Students Visiting University Park
If you have a student permit for a Penn State campus other than University Park, your parking options at University Park depend on when you will be on campus.
Please note that student permits from Penn State campuses other than University Park are not valid anytime in lots reserved seven days per week. These include the lots indicated by red stripes on the student parking map (pdf), all resident student lots on campus, and overnight storage Lot 43. Unauthorized vehicles in these lots are subject to ticketing and/or towing at the owner’s expense, as stated on the lot entrance signs.
All lots are subject to additional hours of restriction based on special campus events or University needs as determined by the Parking Office. Event parking fees may also apply for select campus events.
Please note that during home football games, Penn State permits are not valid east of Bigler Road from midnight Friday night through the conclusion of the game.
Effective September 1, 2013, Penn State permits are valid in Lot 44 (Jordan East), Stadium West, and Porter North during Bryce Jordan Center events.
To park on campus between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, you will need to pay for parking at one of the multi-space pay stations at Lot 44 or Stadium West, or purchase a semester Commuter permit (see below). Student permits from campuses other than University Park are not valid at University Park during these times.
After 4 p.m., you may move your vehicle from the Commuter lots to an authorized staff area. There is no parking in the commuter lots from 2 to 4 a.m., and vehicles must be removed from the Commuter lots by midnight on the Friday before home football games. There is no overnight parking anywhere on campus with the University Park Commuter permit.
Multi-Space Pay Stations
Multi-space pay stations are located in the southwest corner of Stadium West near the intersection of Curtin Road and University Drive, and in the northwest corner of Lot 44 across from the Penn State All-Sports Museum. Hourly parking is available for $1 per hour, or all-day parking valid until 2 a.m. is available for $6. Pay stations accept major credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, Discover), LionCash+ and coins. More information regarding pay station parking can be found on the Multi-Space Pay Stations page.
If you will be at University Park on a regular weekday basis, please go to the Parking Office to purchase a student semester Commuter permit to park in Lot 44 (Jordan East), Stadium West or Porter North. You must bring your Penn State id+ Card and your license plate number (including state). You may pay for your permit with cash or check, or charge the amount to your student account (if active).
Weekends or Evenings
Current Penn State student permits issued by a campus other than University Park are valid after 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and on weekends in most, but not all, faculty/staff lots on campus. Lots that are open for evening/weekend parking are marked in on our student parking map.
Please note event parking fees may apply for select campus events, including overnight parking during home football and other large event weekends.
To park in East, HUB, or Nittany Decks after 4:00 p.m. on weekdays, you must take a stub from the machine to lift the gate. When exiting, you must give the attendant your stub and make sure he or she sees your permit. If you lose the stub, or if you park during restricted hours (7:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday), you will be charged $12 to exit. Parking is “head-in” only in the East, Eisenhower and Nittany Parking Decks; do not back into the spaces. Typically all parts of the vehicle must fit within all lines of a space. Some spaces include a back line. Most are signed, “VEHICLE MUST BE WITHIN ALL LINES.” These spaces are located at the ends of each level of the decks and the ends of the rows on each level and include a back line.
During announced “Midnight Clears” in the winter months, overnight parking (midnight to 7:00 a.m.) is only permitted in the enclosed areas of the parking decks. It is not permitted in surface faculty/staff lots or on the roofs of parking decks. Vehicles parked on the roofs of the decks or in surface faculty/staff lots will be ticketed and/or towed at the owner’s expense. Vehicles must be moved out of the decks and back into assigned lots by 8:00 a.m. the morning following a Midnight Clear.
Event Weekend Overnight Parking
Vehicles displaying a Commonwealth Campus student parking permit will be charged the same respective overnight parking event fee for football and large event weekends that is charged to visitors and University Park commuter students. Those fees are $25 or $20 respectively, depending if they are arriving on campus on Thursday or Friday evening. The weekend permit is valid for parking at the East, Eisenhower, HUB and Nittany Parking Decks, and Lot Red A at White Course Drive.
Students arriving on Thursday may purchase a weekend permit for $25.00 at the exit kiosk booth at the East, HUB and Nittany Parking Decks through midnight. Permits will also be available at the White Course Drive kiosk booth through 3:30 p.m. and at the Parking Office at 1 Eisenhower Deck through 5:00 p.m. Those arriving on Friday may purchase a weekend permit for $20.00 at the entrances to all four campus parking decks and Lot Red A through midnight. Any vehicles parked overnight on campus without a valid weekend event permit will be subject to ticketing and/or towing at the owner’s expense.
Please note that students with a valid Commonwealth Campus student parking permit arriving on the day of the event (after 4 p.m. for weekday events) will be allowed access to available lots at no additional charge, just as any valid Penn State parking permit is honored for on-campus events. The goal of the event weekend policy is to address those that are arriving in advance of the event and parking on campus overnight and throughout the weekend, as this privilege is one not extended to University Park commuting students.