WashU Student Parking Permits

Permit parking options on the Danforth, West and North Campuses.

Permits

Those who wish to park on the Danforth, West, and North Campuses of Washington University in St. Louis are required to purchase a parking permit.

There are five parking zones available to permit holders, including:

  • Zone 1: East End
  • Zone 2: South Core
  • Zone 3: North Core
  • Zone 4: South 40
  • Zone 5N: North Campus
  • Zone 5W: West Campus

Any vehicle parked on WashU property must display an appropriate parking permit and also be registered with the Parking and Transportation Services team.

Two basic permit categories are available: yellow or red. Yellow permits allow parking in any unreserved space within a specific zone while red permits, available only to employees, allow parking in spaces designated as “red permit parking” within any zone.

A permit is required to be displayed in all zones. However, non-permit holders can park in any unreserved space “after hours,” specifically between 5 p.m. and 7 a.m. Monday through Friday or over the weekend. Of note, a permit is required 24/7 to park in any space designated as “red permit parking.”

Because parking is a limited resource at WashU, please observe all parking regulations on our campus to ensure our existing resources meet the parking needs of our community. Penalties for violations include ticketing and fines, towing and revocation of parking privileges.


To Purchase A Permit

All permits must be renewed each year by the permit holder. WashU parking permits are valid for one year. For the 2022-23 academic year, permits are valid between August 1, 2022 through July 31, 2023. If applicable, many permits can be prorated on the 25th of the month.

New employees can request a permit after an employee ID number and a WUSTL Key have been issued.

Purchase Permit Online Now


Employees pay by payroll deduction.

Students pay by student account.
If your specific zone is unavailable, you can be added to the waitlist.

Purchase In-Person at P&T Office


Employees pay by payroll deduction.

Students pay by student account.
If your specific zone is unavailable, you can be added to the waitlist.

  • Replacement permits:
    Available at the P&T Services office. The current permit must be turned in to entitle the registrant to a replacement permit for $5.
  • Lost or Stolen Permits:
    To replace, visit the P&T Services office. You will be required to fill out two forms, show your photo ID and pay a $15 replacement fee. If your permit is declared lost or stolen, the original permit number will be put on the university’s tow list. Any vehicle found displaying that permit number on campus will be towed immediately, assessed a fine for displaying a lost or stolen parking permit, and the vehicle owner/operator will be referred to the proper authority.
  • To Cancel a Permit:
    Students who need to cancel a permit can do so by accessing the Danforth Campus parking and transportation portal. Once logged in:
    1. Take a photo of your Danforth Campus Permit after it is cut and upload it to the form.
    2. In the “Documentation” text box note “CANCEL” followed by “Danforth Campus Permit.”
    Permits returned on or before the first Friday of the month will not be charged for the calendar month. Refunds will be prorated on a monthly basis. 

2022-2023 Graduate Student Permit Options

Yellow Permit – Zone 1, 2, 3

The Yellow Student Permit is ONLY available to Danforth Campus graduate students.

  • The permit is valid in yellow spaces within the zone indicated on the permit 24 hours a day and seven days a week.
  • Between 5 p.m. and 7 a.m., Monday – Friday and all day Saturday/Sunday, a yellow permit is valid in any yellow space in any zone (Zones 1, 2, 3, 4, 5N or 5W).
  • Yellow Permits are valid in all garages within the assigned zone. To gain entry into the garage, the permit holder will simply pull up to the entry gate and the RFID permit will be automatically read to allow entry if within the correct zone and valid timeframe. (If a ticket is pulled to gain entry to an access-controlled area, the vehicle owner/operator is responsible for any/all fees incurred.)
  • If you enter an access-controlled area outside of your assigned zone from 5 p.m. to 7 a.m. and attempt to leave after 7 a.m., the fee will be automatically calculated from the time which the permit became no longer valid. The vehicle owner/operator is responsible for any/all fees incurred during this timeframe.
  • The price of these permits is prorated on a monthly basis on the 25th of every month.
  • All permits must be returned to the Parking and Transportation Services office upon leaving the university or when permitted parking is no longer desired by the permit holder. Students are eligible to receive a prorated refund for permits returned to the Parking and Transportation Services office on or before March 12, 2021. Permits returned on or before the first Friday of the month prior to March 12, 2021 will not be charged for that calendar month. Refunds will be prorated on a monthly basis and will be issued via check for permits purchased using cash, check, or credit card. If purchased by charging student account, the refund will be issued to the student account.
ParkSmart

