Visitor and Guest Parking

Hosting a visitor

If you are expecting a visitor and want to pay for their parking, you may choose from several options. Please visit our departmental parking products page to learn more.

Visiting campus

When you come to campus and need to park please stop by a staffed gatehouse to purchase a permit. Gatehouses are conveniently located across campus at the following locations:

  • Northeast 45th Street and Memorial Way (17th Avenue Northeast) by the Burke Museum
  • 15th Avenue Northeast and Stevens Way by Meany Hall
  • Pend Oreille Road, off of 25th Avenue Northeast, near University Village Shopping Center
  • Columbia Road, behind the University of Washington Medical Center
  • 15th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 41st Street, underground in the Central Plaza Garage.

Gatehouses are open Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. until 9 p.m., and on Saturdays from 7 a.m. until noon. Gatehouses are closed on University of Washington holidays. Our parking specialists are happy to assign a parking lot for the day depending on your destination. Please ask about disability parking and building access information if needed.

Be Sure to Read the Signs! Parking is enforced on all days at all times so please make sure you park legally.

Gatehouse-issued Permits

Gatehouse permits are sold via a pay-on-entry system. When you purchase a permit at a gatehouse, you’ll be asked how long you will be on campus, and you will pay for that amount of time in advance. Your permit will show an expiration time. After that time, the vehicle will be subject to a citation.

Between 6 a.m. and 4 p.m. on weekdays, gatehouse permits are sold at a rate of $3.00 per hour ($2.00 for the first 30 minutes) and a maximum of $15.00 per day. Beginning at 4 p.m., permits are sold at a flat rate of $5.00 for night parking. A flat weekend rate of $5.00 is charged for parking on Saturdays from 7 a.m. to noon.

Please note: The Central Plaza Garage charges a non-refundable $10.00 event rate every evening from 4 p.m until 9 p.m. and on Saturdays from 7 a.m. until noon.

Campus parking may be paid with cash or a Visa/MasterCard. Complimentary parking is available on weekdays from 9 p.m. until 6 a.m., and on weekends from noon on Saturdays until 6 a.m. Monday mornings in unrestricted lots. Parking is also complimentary on state holidays in unrestricted lots. Please adhere to all posted restrictions.

Self-serve parking

A few locations on campus have self-service parking machines, similar to those found on City of Seattle streets. Please visit our self-serve parking page for more information. Be sure to read the instructions on the machine!