Transportation and Parking

Parking and Transportation in the Clarion Area

A parking permit is needed to park in most areas of the University. Permits are issued to students and employees on an annual basis each August. The fee for student permits is $150 annually. Parking applications can be obtained at the Office of Public Safety, Thorn Street, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Campus Map

In addition to permit parking areas, parking meters are located throughout the campus. A permit is not required to park at a meter; however, students with permits must still pay the meter if they choose to park there. The parking meters are intended for short-term use and have a two-hour or less time limit. Students are encouraged to use the Clarion Area Transit bus service instead of driving to campus. All students may receive a free stadium permit instead of purchasing an on-campus permit. In addition, students ride free with a student ID. The hours of operation are 7:30 a.m. until 10 p.m., seven days a week. Weekdays, the Campus Loop route travels every half-hour to many off-campus apartments in the Clarion area and to the University Stadium. In the evenings, the Mall Run travels hourly from the campus, stadium, and surrounding area to the Mall (exit 62) area. 

Commuter Students

Students living off campus, including freshmen, who live beyond the radius of 4th Avenue, are eligible for a commuter permit. Off campus students who live closer than the designated radius are not eligible for a university-parking permit and are encouraged to utilize parking meters if they need to drive to campus occasionally.  Commuter lots are designated red on the campus map.

Freshmen Residence Hall Students

Freshmen living in on Campus in the Suites or residence halls may apply to park in Lot R3, which is located on Grand Avenue (designated in bright pink on the campus map) If Lot R3 is sold out, you may park at the Stadium free of charge. Lot R3 is the ONLY area where the Freshman permit is valid and Lot R3 permit-holders will be ticketed for parking anywhere else on campus during ticketing periods.

Residence Hall Upperclass Students

Students who have accumulated 30 or more credits are considered upperclassmen and are eligible for an upperclassmen residence hall permit. Resident Upperclass lots are designated as the blue lots on the campus map and include Lot P  and Lot 17 (Rhea Lumber).

Stadium Permit

Any student may obtain a stadium permit free of charge. Stadium permit holders will be instructed to move their vehicles to campus via email when there are stadium events.

DAYTIME Visitor Permit

All Campus visitors must register at the Public Safety office and obtain a complementary one-day permit. In addition, a limited amount of metered parking is available in most university lots. Parking permits are not valid in meter spaces.


Overnight guests of students must report to the Public Safety office to register their vehicles and obtain a parking permit.

Hours of Enforcement

Permit violations in Residence Hall lots are enforced 24 hours per day, Monday through Friday.

Students and/or visitors are permitted to park free of charge on campus over the weekend from 4 p.m. Friday until 2 a.m. Monday morning in regular parking spaces.

Physically Disabled, Loading/Unloading and No Parking Zone violations are enforced 24/7.

Multiple Tickets

The parking regulations exist to help ensure adequate parking for students, faculty, staff, and visitors. A successful parking plan depends upon the cooperation of those who use the university's parking resources. The high demand for parking on our campus necessitates active enforcement and additional penalties for those who habitually ignore parking regulations. It is therefore our practice that after the fifth valid ticket in an academic year (paid or unpaid), the fine for all subsequent violations increases to $30.00 per violation. All other fines are $15.00 and double if not paid within 10 days of issuance.

Beginning August 1, 2013, parking in Pennsylvania Designated Handicapped spaces without proper authorization (PA State-issued placard or Physically Disabled license plate) will result in a $75.00 parking fine. Fines may increase to no more than $250 after the first offense for each additional offense.

Vehicle Immobilization

Vehicles with three or more outstanding tickets may be booted. An immobilization fee, as well as all outstanding tickets, must be paid prior to the removal of the boot.

Violations of Policy / Unpaid Ticket Policy

Any person who violates these regulations, or any campus parking policy, shall be subject to (a) a fine, and prosecution under the provisions of the Pennsylvania Vehicle Code or the Pennsylvania Crimes Code. All penalties, not paid or appealed within the required time limit, can be filed with the District Justice for prosecution. The defendant, if adjudicated guilty, will be required to pay fines and costs of prosecution.


Questions about parking should be directed to the Public Safety Department at +1 814 393 2111 or e-mailed to

Last Updated 3/4/20