Student Parking Updates For 2021-2022 Academic Year

Student Parking Updates

Hello Western Students!

The availability of parking on campus is very limited and demand considerably outnumbers our available parking spaces. Check out the Transportation Services website to explore all the ways that you can travel without a car while you are at WWU. If you are not willing or able to be car free this upcoming school year and you want to park on campus, then you must add yourself to a parking permit waitlist.

Here's how to join a parking permit waitlist:

  1. On or after August 16th, add yourself to a waitlist by logging into the Parking Portal at 
  2. Click on the “Add/Edit Waitlist” button.   
  3. You can add yourself to as many as three waitlists.  
  4. Prioritize your selection with #1 being your top preference.   

Additional instructions can be found in the Waitlist Video Tutorial.

Permits will be awarded from the waitlists based on space availability beginning September 6th. Waitlists are prioritized based on the number of credit hours a parker has on record at WWU, including all transfer credits. If you are awarded a permit, you will receive an email on September 6th with instructions on how to purchase your parking permit. If you do not receive a parking permit award on September 6th, you will remain on the waitlist. Permits will continue to be awarded weekly as space becomes available, and you will be notified if you are awarded a parking space.

Please continue reading below for an explanation of which lots are available for resident (living on-campus) and non-resident (living off-campus) students.

Parking map: 

Off-Campus Students

The C lot is the primary on-campus parking lot for off-campus students. The Lincoln Creek lot is an off-campus lot that is also available for commuting students and can be used in conjunction with the Whatcom Transportation Authority (WTA) bus system for convenient access to campus.

Information on using the WTA bus system to commute to campus can be found on the Transportation Services website at:

On-Campus Students

Students living on-campus have multiple options for parking lot preference. Before adding yourself to a waitlist, 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  

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
The Ridge (Alma Clark Glass Hall, Alpha, Beta, Delta, Gamma, Kappa, Omega, and Sigma): 15R, 20R*
Fairhaven complex: 18R, 1R
Buchanan Towers: 1R, 18R
Birnam Wood: 27R

*Lot 20R will not be available at the beginning of fall quarter. Permits will be awarded from the 20R waitlist when the lot becomes available.

Please contact us at with any questions regarding this notice.