There are six parking lots in which students are allowed to park:
- south of the Con: almost always full, due to being pretty small and the parking lot furthest south
- Grey Gables (across from Dascomb): usually full
- between Stevenson and Keep: mostly for staff and visitors to Admissions, but there are a number of student spots which are usually full. Connected to, but distinct from, the staff parking lot next to Bosworth Hall and the parking spaces belonging to First Church.
- Woodland Street (next to the Cat)
- Willard Court (behind the Art Building): almost always has a few spaces open
- Field House: the largest lot; almost always has a number of spaces open
It is said that Safety and Security does not have the authority to subpoena information about your car, so if you do not register your car, they will be unable to force you to pay any tickets, unless they immobilize your car, thus forcing you to come see them.
On-street parking is allowed in various areas of Oberlin. There are special rules according to whether or not Snow Ban is in effect:
- Snow Ban: November 1 to April 1. No parking allowed on streets between 2:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m.
- 48 Hour Parking: April 1 to November 1. No car may be parked on a street for more than 48 hours. (Often, this means driving your car forward a few feet, then back to avoid a ticket.) The police are quite diligent about handing out tickets for this rule, so don't take it lightly.
The large parking lot near Lorenzo's, behind most of the downtown shops, is another possibility for parking. If you don't place a sticker from Safety and Security on your rear-view mirror, the Off-Street Parking Corp. will allow you to park in this lot during the day, although they will likely be unhappy if you use it as overnight parking all the time. This setup is especially good for those living off-campus. Remember to patronize downtown to make your parking legitimate.