OSU Parking, Policies, and Disabled Access

Parking at OSU

Parking Availability

Permits are mandatory for on-campus parking from 7 AM – 5 PM, Monday to Friday. Parking is generally free after 5 PM and on weekends.

Buying a Parking Permit

OSU Parking Pay Station

Advance online purchase of a visitor permit is recommended (instructions below). Alternatively, you can use the pay station located in the large lot south of Washington Ave (refer to Zimfest Map).

Required vehicle information includes:

  • License plate number
  • Make
  • Color
  • Body type (2 door, 4 door, SUV, etc.)

Parking Permit Rates

Short-term Permits Zone A Zone B
Daily Visitor $6 $4
Hourly Rate $2 $1

(Zone A permits can be used in both Zone A and Zone B parking lots.)

Buying a Permit Online

Permits are available online during July and August. They accept Visa, MasterCard, or Discover.

Follow these steps:

  1. Go to OSU Transportation Services > Visitor Permits.
  2. Select your permit type
  3. Enter dates
  4. Add vehicle information
  5. Agree to terms & conditions
  6. Add to cart & checkout
  7. No need to print anything; your car’s license plate serves as the permit

Parking Zones

Primarily, park in Zone B lots (see Zimfest Map). Limited parking is available in the Jefferson Parking lot (Zone A); it has a paystation.

Please respect painted lines and signage to avoid parking in restricted-use spaces. Residential R lots are exclusively for campus residents.

Additional Resources

OSU Smoking, Alcohol and Drug Policies


Oregon State University became 100% tobacco-free in 2019, prohibiting smoking and all forms of tobacco use on all university-owned or controlled property. Smoking, carrying any lighted inhalant delivery instrument, or using any tobacco product is prohibited in any indoor or outdoor spaces, including within parked cars.


Alcohol is not allowed in campus public spaces, but guests 21 and older may consume alcohol in the privacy of their rooms.


OSU does not allow the possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by students, employees or participants in university events such as Zimfest. Marijuana use is not permitted on campus (even though marijuana is legal in Oregon).

Disabled Access

Americans with Disabilities Act Compliance

The federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 requires that persons with disabilities have equal opportunity to enjoy campus programs, activities, and benefits. The Zimfest 2023 Organizing Committee will work together with Oregon State University to meet our responsibilities with respect to persons with disabilities. We will make every attempt to ensure that procedures are in place with respect to accommodating, and providing access to, Zimfest participants with disabilities.

Notification Deadline

Individuals needing assistance or special accommodation to fully participate in the 2023 Zimbabwean Music Festival should notify the OSU University Events Office at 541-737-4717 or at least one week in advance of the event, or by July 27, 2023. Oregon State University will in turn notify Zimfest organizers of any requests. Please feel free to make inquiries of the Zimfest Organizing Committee at at any date before then.