During busy times of day, particularly morning and afternoon, trying to find a parking spot at UO is quite a hassle. The University doesn't have enough parking to accommodate its student population, and it oversells permits for the spaces. A lot of students at UO are local or just have their cars with them at school. Parking passes can be purchased at the beginning of each year and are required for parking on campus. Students agree that passes are too expensive, especially considering the lack of available spaces.
Eugene offers a lot of places to park around campus if you're carrying a roll of quarters with you. In the neighborhoods surrounding campus, there are many metered side streets and several two-hour zones where students can park for free. However, if you live in an apartment or house, you will usually get a parking spot with your rent, or you will have space to park for free on the street. Even some sororities and fraternities have parking lots as well. Riding a bike, walking, or skateboarding is very common among UO students. It is completely manageable to not have a car with you to get around. With a bus system that is free to students and all of the bike-friendly roads, a car is not needed.