Plan Your Visit
We welcome your visit to our beautiful and historic campus. Here is some information to help you plan your trip, including where to stay and places to explore.
If you come to campus as part of a special visit program, you will receive specific information on your assigned parking location via e-mail. The parking information below is for visitors at all other times. Please note that construction of a pedestrian passageway requires the closure of part of Richland Avenue. Visitors should follow the detour signage. Learn more about the project and detour routes by visiting the Transportation and Parking Services website.
Free Parking Options on Campus
On-campus parking lots feature color-coded signs posted at each entrance. Most designated dark green or purple parking lots are available for free parking after 5 p.m. and on the weekends. Occasionally, some lots may be closed for special events. Please visit the Transportation and Parking Services website for details about parking on campus and observe any "lot closed" instructions posted on signage within the lots.
Paid Parking Options on Campus
Baker University Center Garage
Baker University Center features a pay-per-hour parking garage for your convenience. Spaces are limited. Rates are $1 per hour or portion thereof. Payment methods are cash (bills ranging from $1 to $20, dimes, quarters and dollar coins), Visa, and MasterCard. To access the garage, follow Oxbow Trail past Baker University Center and enter the garage at the west side of the building.
Please be aware that there are reserved spaces within this garage. These spaces are clearly marked with signage indicating a space number. Visitors wishing to use the pay-per-hour parking are not authorized to park within any reserved space. Please note that violators will be towed. Please park in any non-reserved space and follow the posted instructions to pay for your parking upon your exit.
Baker Center Surface Lot
Lot 122, the surface lot at Baker Center, is a pay-to-park facility. Guests wishing to park within this lot have the option to pay using ParkMobile (zone 1313) or they can pay for their space using the pay station located near the lot entrance. Parking in this lot is $0.75 per hour.
Ohio University Parking Meters
Several parking lots throughout campus offer metered parking. Time limits and meter fees are posted on each meter and vary by parking lot.
Handicapped parking spots are first come, first serve. With a disability placard or license plate and an Undergraduate Admissions parking pass, visitors can park in the closest handicapped spot to their destination, even if it is not located within the lot assigned for a specific visit program. The handicapped parking spots in surface lots 120 and 122 near the Baker University Center are not metered. Metered handicapped parking spots can be found in the Baker University Center garage. Our parking map shows all designated handicapped parking on campus.
Paid Parking Options off Campus
Athens City Garage
Pay-per-hour parking can also be found in the City Garage located on East Washington Street (enter in block between Court Street and College Street) in Uptown Athens. Payment methods include the Parkmobile app, credit card at a kiosk, or coins (a change machine is available at the entrance to the garage). Note: Please do not enter from College Street; that entrance is for reserved monthly parking spaces.
Athens City Parking Meters
Several streets throughout the city offer metered parking. Many city parking meters have a two-hour limit, except for the parking meters above the first floor of the parking garage. Time limits and meter fees are posted on each meter and vary by street.
There are many options for getting to, from, and around Athens, Ohio.
Whether you're interested in a hotel near campus or taking advantage of cabins and camping in gorgeous southeast Ohio, the Athens County Convention and Visitors Bureau is the perfect starting point to find your temporary home away from home.
Places to Explore
Here are some popular places to explore while you are on campus! Please note that some buildings have special evening and weekend hours.
- College Green - history and traditions
- Alden Library
- Baker University Center
- Kennedy Museum of Art
- Charles J. Ping Student Recreation Center
- Uptown Athens
While You're Here
There is always something exciting happening on campus or in the city of Athens. The websites below highlight some of our upcoming events to help you make the most of your visit.