This low-cost parking option is available to Danforth Campus faculty and staff (not working at/assigned to West Campus), LLI students, graduate students, undergraduate students (sophomore or higher standing), who live on or off campus as well as Basic Services Contractors (BSCs) (employees of Allied Universal, Bon Appetit, Catering St. Louis, FLIK, Focal Pointe, Follett, Huntleigh, WFF).

  • Permit holders can easily access the Danforth Campus via the West Campus Shuttle or Metrolink.
  • The permit is available to Danforth Campus faculty and staff (not working at/assigned to West Campus), LLI students, graduate students, undergraduate students (sophomore or higher standing), who live on or off campus as well as Basic Services Contractors (BSCs) (employees of Allied Universal, Bon Appetit, Catering St. Louis, FLIK, Focal Pointe, Follett, Huntleigh, WFF).
  • West Campus employees (either WU paid or agency-contracted personnel) are NOT eligible to purchase the ParkSmart Permit.
  • The permit is valid only in ParkSmart spaces in the surface lot located east of the West Campus building and on the fourth, fifth, and sixth levels of the West Campus Garage, 24 hours a day and seven days a week.
  • To gain entry into the garage the permit holder will simply pull up to the entry gate and the RFID permit will be automatically read to allow entry, if within the correct zone and valid timeframe. (If a ticket is pulled to gain entry to an access-controlled area, the vehicle owner/operator is responsible for any/all fees incurred.)
  • Between 5 p.m. and 7 a.m., Monday – Friday and all day Saturday/Sunday, the ParkSmart permit is valid in any yellow space in any zone (Zones 1, 2, 3, 4, 5N or 5W).
  • If you enter an access-controlled area outside of your assigned zone from 5 p.m. to 7 a.m. and attempt to leave after 7 a.m., the fee will be automatically calculated from the time which the permit became no longer valid. The vehicle owner/operator is responsible for any/all fees incurred during this timeframe.
  • The price of this permit is prorated on a monthly basis on the 25th of every month.
  • All permits must be returned to the Parking and Transportation Services office upon leaving the university or when permitted parking is no longer desired by the permit holder. Payroll deductions will not cease nor will refunds be issued until the physical permit has been returned to Parking and Transportation Services. Permits returned on or before the first Friday of the month will not be charged for that calendar month. Refunds will be prorated on a monthly basis and will be issued via check to faculty, staff, or students for permits purchased using cash, check, or credit card. Students are eligible for a prorated refund for permits returned on or before March 12, 2021. If purchased by charging student account, the refund will be issued to the student account.
OPP (Occasional Parking Program)

For those who use alternative transportation as their main commute method, or need a reduced parking accommodation, this program offers significantly discounted parking to Danforth Campus faculty, staff, basic service contractor employees, and graduate commuter students. Learn more

Evening Yellow

Evening Yellow Student Permits are available to undergraduate students, sophomore or higher standing, who live off-campus and graduate students. The permit is not available to residential students.

