Student parking permit

Student Parking Registration


    All students (undergraduate, graduate, continuing education, part-time, full-time, or adjunct) wishing to use parking facilities at University Park campus, (at any time, for any reason), including Innovation Park, must register their vehicle with the Transportation Services Office and, while parked on campus, properly display an authorized parking permit.

    Resident students and off-campus students wishing to store vehicles on campus must have completed at least 29.1 approved credits to be eligible for on-campus parking (not required for summer session parking).

    • Students who do not meet the minimum credit requirement, but have extenuating circumstances that may support having access to a vehicle on campus may email [email protected] for information on how to submit a formal parking request. Before doing so, however, students and their families should first review other available transportation options such as Zimride ridematching, and local and regional transportation services. Please note that parking space availability on campus allows a very limited number of these requests to be granted.

    Penn State students and employees (regardless of campus or location) are not considered visitors.

    Other requirements/regulations:

    • Providing false or misleading information on permit application will result in immediate revocation of parking privileges and forfeiture of all fees paid.
    • Vehicles must be registered by the first day of class each semester or by the first business day following arrival on campus.
    • Students may only register vehicles owned by them or by a member of their immediate family (parents or siblings).
    • A non-refundable processing fee of $25.00 will be assessed for all lost or stolen permits. This is not a replacement fee. The fee must be paid regardless of whether or not a new permit is issued.
    • Permit holders are responsible for reporting all address and license plate changes immediately to the Transportation Services Office. Failure to report these changes may result in tickets being processed to collections, at which time additional fees are assessed by the collections agency.
    • All permits remain the property of Penn State and must be returned upon request.
    • Permits may not be transferred, sold or duplicated. Violators will incur a fine, be referred to Student Conduct and have their parking privileges revoked.

    Visit the Student Parking Regulations page for a complete list of student parking regulations.

    Summer 2020 Registration

    Summer 2020 student parking registration will begin on the following dates:

    • Tuesday, May 5 at noon (for students enrolled for Maymester, Summer Session I, or all summer sessions) REGISTER NOW
    • Sunday, June 28 (for students enrolled for Summer Session II only - prorated rates)

    Print Permit From Online Parking Portal This Summer

    Due to the shortened timeframe of summer sessions and with Transportation Services staff currently working remotely, students who register for summer parking must print their permit from the online parking portal and display it on their vehicle dashboard for the entire summer. Regular hangtag permits will not be provided for 2020 summer sessions.

    Weekend Parking Regulations in Effect Until Further Notice

    Weekend parking regulations will remain in effect until further notice for students with a valid parking permit. This means that students may park throughout the day at all parking areas normally available to them during weekend hours (see areas highlighted in yellow with E/W symbol on the student parking map). Overnight parking between 2 a.m. and 4 a.m. at the Commuter lots and campus parking decks remains prohibited.

    Future Registration Dates

    Fall 2020/Spring 2021

    • Tuesday, Aug. 18 at noon (off-campus student commuter)
    • Wednesday, Aug. 19 at noon (off-campus long-term storage)
    • Thursday, Aug. 20 at noon (resident student)

    The University is planning and operating with the goal of having on-campus courses in the fall semester, if circumstances allow, but no no decision has been made at this time. Transportation Services will adjust this schedule, if needed.

    Important Fall/Spring Registration Information

    Student parking registration must be completed online. All permits are sold on a first come, first served basis. PermitDirect™ will provide a printable temporary permit allowing students to park immediately. Permanent permits for fall 2020 will be mailed to students' campus or local address.

    Students eligible for upgrades to a base student permit, such as graduate assistants, student athletes and those with a state-issued ADA placard, must visit the Transportation Services Office to obtain their upgraded permit. However, registration for a base student permit needs to be completed online prior to applying for any upgrades.

    To ensure prompt delivery, off-campus students must provide their full local address (including street number, street, and apartment number, if applicable) when registering for a permit. In addition, any students moving into a new residence in State College must notify the local Post Office of their residency prior to registering for a permit, as this is required to receive any mail at a new address.

    Residents of Nittany Apartments must use the following address format in order to receive their permit:

    600 E. Pollock Road
    Apt. #, Nittany Apts.
    State College PA 16801

    Visit the Resident Student Permits and Off-Campus Student Permits pages for more information on student parking permit options.