall hourly spaces, carpool, meters or specialty spaces
Sackett Hourly Sackett Hourly in the hourly parking spaces A1, A2, A3, B1, B2, B3, C, R, Dixon Rec hourly spaces, carpool, meters or specialty spaces

*Includes Infrequent Driver permits