  • Permit is valid in Zones 1, 2 and 3 from 3:30 p.m. to 7 a.m.
  • Before 3:30 p.m. on weekdays, a ticket must be pulled upon entry to the garage, and the hourly rate (through 5 p.m., Monday–Friday) must be paid upon exiting the garage. (If a ticket is pulled to gain entry to an access-controlled area, the vehicle owner/operator is responsible for any/all fees incurred.)
  • To gain entry into the garage, the permit holder will simply pull up to the entry gate and the RFID permit will be automatically read to allow entry if within the correct zone and valid timeframe.
  • From 5 p.m. to 7 a.m. on weekdays, and all day Saturday /Sunday, the Evening Yellow Permit is valid in any yellow space in Zones 1, 2, 3, 4, 5N and 5W.
  • If you enter an access-controlled area outside of your assigned zone from 5 p.m. to 7 a.m. and attempt to leave after 7 a.m., the fee will be automatically calculated from the time which the permit became no longer valid. The vehicle owner/operator is responsible for any/all fees incurred during this timeframe.
  • The price of this permit is prorated once annually on January 16, 2021.
  • All permits must be returned to the Parking and Transportation Services office upon leaving the university or when permitted parking is no longer desired by the permit holder. Students are eligible to receive a prorated refund for permits returned to the Parking and Transportation Services office on or before March 12, 2021. Permits returned on or before the first Friday of the month prior to March 12, 2021 will not be charged for that calendar month. Refunds will be prorated on a monthly basis and will be issued via check for permits purchased using cash, check, or credit card. If purchased by charging student account, the refund will be issued to the student account.
Motorcycle

Motorcycle Permits are issued for motorcycles, motorscooters, and motorbikes, all of which must be registered with Parking and Transportation Services under the same conditions as other vehicles, and are subject to all university parking regulations.

  • Motorized vehicles 49cc or less do not require a parking permit and must park at a bike rack.
  • Motorcycle permits are nontransferrable. A permit must be purchased for each motorcycle, motorscooter, and motorbike.
  • Motorcycle permits are valid only in areas designated for motorcycles. For the safety of pedestrians, motorcycles, motorbikes, and motorscooters may not be driven on campus walkways. Motorcycle parking is not permitted in any garage located in Zones 1, 2, 3, or 5W. The motorcycle permit is nonrefundable.
  • The price of this permit is prorated once annually on January 16, 2021.
Monthly Permits

Single-month permits are available to faculty, staff, eligible students (sophomore or higher standing), visitors, and Basic Services Contractors. Availability of these permits vary from month to month.

  • Availability varies by zone and is dependent upon capacity.
  • These permits are valid only for a calendar month (from the beginning of the calendar month to the end of the calendar month).
  • Monthly permits are valid for yellow permit parking within one designated zone.
  • The parking privileges, regulations, and restrictions correspond to the above permit types and are subject to availability.
  • If you enter an access-controlled area outside of your assigned zone from 5 p.m. to 7 a.m. and attempt to leave after 7 a.m., the fee will be automatically calculated from the time which the permit became no longer valid. The vehicle owner/operator is responsible for any/all fees incurred during this timeframe.
  • Monthly permits must be purchased in person at the Parking and Transportation Services office at North Campus and cannot be purchased by payroll deduction. Monthly parking permits are nonrefundable.

 

2022-2023 Undergraduate Student Permit Options

Yellow Permit – Wallace Garage Only

This permit is ONLY available to Danforth Campus undergraduate students, sophomore or higher standing, who live on the South 40.

  • The permit is valid only in yellow spaces within the Wallace Garage (located on the South 40), 24 hours a day and seven days a week.
  • Between 5 p.m. and 7 a.m., Monday – Friday and all day Saturday/Sunday, a yellow permit is valid in any yellow space in any zone (Zones 1, 2, 3, 4, 5N or 5W).
  • To gain entry into the garages outside your assigned zone, the permit holder will simply pull up to the entry gate and pull an entry ticket to gain entry. (If a ticket is pulled to gain entry to an access-controlled area, the vehicle owner/operator is responsible for any/all fees incurred.)
  • If you enter an access-controlled area outside of your assigned zone from 5 p.m. to 7 a.m. and attempt to leave after 7 a.m., the fee will be automatically calculated from the time which the permit became no longer valid. The vehicle owner/operator is responsible for any/all fees incurred during this timeframe.
  • The price of this permit is prorated once annually on Jan. 1.
  • All permits must be returned to the Parking and Transportation Services office upon leaving the university or when permitted parking is no longer desired by the permit holder. Students are eligible to receive a prorated refund for permits returned to the Parking and Transportation Services office on or before March 11, 2022. Permits returned on or before the first Friday of the month prior to March 11, 2022 will not be charged for that calendar month. Refunds will be issued to the student account.
  • Permit is valid through May 31, 2022.
Northwest Resident

This permit is ONLY available to Danforth Campus undergraduate students, sophomore or higher standing, who live in the Village, Millbrook Apartments or on Fraternity Row.

