Fall Parking & Wait List Announcement for Students

Hello Western Students!

This is a reminder that wait lists for parking permits for students living in on-campus resident halls are currently open and that permits will be awarded from the wait lists next Tuesday, September 8th.
Since most classes will be online this fall quarter, the need to park on campus will be greatly reduced. In light of this, Transportation Services has changed the process for fall quarter parking in order to better suit the needs of WWU students.   

Please read below for an explanation of the parking process for non-resident (living off-campus) and resident (living on-campus) students.
Off-campus Students

This fall, quarter length parking permits will not be sold to students who are living off campus. Instead,  the pay stations in the C lot and the Parkmobile app will offer daily parking permits for the C lot at $2.00 per day instead of the normal $10.00 per day. This $2.00 per day rate is approximately the same price that is paid per day when using a quarterly parking permit. The benefit is that students will be charged for parking only when they actually park in the C lot.  This system will allow students who commute to campus infrequently to obtain parking at a low and subsidized rate and removes the need to purchase a quarterly permit. Students who commute frequently to campus will pay a price similar to the normal cost of a quarterly permit.  Students with a state disability placard will pay the same reduced rate during fall quarter by using a pay station or Parkmobile permit to park in any disability space on campus.

For students who will need to be on campus every day, including prior to classes starting on September 23rd and following the end of the standard academic quarter into winter vacation, quarterly permits can be made available.  Students who will only be parking to attend class will likely find better value in paying the $2.00 per day rate, as the quarter will only have 45 school days on campus.  If you believe a quarterly permit would better suit your parking needs, contact Transportation Services for more information.

To sum it all up, if you are a student who is living off campus you do not need to get on a wait list for a parking permit. You will pay for your parking only on the days that you choose to park on campus.

On-campus Students  

Permits for on-campus students will be awarded through the normal wait list system. Parking permit wait lists opened August 17th. Students living on-campus wishing to park on campus need to add themselves to a wait list.

Here's how:

  1. On or after August 17th, add yourself to a wait list by logging into the Parking Portal at www.wwu.edu/park.  
  2. Click on the “Add/Edit Waitlist” button.   
  3. You can add yourself to as many as three wait lists.  
  4. Prioritize your selection with #1 being your top preference.

A video tutorial of the wait list process can be found online at https://transportation.wwu.edu/videos

Permits will be awarded from the wait lists based on space availability. Wait lists are prioritized based on the number of credit hours a student has on record at WWU. If you are awarded a permit, you will receive an email on September 8th with instructions on how to purchase your parking permit. If you do not receive an award on September 8th, you will remain on the wait list. Permits will continue to be awarded weekly as space remains available, and you will be notified if you are awarded a parking space.

Students living on-campus have multiple options for parking lot preference. Before adding yourself to a wait list, we recommend you review the Campus Parking Map to determine which parking lots are closest to your residence hall. The resident lots are designated on the parking map with an “R” and are generally adjacent to the residence halls.  

Resident overflow parking is available at the Lincoln Creek Lot. This is an off-campus parking lot a short bus ride away from WWU and is designated on the parking map as “LC.” Additional information about using the WTA bus system to commute to campus can be found on the Transportation Office's website at https://transportation.wwu.edu/bus.  

The on-campus residence halls are listed below along with the recommended parking lots and priority order for each hall.
Nash: 4R, 3R

Mathes: 4R, 3R

Edens/Edens North: 3R, 4R

Higginson: 3R, 4R

Fairhaven complex: 18R, 1R

Buchanan Towers: 1R, 18R

Birnam Wood: 27R

Please contact Parking Services at transportation@wwu.edu or call 360-650-2945 with any questions regarding this notice.

Thank you,

Transportation Services