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Parking FAQs

  • When did the new parking permit process start?
    The new parking permit process began July 1, 2017.
  • Why is CSU instituting a paid parking permit system?
    All funds generated from parking permits, above the operating costs of the department, offset the costs of new police officers and new campus safety officers.
  • Do I have to buy a parking permit?
    Only if you intend to park on either campus. If you walk, ride, or take a bus to campus, then you do not need a parking permit.
  • What if I drive more than one vehicle to campus? 
    The new parking permits are transferable between vehicles. Please note that a valid parking permit must be displayed while parking on either campus. Should you forget your parking permit, please contact the Parking Services office for a temporary permit.
  • What if I get a new vehicle or have to borrow a vehicle?
    All vehicles that park on campus must be registered with Parking Services and linked to a valid permit. Visit the Parking Web Portal to add temporary or permanent replacement vehicles to your account. You can also call us at (706) 507-8203, email us at, or stop by our office on the first floor of Illges Hall to register additional vehicles.
  • What if I park on campus without a new parking permit?
    You run the risk of receiving a ticket. Vehicles with an excessive number of unpaid tickets may be immobilized or towed, at the operator /owner's expense. Also, visitor parking spaces will be patrolled to prevent students, faculty, and staff from parking in those spaces in order to avoid purchasing a permit.
  • How much are parking permits?
    Permits for students are $45 per academic year. Permits for faculty, staff, Enterprise Development partners, and vendors' personal vehicles are $90 per academic year. Part-time and temporary faculty and staff may qualify to have the parking permit charge waived. Reserved spaces are $180 per academic year and are only available to those who previously had reserved parking spaces.
  • If I drive a motorcycle do I need a permit?
    Yes, motorcycles are required to display a valid parking permit to park on campus.
  • Where/How do I buy my hang tag? Can I buy it online?
    At the Parking Services Office on the first floor of Illges Hall. Our hours are Monday-Friday 8am-5pm. Permits purchased online through the Parking Web Portal must still be picked up at the Parking Services Office during regular office hours. Purchasing a permit online does save time at the office since you are only picking up the permit rather than processing a payment.
  • What if someone is just visiting campus for a few minutes? Do they need a hang tag?
    The current Parking Code indicates that all vehicles parked on campus must be registered with Parking Services. Please visit the "Visitor Parking" section from the left-hand side of this page for more information.
  • I thought students already paid for parking at CSU? 
    The "Student Parking Deck Fee" listed as a mandatory fee on tuition statements, "Provides support for the maintenance, upkeep and debt retirement of the University's student parking deck" (Bursar's Office – Explanation of Mandatory Fees). This fee was approved by SGA and implemented roughly 10 years ago. This paid parking permit program only applies to those who choose to bring a car to campus.
  • I volunteer on campus. Do I need to buy a parking permit?
    No. Volunteers registered with HR will be provided a parking permit at no charge. Please visit the Parking Services Office to register your vehicle.
  • I work mainly off campus at one of our educational outreach centers. Do I need a parking permit?
    Any vehicle that parks on either of CSU's campuses must be registered and display a current parking permit. We recommend that all faculty and staff register their vehicles and purchase a permit, even those at the outreach centers, in the event that you must park on campus.
  • What about visitors and conference attendees on campus or who register with programs such as those offered at the Cunningham Center or Continuing Education?
    These two facilities have new parking policies in place for their visitors. For more information, contact these facilities individually. Other large events on campus should contact Parking Services.
  • Can we park in the parking deck? 
    The parking deck is for students only. Faculty, staff, and auxiliary parking permit holders are subject to ticketing and fines for parking in the main campus parking deck.
  • Can I pick up my parking permit downtown?
    We will offer satellite opportunities at the beginning of each semester for permit purchase and pickup. Please visit our homepage for the current list of satellite opportunities.
  • Can employees pay for the parking permit through payroll deduction? 
    Yes, please complete the Employee Parking Registration form found on our "Forms & Guides" page and submit to the Parking Services Office. Permits must be picked up at our office, regardless of payment method.
  • How will visitors know they need a parking pass? 
    Signage was significantly upgraded on campus regarding parking.
  • Will parking spots be assigned?
  • When will parking be enforced?
    The Parking Code is in effect at all times. Effective January 1, 2019, students displaying current parking permits may park in green faculty/staff spaces after 6pm. This does not include any individually signed space, including but not limited to those for visitors, service vehicles, and reserved spaces. All students, faculty, and staff who intend to park on either of CSU campuses are still required to purchase and display a valid CSU parking permit, even after 6pm.
  • Where can I park?
    The parking spaces around campus are color-coded as follows:
    • Green - Faculty/Staff Parking.
    • White - Open parking for all currently registered vehicles unless designated otherwise. This excludes the Main Campus Parking Garage; the main campus garage is exclusively for permitted student vehicles.
    • Blue - Accessibility Parking. Individuals without special accessibility placards or plates are subject to citation and impoundment.
    • Visitors - Visitor parking. Faculty, staff, students, and third party employees and vendors may not park in designated visitor spaces at any time.
    • Electric Vehicle Charging Spaces - These publically available spaces are reserved for electric vehicles (EV) only. EVs must be in active session connected to the charger to use the spaces. Any non-electric vehicles or EVs not in active session are subject to citation. EV spaces are located in the center section of the first floor of the parking deck, Lot 14 in front of University Hall, and at the Cunningham Conference Center.
  • Who is eligible for a reserved space?
    Only those who previously had a reserved space.
  • What do other universities charge for parking? 
    Here is a sample of what some other USG institutions charge for a parking permit on their campuses:
    • Georgia Tech: $695 - $795 per year
    • Georgia State: $240 - $800 per year
    • UGA: $90 - $480 per year
    • Georgia Southern
      • Statesboro Campus: $100-$160 per year
      • Armstrong Campus: $50 per year
    • Valdosta State University: $75 - $85 per year 
    • Auburn University: $80 - $180 per year
  • I have another question. What do I do?
    Please contact Parking Services at 706-507-8203 or via e-mail at

