Getting Around On Campus
University Park campus is a large place, and you'll probably have classes spread across campus. Even with the fifteen-minute period between classes, you may find yourself rushing to get from one end of campus to the other.
If you're walking across campus (or town) at night, common sense says to travel well-lighted, frequented paths and walk with a friend. Night maps are available from University Police. Emergency phones with a direct line to University Police are at more than fifty locations on campus. University Police also offer the Escort Service nightly. Call 814-865-WALK.
Bicycles provide good transportation, but security is important to guard against theft.
Bikes must be registered, and you may register them online at www.transportation.psu.edu 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Registration is free. Permits will be mailed to a complete local address.
Bikes are also registered at bike shops in town and at the State College Borough Police Department. A single registration covers you both in town and on campus. Failure to register a bicycle may result in a fine.
All provisions of the Pennsylvania Vehicle Code and the rules and regulations of Penn State apply to bike operation. You must operate your bike as though it were a vehicle (i.e., you must stop at stop signs, and you must travel the correct way on one-way streets). Failure to do so may result in a citation. A copy of the University's regulations may be obtained at www.transportation.psu.edu.
Bike racks and a few rental lockers are available near the residence hall buildings. Bikes aren't to be parked in any building at any time, for any reason. Never attach your bicycle to a handrail.
Taxi service is available in State College through AA Transit, Inc. (814-231-TAXI), Golden Taxi (814-355-2200), Happy Valley Ride (814-237-RIDE), Nittany Express, Inc. (814-867-4647), and Taxi by Handy Delivery (814-355-5555).
The Centre Area Transportation Authority (CATA) provides a number of services for those traveling to and through the University Park Campus. Frequent fare-free Downtown/Campus is provided by the BLUE and WHITE LOOPs and the RED and GREEN LINKs. Service is provided on these routes to practically all points on campus and nearby Downtown State College. Service to campus from the surrounding area is provided by CATA's eighteen additional CATABUS routes. These routes, priced at $1.50 per trip, connect the campus with outlying communities like Boalsburg, Bellefonte, Pleasant Gap, Pine Grove Mills, Stormstown, etc. and with major shopping centers and businesses.
For current schedule, route and fare information and to view videos on how to ride the bus, read the schedules and more, visit www.catabus.com or call (814) 238-CATA(2282). Real-time bus information can be found at realtime.catabus.com. iPhone and Android apps are also available.
Your Own Car
Parking is very limited on campus and in the State College area. Because of this, we strongly discourage students from bringing a vehicle to campus.
Only students who have completed at least 28 approved credits are eligible for resident or long-term storage parking on campus. If you have to bring a car to campus, you must register it with the University Parking Office. There are several restrictions regarding vehicle registration; for details and eligibility please refer to the University Parking Rules and Regulations, available online at www.parking.psu.edu.
You may register your vehicle during Arrival Week by coming to the University Parking Office in Room 1 Eisenhower Parking Deck, or in advance online at www.transportation.psu.edu. Different types of permits are available at varying costs to suit your University parking needs. Students must register their cars regardless of the time of day or day of the week that they are on campus. Unregistered students are not permitted to park in reserved parking lots. However, limited short-term metered parking is available. Violators are subject to ticketing and/or towing at the owner's expense.If you're parking off campus, be sure to observe state laws and municipal ordinances. Overnight parking is prohibited on many State College streets. State law permits private property owners to tow or ticket illegally parked vehicles. Municipal ordinances permit removal of vehicles from highway and public property in State College. Your vehicle will be towed at your expense. On-street metered parking is available. In addition, the municipality operates parking garages on South Fraser Street, South Pugh Street, and West Beaver Avenue, a parking deck on McAllister Street, and parking lots on South Fraser Street, South Allen Street, and West Beaver Avenue. (Refer to motor vehicle ordinances in Policies and Rules.)