Parking is available for students, employees and the public in three main areas: Main campus, the Greenwood lot and the Sears lot, which is off-campus behind the Sears department store on 160th and Aurora Avenue (campus map). 


Quarterly permits

Quarterly permits are available to students and college employees. They are good for day, night and weekend parking. Quarterly permits are for sale at:

  • Cashier's desk in the FOSS (5000) building
  • Bookstore in the PUB (9000) building

Quarterly permits may be transferred and used by the permit holder to another vehicle. Please notify the Safety & Security Office of lost or stolen permits as soon as possible at 206-546-4633, 5000 building, Room 5102. Replacement permits are available at a charge equal to the original cost. If the original permit is recovered within the same quarter, the Cashier’s Office will provide a refund equal to the cost of the replacement permit. If a missing permit is found on another vehicle on college property, the owner of that vehicle may receive a citation and/or the vehicle may be impounded.

Parking Rates

Quarterly Pass
  • Students ...$45 plus tax
Daily Pass 
  • $3 ............ Up to 2 hours
  • $5 .............Up to 4 hours 
  • $7.50 ........All Day
    (6 a.m. - 4 p.m.) 
  • Free............Weekends

Additional time can be purchased in 15 minute increments for $0.25

Refunds for Quarterly Parking Permits

To receive a refund you must:
  • return it within one week of dropping all daytime courses. You will be refunded following the Tuition Refund Schedule.
  • return the permit to the location where you purchased it; for example, if you got it at the bookstore, you would need to return it there.

Daily/hourly permits

Daily and hourly permits for weekdays, evenings and weekends are available for purchase at six pay stations located near parking lots on the main campus. There is not a pay station at the Greenwood lot, but vehicles there must display a valid permit of some kind.

Pay stations for daily/hourly permits are identified with "Pay Here" signs and arrows. Pay stations are located at:
  • East entrance (drive up)
  • West entrance (drive up)
  • Main entrance (walk-up, near Metro bus stop)
  • Gymnasium/2900 buildings (walk-up, near walkway)
  • 2500/2100 buildings and athletic field lot (walk-up)
  • Zero Energy House (walk-up)

The pay stations accept credit cards, debit cards, and quarters as payment - no bills. When using a credit or debit card, allow 30 seconds for the machine to process and authorize payment. Pushing additional buttons during this process may result in additional permit purchases. The pay stations offer directions in the English, Spanish, Chinese and Russian. Please notify the Security Department if there is a problem at a machine.

To display a daily/hourly permit on the vehicle, peel off the back of the permit and stick the permit, facing out, to the passenger-side window.

For more information or to report a problem with a pay station, please contact Safety & Security at 206-546-4633, 5000 Building, Room 5102

Visitor lot

Up to 30 minutes of free parking are available in the visitor lot located near the college main entrance. After 30 minutes, additional parking time must be purchased at one of the pay stations. This is strictly enforced. Students, staff and faculty vehicles in the visitor lot will be cited.

Disabled parking

Disabled parking requires a valid Washington State disabled placard. There are designated disabled parking spaces close to most buildings. Vehicles displaying a valid disabled placard issued to the person in the vehicle at the time of parking are allowed in any parking lot.

Student carpool parking

Carpool parking spaces for students are available only in the Greenwood lot. Each quarter, 10 free student carpool permits are available on a first-come, first-served basis at Safety & Security, Room 5102. A minimum of two students must apply together and show valid identification and course schedules. Carpool-permit users and must arrive together to use the permit, which can be revoked for violations. For more information, please contact the Department of Safety & Security at Room 5102 or 206-546-4633.

Bicycles and motorcycles

No permit is required for bicycles and motorcycles, but they must be parked in designated areas. Bicycles and motorcycles not parked in designated areas may be cited. For more information visit our bicycle and motorcycle parking page.


Parking-lot hours

Main campus parking lots are open 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week. For college events that may run later into the evening, vehicles may be parked after 10 p.m. for the event. Daily/hourly permits can be purchased up until midnight, at which time the pay station closes. Vehicles parked past midnight must display a valid permit that may be purchased before the pay stations close for the night.

The Greenwood parking lot gate is open 6 a.m.-10 p.m., Monday-Friday. The Greenwood lot is closed on weekends and during summer quarter.

Overnight parking is not generally allowed on campus. Permission for exceptions may be arranged in advance by contacting Safety & Security at 206-546-4633, 5000 Building, Room 5102.

Parking/traffic citations and impound

College Safety & Security officers may issue citations for parking and traffic offenses codified by the State of Washington, King County and the college. Citations may carry fines ranging from $45-$120 depending on the offense. The college also has the authority to impound or wheel-lock vehicles that violate parking regulations. For more information about citations, see the Appeal a Citation page..

 Drivers on campus must obey regulatory signs and signs/traffic control devices and comply with directions given by Safety & Security officers in the control and regulation of traffic and parking. The speed limit for vehicles on campus is 15 miles an hour with lower speeds depending on circumstances and/or as directed by Safety & Security officers. No stopping, parking or passing is allowed on the campus roads at any time.

 Vehicle parking is allowed only in those areas and in spaces designated for such use. Vehicles must display the appropriate permit for parking in specially designated areas and spaces. Parking is prohibited in non-designated areas, such as along roadways, along parking-lot curbing or where parking is expressly prohibited such as within 15 feet of a fire hydrant or 10 feet of any building.

Traffic accidents

Persons involved in traffic accidents on college property are encouraged to report the accident to the Safety & Security Department. Depending on the severity of the accident, those involved or college Safety & Security officers may also notify local law enforcement or public-safety agencies as necessary.


A college-issued parking permit allows the holder to park one passenger vehicle in the appropriate and designated lot. The college is not responsible for fire, theft, damage or loss of vehicle or any article in the vehicle. All such risks are being assumed by the permit holder.

Quarterly permit display

Quarterly permits are designed to hang from the rearview mirror. In vehicles without a rearview mirror, the permit may be taped to the window or placed on the dashboard. In all cases, the permit must be displayed so that the number faces out and is clearly visible from outside the vehicle. 

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Parking signs

Campus parking lots are divided into three key areas:

  1. Student parking
  2. Employee parking
  3. Visitor parking

Within these areas, the college has additional designated parking areas such as Disabled Parking, Day Care (20min), Motor Pool and Dental Hygiene. These areas are strictly enforced and designated by some of the signage examples below:


Free Sears lot

Free Shuttle Service

Shuttles to and from the Sears lot run during Fall, Winter and Spring quarters.

8 a.m- 4 p.m. Monday — Thursday

8 a.m- 2 p.m. Friday

A permit is not required to park in the lot designated for college use near the Sears store at Aurora Square. Shuttle service to campus is available fall, winter and spring quarters.  There is no shuttle service during summer quarter. Shuttle-service vehicles include a bus that can accommodate wheelchairs. There are also two large passenger vans. The free services at the Sears lot are made possible by a student-approved fee.



Parking is free after 4 p.m. Monday - Friday, weekends, holidays and when the campus is closed (as marked on the college calendar).

Student parking permits are now available for purchase at the Cashier's desk in the 5000 building or the Bookstore in the 9000 building.