Plan Your Visit
We are excited to share our beautiful and historic campus with you, so please review the following to ensure you get the most out of your visit.
What to Expect
Our daily campus visit lasts approximately 3 hours, including an info session and tours of our campus. While our campus visit won't include all 1,800 acres and 200 buildings, our tours feature key locations, including College Green, Uptown Athens, classroom spaces, residence halls, dining facilities, and more. So don't forget to wear your walking shoes! We also recommend that you bring a water bottle and take advantage of the bottle filling stations throughout campus since our water fountains have been disabled. And to keep you and our Bobcat community safe, please review the COVID-19 safety requirements below before visiting campus.
CAMPUS LIVING TOUR
Get a closer look at the OHIO residential experience during this self-paced tour featuring two first-year residence halls, a dining hall, and a market on West Green. Tour guides will be available at each stop to share why they chose to make OHIO home. Be sure to wrap up in time to make it back for the Admissions info session.
Learn all about OHIO during this 30-minute session led by a member of the admissions team. Discover what makes us unique, what life as a Bobcat is like, and how you can get started to join our close-knit community.
BOOKS & BRICKS TOUR
Explore our beautiful and historic campus with a student tour guide during this 90-minute walking tour. The tour features the historic College Green, vibrant Uptown Athens, Alden Library, a residence hall, an academic classroom, a dining hall, the student recreation center, and other ways Athens and OHIO are connected.
- Ohio University masking requirements match the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) COVID-19 Community Level for the county in which the campus is located. Please consult our website for current masking requirements before your visit.
- Visiting families will cancel their appointment if they have been exposed to anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 14 days.
- Visiting families will cancel their appointment if they have any symptoms related to COVID-19: fever, cough, shortness of breath, etc.
- Visiting families must follow University policies or risk cancellation of the visit.
Changes in our COVID-19 protocols follow shifts in guidance at the state level as well as from the CDC. As always, our decisions are informed by national and state science-based guidance, paired with local data on actual disease spread on our campuses and in surrounding communities. Review all of OHIO's COVID-19 Safety Measures.
Scheduled Campus Visit
If you have registered for a campus visit, you will receive specific information on your assigned parking location via email. The parking information below is for visitors at all other times.
Free Parking 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 Parking Services website for details about parking on campus and observe any "lot closed" instructions posted on signage within the lots.
Paid Parking On Campus
A variety of hourly, pay-by-space, and metered parking options are available for visitors. Baker University Center and Jefferson Hall offer designated visitor lots. Fees range from $.75 to $1 per hour based on parking location. Fees can be paid via metered devices, campus parking pay stations, or Parkmobile, an electronic parking payment application. For parking locations please reference the campus parking map.
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 parksmarter mobile app 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. Contactless payment is available through the parksmarter mobile app.
Accessible 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 accessible spot to their destination, even if it is not located within the lot assigned for a specific visit program. Accessible parking spots can also be found in the Baker University Center garage. Our parking map shows all designated accessible parking on campus