  • The permit is valid only in Northwest Resident Permit designated spaces on level 5 (roof) of Millbrook Garage, 24 hours a day and seven days a week.
  • Between 5 p.m. and 7 a.m., Monday – Friday and all day Saturday/Sunday, a yellow permit is valid in any yellow space in any zone (Zones 1, 2, 3, 4, 5N or 5W).
  • To gain entry into the garages outside your assigned zone, the permit holder will simply pull up to the entry gate and pull an entry ticket to gain entry. ((If a ticket is pulled to gain entry to an access-controlled area, the vehicle owner/operator is responsible for any/all fees incurred.)
  • If you enter an access-controlled area outside of your assigned zone from 5 p.m. to 7 a.m. and attempt to leave after 7 a.m., the fee will be automatically calculated from the time which the permit became no longer valid. The vehicle owner/operator is responsible for any/all fees incurred during this timeframe.
  • The price of this permit is prorated once annually on Jan. 1.
  • All permits must be returned to the Parking and Transportation Services office upon leaving the university or when permitted parking is no longer desired by the permit holder. Students are eligible to receive a prorated refund for permits returned to the Parking and Transportation Services office on or before March 11, 2022. Permits returned on or before the first Friday of the month prior to March 11, 2022 will not be charged for that calendar month. Refunds will be issued to the student account.
  • Permit is valid through May 31, 2022.
LOFTS Resident

This permit is ONLY available to Danforth Campus undergraduate students, sophomore or higher standing, who live in The Lofts.

  • The permit is valid in yellow spaces within the Lofts Garage, 24 hours a day and seven days a week.
  • Between 5 p.m. and 7 a.m., Monday – Friday and all day Saturday/Sunday, a yellow permit is valid in any yellow space in any zone (Zones 1, 2, 3, 4, 5N or 5W).
  • To gain entry into the garages outside your assigned zone, the permit holder will simply pull up to the entry gate and pull an entry ticket to gain entry. (If a ticket is pulled to gain entry to an access-controlled area, the vehicle owner/operator is responsible for any/all fees incurred.)
  • If you enter an access-controlled area outside of your assigned zone from 5 p.m. to 7 a.m. and attempt to leave after 7 a.m., the fee will be automatically calculated from the time which the permit became no longer valid. The vehicle owner/operator is responsible for any/all fees incurred during this timeframe.
  • Note: If a ticket is pulled to gain entry to an access- controlled area, the vehicle owner/operator is responsible for any/all fees incurred.
  • All permits must be returned to the Parking and Transportation Services office upon leaving the university or when permitted parking is no longer desired by the permit holder. This permit is not eligible for a student refund as it is issued at no additional cost to the student.
  • Permit is valid through May 31, 2022.
Yellow LOFTS – Zone 2

This permit is ONLY available to Danforth Campus undergraduate students, sophomore or higher standing, who live in the Lofts.

  • The permit is valid in yellow spaces within Zone 2 and the Lofts Garage, 24 hours a day and seven days a week.
  • Between 5 p.m. and 7 a.m., Monday – Friday and all day Saturday/Sunday, a yellow permit is valid in any yellow space in any zone (Zones 1, 2, 3, 4, 5N or 5W).
  • Note: To gain entry into the garages outside your assigned zone, the permit holder will simply pull up to the entry gate and pull an entry ticket to gain entry. (If a ticket is pulled to gain entry to an access-controlled area, the vehicle owner/operator is responsible for any/all fees incurred.)
  • If you enter an access-controlled area outside of your assigned zone from 5 p.m. to 7 a.m. and attempt to leave after 7 a.m., the fee will be automatically calculated from the time which the permit became no longer valid. The vehicle owner/operator is responsible for any/all fees incurred during this timeframe.
  • The price of this permit is prorated once annually on Jan. 1.
  • All permits must be returned to the Parking and Transportation Services office upon leaving the university or when permitted parking is no longer desired by the permit holder. Students are eligible to receive a prorated refund for permits returned to the Parking and Transportation Services office on or before March 11, 2022. Permits returned on or before the first Friday of the month prior to March 11, 2022 will not be charged for that calendar month. Refunds will be issued to the student account.
  • Permit is valid through May 31, 2022.
Fall 2021 – Undergraduate Commuter

