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Welcome to PSU

By Bike

Commuting to campus by bike can be healthy, fun, and efficient. We have several great programs to help you with route planning, bike maintenance and secure parking.

Finding the safest and easiest bike route to PSU is easy. Check out the City of Portland's Bicycle Trip Planning webpage. This page features the best online route finding tools!

Visit the on-campus PSU Bike Hub for friendly route planning suggestions, self-service and full-service repairs, and access to all your commuting needs. You can also secure your bike in one of our affordable, electronic-access indoor bike garages. Don't have a bike yet or want to rent one? Check out our VikeBikes!

By Transit

The majority of PSU students commute to campus by public transit. PSU is a hub of bus, lightrail, and streetcar lines that get you to every part of the city: Check out the Student FlexPass, a discounted transit pass good on the entire TriMet system!

Plan your trip to PSU ahead of time by using the TriMet Trip Planner.  You can also get personalized trip planning, purchase books of TriMet's daily tickets, and more at our office!

Need a car once in a while? Here are some great options for occasional car use without the hassle of ownership: ZipCar, GetAround, and Car2Go!

By Car

Commuting to PSU by car, or storing a car on campus, can be expensive and the supply of parking is extremely limited. If you have no other option than to drive to campus, make sure to buy a parking permit before they sell out.

Find a commuter permit that fits your schedule, then buy it online! You can also learn about our hourly & visitor options for occasional car trips to campus without a permit. Living on campus? Here are the parking permit options for housing residents.

If you will be parking on campus, you can easily avoid parking citations by familiarizing yourself with the parking regulations ahead of time.

By Foot

PSU is located at the heart of one of America's most walkable cities. By living on or near campus you can save a lot of money by walking instead of driving or paying for transit. To learn more about the living experience in downtown Portland, check out the Housing & Residence Life page.

Also, check out the free state-wide carpool tool, DriveLess.Connect! It finds carpool partners for you and there's a built in feature to match you with other students at PSU!

Keep in mind that the Portland Streetcar is free for PSU students. And for occasional car trips, we have over 20 Zipcars on campus!