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3 College Sophomore

Parking: It's easy to park at the front gates

2 College Sophomore

Parking: To park at Georgetown costs $20 for the day and finding a metered spot in DC generally is difficult and expensive.

2 College Sophomore

Parking: No bones about it; DC parking is some of the worst you'll encounter. That being said, almost nobody has a car at school and you'll find that just about everything you need is within reasonable walking distance. If you do need to park, however, make sure you've got the correct permits and/or have paid the parking fee -- the D.C. parking patrol is ruthless.

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2 College Junior

Parking: Parking is terrible. An even larger problem is that we do not have nearly enough resources for getting around DC.

2 College Junior

Parking: Garages are expensive. Off campus spots fill up quickly and are short term meter spots. Walk or take the bus. Driving isnt the most feasible or economic option.

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The average Georgetown student is going to tell you that you're crazy if you think you're going to bring a car to campus, but that if you do, he'd love a ride to the grocery store every now and then. There is zero on-campus parking, except for a few spots available in the newly-built subterranean garage for $250 a month. Off-campus, there are a number of monthly-fee garages, all of which charge upwards of $200 a month. Most Hoyas would call street parking somewhere between "difficult" and "suicidal." D.C. allows nonpermanent residents two hours, total, every day of parking in Georgetown. So unless you're planning on driving a lot, it's a tough game.

However, for those creative and intrepid souls who don't mind doing a little valet work (and who understand how much better college is when you've got a car), the system can be beat. For starters, many of the Georgetown-owned townhouses have driveways, and the upperclassmen who live in these buildings often rent out parking spaces. Many students just park their cars on the street, betting that a month's worth of parking tickets will cost less than a monthly lease from one of the parking garages on M street. Yet another option is to become intimately familiar with the "playing field," as it were: There are a number of golden spots spread throughout the Georgetown area that do not have time limits. You can keep your car in these spots indefinitely, ticket free. Finally, you might catch the guy behind the desk at the police station on a good day and weasel a temporary pass. In short, parking in Georgetown can be a dangerous—but rewarding—game.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
The Office of Transportation Management oversees the following lots: Southwest Garage, Leavey Garage (levels P-2 and P-3), Garage 4 (located in the Rafik Hariri Building), Lot 6, Lot 9, Lot Y, Lot adjacent to Weismiller's, Lot E, and Lot G.
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
$152.82/month or $686.82/semester
Common Parking Tickets
  • Expired meter: $25
  • No parking zone: $40
  • Fire lane: $100
  • Handicapped zone: $200
Best Places to Find a Spot
The streets near the front gates
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
Getting a Parking Permit
Undergrad students may not receive parking permits unless they are certified as commuter students, and commuter permits are day permits only.
Parking Services
Office of Transportation Management
P4M Southwest Garage
(202) 687-4372

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 75 responses

  • 3% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 17% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 4% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 21% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 16% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 39% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 75 responses

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