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2 College Student

Parking: spots fill up really quickly; its d.c. but you can find somewhere to park if youre really determined

2 College Junior

Parking: Parking is horrible, the enforcement is way too strict. You pay $400 for a parking pass or get ticketed for running 5 minutes over your allotted time. There is only parking in Nebraska lot or Katzen if you're lucky. You don't need a car on campus, but if you hate public transportation like me, then it's a plus. I have babysat for several families in the DC community and they often give you a 'babysitting car' to take home which is awesome!

3 College Sophomore

Parking: You don't really need a car at American because there are shuttle buses that take you to the metro for free, and from there you can go all around the city

3 College Freshman

Parking: Average, not many people drive since it's a city.

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1 College Sophomore

Parking: Don't bring a car - again, it's DC. You don't need it and it's cheaper and more convenient without

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Parking in D.C. and on the AU campus is a hassle. Street parking is difficult to find because of the exclusive nature of the surrounding residential area. Parking permits are expensive, costing nearly $500 for a single semester, and students need to apply for them well in advance. However, if students do get a permit, it is fairly easy to find a spot in one of the on-campus lots. Visitors and commuters usually park in the Nebraska Avenue commuter lot or the Katzen Arts Center garage for a price of $1.50 per hour or $12 for the day. 

The public transportation system in D.C. is quite good, and it is not necessary to have a car to get around the city. Students often walk to nearby bars and restaurants and need cars only if they move off campus. Even then, many use the accessible Metro and take the shuttle back and forth from campus. 

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
There are student parking lots near all dorms, as well as under Katzen Arts Center.
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Parking permits are available to all students.
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
$964 per year
Common Parking Tickets
  • Failure to properly display parking permit: $10
  • Unauthorized parking: $30
  • Parking in more than one space: $40
  • Parking in a no parking area: $60
  • Illegally parked in neighborhood: $75
  • False registration information: $100
  • Parking in a handicapped zone: $150
Best Places to Find a Spot
Nebraska parking lot, parking garage, side streets
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
The lots behind the dorms
Getting a Parking Permit
Parking permits, while expensive, can easily be obtained through the Public Safety Office. They allow for parking almost everywhere on campus.
Parking Services
Parking and Traffic Services
4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW
Public Safety Building
(202) 885-3111

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 133 responses

  • 2% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 8% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 12% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 26% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 26% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 26% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 138 responses

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