Parking Near Cleveland State University: Discover The Best Spots

Updated: Jul 19

Are you looking for parking options near Cleveland State University? Then you are in the right place!


Cleveland is not just a thriving business town, but it is also extremely popular for its many historical and cultural attractions it has to offer! With that being said, parking in the area might prove to be a little more complicated than you thought.


Lucky for you, Smarking has come up with a solution to easy parking! Their Smartpass allows you to pay and reserve your parking spot in advance, so you don't need to worry or waste your time driving around finding a space. All you have to do is scan into the garage using the QR code provided to you and you can leave your car in a secure place stress-free!


In this article, I will go into detail about the parking options you have nearby downtown Cleveland University, that way, you can plan ahead and pick the best option for you!


Cleveland State University

Cleveland State University is located on 2121 Euclid Avenue in downtown Cleveland and was established in 1964 but opened for learning in 1965. CSU is a Public Research University with urban settings and the campus size is 85 acres.


CSU has almost 16,000 students and offers more than 200 undergraduate and graduate programs. The university offers flexible academic planning and convenient class times to suit many students with full- or part-time jobs.


Programs offered at CSU include:

  • Monte Ahuja College of Business

  • The Cleveland Marshall College of Law

  • Washkewicz College of Engineering

  • Maxime Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs

Cleveland State University Daily Parking

The University campus has 5 different garages for daily visitor parking:


Prospect Garage (2350 prospect avenue) and Central Garage (1900 E 21st Street) both have the same rates:

  • $2.00 for the first hour and $2.00 for every 2 hours after.

  • 1-3hr = $4.00

  • 3-5 hr = $6.00

  • 5-7 hr = $8.00

  • Over 7 hr = $10.00

West Garage (1830 E. 17th Street), South Garage (2102 East 21st Street) and East Garage (2506 Chester Avenue) also have the same rates:


  • $2.00 for the first hour

  • $1.00 per hour after

  • Max $10.00 per day

The garages are open 5 am - 11.59 pm 7 days a week apart from East Garage which opens at 3 pm Monday - Friday. South garage offers overnight parking via request and West Garage offers overnight parking with a valid permit only.


You will be required to pay as you exit and be aware that your entry ticket or prepaid parking receipt must be displayed while parked.


Cleveland State University Short-term Parking

The university has several parking lots for short-term stays only (up to 4 hours). Below are some of the locations:


Student Center Parking (Lot 22) - 2121 Euclid Avenue BH 115


Julka Hall/Mather Mansion (Lot 66) - 2485 Euclid Ave


Music/communication Building (Lot 21) - 2001 Euclid Avenue


Lot 70, E. 24th St, between Euclid/Prospect


Rec Center (RG) - 2420 Chester Avenue


Wolstein Drive (Lot 40), on Prospect between E.18 and E.21st


As previously stated, you will have a maximum 4-hour purchase in these parking lots and be required to Pre Pay at the PayStation or use the Passport App.


The rates are as follows:


  • 1 hr = $2.00

  • 2 hr = $4.00

  • 3 hr = $6.00

  • 4 hr = $10.00

CSU Student Parking Permits

The Cleveland University has parking permits on sale for students and resident student parking. These permits are issued on a first come first serve basis and the students must be registered for classes before a permit can be purchased.


The university recently introduced a virtual annual parking permit system where you can register and purchase your permit online. These permits are only valid for the registered license plate(s).


Prices vary depending on the garage location and time of day you wish to park.


Parking around Downtown Cleveland


Cathedral Plaza Garage

Located on Rockwell Ave and 9th St, the Cathedral Plaza Garage is just a 15-minute walk away from the Cleveland state university. This garage is open Monday - Saturday from 6 am to 10 pm and Sunday from 7 am to 7 pm.


You can park here for the full day for just $13.00 or you can make the most of the early bird discount for just $7.50 if you are in by 8.30 am and out by 7 pm, Monday to Friday.


As previously mentioned, you can book your parking space in advance using the Smarking Smartpass.


The Smarking app will help you secure your spot while getting you the best rates in town!


515 Euclid Garage

This garage is just a 15-minute walk from the Cleveland State University, located on 735 Vincent Ave


Rates vary at this garage, depending on how long you wish to stay for. It is $4.00 per 15 minutes, with a daily rate of $16.00 for 24 hours (until 4 am). Saturdays and Sundays have a flat rate of $12.00.


They also have special evening rates available. Monday to Thursday is just $12.00 if you are in after 4 pm. Friday and Saturday are just $16.00 if you are in after 5 pm and out before 4 am.


Gateway East Garage

Gateway East Garage is another one just a 15-minute walk from Cleveland State University. This garage is also just a short walk away from the Progressive Field Stadium, so keep it in mind if you plan on attending any games.


Rates depend on game days, depending on who is playing.


  • Cleveland Cavaliers: $20.00

  • Cleveland Guardians: $15.00

  • Cleveland Monsters: $10


The rates on non-game days start at $1.00 per 15 minutes with a daily rate of $7.00 up until 5.30 pm. Discover more parking options near the Progressive Field Stadium.


To Conclude

There are lots of parking options in and around CSU but the best option is to have a plan and be prepared knowing where you will park before arriving so you don't waste time driving around looking for a space. Check out more available parking spots in Downtown Cleveland here.


The Smartpass with Smarking allows you to purchase and reserve your space before you even arrive at the garage, saving you time AND stress.


Check out their website today to secure your spot!