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2 College Freshman

Parking: I don't drive to school

2 College Freshman

Parking: With all the hassle that comes with having a car in DC, I wouldn't recommend bringing one to campus until you're an upperclassmen. Personally, I probably won't bring my car to campus at all.

3 College Freshman

Parking: There are meters all around campus for parking, but it really is first come first serve. You can get permits, but they are expensive and do not guarantee a parking spot.

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Parking: Parking in D.C. is very complex and the city uses parking to earn billions of dollars from those who park on or near campus

2 College Freshman

Parking: there is hardly ever parking and its incredible hard to find


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In all honesty you do not need a car in D.C. The metro is not only a convenience to college students but for most D.C. residents. Parking availability is extremely scarce within the city, and Howard's campus is no exception. Though there are parking lots devoted to students, they are not beneficial unless you only plan on keeping your car parked. I will say that a car is a good idea if you plan on living off campus and have a job. With the start of spring semester each year, you can register to be placed in a lottery to receive a parking pass. These passes are $240 per year and are very limited. If you do not receive one of these passes, you are left on your own and liable to rack up parking tickets from our always-present campus police. With all that said, it's worth mentioning the efficiency of the D.C. public transportation system. Besides the Metro, which closes at midnight Sunday through Thursday and 3 a.m. Friday and Saturday, there is the Metrorail/Metrobus system, as well as the Circulator. With all of these options, you have no problem getting to the places you need to go, car or no car. Most times, the Metro will get you around the city easier than a car. D.C. traffic is always congested, and navigating around the city is much simpler with a Metro map. It is probably in your best interest to leave the car at home until you are comfortable with the city.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
$240 per year
Common Parking Tickets
  • Expired meter: $30
  • Expired permit: $35
  • Fire lane: $65
  • Handicapped zone: $65
  • No parking zone: $150
Best Places to Find a Spot
  • You can pretty much find a spot anywhere after 6 p.m. Generally, people can find a good spot on Sixth Street NW by the School of Business.
  • In front of the East and West Towers
  • In front of Drew Hall
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
On Sixth Street NW, right between the administration building and the Yard, it is nearly impossible to find a spot.
Getting a Parking Permit
Non-freshmen students are allowed to participate in the University's parking lottery in order to obtain the right to park on campus. However, permits are approximately $240 annually; it gets pretty expensive!
Parking Services
Parking & Transportation Services
2400 Sixth St. NW
Suite B-11
(202) 806-2000

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 212 responses

  • 1% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 9% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 8% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 48% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 10% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 23% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 217 responses

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