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Transportation Services

Visitor parking

Welcome to the University of Washington. If you are driving to campus, please allow at least 30 minutes to park and find your way to your destination. In many cases, it may be easier for you to arrive by bus or light rail.

Most visitors will need to stop at a gatehouse to purchase a permit before parking. Our parking specialists are happy to assign a parking lot for the day based on availability, your destination and any special needs. They can also help with campus maps, directions, accessible parking and building information. If you are familiar with the campus, you may want to use self-serve parking instead. Be aware that event rates may affect parking cost and availability.

Parking permits are required Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to  9 p.m., and Saturdays from 7 a.m. until noon. Gatehouse staff accept cash or Visa/MasterCard/American Express. Parking fees are not refundable.

Permit type Rate
Daily permitWeekdays, 6 a.m. - 4 p.m. $2 for up to 30 minutes. $4.00 hourly, $17.00 daily
Nights & weekendsWeekdays, 4 - 9 p.m., Saturday, 7 a.m. - noon $6.00 daily
Nights & weekends - Central Plaza GarageWeekdays, 4 - 9 p.m., Saturday, 7 a.m. - noon $12.00 daily
Motorcycle parking $6.00 daily

Members of The President’s Circle are eligible to purchase parking tickets at a discount. Order forms are sent out by UW Advancement and must be submitted via mail or in person to the Transportation Services office.

Except when event rates are in effect, campus parking is complimentary in unrestricted lots and non-gated facilities from 9 p.m. until 6 a.m. on weekdays, from noon on Saturdays until 6 a.m. on Monday, on University holidays, and any other time gatehouses are closed.

Your permit will show what lot you are assigned to and an expiration time. Parking in a different lot or with an expired permit may result in a citation. Please adhere to all posted restrictions. Parking rules are enforced on all days at all times.