Ohio University

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.

Frequently Asked Questions about visiting OHIO


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.

More on-campus parking information

Special Events and Lot Closures

Handicapped Parking

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.

Learn more about transportation

Local Accommodations

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.

Learn more about local accommodations

Places to Explore

You can also take a self-guided walking tour using our free iPhone or Android mobile app! Visit the iPhone App Store or the Android Market to download it now.

Here are some popular places to explore while you are on campus! Please note that some buildings have special evening and weekend hours.

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.

Ohio University Calendar of Events

Athens County Convention and Visitors Bureau