Eugene, a quintessential college town, frequently turns up on lists of the best places to live, as well as greenest and most bicycle-friendly cities. Eugene offers big-city amenities, world class arts and culture, a lively music scene, breath-taking scenery and endless opportunities for outdoor recreation, in other words you’ll have plenty of opportunity to explore beyond campus.
There is always something to do in the Eugene area, from fun cultural activities to the great outdoors. Use these online resources to find out about all the events and activities happening in Eugene during your visit.
Family Programs recognizes that not everyone can make it to campus for our Family Weekend and other hosted events throughout the year, so we have gathered some resources to help you plan your own visit to Eugene and our beautiful campus.
When planning, remember that fall, winter, and early spring in Oregon can be rainy. Don’t forget to pack a raincoat if your plans include outdoor activities!
Please get in touch if you have any questions, comments, or need help organizing your weekend. If you cannot find information about something you would like to do with your student, let us know and we will see if we can help find what you have in mind.
This interactive campus map allows you to precisely locate and find information about buildings, classrooms, departments, programs, offices, eateries, residence halls, trees, and art on campus.
Our campus is located in Eugene, a city of 155,000 at the southern end of Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Eugene is served by a major airport, Amtrak rail service, and major bus lines. The University of Oregon is easily accessible from Interstate 5, the main north-south freeway along the Pacific Coast.
The university is committed to environmental sustainability, so parking at the UO is limited. We encourage visitors to arrive at least 30 minutes prior to a scheduled event to allow time to find parking.
The Matthew Knight Arena neighbors the Ford Alumni Center, where campus tours begin and information sessions take place. To park in the Matthew Knight Arena parking garage, drive along East 13th Avenue and turn onto Columbia Street just west of the Ford Alumni Center and proceed to the garage. If you are able to find a parking spot, retain your ticket so you can pay upon leaving. A day pass to park on campus is $10 and parking in meters or the garage is $1.25.
If the Matthew Knight Arena parking garage is at capacity, proceed to the information kiosk located near the intersection of East 13th Avenue and Agate Street in front of Oregon Hall. At the kiosk, you can obtain a parking permit for another parking lot on campus. Please follow the parking instructions given to you in order to avoid having your vehicle ticketed or towed.
Campus tours are conducted Monday through Friday at 8:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 1:30 p.m., and Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. Tours last about one and a half hours and cover most of campus, including Residence Hall complexes, the Student Recreation Center, Knight Library, classrooms, the Erb Memorial Union, and the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art. All tours begin from the Tours and Information Booth at the Ford Alumni Center.
Be sure to register for campus tours in advance, and check the online schedule for holiday closures. If you’d like to visit a specific academic department, please contact that department directly, ahead of time. The UO is pleased to welcome guests with disabilities or others who need special assistance. Please request accommodations in advance.
Admissions information sessions are offered Monday through Friday at 10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., and 12:30 p.m., and on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. All sessions are held in the Ford Alumni Center at the corner of East 13th Avenue and Columbia Street. Information sessions cover admissions requirements, financial aid and scholarship opportunities, campus housing, the campus community, and Eugene as well as its surrounding area.