UO Parent and Family Programs recognizes that not everyone can make it to campus for all of our hosted family weekends and 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!
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.
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.
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.
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.