Visitor Parking

Welcome to Washington University in St. Louis. Guests to campus are encouraged to park in the Danforth University Center (DUC), Millbrook, Snow Way and West Campus garages, which are equipped with gate-arm technology. These individuals will need to pull a ticket at the entrance to gain access, park in a designated visitor space, and pay prior to exiting the garage. Charges will be incurred by the hour. Passport Parking, an app that allows individuals to pay for parking by the hour, is also now available. See below for more information.

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


Daily Parking

Daily parking permits are no longer available for purchase and are no longer valid. Non-permit holders are encouraged to park in the Danforth University Center (DUC), Millbrook, Snow Way and West Campus garages, which are equipped with gate-arm technology. These individuals will need to pull a ticket at the entrance to gain access, park in a designated visitor space, and pay prior to exiting the garage. Specific instructions for visitors parking in each of the four garages is outlined below:

Garage Parking Instructions for Visitors / Non-Permit Holders

Zone 2

Danforth Underground Garage

Visitor parking is available on the first level or the ramp down to the second level.

Pulled tickets must be displayed on vehicle dashboard.

Payment is made upon exiting via the pay station lane (cash or credit card) or via the attendant lane (cash or credit card).

Zone 3

Millbrook Garage

Visitor parking is available on fourth level on the south side of Millbrook. Guests should take pulled tickets with them / no need to display on vehicle’s dashboard.

Upon returning to the garage, visitors should pay at the pay station located at the east, west or central pedestrian entrance/exits of the fourth level on the south side (visitor level) before returning to their vehicles. The pay station accepts cash or credit card payments.

At the exit, visitors will need to insert the paid parking ticket in the exit station to activate the gate arms to open.

View pay station locations in the Millbrook Garage (PDF)

Zone 3

Snow Way Garage

Visitor parking is available on the fourth level (roof) of Snow Way in designated visitor spaces. Guests should take pulled tickets with them / no need to display on vehicle’s dashboard.

Upon returning to the garage, visitors should pay at the pay station located near the elevator core on the north wall of the roof before returning to their vehicle. The pay station accepts cash or credit card payments.

At the exit, visitors will need to insert the paid parking ticket in the exit station to activate the gate arms to open.

View pay station locations in the Snow Way garage (PDF)

Zone 5

West Campus Garage

Visitor parking is available on the first level of the West Campus garage. Guests must display the pulled parking ticket on their vehicle’s dashboard.

Visitors will then be able to pay upon exiting the garage via the pay station lane (only accepts credit cards).

View pay station locations in the West Campus garage (PDF)

Instructions for non-permit holders (PDF version)


Monthly Parking Permits

Monthly permits are still available and may be purchased only from the Parking & Transportation office at North Campus.


Off-Hour Visitors

Visitors who will be parking on campus from 5 p.m. – 7 a.m., Monday through Friday and all day Saturday/Sunday are permitted to park in designated visitor and yellow spaces without displaying a parking permit. Parking in red/restricted spaces is not allowed without a red parking permit and is enforced 24/7.


Passport Parking App

Hourly visitor parking via the Passport Parking app is available in designated visitor spaces in the following locations.

  • Zone 4—The roof of Wallace Garage on the South 40 (Accessible spaces are available on the south side of Wallace Garage.)
  • Zone 5N—North Campus on the south and west sides of the North Campus building
  • Zone 5W —West Campus on the north, upper, and lower lots (in lieu of the parking meters)
  • 276 Skinker building (in lieu of the parking meters)

To learn more about using the app, watch this video.


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 placards should park within the visitor designated area in their preferred zone then use the Golf Cart Escorts for additional transportation.


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 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Service is not available on the weekends or university holidays. Calls must be received prior to 5:15 p.m. 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 for both visitors and permit holders.

The first level and ramp leading to the second level of the Danforth Underground Garage is restricted to Admissions/Visitor parking only. Parking by annual permit holders is strictly prohibited in this area. The second and third levels of the Danforth Underground Garage are designated for annual permit parking only.

Visitors will need to pull a ticket and display it on their dashboard and park in the area designated for Admissions/ Visitor parking. If a ticket is pulled to gain entry to an access- controlled area, the vehicle owner/operator is responsible for any/all fees incurred. Visitors will present the ticket to the cashier or at the pay station upon exit of the garage. Payment by cash or credit card is accepted. A $25 charge will be assessed to individuals who have lost their entry ticket.

Validation tickets for the Danforth University Center Garage, Millbrook Garage, Snow Way Garage, and West Campus Garage are available to university departments for distribution to visitors.

For more information about validation tickets, please contact the office of Parking and Transportation Services at 314-935-5601. The Danforth University Center Garage is staffed by an attendant from 7 am–11:30 pm, Monday–Friday.

Danforth Underground Garage Hours

  • Monday through Friday: 6-1 a.m.
  • Saturday through Sunday: 8-1 a.m.
  • No overnight parking is permitted in the Danforth garage.

2018-19 Garage Rates


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.