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4 College Sophomore

Parking: I always get a spot on campus idk. But DC period it's hard to get parking.

2 College Freshman

Parking: Too expensive - since it's in DC.

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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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 43 responses

  • 0% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 16% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 9% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 33% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 23% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 19% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 43 responses

Very poor
  • 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 17 responses

  • 57% The McMahon parking lot
  • 17% Parking lot near the National Shrine.
  • 13% O'boyle
  • 9% Library parking area
  • 4% John McCormick Road

What are the worst places to look for a parking spot on campus?    Based on 10 responses

  • 40% Theres always parking !
  • 30% McMahon Parking Lot
  • 30% There's no parking
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