​Getting Around St. Louis

We make it easy to get around town, with or without a car. And unlike most major cities, our traffic is a breeze.

Washington University is located literally across the street from Forest Park, one of the nation’s largest urban green spaces full of recreational and cultural opportunities. On the east side of the park, you can gravitate to the Central West End to live or to socialize. Just west of the campus is Clayton, a bustling business district filled with government offices and popular housing. To the north is the University City Loop, which offers an eclectic array of clubs, shops, and restaurants.

Whisk your way through the city by car or take the MetroLink or light-rail system. With your Metro pass, you can take the Metro downtown, to Clayton, the University City Loop or the airport in just minutes. Or take the MetroBus or MetroLink to the Medical Campus, grocery stores, shopping malls, movie theaters, and surrounding neighborhoods at no cost.

Public Transportation

As a Washington University student, free public transportation is available through the Washington University U-Pass program. Visit the Metro Transit website for information about schedules and routes. Our shuttle service has routes between the campus and most of the areas frequented by students, giving you much greater access to the St. Louis Metropolitan region.


Campus parking permits are available as daily, monthly, or annual passes; registered students may purchase annual permits online. Daily and monthly permits may be purchased at the campus bookstore.

Visiting Our Campus

We offer complimentary parking passes to visitors who are driving to campus or renting a vehicle while visiting. Please request a Visitor Parking Pass when making your appointment to visit us. You don’t need a pass if you’ll be visiting during a weekend. For more information on parking and transportation, visit