Campus Safety

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.

Parking for personal vehicles is limited and permits are required year-round.

  • STANDARD permits ($135/year, $90/spring, $45/summer) are valid in any Standard lot (marked on this map as "Permit Parking 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.  The University does not limit the number of Standard permits it sells, and a permit does not guarantee a space. I'm ready to apply!
  • RESERVED permits ($420/year) are specific to an assigned Reserved lot or area, and a space is guaranteed; parking in Standard lots is permitted evenings and weekends. I'm ready to apply!
  • KANEKO COMMONS RESIDENTS:  Reserved parking is available only in the Kaneko parking lot ($350/year); Standard parking is available only in the lot south of the softball field.
  • CARPOOL permits ($90/year) are valid in any Standard lot, or in designated Carpool spaces in the Guest/Visitor lot between 7am and 2pm Monday-Friday.  Apply here.
  • OTHER PERMITS/OPTIONS (call or visit the Service Center unless otherwise noted) 
    • 5-Use Permit ($10 each) is valid in Standard lots only.
    • Discounted bus passes are $20.00 for monthly pass; $240 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 permit for the Standard lot south of the softball field.