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3 College Sophomore

Parking: It's costly to purchase an on campus pass, however, they are usually spots available even if they are far/inconvenient. However, it's expected and comes along with the university setting and the fact that there are so many people in such a small perimeter. I advise not bringing a car your first year unless you live off-campus and have to commute to campus or if you try and get a job in the city and don't want to take the public transportation, which is free with your UO ID.

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3 College Senior

Parking: Eugene isn't always great for having a car. Arrive 20 minutes early to look for a spot. Bus, bike, and walk are all easier.

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1 Recent Alumnus

Parking: Pretty much no one parks on campus. And good luck trying to find street parking anywhere near campus...

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1 College Sophomore

Parking: At orientation they actually tell you not to bring a car. parking is terrible

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2 College Junior

Parking: The school has no parking garage or major parking lot, which seems silly but the student population has grown substantially in the last ten years. Parking permits are fairly expensive but much cheaper than pay-to-park. Spots fill by 830am.

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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.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
$125 for one month, $225 for nine-month pass (Fall through Spring terms), $300 for an annual pass
Common Parking Tickets
  • Expired meter: $20
  • No permit displayed: $30
  • No parking zone: $35
  • Fire lane: $75
  • Handicapped zone: $470
Best Places to Find a Spot
  • Off campus
  • East side of Alder Street, between E. 16th and E. 17th avenues
  • A private house/apartment
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
  • South side of E. 12th Avenue, between Alder Street and Kincaid Street
  • E. 13th Avenue and Alder Street, right in the hot spot of campus
Getting a Parking Permit
Parking permits are required everywhere on campus, aside from some short-term metered spaces and the more residential locations. Student permits are sold by term or month. For a 12-month period, they are about $300 but can be purchased for smaller ranges of time. Day permits are also available for visitors.
Parking Services
Department of Parking & Transportation
1319 E 15th Ave.
(541) 346-5444

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 184 responses

  • 2% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 14% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 7% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 34% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 14% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 30% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 186 responses

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