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CEED Student Handbook - Travel to PSU


Portland State University is conveniently located in downtown Portland. A number of buses, the Max light rail and the Portland Streetcar serve Portland State University directly. For schedules and fare information see the TriMet website. Public transportation is by far the easiest method to get to and from campus.

Parking for Portland State University

There are several parking facilities available for student use at Portland State University. Permits are necessary for all parking. There are a very limited number of parking spaces on or near the university campus for the large volume of students and visitors to campus. Please note that, as at most urban universities, a parking permit is much more like a hunting license!

Parking Structures

PSU parking structures and lots are available to faculty, staff, students, and guests of Portland State University. All vehicles must have a valid term permit, faculty/staff permit, daily permit, or guest permit to park on campus. Permits are required in the parking structures and lots until 7 pm Monday through Thursday and until 5 pm on Friday and Saturday, including breaks between terms. Fees and time restrictions also apply to the metered parking lots. Meter fees and permits are not required on Sundays and legal holidays when the campus is closed.

Term Permits

Term and faculty/staff permits may be purchased at the Transportation and Parking Services office located in the Campus Recreation building, 1812 SW 6th Avenue, or online.

Short-Term Parking

Daily permits are sold at pay stations on a space-available basis inside PSU parking structures. All parking locations, including self-service pay stations, accept bills, coin, MasterCard and Visa for payment. Self-service pay stations do not provide change. For more information, review the parking website, or call the Portland State University Parking Office, 503-725-3442 or 1-800-547-8887 ext. 53442 regarding parking, transportation, and acceptable Portland State University identification.

City-owned parking meters are also available for use on the streets surrounding the university.