Parking Updates for University College Students

New gate-arm technology has been installed in garages on the Danforth Campus and West Campus. The new system relies on Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) that is embedded in WashU’s annual parking permits, which will trigger the gate arms of these garages to open automatically.

With the new system in place, daily permits will no longer be valid starting Jan. 26. For specific details about what this means to you, please read the latest article in The Record.

Danforth Campus Visitor Parking

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 either the pay station lane or the attendant lane (cash or credit card).

Monday-Friday, between 5 p.m. - 7a.m., Washington University's Danforth campus is open for parking in any parking space not marked as red or reserved in any zone. It is also free to park in yellow spaces on the Danforth campus without a permit on the weekends.

While there is no cost to park in any yellow or visitor spaces within the garages after 5 p.m., visitors still must pull a ticket to gain access.

West Campus Visitor Parking

Visitor parking is available on the first level of the West Campus garage. Visitors must display the pulled parking ticket on their vehicle’s dashboard. Visitors must either pay upon exiting the garage via the pay station lane (only accepts credit cards) or request a parking validation ticket at the University College front desk for parking at no cost.

Students, employees, and faculty with a campus parking permit outside the West Campus parking zone are encouraged to park in their zone and take the West Campus shuttle. Employees displaying a Medical School permit are allowed to park in visitor parking.

Between 5 p.m. and 7 a.m., Monday–Friday and all-day Saturday–Sunday, parking is available in visitor and yellow permitted spaces without a permit. While there is no cost to park in any yellow or visitor spaces within the garages after 5 p.m., visitors still must pull a ticket to gain access.

Permit Parking

Those who do not need to park on campus all day but need a space prior to 5 p.m. can purchase an evening permit, which is valid starting at 3:30 p.m., including:

  • Evening Red Permits: Available to faculty and staff and valid in any red or reserved space in any zone from 3:30 p.m. - 7 a.m. Monday through Friday and on weekends.
  • Evening Yellow Permits: Available to full-time day undergraduate students (junior or higher standing who live off-campus) and also to any part-time undergraduate or graduate students in University College and part-time, degree- or certificate-seeking undergraduate or graduate students in any of Washington University’s schools (Business, Engineering, etc.). These permits are valid in any space not marked as red or reserved in Zones 2 and 3 from 3:30 p.m. - 7 a.m., Monday through Friday, and on weekends.

In addition, there are a series of spaces along Forsyth that have been reassigned as “Perimeter Red” parking spaces. Between the hours of 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, these spaces require a Red Faculty/Staff Permit; however, these spaces are open to anyone from 5 p.m. - 7 a.m., Monday through Friday, and on weekends.

To purchase a permit, visit the Parking & Transportation Services website.