Oxford’s a very walkable town but there are still times when you’ll want your car, especially if you’ve just driven into town. But where to park? There are several options in town and on the Miami University campus, whether you need to park for an hour or a whole day.
On the Street
If you’re parking in town there will be plenty of metered spots ranging from two hours (such as High St. where a quarter gets you 30 minutes) to ten hours (such as the northside of Church St. and southside of Walnut St. where a quarter gets you an hour). All meters will have the maximum time posted on them so make sure to have a look first.
These are going to be coin-only machines, so you’ll want to make sure you have change. The meters will accept quarters, dimes, and nickels.
Meters are FREE on Sundays and after 6:00 PM Mondays - Saturdays.
The Enjoy Oxford office has a fold out map with all the parking locations in town. You can also download the map here.
There’s a 24-hour parking garage located in town at the northwest corner of South Main Street and West Walnut Street. You can park your vehicle overnight here. Keep in mind that you must have money in the meter at all times, including Sundays.
The upper levels of the parking garage are reserved for guests of the Elms Hotel and leased parking spaces.
On the Street and in Lots
If you’re parking on the Miami University campus, you can use a credit card at meters or at parking lot kiosks (unlike uptown meters which are change-only).
Keep an eye out, however, because some parking lots which require specific permits such as the “red lots” that require a faculty/staff permit. There’s good news, though! You don’t have to have a faculty pass to park in these lots, but you do need what we jokingly call a “Hunting License” which is a visitor parking pass that doesn’t guarantee you a spot but does allow you to “hunt” for spots in “red lots” and others. The pass only costs $3 a day. You can purchase it here.
For more information on where you do and don’t need a parking permit on campus, click here and scroll to the bottom where it says Visitors.
Miami’s campus has two parking garages that are open to the public every day:
If you’re in town for a conference or you’re with a visiting sports team, it’s possible that your organization has set up parking accommodations for you. Make sure to speak with your event organizers for any details about these possible arrangements.