This permit is available to Danforth Campus (sophomore or higher) undergraduates living off campus.

  • The permit is valid in yellow spaces within Zone 2; 24 hours a day and seven days a week.
  • Between 5 p.m. and 7 a.m., Monday – Friday and all day Saturday/Sunday, a yellow permit is valid in any yellow space in any zone (Zones 1, 2, 3, 4, 5N or 5W).
  • Yellow Permits are valid in all garages within the assigned zone. To gain entry into the garage, the permit holder will simply pull up to the entry gate and the RFID permit will be automatically read to allow entry if within the correct zone and valid timeframe. (If a ticket is pulled to gain entry to an access-controlled area, the vehicle owner/operator is responsible for any/all fees incurred.)
  • If you enter an access-controlled area outside of your assigned zone from 5 p.m. to 7 a.m. and attempt to leave after 7 a.m., the fee will be automatically calculated from the time which the permit became no longer valid. The vehicle owner/operator is responsible for any/all fees incurred during this timeframe.
  • The price of this permit is prorated on a monthly basis on the 25th of every month.
  • All permits must be returned to the Parking and Transportation Services office upon leaving the university or when permitted parking is no longer desired by the permit holder. Students are eligible to receive a prorated refund for permits returned to the Parking and Transportation Services office on or before December 03, 2021. Permits returned on or before the first Friday of the month prior to December 03, 2021 will not be charged for that calendar month. Refunds will be prorated on a monthly basis and will be issued via a credit to the associated student account.  
ParkSmart

This low-cost parking option is available to Danforth Campus faculty and staff (not working at/assigned to West Campus), LLI students, graduate students, undergraduate students (sophomore or higher standing), who live on or off campus as well as Basic Services Contractors (BSCs) (employees of Allied Universal, Bon Appetit, Catering St. Louis, FLIK, Focal Pointe, Follett, Huntleigh, WFF).

  • Permit holders can easily access the Danforth Campus via the West Campus Shuttle or Metrolink.
  • The permit is available to Danforth Campus faculty and staff (not working at/assigned to West Campus), LLI students, graduate students, undergraduate students (sophomore or higher standing), who live on or off campus as well as Basic Services Contractors (BSCs) (employees of Allied Universal, Bon Appetit, Catering St. Louis, FLIK, Focal Pointe, Follett, Huntleigh, WFF).
  • West Campus employees (either WU paid or agency-contracted personnel) are NOT eligible to purchase the ParkSmart Permit.
  • The permit is valid only in ParkSmart spaces in the surface lot located east of the West Campus building and on the fourth, fifth, and sixth levels of the West Campus Garage, 24 hours a day and seven days a week.
  • To gain entry into the garage the permit holder will simply pull up to the entry gate and the RFID permit will be automatically read to allow entry, if within the correct zone and valid timeframe. (If a ticket is pulled to gain entry to an access-controlled area, the vehicle owner/operator is responsible for any/all fees incurred.)
  • If you enter an access-controlled area outside of your assigned zone from 5 p.m. to 7 a.m. and attempt to leave after 7 a.m., the fee will be automatically calculated from the time which the permit became no longer valid. The vehicle owner/operator is responsible for any/all fees incurred during this timeframe.
  • The price of this permit is prorated on a monthly basis on the 25th of every month.
  • Between 5 p.m. and 7 a.m., Monday – Friday and all day Saturday/Sunday, the ParkSmart permit is valid in any yellow space in any zone (Zones 1, 2, 3, 4, 5N or 5W).
  • All permits must be returned to the Parking and Transportation Services office upon leaving the university or when permitted parking is no longer desired by the permit holder. Payroll deductions will not cease nor will refunds be issued until the physical permit has been returned to Parking and Transportation Services. Permits returned on or before the first Friday of the month will not be charged for that calendar month. Refunds will be prorated on a monthly basis and will be issued via check to faculty, staff, or students for permits purchased using cash, check, or credit card. Students are eligible for a prorated refund for permits returned on or before March 12, 2021. If purchased by charging student account, the refund will be issued to the student account.
Evening Yellow

