Parking Information

In Downtown State College, parking is more convenient than ever with

  • the Parkmobile app that allows you to pay for your meter from your cell phone
  • pre-loaded EZ parking cards
  • a merchant validation program
  • FREE parking on Sundays from 6 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Download and print the Downtown State College Map.
Download and print the Downtown State College Map (PDF): handy for identifying parking garages when you’re in town!

There are many parking options in Downtown State College:

  • Parking Garages
  • Municipal Parking Lots
  • On-street Metered Parking

The point is, we want parking to be the least of your worries so you can enjoy Downtown State College!

State College Parking Particulars

Parking Garages…

…are located on the 100 block of South Fraser Street, the 100 block of South Pugh Street, and the 200 block of West Beaver Avenue.

  • Daytime rate of $1 per hour (6 a.m. – 6 p.m.)*
  • Evening rate of 75¢ per hour (6 p.m. – 6 a.m.)*
  • Park FREE anytime with validations from your favorite downtown retailers
  • Special Nighttime garage pass available from the Borough Parking Department ($35/mo. with access from 4 p.m. to 4 a.m.)
  • Pay with cash or credit card at the Pay Station
  • Bypass the Pay Station by using your credit card at the exit gate or purchasing an EZ Card at the Borough of State College Parking Office.

(*During Special Events, the rate is $2.25 per hour, regardless of time of day)

Parking Lots…

…are located in the 200 block of Allen Street, the 100 block of McAllister Street and in the 100 block of West Beaver Avenue.

  • The rate is $1.25 per hour from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Time limit varies by lot, so be sure to check the signs
  • Pay at the kiosk using credit card or exact change (in bills and/or coins) OR
  • Use the Parkmobile parking app to pay from your cell phone.

(*During Special Events, the rate is $2.25 per hour, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturdays)

Street Meters…

…are available throughout Downtown State College.

  • The rate is $1.25 per hour from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Time limits on street meters are extended to 3 hours after 5 p.m.
  • Pay with coins or credit card at the meter, OR
  • Use the Parkmobile parking app to pay from your cell phone.

Parking on Sundays is free everywhere, including garages*,  from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.!

*except for weekends when event rates are in effect

Park Mobile: Pay by Phone Parking

parkmobileShop, dine, and enjoy the ease of parking by phone using Parkmobile:

  • Register an account
  • Download the Parkmobile App for iPhone, Android, Windows Phone
  • Look for the Parkmobile logo when parking
  • Start your Cash Free Parking Session

EZ Cards

Want to take the hassle out of paying? EZ cards can be used to skip the stop at the pay station in each of the Downtown State College parking garages. Cards are available at the Borough of State College Parking Office, located at 243 South Allen Street.

Merchant Validated Parking

And don’t forget – dozens and dozens of merchants in State College borough offer parking validations good for up to three hours of parking at any of the downtown parking garages with qualified purchase. Here’s how it works:

  1. Park in either the Beaver Ave., Fraser St. or Pugh St. parking garage, taking a ticket at the entry gate.
  2. As you make purchases downtown, ask for a parking validation.  (Limit 1 per parking transaction.)
  3. When you’re ready to leave, go to the pay station at the parking garage and scan your entry ticket.  After the machine tells you how much is owed, scan your validation into the machine.
  4. Pay any remaining balance.
  5. Proceed to the exit gate and scan your paid ticket to raise the gate.

It’s easy!  Just look for the Merchant Validated Parking (MVP) logo at participating businesses.

Participating Merchants

  • 2000 Degrees
  • 3 Dots
  • Allen Street Grill
  • Animal Kingdom, The
  • Appalachian Outdoors
  • Barefoot Shoes
  • Beck Psychotherapy
  • Bill Pickles Tap Room
  • Bistrozine
  • Bradleys Cheesesteaks & Hoagies
  • BRGR
  • Citizens Bank
  • CommonPlace
  • Connections
  • Corner Room
  • Cornerstone Asian Market
  • Cuts by Christy Orso
  • Doggie’s Pub
  • Douglas Albert Gallery
  • Downtown State College Improvement District
  • Duck Donuts
  • Dunkin’
  • Emporium Market
  • Ethereal Boutique
  • F45 Training State College
  • Federal Taphouse
  • First Citizens Community Bank
  • Fitted Cuts
  • Five Guys Burgers
  • GN Associates/Exec Offices
  • Growing Tree Toys
  • Happy Valley Optical
  • Harper’s Men’s & Women’s Clothing
  • Hotel State College
  • Jersey Mike’s Subs
  • Juana’s
  • KCF Technologies
  • Kish Bank and The Expect More Store
  • Kitchen Kaboodle
  • Lion & Cub
  • Lions Pride
  • Little Szechuan
  • Makery, The
  • Miska Jewelers
  • Nittany Quill
  • Northwest Savings Bank
  • Penn State Downtown Theatre Center
  • Pita Cabana Grill
  • Rapid Transit Sportswear
  • Reini Goldsmiths and Jewelers
  • Roots Natural Kitchen
  • S’Hair-Eng Styling Salon
  • Scotilla Psychological Services
  • Spectacles
  • Sweet Tooth Bakery & Agape Coffee House
  • SZ Styling Salon
  • The Candy Shop
  • The Lions Fan Shop
  • The Tavern Restaurant & Adam’s Apple
  • Tri-County Oral Facial Surgeons
  • Uncle Eli’s
  • Webster’s Bookstore Cafe
  • Woskob Family Gallery
  • Your Cigar Den
  • Zeno’s Pub