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From here to there
Parking and commuting options around campus
By Laura Mishkin
Parking in the U-District can be difficult to navigate. There are some options to make it more bearable and several ways to avoid parking entirely.
STUDENT PARKING PERMITS
Student parking permits are available from UW Commuter Services for about $400 per quarter, depending on the number of days left in that specific quarter. They can be purchased at the Commuter Services Office, which is located on Northeast Campus Parkway and University Way Northeast, just west of Schmitz Hall.
VISITOR PARKING PERMITS
Parking for visitors and guests is available at self-serve stations and gatehouses across campus. A guest permit is valid from the time of purchase until 6 a.m. the following day. The daytime parking rate Monday through Friday is $15 for the day, or $3 per hour. The night parking rate begins at 4 p.m. and is $5 per night.
Complimentary parking is available in unrestricted lots weekday evenings from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. and on weekends from noon Saturday to 6 a.m. Monday. Parking is free during holiday closures.
For additional information about parking, visit https://www.washington.edu/facilities/transportation/.
Street parking is available throughout the U-District for $2 an hour, Monday through Saturday, at varying hours. Street parking is free Sundays. For more free parking, try venturing several blocks off campus to the north.
If you don’t have a car, you can always borrow one. Zipcar and Car2Go both operate in the U-District.
The U-District is served by numerous bus routes. The King County Metro online Trip Planner can point you in the right direction. Smartphone apps like OneBusAway can also help you easily navigate the bus system in and around campus.
In March 2016, the Sound Transit University of Washington Station opened for service. The station, located next to Husky Stadium, allows riders to reach downtown Seattle in six minutes, Capitol Hill in four, and SeaTac Airport in less than an hour.
Seattle is a bike-friendly city, with a sizable part of the population commuting daily by bike. Ridethecity.com/seattle allows you to enter a start and end location, and provides you with travel routes that are either the most direct or most safe, based on your preferences. It also shows available bike shops along your route. The ASUW has its own bike shop that offers cheap repair services for UW students. It is located in HUB 103, and open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. during fall and spring quarters, and Monday through Friday from noon to 5 p.m. during winter and summer quarters. If you do end up commuting by bike, helmets and lights are required by law. If you don’t have a bike, consider using a bikeshare app like LimeBike, ofo, or Spin. These services allow you to temporarily rent out a bike for fees as low as $1 per ride. Use the app’s map to pick up a bike near you, then park it anywhere when you’re done.