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2 College Sophomore

Parking: The only good place is in the lot made for hybrids

3 College Freshman

Parking: Not many people have cars. We take the Metro.

3 College Junior

Parking: It is super expensive to get a parking permit to park on campus. There is one road on the side of campus you can park for free but only for three hours. Everywhere else is metered parking at $1 an hour and usually with a time limit. There is a large free parking lot next to the basilica but it is only open until 7.

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2 College Freshman

Parking: Well, as freshman/sophomore, you're not allowed to officially have a car on campus, so there's a limited amount of reserved parking for them. There's enough parking on campus for those who want it otherwise. Off-campus is not worth it at all really.

1 College Junior

Parking: Unless you get to Catholic before 10am you have a very tough time finding a parking space.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 536th
    Best Parking Availability
  • 1107th
    Most Reasonable Permit Costs
  • 1226th
    Best Off-Campus Parking

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Frankie Bustamante
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Students are strongly recommended not to bring a car to school because the Metro is so easy and convenient. Parking in Washington, D.C. is annoying, between actually finding a spot and then paying an arm and a leg to utilize it.

The same goes for CUA parking, more or less. Parking has been a little scarce, given that the undergraduate student population is growing and construction has diminished space for parking. Meanwhile, a parking permit will cost a pretty penny, usually several hundred dollars. Therefore, to make it short and sweet, do not bring your car because it is not worth it.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
Students are assigned a parking space based on whether they are residents, commuters, handicapped, etc., and they usually park in proximity to their residence halls.
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Freshmen are not allowed to buy parking permits nor bring cars to campus.
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
Vary in price according to type and date of expiration, starting at $446 for the month of September
Common Parking Tickets
  • Parking without a permit:
  • Parking with a counterfeit permit:
Best Places to Find a Spot
  • The McMahon parking lot
  • Library parking area
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
With so much campus construction underway, parking lots have become scarce. Thus, parking on the north end of campus has been tight.
Getting a Parking Permit
Permits may be purchased at Leahy Hall, Room 121. Permits vary in price according to type and date of expiration. In addition, there is metered parking available for visitors. Further information may be obtained by contacting the Campus Transportation Management/ID Office at (202) 319-5113.
Parking Services
Campus Transportation Management & Identification Office
120 Leahy Hall
(202) 319-5113

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 27 responses

  • 15% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.
  • 26% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 33% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 11% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 15% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 0% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 25 responses

Very poor
  • Distance from class
  • Distance from dorms
  • Ease of finding a spot
  • Parking enforcement
  • Permit cost
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