Ohio University

Student Permits

Transportation & Parking Services welcomes students to campus. Several permit options are available to meet student parking needs. Ohio University boasts a pedestrian friendly campus offering transportation solutions connecting users to campus, local and regional travel destinations.


  • Meters are not Included in the purchase of your permit. When you purchase a permit, if you park at a meter, you still need to pay the meter.

  • Do not purchase a permit from anyone other than Transportation & Parking Services. This is done online through your OU Parking Portal.

  • Review lot signage carefully

  • Lost or stolen permits that are being used illegally will result in fines or vehicle relocation. 

  • What do I do if I am not eligible for a permit?

    • Hourly Parking

    • Dark Green and purple lots open after 5PM, make sure to read signage carefully

    • Off Campus parking alternatives 

    • Check out our Transit options, Bobcat Pass and CATS! 

    • Call our office today to ask for more options

Commuter Parking

Who is eligible for a commuter permit? 

A commuter student is defined as a student who resides 1-mile from the nearest commuter parking lot on campus.  Students residing inside this 1-mile radius are not permitted to purchase commuter parking and should utilize available transportation opportunities. 

Commuter permits are not valid for overnight parking. 

For more information in regards to eligibility please call our friendly customer care office at 740-593-1917,  text your questions to 740-593-4040, or send an email to tps@ohio.edu.

Permit Types & Fees

Commuter parking is permitted in regular non-metered, non-restricted spaces within purple commuter parking lots throughout campus. Permits are $135 for a standard school year, which consists of fall and spring semesters including break periods.  Summer semester permits are issued at a cost of $67.50. For parking locations please reference the campus parking map located in quick links on the right sidebar. 

How To Purchase

To purchase a commuter permit, students may login to the OHIO Parking Portal  & electronically purchase their permit.  Permits are shipped directly to the student.

Permit Guidelines

For detailed permit information & practices please refer to Usage Guidelines.

Residential Parking

A residential student is defined as a student residing in a university residence hall. 

Permit Types & Fees

Due to the reduced on-site parking need for fall semester, student permit fees have been adjusted to reflect students leaving campus on November 20th, 2020  Adjusted yearly prices for each respective permit type are reflected on the campus parking portal and shown at time of permit request. Full payment of yearly parking fees is due at time of campus permit request.

Three permit categories are available for residential students. 

  • Guaranteed Surface Lot:  Residential storage parking within dedicated overnight campus surface lots.  Permits are $350 for a standard school year, which consists of fall and spring semesters including break periods. Summer semester permits are issued at a cost of $175.
  • Non-Guaranteed Surface Lot:  Residential storage parking within specific campus surface lots - parking is shared with other facility users (faculty/staff & commuter students) and not guaranteed. Permits are $350 for a standard school year (fall and spring) and a summer permit is $175.
  • Guaranteed Garage Lot:  Residential storage parking within dedicated & covered overnight campus garage facilities. Permits are $410 for a standard school year, which consists of fall and spring semesters including break periods. Summer semester permits are issued at a cost of $205.

How To Purchase

To purchase a residential permit, students may Login to the OHIO Parking Portal  & electronically purchase their permit.  Permits are shipped directly to the student.

Permit Guidelines

For detailed permit information & practices please refer to Usage Guidelines.

Reserved Parking

Provides a reserved parking space in designated campus parking facilities. 

Permit Types & How To Purchase

Three campus parking facilities provide guaranteed parking. These permits are $800 annually. If interested in any of the following facilities below you will need to connect to your parking portal and add yourself to a waitlist. For assistance in adding yourself to a waitlist please contact the customer care center at 740-593-1917

  • Baker University Center Garage 
  • Jefferson Garage (East Green) 
  • Lot 17 (Congress Street)

Permit Guidelines

For detailed permit information & practices please refer to Usage Guidelines.