Evening Yellow Student Permits are available to undergraduate students, sophomore or higher standing, who live off-campus and graduate students. The permit is not available to residential students.

  • Permit is valid in Zones 1, 2 and 3from 3:30 p.m. to 7 a.m.
  • Before 3:30 p.m. on weekdays, a ticket must be pulled upon entry to the garage, and the hourly rate (through 5 p.m., Monday–Friday) must be paid upon exiting the garage. (If a ticket is pulled to gain entry to an access-controlled area, the vehicle owner/operator is responsible for any/all fees incurred.)
  • To gain entry into the garage, the permit holder will simply pull up to the entry gate and the RFID permit will be automatically read to allow entry if within the correct zone and valid timeframe.
  • From 5 p.m. to 7 a.m. on weekdays, and all day Saturday /Sunday, the Evening Yellow Permit is valid in any yellow space in Zones 1, 2, 3, 4, 5N and 5W.
  • If you enter an access-controlled area outside of your assigned zone from 5 p.m. to 7 a.m. and attempt to leave after 7 a.m., the fee will be automatically calculated from the time which the permit became no longer valid. The vehicle owner/operator is responsible for any/all fees incurred during this timeframe.
  • The price of this permit is prorated once annually on January 16, 2021.
  • All permits must be returned to the Parking and Transportation Services office upon leaving the university or when permitted parking is no longer desired by the permit holder. Students are eligible to receive a prorated refund for permits returned to the Parking and Transportation Services office on or before March 12, 2021. Permits returned on or before the first Friday of the month prior to March 12, 2021 will not be charged for that calendar month. Refunds will be prorated on a monthly basis and will be issued via check for permits purchased using cash, check, or credit card. If purchased by charging student account, the refund will be issued to the student account.
Motorcycle

Motorcycle Permits are issued for motorcycles, motorscooters, and motorbikes, all of which must be registered with Parking and Transportation Services under the same conditions as other vehicles, and are subject to all university parking regulations.

  • Motorized vehicles 49cc or less do not require a parking permit and must park at a bike rack.
  • Motorcycle permits are nontransferrable. A permit must be purchased for each motorcycle, motorscooter, and motorbike.
  • Motorcycle permits are valid only in areas designated for motorcycles. For the safety of pedestrians, motorcycles, motorbikes, and motorscooters may not be driven on campus walkways. Motorcycle parking is not permitted in any garage located in Zones 1, 2, 3, or 5W. The motorcycle permit is nonrefundable.
  • The price of this permit is prorated once annually on January 16, 2021.
Monthly Permits

Single-month permits are available to faculty, staff, eligible students (sophomore or higher standing), visitors, and Basic Services Contractors. Availability of these permits vary from month to month.

  • Availability varies by zone and is dependent upon capacity.
  • These permits are valid only for a calendar month (from the beginning of the calendar month to the end of the calendar month).
  • Monthly permits are valid for yellow permit parking within one designated zone.
  • The parking privileges, regulations, and restrictions correspond to the above permit types and are subject to availability.
  • If you enter an access-controlled area outside of your assigned zone from 5 p.m. to 7 a.m. and attempt to leave after 7 a.m., the fee will be automatically calculated from the time which the permit became no longer valid. The vehicle owner/operator is responsible for any/all fees incurred during this timeframe.
  • Monthly permits must be purchased in person at the Parking and Transportation Services office at North Campus and cannot be purchased by payroll deduction. Monthly parking permits are nonrefundable.