All parking permits on SOU campus are virtual.

A "Virtual" permit means your License Plate = Your Permit.


LONG TERM VIRTUAL PERMIT TYPES:

Student Commuters- Eligible for Annual or Single Term Permits

Student Commuters: if you are an enrolled student who currently lives off campus, you qualify for a student commuter virtual permit.  This virtual permit allows you to register up to two vehicles, but only one is permitted to park on campus at a time. This permit is valid to park in SOU lots posted on the entrance signs as Student Commuter Parking Zone”. Since some parking lots allow multiple permit zone types, the parking spaces have one or more colored dots painted in the parking spaces that correspond with what virtual permit types are permitted to park. Green Dots represent student commuter virtual permit parking zone.

Annual Permits are valid fall term through summer term at $140. Single Term Permits may be purchased for $50 a term. Annual permits are avialable to purchase up through the end of fall term. After fall term is over, only single term permits are available to purchase. 

Student Residents- Eligible for Annual or Single Term Permits

Student Residents: If you are an enrolled student who is signed up to live in the Residence Halls (excluding family housing), you qualify for a student resident virtual parking permit. This virtual permit allows you to register up to two vehicles, but only one may be parked on campus at a time. Resident permits are only valid to park in SOU lots posted on the lot entrance signs asStudent Resident Parking Zone. Since some parking lots allow multiple permit zone types, the parking spaces have one or more colored dots painted in the parking spaces that correspond with what virtual permit types are permitted to park. Red dots represent student resident virtual permit parking zone. 

Annual Permits are valid fall term through summer term at $140. Single Term Permits may be purchased for $50 a term. After fall term is over, only single term permits are available to purchase. 

Faculty/Staff- Eligible for Annual or Single Term Permits

Faculty/Staff employed by SOU either full or part time qualify for a faculty/staff virtual permit. This virtual permit allows you to register up to three vehicles, but only one is permitted to park on campus at a time. This permit is the only one valid to park in SOU lots posted on the entrance signs asFaculty/Staff Parking Zone”. However, if you have a faculty/staff virtual permit, you may also park in student resident or student commuter parking zones. Since some parking lots allow multiple permit zone types, the parking spaces have one or more colored dots painted in the parking spaces that correspond with what virtual permit types are permitted to park. Yellow dots represent faculty/staff parking, Green dots represent student commuter parking, Red dots represent student resident parking, and white dots represent metered permit guest parking.


Annual Permits are valid for fall term through summer term at $150. Single Term permits may be purchased for $50 a term. After fall term is over, only single term permits are available to purchase. 

If you choose the payroll deduction option, it will be deducted as payments of $25 per paycheck until the permit has been paid off.

 

Carpool Permits- Eligible for Annual Permits

Carpool parking permits may only be sold annually, not for a single term. To be eligible for a carpool permit, you must meet the following criteria:

(a) The carpool must contain at least two individuals with cars, but no more than six.
(b) No more than one vehicle from the carpool is allowed on campus at a particular time.

Annual Carpool Permits may only be purchased by Student Commuters and Faculty/Staff.

VIP Permits- Eligible for Annual Permits

VIP parking permits are only issued to select individuals on campus; eligibility is designated through the Office of the President. If you have been issued a VIP hang tag in the past, you are still required to register your vehicle in our new parking system. The system will then assign your vehicle a “virtual” permit. Physical permits are no longer recognized as valid by the SOU parking department. VIP virtual permits will be valid one year from the issue date. The next year you will be required to register again for a VIP virtual permit. This will help us to ensure that your vehicle information is still up to date in our system. Once we verify that you are still eligible for a VIP permit, you will be issued a virtual permit which will be valid for one more year.  VIP permit holders are allowed to register up to three of their vehicles to one virtual permit- however only one vehicle is permitted to park on campus at a time.


VIP virtual permit holders are permitted to park in any SOU parking lots designated as: student commuter zones (green dots), student resident zones (red dots), and faculty/staff zones (yellow dots). The only spaces that VIP permit holders may not park in are in spaces that are posted with signs as “reserved” for certain types of vehicles. VIP Virtual Permit holders may park in spaces marked with a time limit- but only for the allotted amount of time posted on the sign. 

 

Emeritus Permits- Eligible for Annual Permits

EMERITUS Permits are only eligible for retired faculty. If you have been issued an Emeritus decal permit in the past, you are still required to register your vehicle in our new parking system. The system will then assign your vehicle a “virtual” permit. Physical permits are no longer recognized as valid by the SOU parking department. Emeritus virtual permits will be valid one year from the issue date. The next year you will be required to register again for your emeritus virtual permit. This will help us to ensure that your vehicle information is still up to date in our system. Emeritus permit holders are allowed to register up to three of their vehicles to one virtual permit- however only one vehicle is permitted to park on campus at a time.


Emeritus virtual permit holders are permitted to park in any SOU parking lots designated as: student commuter zones (green dots), student resident zones (red dots), and faculty/staff zones (yellow dots). The only spaces that Emeritus permit holders may not park in are in spaces that are posted with signs as “reserved” for certain types of vehicles. Emeritus Virtual Permit holders may park in spaces marked with a time limit- but only for the allotted amount of time posted on the sign. 

Department Guests/Volunteers- Eligible for Hourly, Daily, and Weekly Permits

Department Guests/Volunteers: If you believe you qualify for a department guest or volunteer parking pass. Please contact the department so they can give you a code to enter at one of the parking meters on campus. Volunteer and Department Guest permits are NOT for use by faculty/staff or students.


VIRTUAL PERMIT PURCHASES:

SOU Students, Faculty/Staff: To purchase a virtual permit login to InsideSOU and click on the "Parking" link under "Online Services". Once at the parking portal click the "SOU Parking" button and sign in with your SOU email and password. Do not click the "Are you a visitor" button.

Non-SOU Students, Faculty/Staff: Short term permits (hourly, daily, 3-Day, Weekly) may be purchased at any of the parking meters on campus, or by downloading our new Pay By Phone App. For more information, click on the "Parking Permits: Short Term" link.

  • You are responsible for entering your license plate information accurately. Failure to register your license plate number (including letters) and state correctly and completely when purchasing a virtual permit could result in a parking citation. 
  • Virtual permits will automatically expire after the term or year you purchased it for. Permits will not automatically renew; you must login before your current permit expires and purchase the next one to make sure your vehicle is registered to an active permit at all times.

VIRTUAL PERMIT RETURNS:

With a License Plate Recognition System, the term "return" actually means a "deactivation" of the license plate number(s)- This is becuase permits are virtual and there is no physical permit ever issued to be able to turn back in. 

-Annual Virtual Permits can be returned for a prorated refund up through the end of winter term. If you are interested in getting a refund for an annual permit for spring term, you will have to show the parking department proof that you are no longer enrolled in any future classes.

-Single term permits may only be returned within the first two weeks into that term. After the two week period has passed we cannot issue any refunds for single term permits. 

If interested in returning a virtual permit, email: parking@sou.edu


SOU Parking Services
382 Wightman Street, Ashland, OR 97520
Office Hours: Mon-Thurs 9:00 am-5:00 pm, Friday 9:00 am-1:00 pm
Phone: 541-552-PARK (7275) Email: parking@sou.edu