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2 College Junior

Parking: I do not have a car on campus but from what I have heard from others it is terrible, hard to find parking and the cost is outrageous. I personally find it just as easy and convenient to walk everywhere on campus.

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1 College Junior

Parking: parking on or near campus sucks

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3 College Junior

Parking: Pretty much ever where can get filled up. But sometimes lots are ghost towns

3 College Freshman

Parking: There are a lot of spaces but they all fill up very quickly and the police are very particular about the parking meters and giving tickets. It is incredibly costly to have a car on campus while living in the dorms and the car is usually kept on the opposite end of campus which is a hassle to get to and is rarely used because of that.

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2 College Freshman

Parking: I commute and Ohio State is unwilling to make it easier for us commuters. You can get a spot by parking at the stadium, but you must be there before 8:00 am to get a spot. You can alternatively park on west campus which is a mile or two away from most classes. They do offer a bus service which is free, but it would be nice if they would consider creating more parking spaces closer to campus.


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Parking at OSU is a task in itself, and when you do find a spot, it will probably be quite a distance from campus. While the University has tried to add more parking lots, the sheer number of students and prospective students makes it impossible for everyone to keep a vehicle on campus. In addition, some spots are getting lost to construction or taken over for events such as football tailgating, worsening an already bad situation. You will get at least one parking ticket in four years.

Students are not allowed to park on campus itself during the day, and overnight parking isn't legal. If you have a parking permit you can try the student parking on West Campus, but you'll have to take your chances everywhere else. The bottom line: get ready to build some leg muscles-you're going to find yourself walking just about everywhere. Generally speaking, it isn't even worth bringing a vehicle to campus. It's a hassle driving back and forth from the West Campus lot, and you can't count on parking anywhere else. In addition, all the main stores and campus buildings are well within walking distance. For getting around at OSU, the on-campus transportation system (CABS) is fairly efficient, with routes to get you almost everywhere you'll need to go. If you don't feel like waiting for the bus, you can always walk; traffic is so bad, it often doesn't save time to go places by vehicle, anyway.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
$80–$600 per year
Common Parking Tickets
  • Expired meter: $25
  • Failure to display permit: $3
  • Handicapped zone: $150
  • No parking zone: $35
  • Parked out of zone: $30–$50
  • Unauthorized Use of a Parking Permit: $150
Best Places to Find a Spot
The West Campus lots, near the Stadium
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
During the day, pretty much anywhere. Don't even try on South Campus unless you have an "A" permit.
Getting a Parking Permit
The higher up the hierarchy your pass is, the more parking options you have. “A” (faculty only) permits can park anywhere, anytime, while “WC5” permits are relegated to the West-Campus parking lots, on the other side of the Olentangy River from campus. There are more than a dozen options for parking permits, various ones depend on the number of credit hours a student has or where he/she lives.
Parking Services
Transportation and Parking
160 Bevis Hall
1080 Carmack Rd.
(614) 292-9341

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 311 responses

  • 2% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 19% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 10% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 43% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 12% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 14% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 314 responses

Very poor
  • Distance from class
  • Distance from dorms
  • Ease of finding a spot
  • Parking enforcement
  • Permit cost
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