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American University has upgraded its parking management system!

Effective October 7, 2015, all members of the AU community will be able to manage their parking needs with the AU Parking Portal, hosted by T2 Systems.

For members of the AU community with a valid AU ID number, you already have an account that you can access using your AU Portal Login! If you are a contractor or otherwise do not have an AU ID number, you simply go to the new AU Parking Portal and create a guest login.

As always, if you have questions or concerns about parking at American University, please contact our office directly.

Parking Enforcement

Parking regulations are enforced at all times. Violators are subject to citation, vehicle immobilization, tow and/or conduct referral.

To view the University Parking Policy, please click here.

Non-Affiliate Parking

Non-affiliated and unapproved persons are not permitted to park on campus. Only persons conducting official business with American University are permitted to park on campus. Approved non-affiliates include University Guests, University Volunteers & Interns, Prospective Students and Campus Vendors.  

Parking Options

A valid permit or Pay-As-You-Go is required Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., in all general parking spaces. A valid permit is required at all times in reserved parking spaces.  

Faculty & Staff Monthly Permit

  • $126.00 per month via payroll deduction or cash/credit
  • Valid in all general parking spaces
  • Enrollment: When enrolling in parking deductions, doing so on or before the 15th of the month will result in being charged the full $126. Enrolling in payroll deductions on or after the 16th of the month will result in a charge of half of the monthly rate.
  • Cancelation: When canceling deductions, permits must be returned to the parking office by close of business on the 15th to avoid being charged for the full month. To avoid being charged for the following month, permits must be returned to the parking office by close of business on the final business day of the month.

Student Permits

  • Fall/Spring: $506.00 per semester via student accounts or cash/check/credit.
  • Summer Rates: $221 for full summer, $112 for seven (7) weeks, $60 for three (3) weeks via cash/check/credit only, summer permits are unable to be billed to student accounts.
  • Valid in all general parking spaces.

Occasional Parking Permit

  • Available for commuter students, faculty and staff
  • Accommodates commuters that drive to campus on an infrequent basis
  • Purchase up to 15 single-use, scratch-off hangtag permits per month
  • Limited to one purchase per month
  • Expire at the end of the calendar year
  • Valid in all general parking spaces
  • These permits are not transferable and nonrefundable, so please only purchase what you will use. 

Occasional Parking Permit Pricing

Parking Uses Per Month Cost Per Use Monthly Cost
1-15 (AU Community Member) $5.00 $5.00-$75.00

1-15 (Contractor)

$6.00 $6.00-$90.00

Campus Vendors & Contractors

Contact for more information about vendor and contractor parking. 

Pay-As-You-Go Hourly & Daily Parking

  • $2.00 per hour or $16.00 per day
  • Remember your space number and pay immediately after parking
  • Available in the Katzen Arts Center Garage or the School of International Service Garage
  • Pay-As-You-Go Machines accept cash and major credit cards. They are located in the elevator lobbies of Katzen Arts Center and the School of International Service 

Vehicle Immobilization (Booting)

Vehicles with $300 in outstanding fines or three (3) or more open citations past 30 calendar days are subject to vehicle immobilization via the application of a vehicle immobilization device: a “boot.” American University assumes no liability during the application or removal of the boot. Once a vehicle is immobilized, the boot will only be removed after all open citations have been paid.

Vehicles issued any of the following citations may be subject to immobilization, and individuals found to have caused, committed, or benefited from the below infractions may be subject to University Police investigation, and referral to Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution Services, Employee Relations, or the Office of the Provost as appropriate:

  • Displaying, Manufacturing or Possessing a Stolen or Fraudulent Permit,
  • Providing false vehicle registration information,
  • More than one vehicle per registrant on campus at the same time,
  • Obscuring or removing license plate.

After a vehicle remains booted in excess of 30 calendar days without the vehicle owner contacting the Office of Parking and Traffic Services, the vehicle is considered abandoned and subject to the following:

  • The vehicle may be investigated and/or ticketed by the Metropolitan Police Department.
  • The vehicle may be towed and impounded by the Metropolitan Police Department.
  • The vehicle may be towed by a contractor at the University’s discretion.
  • The University assumes no liability for impoundment or impounded vehicles.
  •  At the time of impoundment, the vehicle owner is responsible for payment of all impoundment, storage, and disposal fees assessed by the towing company.
  • Once impounded by a private contractor, the vehicle owner has 30 days to pay the contractor before the vehicle is disposed of by the contractor. 

Information & Questions

  • Follow us on Twitter @ParkingatAU
  • Call (202) 885-3111
  • E-mail
  • Visit us in the Don Myers Technology & Innovation Building, Terrace Level (Monday - Thursday, 8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.)

AU Parking Map

AU Campus Parking