Off-Street Parking Options
University of Washington Tacoma students, faculty, staff, and visitors have access to several university-owned and community partner parking lots. Most of these lots are on or very close to campus. A few are more distant, but located close to the Tacoma LINK. View a map of UW Tacoma parking lots and a list of rates.
The Cragle, WT31, Pinkerton and Court 17 garage offer hourly parking all day. WT44 offers hourly parking after 4:00 PM Monday through Thursday and all day Friday to Sunday. View a map of UW Tacoma parking lots and a list of rates.
The Cragle and Pinkerton lots are free on Sundays and Holidays.
Parking passes purchased via the online purchasing tool will be mailed to the shipping address provided within 5 business days. We are unable to offer a pick-up option at this time.
Daily passes are valid from 6:00 AM to 11:00 PM. Evening passes are valid from 4:00 PM to 11:00 PM. UW Tacoma parking passes may not be used to park overnight.
No. Users must either display a valid parking permit or pay the posted rate.
That happens occasionally during periods of peak demand (such as the beginning of the academic quarter), when there are temporary increases in the numbers of hourly/daily parkers. If you hold a pass for a UW Tacoma Lot Court 17 and the garage is full, you may park in WT32 (Located on the corner of 19th and Fawcett).
- The Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center offers half- and full-day parking for 0-4 Hours $5.00 and 4- All day $10.00.
- The Washington State History Museum offers monthly and quarterly parking.
- You can also download a list of private lots close to campus and/or close to the Link light rail.
City of Tacoma On-Street Parking
Yes. The City of Tacoma Parking Program manages and enforces on-street parking around the UW Tacoma campus. To learn more, visit the Tacoma parking FAQ page
Metered on-street parking around campus costs $1.00 per hour. The minimum purchase is 25¢.
Fees are taken at electronic pay stations. These stations take only coins, debit or credit cards — no bills. Once you deposit your fee and indicate your requested time, you will receive a parking receipt to stick on your window that shows how long you can park. Watch a video demonstrating how to use the pay stations.
Time limits for on-street parking around campus range from 90 minutes to 2 hours.
No. The two-hour time limit is strictly enforced by the city of Tacoma. Vehicles parked for more than two hours in the same space are subject to ticketing.
That depends. Moving your vehicle between different spots on the same block to avoid time restrictions may be considered “chain parking” (see below) and is subject to a $50 fine under City of Tacoma municipal code.
Chain parking is illegal and carries a $50 fine (see Tacoma Municipal Code 11.05.190). Chain parking is defined as moving a car from a metered and/or time-limited parking spot to another spot on the same block face to avoid getting a ticket.
Please contact the City of Tacoma to comment on the parking program.
How can I learn more about UW Tacoma Transportation Services resources, rules and enforcement?
If you have specific questions about parking on or around the UW Tacoma campus, please contact Transportation Services at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 253-692-5661.