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
General Parking Information
The remote parking boundary is designated as any area west of State Route 315. Blankenship is the sole exception to this designation. Remote permit holders must park in the parking lots located west of State Route 315 (except the Blankenship lot). For a detailed map of parking areas click here.
On football Saturdays, many lots on campus are reserved strictly for football parking. All vehicles must be removed from these lots by 5:00 a.m. on game day. Any vehicle not removed by that time will be towed at the owner’s expense.
To promote safety, some access restrictions are reduced after 4:00 p.m. weekdays, all day on weekends, and holidays to encourage customers to use the nearby parking lots. The following times are considered off-peak parking:
- Weekday Evenings: 4:00 p.m. – 3:00 a.m. Monday through Thursday
- Weekends: 4:00 p.m. Friday through 3:00 a.m. Monday
- Holidays: 12:01 a.m. to 3:00 a.m. the following day
During these times, additional parking garages become available for visitor use, and remote surface lot permits are valid in nonrestricted Central Campus A, B, or C spaces. On weekends and holidays, Surface Lot Temporary Permits allow parking overnight.
Overnight Visitor Parking
Overnight visitor parking is available seven days a week in designated 24/7 Visitor Garages and by paid parking via single-space meters, Pay-by-Plate machines, or Parkmobile. Surface Lot Temporary Permit holders are restricted to parking in the Remote West Campus WC5 parking lot (Carmack Lot 5) during the overnight hours of 3:00 a.m. to 5:00 a.m. Due to limited parking availability on campus, vehicles may not be parked for more than 72 hours in one location/space, unless otherwise posted. If a vehicle needs to be stored on campus for an extended time, the owner should contact CampusParc.
Signed visitor accessible parking spaces, at posted rates, are available in all visitor parking garages, at single-space meters, and in all surface lots.
Motorcycles are required to park in two-wheel vehicle spaces during peak times. A current CampusParc motorcycle permit is required, unless the motorcycle is parked at a metered motorcycle space (all fees must be paid).
In addition to surface lot two-wheel vehicle spaces, motorcyclists may park in the following garages with dedicated motorcycle entrances: SafeAuto Hospitals, Neil Avenue, Ohio Union South, 9th Avenue East, West Lane, and Lane Avenue Garages.
For holders of annual motorcycle parking permits, overnight and/or storage parking is available in the West Lane Garage and the Carmack 5 Overnight Lot on Remote West Campus.