Parking & Permits
Parking is available for students, employees, and the public in three main areas: Main campus, the Greenwood lot and the Sears Shuttle Lot, which is off-campus behind the Sears department store on 160th and Aurora Avenue (campus map).
Up to 30 minutes of free parking is available in the Visitor Lot near the main entrance and is strictly enforced. After 30 minutes, additional parking time must be purchased at pay stations located around campus. Current student and employee vehicles parked in the Visitor Lot will be cited.
Parking is available on the main campus, in the Greenwood Lot, and in the Sears Shuttle Lot. Student parking lots are designated by green signs with an “S.” Valid student quarterly parking permits must be displayed Monday - Friday, 6 a.m. - 4 p.m. No overnight parking is allowed without a student housing parking permit.
Purchasing Parking Permits
Student and resident quarterly permits can be purchased at the Cashier's office (FOSS Building 5000). Daily permits can be purchased at pay stations in the parking lot.
|Quarterly Permit (purchase at Cashier's Office)||Students $45 plus tax|
|Daily Parking Permit||
2 hrs: $3
4 hrs: $5
Evening (4 p.m.-10 p.m.): Free
Overnight Housing Visitor (10 p.m.-6 a.m.): $7.50
All Day (6 a.m.-4 p.m.): $7.50
Pay stations for daily/hourly permits have "Pay Here" signs and arrows, located at:
- East entrance
- West entrance
- Main entrance (near Metro bus stop)
- Gymnasium/2900 buildings (near walkway)
- 2500/2100 buildings and athletic field lot
- Zero Energy House
Pay stations accept Visa and Mastercard credit/debit and quarters, no dollar bills. If using a credit/debit card, allow 30 seconds to process payment. Please notify Safety & Security at 206-546-4633 if there is a problem at a machine. To display a daily/hourly permit, peel off the back and stick the permit, facing out, to the passenger-side window.
Refunds for Quarterly Permits
Parking permits are not refundable after the first day of the quarter. To receive a refund, bring your permit to the cashiers office by the end of the first day of the quarter.
Quarterly permits may be transferred and used by the permit holder to another vehicle.
Lost or Stolen Permits
Please notify the Safety & Security Office of lost or stolen permits as soon as possible at 206-546-4633, 5000 Building (FOSS), 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.
Free Student Shuttle
Shuttles to and from the Sears Shuttle Lot run during Fall, Winter, and Spring quarters. A parking permit is not required in the Sears lot. There is no service during school breaks, holidays, or other school closures. Monday-Thursday: 7:45 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday: 7:45 a.m.-2 p.m.
RapidRide E Line (Red Bus) stops at N 160th St. & Aurora Ave N (½ mile from campus). The campus shuttle picks up from this location every 15 minutes.
Student Carpool Parking
Each quarter, Safety & Security offers free student carpool permits to students to park in the Greenwood Lot. To receive a carpool permit, a minimum of two students must apply together, show valid identification and course schedules, and be in classes three days a week (between 7 a.m. - 12 p.m.). Carpool permit users must arrive together to use the permit. Violations can result in the permit being revoked. Student carpool parking is not available during summer quarter.
Student Housing Parking
Residents of 7000 Campus Living should park in the student parking lots west of campus (west of Building 1300 to Building 1700), accessible through the West Gate. Valid student housing quarterly parking permits must be displayed at all times (overnight parking is allowed for on-campus residents only).
Disabled Parking (Free)
Disabled parking requires a valid Washington State disabled placard. There are disabled parking spots close to most buildings. Cars displaying a valid disabled placard issued to the person in the car are allowed in any parking lot. You do not need to purchase/display a student parking permit if you have a valid disabled placard.
Parking for employees, dental hygiene patients, automotive program, Parent Child Center, and motor pool are available in designated areas only and is strictly enforced.
Permits are not required for bicycles or motorcycles but they must be parked in designated areas, otherwise they may be cited.
Bicycles should be parked in bicycle racks or facilities provided for that purpose. Bicycles must not be parked in or against a building or near a building exit, on a path or sidewalk, chained or secured to a tree/light pole/sign post, or parked in such a way that obstructs access to College property or endangers pedestrian right of way. Any bicycle found in violation of these rules may be cited a $25.00 fine and be impounded without warning.
View the campus map for motorcycle and bicycle parking locations.
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.
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.
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.
Campus parking lots are divided into three key areas:
- Student parking
- Employee parking
- 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: