Campus Safety

Parking Policies & Registration

Welcome to Oberlin College. We ask your cooperation as we provide parking for the campus community.

Oberlin College, as an academic and residential community, is strictly a walking and biking campus. Residence halls and College Village Housing apartments are within a 10-minute walk and a few blocks from the central campus and academic buildings. We ask you to support our management of available parking spaces by registering your vehicle, properly displaying the parking permit sticker, and parking within marked spaces in areas designated only for the permit issued. Not being able to park close to a desired location does not excuse a violation of published parking regulations.

Parking regulations are a response to agreements by the city and college in support of managing parking, acknowledging the college's commitment to environmental sustainability and reducing emissions that adversely affect the environment, and best managing the locations of existing college lots. By necessity, there will be zero tolerance for violations of parking regulations. Fines for parking violations raise progressively upon each additional violation, and vehicles found violating parking regulations a third time can be towed at the owner’s expense.

Please familiarize yourself with our parking regulations. If you have questions or concerns or have received a parking citation without understanding the reason, please address your question promptly with our department before you receive an additional citation (and progressive fines or cost of towing/storage) and before your status reaches the point of revocation of parking privileges. If you are a dependent student, share this information with your parents if they manage and make payments on your student account. If you are a faculty or staff member, please understand that parking regulation enforcement applies equally to students, faculty, and staff.

Recognizing the role of vehicle use as part of Oberlin’s dedication to supporting environmental sustainability, we encourage all members of our community to assess their need for a vehicle on campus and to participate in alternative transportation methods. These methods include using bicycles and the services of the Oberlin Bike Co-op; ride-sharing; CarShare, and other alternatives suggested on the Oberlin College Environmental Policy, which may be found on the Office of Energy and Sustainability’s Governance and Policy page.


Anthony Traska, Director

Parking Information


Parking Registration and Forms

Parking Registration forms are now found on OberView as Campus Safety no longer accepts paper registration forms. To access the registration forms, please go to OberView (link below) and choose the appropriate button, either Parking Registration for Students or Parking Registration for Faculty and Staff. You do not have to log into OberView to access these buttons and submit the online form.

To appeal a Campus Parking Ticket, please fill in the form, print it, and bring the completed form to the Campus Safety Office.