Surface Lot Parking

Visitors and guests to The Ohio State University are required to purchase parking any time they park on campus. All parking on campus is allocated and signed for specific uses, and parking regulations are enforced 24/7. There are two basic options for visitor parking:

Garage Parking: Prevalent in the dense Academic Core and Wexner Medical Center areas
Surface Lot Parking: Typically located in less dense areas along the campus perimeter

Surface lot payment options are valid in surface lots only; if you park in a garage, all hourly fees must be paid upon exit. All parking rules are enforced 24/7. Surface lot parking is restricted on football Saturdays. 
      

Surface Lot Payment Options

Single-Space Meters

Single-space parking meters are placed in high-demand areas to facilitate short-term parking. Meters are available to anyone (CampusParc permit holders or visitors) on campus provided that the meter fees are paid. All meters take US quarters, dimes, and nickels only; the maximum time allowed is posted on each meter.

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Pay-by-Plate

Pay-by-Plate machines are located throughout campus to allow visitors to purchase parking. To pay for parking, walk to the nearest Pay-by-Plate machine (clearly marked by directional signs). Enter your license plate number and select the form of payment and amount of parking time desired, as indicated by printed instructions on the Pay-by-Plate machine. Since verification of payment is done via license plate, it is imperative to enter your license plate information correctly. Please verify all information before finalizing your transaction. Machines do not provide change or refunds.

Pay-by-Plate Locations
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Parkmobile

Parkmobile is a payment option that uses pay-by-phone and smartphone applications. Customers can create a Parkmobile account online at parkmobile.com, via the Parkmobile app, or via their automated phone system at 877-727-5009. After entering the required information and setting up an account, customers can begin “parking sessions” by accessing their account (via one of the three methods available) and confirming their license plate number, parking zone number, and intended duration of stay. Parking sessions can be terminated early or extended via the same method used to start the parking session. 

Parkmobile Website
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Permits may be purchased at the CampusParc Customer Service Center.

Campus Parking Map
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Central Campus Visitor Permit

Central Campus visitor permits are valid in any unrestricted surface lot spaces. Paid hourly parking is required for vehicles parked in marked hourly spaces, at single-space meters, or in parking garages. Permits are available in the following increments: 

  • Day: Permits are good for one calendar day. Vehicles parked overnight require the purchase of multiple day permits or paid hourly parking.
  • Month: Permits are good for 30 days from the date of purchase.

Long-term vehicle storage is not permitted; vehicles parked for more than 72 hours in one location will be cited and removed at the owner’s expense.        

   

West Campus Visitor Permit - Monthly

This permit type is valid in any unrestricted West Campus surface lot spaces for 30 days after purchase. Off-peak Central Campus access is provided. Paid hourly parking is required for vehicles parked in marked hourly spaces, at single-space meters, or in parking garages. 

Overnight Parking: West Campus visitor permits do not include weekday overnight parking. Vehicles parked overnight require paid hourly parking.
  

West Campus Overnight Visitor Permit - Monthly

This permit type is valid in any unrestricted West Campus surface lot spaces for 30 days after purchase. Off-peak Central Campus access is provided. Paid hourly parking is required for vehicles parked in marked hourly spaces, at single-space meters, or in parking garages.

Overnight Parking: Overnight parking is available in the Carmack 5 lot.