The parking system for students is divided into two categories, transportation fee and penguin promise.

YSU students who arrived on campus prior to summer of 2018 are in the transportation fee category. These students if enrolled in 6+ credit hours will be assessed a $115 transportation fee which included a parking permit. Students in the transportation fee category who are registered for less than 6 hours may opt in to the fee by purchasing a permit at $115. All students must log into the current semester in the YSU portal and follow the link to parking services in order to obtain a permit.

YSU students who arrived on campus for summer 2018 or after are in the penguin promise category.  Penguin promise students may purchase a parking permit through the YSU portal. Commuter permits, valid 7AM – 11PM daily are $45. Overnight permits, valid 24 hours a day in overnight parking lots are $90. All students must log into the current semester in the YSU portal and follow the link to parking services in order to obtain a permit. 

Parking permits are required at all times in all lots and spaces on the YSU campus.

Parking areas are designated as follows:

M-Mixed Parking (faculty, staff, and students)

R-Resident Parking

F-Faculty/Staff Parking

S-Student Parking

Parking facilities for students include two parking decks and surface lots. Although some lots are designated for faculty/staff parking during the day, after 5 p.m. daily, most F-lots become mixed (except the F-1 lot on University Plaza).

Street parking is under the jurisdiction of the city of Youngstown. Tickets received for street parking violations must be appealed to the city. For more information, call the Parking Office at (330) 941-3546.

The current parking regulations can be found on the YSU Parking web page.

For information on registration of vehicles and applicable fees, see the Tuition, Fees, and Charges section of this catalog.

Motorists' Assistance Program

Parking Services offers on-campus help with jump starts and lockouts to anyone with a valid YSU parking permit. The MAP will also lend out lug wrenches, jack stands, and gas cans. To contact the MAP program and shuttle service, call (330) 941-3051 or stop at any staffed parking booth.

Disability Parking

All students who wish to utilize YSU handicap parking must bring their valid state handicap registration to Parking Services in order to receive a handicap sticker. Once the sticker is applied to your permit, you may utilize all handicap parking on campus.

If a handicap permit registered to someone other than the YSU parking permit holder is used in conjunction with the YSU parking permit, it is invalid for parking in handicap spaces on campus.