We're excited to introduce SureParc, an interactive map that allows you to view parking rules by time!
Welcome to the Ohio State University! We can help you find parking and get to where you need to be.
Ohio State is one of the largest college campuses in the country. With 16 parking garages and 188 surface parking lots, there are a lot of parking options.
We recommend using the SureParc tool to view visitor parking rules by time.
In addition to viewing SureParc, here's a quick summary of the rules:
If you only need to park for a few hours at a time, hourly parking is your best option. Hourly parking rates vary by where you park on campus:
Surface Lots: $2.25/hour
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*Off-Peak Max: 6 p.m. - Midnight Weekdays, All Day WeekendsIf you need to park for a full day or if you visit the campus regularly, see the "Frequent Visitor" section below.
If you are parking in a garage, you will receive a white ticket upon entry. We encourage you to keep the ticket with you and complete your payment at one of the pay-on-foot machines prior to returning to your vehicle – this keeps the exit lane moving. Once payment is made, you will receive a paid/validated ticket for use at the exit gate. Pay-on-foot machines accept cash, credit, and validations.
Please note: only credit cards are accepted at the exit gate. Cash is not accepted at the exit.
Surface Lot Parking
If you are parking in one of the many surface lots across campus, ParkMobile is a convenient option for payment. It is a downloadable app that lets you pay for parking directly from your phone. Create a ParkMobile account at parkmobile.io, via the ParkMobile iOS or Android app, or via their automated phone system at 877-727-5009. After setting up an account, follow ParkMobile's prompts to pay for parking. One benefit of ParkMobile is that parking sessions can be extended via the app or online.
Pay-by-Plate machines are located throughout campus. Upon 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 important to enter your license plate information correctly. Please note: Machines only accept credit card payments and do not provide refunds.
Single-space parking meters are placed in high-demand areas to facilitate easy short-term parking. Meters are available to anyone and all meters take credit card or coins as payment.
Need help finding where you can park? Take a look at the SureParc tool.
Overnight visitor parking is available seven days a week in designated 24/7 Visitor Garages and all surface lots with hourly payment options (paid parking via ParkMobile, Pay-by-Plate machines, and single-space meters).
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 customer service at 614-688-0000.
If you have a visitor permit, see the visitor permit page for overnight parking rules.
Off-peak refers to the following times on campus when it's not as busy and parking restrictions are relaxed:
Weekdays: 4:00 p.m. - 3:00 a.m. Monday - Thursday
Weekends: 4:00 p.m. Friday - 3:00 a.m. Monday
Holidays: 12:01 a.m. - 3:00 a.m. the following day
During these times, additional parking garages become available for visitor use (Ohio Union North, 11th Ave., Neil Ave., & Arps Garage).
If you're a frequent visitor who has purchased a visitor permit, there are some perks for you in terms of off-peak parking. See the visitor permit page for more details.
ADA accessible spaces are available in all garages and most surface lots across campus. Paid hourly parking and the display of a state-issued disability placard are required to use an accessible space.
View the SureParc tool to view where ADA parking is located on campus.
Motorcycles are welcome on campus. Here's what you need to know about getting to and from campus on a motorcycle.
If you visit Ohio State on a regular basis, see the Motorcycle Permits page for more details on available permits.
CampusParc offers daily and monthly visitor permits. The Permit Comparison Tool will help you decide which permit is right for you.