Exterior of JWU's parking garage 

Parking Garage  

Downcity Campus parking is available at the JWU Parking Garage at hourly, yearly and per-term rates.


Permit Lots

You must have a JWU-issued parking permit for all other JWU lots. Permits do not waive JWU Garage hourly fees.

 Wildcat Willie in downtown Providence

Where to Park

Learn where you should park as a day, commuter, graduate, or CE student (or faculty member).

Find parking lots for resident, commuter, graduate, continuing education an practicum students, as well as faculty: 

Resident Students 

Parking space on campus is extremely limited, so please evaluate available JWU transportation options before bringing a car. 



Day school students may park at the Downcity Campus's JWU garage.


Residence Halls

Parking space is on a first-come, first-serve basis at:

  • Harborview Center
  • Renaissance Hall
  • Harborside Village
  • Capital Cove: Parking is available to all resident students EXCEPT freshmen

If your res hall doesn't offer on-site parking, you can obtain a parking permit for E or F Lots.

Commuting Students


Day school students on the Downcity Campus can park for a fee in the JWU Garage. 


Harborside Campus

Your are also encouraged to park at the Harbourside Campus's A, B, D, E and F Lots, and take the campus shuttle to Downcity Campus facilities.

Parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis.


CE Classes

 Day school students taking CE classes may park in the JWU garage.

Continuing Education

All parking at these locations is on a first-come, first-served basis. You must have a parking permit displayed visibly on your car.


After 5pm

Parking is available on the Downcity Campus in the following locations:

  • JWU Garage
  • Johnson Lot
  • Met Lot


Overflow parking

Available in the Harborside Campus’s F Lot, with free shuttle service available to and from the Downcity Campus. 

Graduate Students

Parking space is available for graduate commuters in the A, B, D, E & F Lots at the Harborside Campus. You must have a parking permit visibly displayed on your car.

Grad Students Taking CE Classes

Park at the Downcity Campus JWU garage.

Practicum Students

The Radisson Airport Hotel and other practicum properties have some specifically assigned parking areas for practicum students.

Special practicum parking permits are issued by the director of internship; these permits are valid only during students' class or work hours.


These lots are reserved for faculty and staff: 

  • C Lot
  • G Lots
  • Met Lot
  • Johnson Lot

Students who park in one of these lots may be towed at your expense.

How to Apply

Resident and commuter students who plan to bring a vehicle on university property (with the exception of the JWU garage) must register their vehicle with their office upon arrival.

Make sure you know your license plate number when you apply.


Day school students

These parking permits are handled solely by Student Academic & Financial Services, online or in person:


pick up your Permit

Permits can be picked up 24 hours after purchase at either the Downcity or Harborside Financial Services Office.


The fees for Harborside, Renaissance, and Harborview are pro-rated after the first term:

  • Per year: $180
  • Purchased at the beginning of the second term: $120
  • Purchased at the beginning of the third term: $60 

Transferring Permits 

Parking permits are non-refundable and are only transferable to an alternate vehicle of the original owner with our prior approval. 

Additional information regarding student vehicles on campus can be obtained from the Providence Student Handbook.


Safety & Security issues temporary parking permits, free of charge.

5 Days

Permit can be used for up to five days of use. (After five days, a university permit must be purchased.) 


When applying for a temporary permit, guests must be accompanied by a host student; while on campus, they will be expected to observe the university's parking rules and regulations.



Temporary permits are valid only in designated parking areas and must be clearly visible.


Permits are issued to guests in the host student's name. Violations issued to "guest vehicles" will be charged to the host student.

Return to CS&S

Temporary permits must be returned to Safety & Security upon expiration.

Automobiles that are parked on university property are subject to the following regulations: 

  • Purchase of a Harborside permit does not waive fees for the JWU Garage – you must pay hourly fees. 
  • Purchase of a garage term pass does not allow overnight parking at the harborside campus. 
  • With the exception of the JWU garage, all vehicles parked on campus must have a valid permit. 
  • Failure to have a valid permit can and will subject you to tagging or towing of your vehicle at your expense. 
  • It is the responsibility of the person applying for the permit to have and maintain a valid driver’s license, registration and insurance. 
  • Permits are valid for the vehicle they are issued for only and are valid for the parking areas and period indicated on the permit. 
  • Vehicles must be parked properly within a designated space so as not to interfere with another parking space or to obstruct a lane of travel or pedestrian walkway. 
  • Vehicles parked in flagrant violations such as parking in a fire lane, parking in a travel lane, blocking another person, et cetera will be towed at the owner’s expense. 
  • Maximum speed limit on university property is 15 mph. It may be lower in other areas.
  • Vehicles are subject to search for cause upon request. 
  • The decision to tag and/or tow any vehicle in violation is made by the officer on the scene. 
  • Failure to comply with these rules, traffic signs, or operating your vehicle without a reasonable amount of care may result in fines, suspension / revocation of parking privileges and / or additional disciplinary action.
  • Moving or defacing any university traffic sign may result in disciplinary action.
  • In the event of snow, a university parking ban may be announced through normal campus communications (ie. jwuLink, email, posted notices in residence halls).  Any vehicle found parked in an area prohibited by such ban will be towed at the owners expense.

Additional information regarding student vehicles on campus can be obtained from the Providence Student Handbook.

During periods of inclement weather, the university may institute a campuswide parking ban:

Harbourside Campus


A ban will require resident students parked on the Harborside Campus to move their vehicles to the E or F Lot designated by Campus Safety & Security.

Resident Students


Harbor View and Renaissance Halls students will also be required to move their vehicles into a designated area. 

Notices will be posted at the front desk of each residence hall instructing the students of the hall as where they should park.

Holiday & Term Break

During the holiday shutdown or term break periods, all students leaving vehicles on campus should park in the E or F Lot that is designated by campus safety & security.

City Bans

Be advised that the Cities of Providence and Cranston may issue parking bans independently and at different times than each other or the university.  Close attention is encouraged to prevent towing and/or ticketing.