Welcome to Western Washington University!


Before you arrive, here are some important things to know:

  • Please remember your license plate number as this is required for pay stations.
  • Not all parking lots accommodate visitor parking. Please refer to the parking map.
  • Visitor information is available at the campus services building on Bill McDonald Parkway.

Daily and weekly permits can be purchased 24/7 online on Western's parking portal.

For hourly parking, please use the mobile app, ParkMobile, or use the pay stations in visitor lots.


Pay Station Hourly Rates

For all parking customers, hourly, daily and weekly permits can be purchased 24/7 online on Western's Parking Portal.

Weekdays 7am-4:30pm M-F* $2.00
Evenings 4:30pm-7am M-F $1.00
Saturday & Sunday, all hours $1.00

Weekday Pay Stations

*Weekday Pay Stations limited to 6V (below Viking Union) and 12A/C (located across from Fairhaven College). Pay stations accept MasterCard and Visa. There are no refunds.

Evening and Weekend Parking

Parking is available in the C/CR and 12A lots with no permit needed 4:30p.m.-7:30a.m. weekdays and all hours weekends. Parking pay stations are located in most “G” lots. They are available for use after 4:30 p.m. weekdays and all hours weekends.

How to use Parking Paystations

Pay station


Press any key to “wake-up” the pay station from power save mode.


Enter your license plate number. Note: An accurate license plate is necessary.


Parking options will appear on screen, use the keypad to select desired option or time.


Insert credit/debit card (Visa/MasterCard) to complete the transaction.


(Optional): You may print your receipt. Receipts do not need to be displayed.

View a printable version of the Pay Station instructions

Lincoln Creek Transportation Center (LCTC)

Parking permits are required to park in Western’s Lincoln Creek Transportation Center (LCTC). Permits are available online. Customers can print their own permit from home. Self-help computer kiosks are also available in the lobby of Campus Services building.

Whatcom Transportation Authority (WTA)

Whatcom Transportation Authority ( WTA)  bus service from the LCTC to Western's campus is available year-round. Service runs every 10-12 minutes on weekdays when classes are in session, and every 30 minutes year-round.

Additional Information

Current permit holders wishing to change parking lots

As space becomes available in each lot, we will offer a permit to the next qualified parker based on seniority. If you are not already on the waitlist for your preferred lot, go to the Parking Portal and place yourself on your waitlist. We will award permits from the waitlists in August based on seniority and space availability. You can manage your waitlist at any time.

New parkers without a current permit

Log on to the Parking Portal and place yourself on the waitlist for the lots of your choice. We will award waitlist permits in August and notify you thru your WWU email your right to purchase.

Additional information on Zones