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3 College Senior

Parking: You don't really need a car on campus since the buses are free to students with a Upass. Parking is bad on University Ave, where the campus bookstore and lots of quick/convenient restaurants are.

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3 College Junior

Parking: Unless you live off-campus and there aren't any feasible public transportation routes near your residence (very unlikely), cars are completely unnecessary. Permit costs are a little steep for the average college student to afford but if you want to have a permit, you'd have no problem finding parking spaces near campus.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Parking: Busy during most quarters, except summer.

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1 College Junior

Parking: Parking permits are ridiculously expensive, and only two to four hour parking is available in non permit lots.

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3 College Freshman

Parking: Expensive. Not worth having a car with the bus system.

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Parking couldn't be a lot worse than it is. It's very difficult to get a spot, and if you do want one, it often requires paying ridiculous prices. By the end of the year, commuter students fork up wads of money on parking. Carpooling is probably the best way to cut down on parking costs, but even then, they can be significant. Don't try to park illegally, whether that means without a permit or in a no-parking zone. It's just not worth taking the chance-campus parking enforcement is ruthlessly unforgiving.

Most students agree that the best way to deal with parking is to avoid it. Commuter students bus or carpool to school, students with a car try to park it off campus, and drivers quickly learn not to park without a permit when one is required. If you plan to bring a car with you and you don't want to spend a lot of money, be prepared for a hike to and from the vehicle. If, however, you don't mind the hefty price, then you really don't have a problem.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
There are plenty of parking lots on campus, but it's expensive. If you have to bring your car to UW, pay for the quarterly parking pass if you live in the dorms.
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
Common Parking Tickets
  • No permit in a permit-only zone: $30
  • Handicapped zone: $50
  • Staying longer than two hours in two-hour zone: $30
Best Places to Find a Spot
Montlake lot
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
The dorm lots
Getting a Parking Permit
Quarterly parking permits are $285 for students who need to park on campus on a regular basis. Depending on availability, they can usually assign you a spot near your residence hall.

Self-serve parking in the Mountlake lots is also available to students on a daily basis, but cars are not allowed to stay overnight. These lots accept Husky Card Account payments or cash and cost about $3 per day.

Parking is free on campus after 12 p.m. Saturday and all day Sunday.

Parking officers patrol all the time, even early in the morning. Ask any UW student, and they'll tell you: Parking is no joke, and they hand out tickets frequently.
Parking Services
UW Police
(206) 543-9008

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 269 responses

  • 0% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 15% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 7% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 36% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 23% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 18% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 272 responses

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