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Frequently Asked Questions about Parking

When will the new parking decal process start?

Decals will be available for pick up by faculty, staff, and students after July 1, 2017.

Why is CSU instituting a parking decal system?

Proceeds from the parking decals will go toward upgrading campus security efforts, including additional police officers on campus.

Do I have to buy a parking permit?

Only if you bring a car to campus. If you walk, ride or take a bus to campus, you do not need a parking permit. As a reminder, you have the option of parking in the Rivercenter parking deck and riding the CSU shuttle for free.

What if I drive more than one vehicle to campus?

The new parking permits will be transferable to another vehicle.

What if I park on campus without a new parking permit?

You run the risk of receiving a ticket and fines. Vehicles with an excessive number of unpaid tickets may be booted or towed. Also, visitors parking spaces will be patrolled to prevent students, faculty, and staff from parking to avoid purchasing a permit.

How much are the decals?

The annual cost for a parking decal will be: Students, $45; Faculty/Staff $90; Reserved $180. Faculty and staff can pay for their decal through payroll deduction, which is expected to be established within the next two months.

If I drive a motorcycle do I need a decal?

Yes, motorcycles are considered vehicles. All vehicles are required decals to park on campus.

Where/how do I buy my decal? Can I buy it online?

As of July 1, you may purchase a decal in the Parking Services Office in Illges Hall from 9 am – 5 pm, Monday – Friday. At this time, decals can only be purchased in person.

What if I only teach one or two class per semester?

The Provost will provide special parking decals as part of their contract.

What if someone is just visiting campus for a few minutes? Do they need a decal?

There are a few visitor parking spaces on campus outside Richards Hall and for prospective students outside University Hall. Besides those spots, every one parking on campus will need a parking permit. The details are still being finalized in regards to how visitor passes will be distributed.

I thought students already paid for parking at CSU?

Actually, no. There is a parking deck fee, approved by SGA and implemented about 10 years ago, that pays for the bond on the parking deck. There's also a transportation fee that pays for the free shuttle services the university provides around campus and between downtown and main campus. This new program only applies to those who choose to bring a car to campus.

What about part-time staff members? Do they have to pay for decals?

Part-time staff (including interns) will be treated the same as part-time faculty and will receive parking permits at no cost. This will be coordinated through HR.

I volunteer on campus. Will I have to buy a decal?

No. Volunteers registered with HR will be provided a parking permit at no charge.

I work mainly off campus at one of our educational outreach centers. Do I need a decal?

Yes. All full-time employees will need a permit to park in a CSU parking lot.

What about visitors/conference attendees on campus or who register with programs such as those offered at the Cunningham Center or Continuing Education?

Those buildings have new policies in place. Please contact those buildings for details. For other large events on campus, please contact Parking Services.

Can we park in the parking deck?

Only if you are a student. The parking deck is for students only. This will be enforced more strongly as this new decal program goes into effect.

Can I pick up my decal downtown?

We hope to implement this soon, as well as provide parking stations at events such as orientation and welcome-back sessions.

Can employees pay the decal fee through payroll deduction?

Yes, please contact Human Resources for additional information on payroll deduction

How will visitors know they need a parking pass?

Signage will be upgraded significantly on campus regarding parking.

Will parking lots be assigned?


When will parking be enforced?

Monday - Friday, 8 am - 5 pm

Who gets a reserved spot?

For now, only those who currently have a reserved spot. A new parking director is being hired and he/she will evaluate this issue in the future.

What do other universities charge for parking?

Here is what some other USG institutions charge for a parking permit on their campus:

Students, up to: Employees, up to:
GA Tech $795 $795
GA State $430 $660
UGA $240 $720
Kennesaw State $26 $1,056
Georgia Southern $160 $100
Georgia College & State $150 $100
Augusta $35 $120
Valdosta State $75 $75
Gordon State $20 $20

I have another question. What do I do?

Please contact Parking Services at 706-507-8203 or via email at

Parking Policy

The following information may be helpful with CSU campus parking. You also may want to consult our campus maps. If you have questions regarding any of these policies, call University Support Services 706-507-8203.

Faculty, staff and students are responsible for their vehicles (including parking citations) while the vehicles are located on university property.

Handicapped parking permits are issued by the state and displayed per state statute.

Temporary permits will be placed on the dash in front of the driver or hung from the rear view mirror.

Vehicles not parked in appropriate spaces are subject to tickets, booting and-or towing.

Parking is also prohibited on university roads, driveways, walkways and grassed areas.

Vehicles parked illegally are subject to be towed at driver-owner expense. Anyone accumulating four or more outstanding parking citations will be subject to having their vehicle towed. All fines must be paid prior to the release of the vehicle. The driver-owner is responsible for all towing and storage fees.

Traffic fines can be found in the parking code at the top of the page.

Individuals who wish to appeal a parking ticket received at Columbus State University should: (1) Complete the on-line appeal form attaching a copy of the ticket. (2) Once a completed on-line form is received, the appeal will be forwarded to the Chief Justice for the Student Government Association for consideration.

Here is the link to the appeal form

NOTE: Appeals must be filed within thirty (30) days of the ticket for consideration. You should not pay the ticket prior to the appeal. However, please note that there may be a hold/charge on your account while the appeal is being considered. If the appeal is approved, the hold/charge will be removed from your account.

Bicycles are not allowed in buildings and must be chained to a bike rack and not chained to stairs or handrails on campus.

Non-motorized vehicles (skateboards, etc., not bicycles) are:

Prohibited on university streets, sidewalks, buildings and lawn areas.
Only to be operated during daylight hours.
Allowed in parking lots away from parked vehicles.

Transportation Options FAQs

Are there other ways to get to class rather than driving?

Absolutely. You can use ride the CSU Shuttle or METRA (the Columbus public transportation system). You can also carpool, bike, or walk. See questions below for more details.

Can I use the CSU Shuttle to get to campus?

Yes, the Shuttle runs between Riverpark Campus and Main Campus about every 20 minutes for most of the day. You can also pick it up at Lakebottom Park (near Columbus High School). All CSU faculty, staff, and students can ride CSU Shuttle free of charge. If you live near a stop, ride the shuttle to save money and avoid the hassle of parking!

Can I use public transportation to get to campus?

Can I use public transportation to get to campus? Yes, METRA Routes 5 and 6 serve main campus. Routes 2, 4, and 8 serve downtown Columbus within walking distance of Riverpark. Student fares are $1 with student ID. Multiday passes are also available (details on website).

Is it possible to walk or bike to campus?

Yes, the Fall Line Trace is a multi-use path that runs 11 miles from downtown Columbus, through many residential areas, to Psalmond Road in east Columbus. It has an entrance on the main campus. Note for bicyclists: the first two miles between the 14th Street Bridge and Fall Line Trace entrance off 10th Avenue require on-street riding.

Where can I park my bicycle and will it be safe?

Every major building on the Main Campus and Riverpark Campus has bicycle racks nearby, some of which are sheltered. While Columbus is a safe area, it is always advisable to use a sturdy lock. U-locks and chains are generally more effective than cable locks.

Can I put my bicycle on the bus or shuttle?

Yes, all METRA buses and some CSU Shuttles have bike racks. This allows you the flexibility of a multi-modal commute, using a bike for part of your trip and a bus or shuttle for another part.