Introducing the OSU Zonal Parking System

To best meet the current and future needs of faculty, staff, students and visitors, Oregon State University is implementing a new zonal parking system starting October 1, 2014. This demand-based system has been carefully developed to allow you to choose which parking options, including location and permit price, 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 by faculty, staff and students 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.

Read the Zonal Parking brochure PDF

About the Plan

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

The current OSU Shuttle will be renamed the Beaver Bus and is expanding its hours, routes and weeks of operation to support the OSU community and the zonal parking system. Moving forward, Transportation Services staff will continue to implement solutions and incentives to support the varied ways to travel safely to and around campus.

About the Zones

Starting October 2014, a valid OSU Zonal Parking permit is required to park in any space on campus.  The OSU Zonal Parking system includes 7 general use zones (Zones A1, A2, A3, B1, B2, B3, or C), as well as two residence hall parking zones (Zones BR and CR).  

There are three different geographic zones at the A price level (A1, A2, and A3) and 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 any zones with a lesser demand. 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 potentially 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, a waitlist option is available.

Parking Zones and Pricing

Commuter & Resident Parking Zones

A Zones
A1, A2, A3
High demand lots

$495 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

$330 Annual
$66 Monthly
$10 Daily visitors
$ 5 Daily for OSU faculty, staff and students with no annual permit
$ 1 per hour

C Zones
Low demand lots  $95 Annual
 $20 Monthly
 $10 Daily visitors
 $ 5 Daily for OSU faculty, staff and students with no annual permit
 $ 1 per hour
BR Zone Residence hall lots  $330 Annual
CR Zone Residence hall lot  $95 Annual

Other Parking Types

Motorcycle Parking Available throughout throughout campus $75 Annual, or
$20 Annual (permit holders)
 ADA Parking Vehicles may park in ADA spaces anywhere on campus with a DMV-issuesd ADA parking placard and an OSU parking permit, even a $95 C Zone permit.
Short-Term and Visitors Expanded metered, hourly and daily parking throughout campus See hourly/daily/monthly rates broken down by zone above.
Conferences and events Conferences and events with 20+ attendees, contact the Parking Services Office for special parking assignments.  Daily visitor rates apply.
Carpools Discounted carpool permits in each zone 35% discount on parking permit for carpool vehicles.  Minimun of three people per car to qualify
Reserved Very limited. Vehicle must also display a valid zone permit. $1,100 Annual per space
Department Limited availability. For university use of a personal vehicle for up to 3 hours in any commuter zone. $180 Annual
Dedicated Limited availability. Spaces for OSU departments providing services to OSU clients or customers. $270 Annual per space
Service University-owned vehicles and limited access by contractors needing close vehicle access.

$12 Daily
$100 Monthly

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 zone with a lesser demand. For example, if you purchase an A1 permit, you can park in the A1 lot, as well as any B or C Zone lots. If you purchase a B2 permit, you can park in the B2 lot, as well as any C Zone lot.

Options to Park Down

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

Sales Schedule for 2014-2015 Permits

Online and in-person permit sales will begin September 2, 2014 for those who have at least three years of history purchasing an OSU parking permit, on a first-come, first-served basis. Those who qualify for the sales opening date will continue to have access to purchase permits as sales open to additional groups as shown in the table below. If your first choice zone is sold out, you may add yourself to a wait list. Permits will be sold to those on wait lists as capacity allows, beginning October 1st.

 2014-2015 Sales Schedule
Group Qualifier Open Date
 Faculty & Staff 3+ years permit holder
2+ years permit holder
1+ years permit holder
all faculty and staff
09/02/2014 8:00am
09/05/2014 8:00am
09/09/2014 8:00am
09/12/2014 8:00am
 Students Graduate and professional students
Undergrad, Junior, Senior, Post-Bacc
Undergrad Sophomores, Freshman
INTO OSU, Non-degree
09/16/2014 8:00am
09/19/2014 8:00am
09/23/2014 8:00am
09/26/2014 8:00am
 Wait-Listed  Wait-list sales, as space permits 10/01/2014 8:00am 
 Vendors  All Vendors 10/01/2014 8:00am



Fall 2014-15 Parking and Shuttle Map