Visitor Parking

Welcome to Washington University in St. Louis. Visitors are encouraged to use the visitor parking meters located on campus or park in designated visitor parking lots.

At this time, there is no parking at the east end of campus due to construction. All visitor parking is now consolidated to the Danforth, Snow Way, Millbrook, or West Campus garages in designated visitor spaces.

Due to the limited amount of visitor parking, we ask that faculty, staff, and students with permits do not use visitor parking.


Parking Meters

Parking meters are located on the South 40, just south of the Wallace Garage. The enforcement schedule and time limits are indicated on each meter. Parking meters in this location may be double-sided, which means that one parking meter accepts coins and marks time for two separate parking spaces. If you are parking at one of these double-sided meters, please make certain that you select the appropriate space before inserting your coins.


Hourly Parking

Until PARCS (pull and pay garage equipment) is implemented across the campus garages, daily permits will be required to park in visitor spaces and hourly parking will be unavailable. Daily permits can be purchased through the Parking & Transportation Services office at North Campus.

There will be a limited quantity of daily passes available at the DUC entrance and, for those visiting the Knight Center and parking in the Millbrook and Snow Way garages, permits can also be purchased inside the Knight Center.


Daily/Monthly Permits

Visitors to campus may purchase monthly or one day parking permits, which allow for a variety of parking options, equivalent to the permits discussed above. These permits may be purchased only from the Parking & Transportation office at North Campus. When PARCS is implemented in early 2018, the use of daily permits will be restricted to use only in Zone 4 and Zone 5W.

There will be a limited quantity of daily passes available at the DUC entrance and, for those visiting the Knight Center and parking in the Millbrook and Snow Way garages, permits can also be purchased inside the Knight Center.


Off-Hour Visitors

Visitors who will be parking on campus during weekends (between 5 pm Friday and 7 am Monday) are permitted to park in yellow zones without displaying a parking permit.


Special Events

University departments or activity sponsors may make parking arrangements for campus guests in advance of their visit. Members of the university community are encouraged to call Parking & Transportation Services at 314-935-5601 so that our staff may assist you in planning your parking and/or transportation for special events and invited guests.

Visitor parking information for:


Accessible Parking

Accessible parking is located near campus buildings and clearly indicated on the campus parking map. A Washington University parking permit is required to park on campus, even in accessible spaces. Visitors with accessible needs can purchase a one-day parking permit at Parking & Transportation Services office at North Campus and display it with your accessible placard or license plates in order to park in the accessible parking areas on campus. Accessible spaces can also be found in the Danforth underground garage.


Golf Cart Escort System

Students, faculty, staff and visitors who have accessibility needs and must park further than normal from their destination can request a ride by calling 314-935-3648 between 8 and 5:30, Monday through Friday. Calls must be received prior to 5:15 pm for the last pick up. Under special circumstances, the service will meet a passenger at his or her vehicle or building but most passengers who wish to use the service will be directed to the nearest pick up location (Zone 1: south leg of Brookings Hall; Zone 2: patio outside the entrance to the DUC garage; Zone 3: The Knight Center entrance; and Zone 4: The South 40 House circle drive). Reservations are not accepted.


Danforth University Center Garage

Parking is available in the Danforth University Center Garage, located beneath the Danforth University Center, visitors and permit holders. For details about parking in the garage, visit the DUC webpage.


Overnight Parking

Overnight visitors must display a valid parking permit at all times during the week. A valid one-day parking permit must be displayed for each calendar day that you park on campus.

If you visit on a weekend, you may park in any yellow zone without a parking permit from 5 p.m. Friday through 7 a.m. Monday, with the exception of the Danforth underground garage.

If you are visiting a campus resident on the northeast side of campus (The Village or Millbrook Square Apartments), yellow-zone parking is available in the Snow Way Garage Near the South 40, yellow-zone parking is available in the parking lot in front of the Alumni House at Forsyth and Wallace.


Weekend Parking

Visitors may park in yellow zones without displaying a parking permit (with the exception of the Danforth underground garage) from 5 p.m. Friday through 7 a.m. Monday. Yellow-zone parking is also permitted on official university holidays, which include Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.


Campus Transportation

The university offers a number of transportation options. Metro St. Louis provides transportation near and around the WashU campus. If you are not a WashU full-time student or benefits-eligible faculty or staff member with a current Metro U-Pass, you will be required to pay the applicable Metro fare for your transportation.


Parking Tickets

Each individual is responsible for paying all violations. Fines are printed on each ticket placed on vehicles. Payment for all fines is due seven (7) days from the date the violation was issued. Fines are payable online, in person at Parking & Transportation Services, or by mail. Fines may be paid in person at the Parking & Transportation Services office or by mailing in your payment using the yellow envelope provided with your citation.