Parking and Transportation

The University strongly encourages use of alternative and environmentally friendly forms of transportation. For example, students and employees may purchase discounted Salem bus passes, rent an on-campus Zipcar at the special educational rate, or rent a bike at the Willamette Bike Shop.

Permits are required year-round.

Apply for a parking permit!

Types of Parking Permits


Valid in any Standard lot. The purchase and proper display of a current Standard parking permit allows an individual to park in a Standard lot if there is a legal parking space available. Standard permit sales are not limited; a permit does not guarantee a space.


Valid ONLY in the gated gravel lot south of the Softball field off 12th Street.


Permits are specific to an assigned Reserved lot or area, and a space is guaranteed; parking in Standard lots permitted evenings and weekends.


Reserved parking available only in the Kaneko parking lot; Standard parking available only in the gravel lot south of the softball field.


Valid in any Standard lot, or in designated Carpool spaces in the Guest/Visitor lot 7am-2pm Monday-Friday.

Apply for a parking permit!


(call or visit the Service Center unless otherwise noted)

  • 5-Use Permit is valid in Standard lots only.
  • Discounted bus passes are $22.50 for monthly pass; $270 for annual pass.
  • Guest/Visitor Lot is for University-invited guests via online reservation; unreserved spaces can be purchased after 7:00 a.m. for that day.
  • Parking Meters on campus are few and very short-term. See the campus map legend.
  • Academic Listeners and Gifted Scholars may purchase a Standard Softball Lot permit.