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3 College Freshman

Parking: I don't have a car on campus; I walk everywhere or use public transportation.

1 College Freshman

Parking: You want to bring a car? That's cute.

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Parking: You don't need a car. Don't bring one. Bring a bike if you want, but it's not necessary at all. It's the city, so parking is expensive and tough to find on campus.

2 College Junior

Parking: We're in the middle of downtown DC- there's pretty much no such thing as parking

1 College Freshman

Parking: You're never going to find good, cheap parking in downtown DC. But you're living in the city. No one owns a car, so parking doesn't matter at all.


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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?
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?
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

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 110 responses

  • 0% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 5% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 5% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 18% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 20% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 52% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 109 responses

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