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Parking & Transportation Information

General Parking Statement:

East Stroudsburg University makes every effort to ensure that parking is available to students, faculty, staff and visitors. Parking fills up on a first come, first serve basis and it is not possible to guarantee core parking to all users. The University utilizes a parking management plan through lot designations parking enforcement, and a paid permit system. ESU also adds additional parking supply when needed, based on enrollment projections and other mitigating factors. The University encourages individuals to plan ahead, utilize public transportation and car pool when possible, in order to support our collective efforts to reduce our carbon footprint, conserve resources and alleviate congestion.

2017-2018 parking permits are available for purchase beginning July 1. Eligible students using a debit or credit card may register for and purchase their permits through the myESU Portal. Eligible students not using a debit or credit card may register for and purchase their permits by completing an In-Person Permit Application at the Security/Parking Office located on the ground floor of Hemlock Suites, authorizing the permit charge to be placed on their student account. Commuter permits purchased online on or before August 18 will be mailed to the address entered during the permit purchase transaction. All other permits must be picked up at the Security/Parking Office.

The parking department is opened year round (except on holidays), and you can pick up your permit before the semester starts. The regular hours for the parking department are Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

Please bring your receipt and ESU e-card when picking up permits. Eligible students who have not purchased and/or picked up their parking permits should do so as soon as possible in order to avoid any issues. Students who experience difficulty with the online registration system should contact the Parking Department at (570) 422-3630 with questions. We will be happy to assist you.

Please be sure to keep an eye on your ESU email for updates and instructions regarding online permits and other parking related items.

All students utilizing personal vehicles on campus must register the vehicle(s) and obtain a Parking Permit. Parking Permit fees are as follows:

  • Commuter permits purchased on or before August 18: $70/semester $100/year
  • Commuter permits purchased after August 18: $100/semester $150/year
  • Resident permits: $70/semester $100/year
  • University Ridge permits: $70/semester $100/year
  • Special permission permits (resident students under 21 years of age with less than 60 credits that have applied and been approved for special parking permission): $70/semester

Due to the core area congestion the first week of classes, students displaying a current or expired permit from the previous semester may park in lots for which the current permit is or the expired permit was designated.

During the first week of classes only, students not displaying a current or expired permit from the previous semester whose vehicles are parked in non-core area lots east of Smith Street to include C38, C/R40, C52, C53, Mary Street Lots 43 and 44, and R42, will not be ticketed.

Students not displaying a current or expired permit the first week of classes whose vehicles are parked in core area lots west of Smith Street to include C6, C7, R8, R9, C10, C11, C12, C23, C25, R26, R27, R30, C31, and R32 will be subject to ticketing for failure to display a permit.

After the first week of classes, expired permits from the previous semester will no longer be valid.

Freshmen, students who are under 21 years of age or have fewer than 60 credits, may not have a vehicle on campus without formal permission to do so from Residence Life or University Police.

Upon receipt of their new permit, each student will be given a parking map, as well as other information regarding where they may or may not park, specific to their permit types.

The University and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania assume no responsibility or liability for loss or damage to any motor vehicle parked or driven on its property. The University Police may tow any illegally parked vehicle.

All parking lots and sections of parking lots are designated for specific permits. You must park in a lot that is designated for the type of permit you are issued. A complete list of parking areas is available at the University Police Department Headquarters.

Unless otherwise posted, University parking regulations are in effect all year, including periods when classes are not in session. These regulations are enforced 24 hours a day; parking permits are required at all times. Faculty and staff parking areas are monitored all year round. Students with a University Ridge hangtag are required to park at the University Ridge Apartments with this exception: DURING WEEK NIGHTS from 3:30 PM to 2:00 AM and on the WEEKENDS from Friday 3:30 PM to 2:00 AM Sunday night (Monday morning), students may park in any commuter LOT.

A complete list of all parking regulations is available at the University Police Department. Remember to arrive for class early and if you are arriving for a class after 9:00 AM you should go directly to one of the lots further out from the middle of campus.