Parking permits are not required for general parking on campus. Though permits are not required, the college remains committed to maintaining a safe and orderly parking environment on campus. To achieve this, it is important for drivers to park in the designated parking stalls provided.
General Parking Spaces
There are eight defined parking lots across campus. All lots have stalls lined on either side with a white stripe and have a wheel stop. Vehicles parked along curbs, roadways, on grass, or in loading zones will be subject to a $20 fine.
Lots A, D, E, G and J all have signed stalls set aside for motorcycles only. Motorcycles must park in designated areas only, which can be shared by multiple motorcycles. These stalls have been provided to ensure greater safety for parked motorcycles.
Disabled Parking Spaces
The college makes every effort to provide substantial parking for people with disabilities. Disabled parking areas are noted on the campus map.
If asked by a Security Officer, drivers or passengers using a disabled parking space must be able to provide proof of placard ownership by showing the state-issues disabled parking identification card with name and expiration date. Violators are subject to a $450 fine for misuse of a placard or for parking in a disabled parking space without a current placard or disabled parking license plates visible. In addition to campus security checks, the City of Olympia also patrols disabled parking spaces and will cite violators.
Visitor spaces are specifically signed for short-term parking for visitors who expect to be on campus for 30 minutes of less. These spaces are monitored for time use. Visitors who receive a citation because the visit exceeded the time allowed should follow directions given at the bottom of the ticket.
Dental patient, Vendor, Hawk’s Prairie, and Percival Room are marked reserved parking spaces that require a special permit from the Security Office.
Alternative Parking Suggestions
Parking on campus during regular sessions between the hours of 9 a.m. and noon is a challenge. To help alleviate parking issues, the college offers students, staff and faculty alternative ways to get to campus.
Ride the Bus for Free
You can ride local Intercity Transit service buses for free - anytime, anywhere - if you take one or more credit classes at South Puget Sound. Just show the driver your valid student identification card with a current-term sticker.
You Can Park Your Car and Ride the Bus to Campus
The college has identified seven locations in the community where you can park and ride for free with your student ID or your staff ID with a Star Pass. Save on gas.
Open and print off the Intercity Transit bus schedule for the Park and Ride most convenient for you:
- Park and Ride from Westfield Capital Mall in Olympia
- Park and Ride from the college’s Hawks Prairie Center in Lacey
- Catch the bus at the Martin Way Park and Ride Lot in Lacey
- Park and Ride from the Amtrak Station off Yelm Highway
- Park and Ride from Deschutes Parkway along Capitol Lake
To find information on vanpool routes and times, to sign up for a vanpool, or to get answers to frequently asked questions, go to www.intercitytransit.com and click Travel Options, then click Vanpool & Carpool. To see how much money you'll save sharing the ride, click Travel Options then Cost Calculator.
To join or create a carpool, go to www.intercitytransit.com and click Travel Options, then click Vanpool & Carpool. Click Carpooling and select Ridematch Application.
For questions on parking alternatives, contact Campus Security at (360) 596-5300.
Special thanks to Westfield Capital Mall, and Saint Martin's University for their generosity to the college and our students.