Occasional Parking Program

Occasional Parking PermitThis program offers a limited amount of packs of 8 discounted daily permits to commuters who only occasionally need to park on campus. These daily permits are only valid in visitor spaces in their assigned zone.


This program is intended to support commuters who don’t have an annual permit and use alternative transportation, like riding public transit, biking, and/or walking, as their primary commute mode by providing a low-cost option for the occasional times they’re unable to use alternative transportation.

To enroll in the Occasional Parking Program, you must be one of the following Washington University Danforth Campus, not Medical Campus, community members:

  • current, permanent faculty or staff member (not temporary or retired)
  • currently enrolled GRADUATE student
  • a currently enrolled junior or senior student
    – students living in WashU-owned housing are eligible for zone 4
    – students not living in WashU-owned housing are eligible for zone 5 West Campus
  • an employee of one of the following Basic Services Contractors:
    Aramark, Allied Universal, Bon Appetit, Catering St. Louis, Follett, Huntleigh Transportation, Top Care and WFF

You will NOT be able to obtain or use an annual Washington University parking permit besides a Motorcycle Permit.

Using Your Discounted Daily Parking Permits

Please note that this process will be updated as new gate arm technology is installed in each of the campus garages, by January 2018. Program participants will receive updated instructions when this new technology is installed.

Like other campus parking permits, the Occasional Parking Program is also tied to a specific zone.

  • You MUST completely scratch off the appropriate month, day and year on the daily permit and hang it on your vehicle’s rearview mirror.
  • To be valid, there cannot be more than one date scratched, and each permit can only be used once. Failure to properly scratch the correct date, hang the permit and/or park in an appropriate space will result in a ticket.
  • The daily permits are much easier to scratch if you use a dime or quarter (the rough edges are helpful) on a hard surface, not your center console.
  • Please keep your daily permits in a safe place. Parking & Transportation Services cannot replace lost or stolen daily permits.

Visitor spaces can be found in the following locations and have signs indicating their specific locations:


  • Danforth University Center Garage: 1st level & ramp to 2nd level of the DUC.
Occasional Parking Spaces Zone 2


  • Millbrook: 4th level of the long section of the garage, which you can access directly by using the entrances near Knight Hall and Lab Sciences.
  • Snow Way: top level of the garage.
Occasional Parking Spaces Zone 3


  • South 40: roof of Wallace Garage on the east, north and south walls.


  • West Campus: visitor spaces in the lot north of the garage. (shown right)
  • North Campus: south and east lots.
Occasional Parking Spaces Zone 5

Joining the Occasional Parking Program

You will need to be added to the waitlist if you’d like to enroll in Occasional Parking, and someone will contact you when a space is available. To be added to the waitlist, please email ParkTrans@wustl.edu and provide your name, 6-digit WashU ID number, preferred parking zone, phone number and WashU status (e.g., employee, graduate student, etc.). You can only be one the waitlist for ONE zone. Please to determine which waitlist zone you’d like to be added to.

Once you have been contacted and approved for the program, you will be issued a membership card that you can pick up from the Parking & Transportation Services office at North Campus. Your card must be shown every time you buy discounted daily permits. There is a $15 replacement fee for lost/stolen cards.

For 2017-2018 only, membership will be valid for 13 months (July 1, 2017 through July 31, 2018). As a participant in this program, you agree to refrain from purchasing an annual parking permit, with the exception of a Motorcycle permit.

Purchasing Discounted Packs of Daily Permits

Discounted daily permits are sold only in increments of eight and must be purchased at the Parking & Transportation Services office at North Campus. To purchase a batch of discounted daily permits, bring your membership card and photo ID to the Parking & Transportation Services office during regular business hours (8:30am-5pm, Monday-Friday).

Your membership card will be punched by Parking & Transportation Services staff each time you buy a batch of daily permits. You may continue to buy batches of eight permits until you reach your limit. Once you reach your limit of discounted daily permits, you may purchase full-cost daily permits for $9 each or pay an hourly rate in a garage once the new equipment is added by early 2018, but you will not be permitted to purchase an annual red or yellow permit for the remainder of the year.

There is a limit on how many discounted daily permits you can buy as well as when you can buy them:

  • Full-time employees and students are eligible to purchase a total of 6 packs of 8 daily permits (48 discounted permits) during their membership period; 3 packs from July 1, 2017 through January 15 and an additional 3 packs from January 16 through July 31, 2018.
  • Part-time employees and students are eligible to purchase a total of 3 packs of 8 daily permits (24 discounted permits) between July 1, 2017 and July 31, 2018.

Purchasing Discounted Daily Permits at Danforth U-Pass Distribution Events

Enrolled members will be notified by e-mail of any upcoming Danforth U-Pass distribution events. Occasional Parking Program members can purchase their allowed amount of packs of 8 discounted daily permits at Danforth Campus U-Pass distribution events, which are held four times a year:

  • summer semester (mid-late May)
  • at the beginning of the Fall Semester (late August)
  • at the beginning of the Spring Semester (early-mid December)
  • late June at the end of the fiscal year

Canceling Your Membership

If you no longer need your membership, please return your membership card to the Parking & Transportation Services office to give those on the waitlist the opportunity to participate.

Misuse of the Program

Occasional Parking Program members are prohibited from purchasing an annual parking permit (besides a motorcycle permit) while enrolled in the program. Membership cards and daily permits purchased through the Occasional Parking Program are nontransferable and are not eligible for refunds or exchanges. However, you will be able to exchange unused daily permits from this fiscal year once the new garage equipment is installed.

Failure to comply with the program guidelines will result in immediate membership termination and prevention from enrolling in future programs through the Office of Parking & Transportation Services.