Public Safety - Parking and Traffic Services

Campus Parking Rates

American University offers two options for paying for parking:

Hourly Parking - For short term or irregular parking paid by the hour or day in our Pay-as-you-Go lots

Permit Parking - Students (by Semester and Academic Year) and Faculty/Staff

Pay-As-You Go Rates


Per Space Rate

Half Hour Rate


Hourly Rate


Daily Rate


Payment machines are located in the Nebraska Ave Parking Lot, Katzen Arts Center Garage, and the SIS Garage. Payment options include VISA, Master Card, Discover, EagleBuck$, and Cash. 

Pay-as-You-Go is also available by using Verrus pay by phone.  Simply call 1-888-450-7275, follow the prompts, enter location # (lot or garage), space # and time needed (.35 cent convenience fee will be assessed).  You will get a text message or email when your time expires.

-          Katzen Arts Center Garage (4882)

-          Nebraska Avenue Parking Lot (4883)

-          SIS Garage (4884)


NOTICE: The AU Parking Policy must be read before applying for a parking permit

Faculty and Staff Permits/Payroll Deductions

Full-time faculty and staff may enroll in Payroll Deductions when they apply for their parking permits. (Faculty and staff members can also choose to pay the full permit amount instead of enrolling in the payroll deduction plan when applying.) Applications can be found online.

Part-time faculty and staff members are not eligible to be enrolled in Payroll Deductions at this time.

Please call the Parking and Traffic Services Customer Relations desk at 202.885.3111 with questions regarding payroll deduction and parking permits.

  Effective May 1, 2012

Monthly Annual
Full-time employees $126 $1,513
Part-time employees $64 $769
Employee Motorcycle $42 $504

Student Parking Rates

If you live in Washington, DC, you must comply with the new DC Parking requirements before completing the Commuter Student's permit application. Any DC commuter student not complying with the DC Parking Requirements will not be issued an AU Parking Permit.

Student Parking Permits must be purchased by semester or academic year, and are not available on a monthly basis.

  Effective May 1, 2012

Semester Academic Year
Commuter Student $506 $1,012
Resident Student $506 $1,012
Student Motorcycle $193 $387
Part Time Student $195 n/a

Summer Student Parking

Students coming to campus during the summer are required to purchase a summer permit or pay to park in the commuter lots. Summer permits are timed to coincide with the various summer course sessions that AU offers.
Summer parking permits are ONLY available to students.

Permit Period

Fourteen Weeks (Full Summer)


Seven Weeks


Three Weeks