Parking

Location
Washington, DC
Undergrads
9,758
Tuition
$47,343
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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College Sophomore

Parking: People do not have cars here because it is a city and parking is impossible and if you do drive it is expensive and you won't find a spot on campus.

College Sophomore

Parking: i bike so i dont know

College Freshman

Parking: Freshman can not have a car

College Freshman

Parking: I do not have a car on campus as it's not necessary at all, so I am unable to describe the parking situation at GW.

College Freshman

Parking: Since we are in a city no one brings cars to school. It would be ridiculous if someone did. Most people are coming from out of state and either fly to school or take a train, so having a car does not make sense. Therefore, this rating is not applicable.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 1361st
    Most Reasonable Permit Costs
  • 1383rd
    Best Parking Availability
  • 1396th
    Best Off-Campus Parking

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

David Glidden
Hometown
Fuquay-Varina, NC
Major
International Affairs (Spanish minor)
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There is no need to bring a car to GW. It becomes more of a hassle than a bonus to look for parking, pay for parking, and make sure your car does not get towed if parked illegally. There are several on-campus garages not affiliated with the University that underclassman students can use, but they are all very expensive ($710 per month), and space is rather limited. Many off-campus apartment buildings have garages, too, but they can be equally expensive. It is also difficult to find a spot on the street when going out—day or night—in Georgetown, Dupont Circle, Adams Morgan, and other crowded areas.

The vast majority of GW students do not have cars. Most see no need to spend the extra money on something they will rarely use. Yes, a car is convenient for traveling home and cheaper than flying or taking a train. But finding parking and paying for it is so difficult that most students prefer to use public transportation when going home, visiting a friend at another school, or traveling around DC. Students with cars will find their services in high demand when their friends, or eve people they hardly know, want to take a trip to the IHOP in Virginia.
 

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
Yes
There are various University parking garages around campus for upperclassmen and other parking garages and street parking for freshmen and sophomores.
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Yes
Freshmen and sophomores are only permitted to park on the street, not in University garages.
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
$750-$850 per semester
Common Parking Tickets
Street parking meter violations: $100
Best Places to Find a Spot
GW parking garages
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
  • Adams Morgan
  • Georgetown
Getting a Parking Permit
Upperclassmen parking in the University garages have a variety of permit options, all very expensive. A monthly pass is $210 and a semester pass is $850.
Parking Services
2211 H St.
(202) 994-7275
www.gwu.edu/~parking/

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 81 responses

  • 54% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.
  • 21% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 16% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 4% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 5% 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 84 responses

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

What are the best places to find a parking spot on campus?    Based on 14 responses

  • 32% GW parking garages
  • 32% Streets with free parking when you time it right!
  • 18% Wherever you can after struggling for one in DC
  • 18% Dont

What are the worst places to look for a parking spot on campus?    Based on 12 responses

  • 69% Everywhere...
  • 19% Georgetown
  • 12% Adams Morgan
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