Parking at Bloomsburg University

Motor vehicle parking on Bloomsburg University's campus is regulated and strictly enforced by university police. Motorists are strongly encouraged to park in appropriate locations, obtain necessary permits, and follow posted rules to avoid almost certain parking citations and fines.

Bloomsburg University police are like any municipal police force and traffic tickets carry the same weight as anywhere in Pennsylvania.

Parking areas at a glance

University parking is organized to provide an adequate number of spaces for

  • Currently enrolled students who register a motor vehicle with BU police.
  • University faculty and staff who register a motor vehicle with BU police.
  • Parking for visitors who obtain a temporary parking hangtag, including specially designated areas for admissions and university clinics.
  • Parking for special events, including intercollegiate athletics.
  • Parking for persons with disabilities. Vehicles require the typical handicapped parking identification to be displayed.
  • Temporary short-term metered parking in several areas.

University Police
Location: Rear of Andruss Library
Available 24 hours/day, 7 days/week
Guide to Parking on Campus
Parking Regulations
Interactive Mobile Map

Call boxes on campus are direct connections to University Police. They are recognizable by a blue light atop posts on which phones are installed.

Parking legally on campus

  • Visitors must obtain a short-term parking pass. These may be obtained at University Police, located near the Andruss Library. Visitors to the Admissions Office, Athletic Department, Speech and Hearing Clinic, or the Reading Center, can obtain a visitor permit from those departments for their special visitor areas.
  • Students parking cars on campus must register vehicles with university police. As appropriate, they will be allowed to park in specific lots, including commuters and occupants of residence halls and apartment complexes. Off-campus students living nearby may not necessarily be able to obtain commuter parking permission.
  • Faculty and staff must register vehicles with university police to obtain a faculty-staff (red) hangtag that allows them to park in faculty-staff lots.
  • Special events parking, including athletic events, is in specifically identified areas. Designated parking lots for sports activities are found on upper campus near the athletic facilities; parking on grassy areas is prohibited. Visitors should always follow directions of University Police for special events parking, especially on lower campus.

Special Events Parking Request Form

Commuter Student Parking Boundaries

If you live outside the red line on the map below, you can be considered a commuter and be eligible for commuter student parking. If you're uncertain, contact University Police at 570-389-4168 with your street address for a ruling.

Commuter Student Map

Frequency Asked Parking Questions

Q. I am a visitor. What do I need to do?

A. Get a visitor's permit and display it in your vehicle. Visitors may park in any legally lined area on campus. Permits can be obtained in the following buildings: Carver Hall and University Police. If you're visiting the Admissions Office, Athletic Department, Speech and Hearing Clinic, or the Reading Center visitor permits can be obtained from those departments for their specific areas.

Q. How many vehicles can I register at a time with University Police?

A. Faculty and staff may register three vehicles. Students may register one, unless the second is a motorcycle.

Q. Where should I park if I cannot find a place on lower campus?

A. Park at the Special Events JKA Lot on upper campus and ride the free shuttle bus to lower campus.

Q. What are the hours when restrictions apply to campus parking?

A. From Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m., parking is restricted to the designated areas. Open parking is permitted from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. Monday through Thursday, with the exception of the Heating Plant Lot, and metered parking spaces. There is no parking on campus from 2 a.m. to 6 a.m. Monday through Friday. On weekends, beginning at 5 p.m. Friday until 2 a.m. Monday, open parking is permitted, in any legal parking space except the special reserved areas, meter parking spaces and the Heating Plant Lot. All vehicles must be parked in a legal lined parking space.

Q. I'm eligible to register a vehicle, but I have brought an unregistered vehicle to campus or have misplaced my permit. What should I do?

A. Go to the University Police and get a temporary permit for that day.

Q. What should I do if my vehicle breaks down on campus?

A. Get a disabled vehicle permit from University Police within a half hour of the break down. The permit will be issued for no more than three days.

Q. What happens if I ignore tickets?

A. If you have three unpaid parking tickets with one or more not paid for 20 days or more, your vehicle will be booted and/ or towed at your expense.

Any other questions? Not quite sure? Contact the University Police at 570-389-4168 or 570-389-2211. University Police dispatchers can answer questions regarding parking.