Transportation Options FAQs

  • Are there other ways to get to class rather than driving?
    Absolutely. You can use the CSU Shuttle or METRA (the Columbus public transportation system). You can also carpool, bike, or walk. See questions below for more details.
  • Can I use the CSU Shuttle to get to campus?
    Yes, the Shuttle runs between RiverPark Campus and Main Campus about every 20 minutes for most of the day. You can also pick it up at Lakebottom Park (near Columbus High School). All CSU faculty, staff, and students can ride the CSU Shuttle free of charge. For a detailed schedule, please see the Bus Schedule page.
  • Can I use public transportation to get to campus?
    Yes, METRA Routes 5 and 6 serve Main Campus. Routes 2, 4, and 8 serve downtown Columbus within walking distance of the RiverPark Campus. Student fares are $1 with a student ID. Multi-day passes are also available (details on METRA's website).
  • Is it possible to walk or bike to campus?
    Yes, the Fall Line Trace is a multi-use path that runs 11 miles from downtown Columbus through many residential areas to Psalmond Road in east Columbus. It has an entrance on the main campus.
    NOTE FOR BICYCLISTS: The first two (2) miles between the 14th Street Bridge and Fall Line Trace entrance off 10th Avenue requires street riding.
  • Where can I park my bicycle and will it be safe?
    Every major building on Main Campus and the RiverPark Campus has bicycle racks nearby, some of which are sheltered. While Columbus is a safe area, it is always advisable to use a sturdy lock. U-locks and chains are generally more effective than cable locks.
  • Can I put my bicycle on the bus or shuttle?
    Yes, all METRA buses and some of the CSU Shuttles have bike racks. This allows you the flexibility of a multi-modal commute, using a bike for part of your trip and a bus or shuttle for another part.