Where is Centralia College?

Centralia College is located halfway between Seattle and Portland on the Interstate 5 corridor. Centralia College is in the heart of Centralia, just blocks from the downtown core.

Campus Map (pdf)Driving Directions

Traveling North on I-5

  • Take I-5 Exit 81 (Mellen Street exit).
  • Turn right and travel east (right hand turn from exit ramp) on Mellen Street.
  • Mellen Street angles to the left and becomes Alder Street.
  • Travel three blocks on Alder until you come to Washington Avenue.
  • Turn left onto Washington Avenue, and travel three blocks.
  • You will be at the southwest corner of the college.
  • Turn right onto Pear Street, and you will be on the south perimeter of the campus.

Traveling South on I-5

  • Take I-5 Exit 82 (Harrison Street exit).
  • Turn left and travel east (left hand turn from exit ramp) on Harrison Street.
  • Harrison Street angles to the right, then to the left, and becomes Main Street.
  • Turn right from Main Street onto Rock Street.
  • Travel one block, and you will be at the northeast perimeter of the campus.


Parking on Campus

All vehicles on Centralia College parking lots must have a valid permit. Permits can be requested online using the form below.

  • Student permits can be picked up at the Welcome Desk in the TransAalta Commons at 615 W Pear St.
  • Employee permits can be picked up at the Facilities, Operations & Maintenance (FOM) office at 415 W Pear St.

Please allow 5 business days for processing before pick up. The parking permit issued by the college shall be visibly affixed on the outside of the rear window or the rear bumper on the driver's side of the vehicle. Motorcycle permits must be affixed in a conspicuous place.

Parking is prohibited in non-designated areas, such as along roadways, along parking-lot curbing, or where parking is expressly prohibited such as within 15 feet of a fire hydrant or 10 feet of any building.Parking backwards in a parking stall is prohibited.

Parking permits are not transferable. If a vehicle is sold or traded, the parking permit must be removed, the new vehicle must be registered and a new permit will be reissued.

Centralia College has nine parking lots on campus in various locations (in addition to street parking). Parking is provided on a first-come, first-served basis in the parking lots.

TAC/Library Lots

Located on Pear Street behind the TransAlta Commons (TAC) and Library buidlings

  • Open Spaces: 143
  • Reserved Spaces: 40
  • Disabled Spaces: 17
  • Visitor Spaces: 11

Athletic Field Lot

Located on Centralia College Boulevard across from the Transitional Studies Building between Rock and Oak Streets

  • Open Spaces: 68
  • Disabled Spaces: 8
  • WorkSource Spaces: 36

TEC/SWFT Center Lot

Located on the north side of Pear Street on the west end of campus near the Technology Building and the Southwest Washington Flexible Training (SWFT) Center

  • Open Spaces: 30
  • Reserved Spaces: 5

King Street Lot

Located along the sides of King Street between Washington Hall and the Technology Building

  • Reserved Spaces: 20
  • Motorcycles Spaces: 2


Located on the south side of Per Street behind Washington Hall

  • Open Spaces: 58
  • Motorcycle Spaces: 1
  • Disabled Spaces: 3
  • Electric Spaces: 2


Disabled parking only - located on the north side of the Walton Science Center off Centralia College Boulevard between Washington Avenue and Oak Street

  • Disabled Spaces: 4


Reserved parking only - located off Pear Street behind the Hanson Administration Building

  • Reserved Spaces: 11


Located on Centralia College Boulevard between King Street and Washington Avenue

  • Open Spaces: 79
  • Reserved Spaces: 4

China Creek Lot

Enter off of Centralia College Boulevard or Pear Street between King and Ash streets

  • Open Spaces: 119
  • Disabled Spaces: 2

Visitor parking stalls are located near the south entrance of the Transalta Commons (TAC). Current student and employee vehicles with permits are prohibited from parking in the visitors parking stalls.

Guest parking permits can be obtained for any department upon request. Guest permits must have the guest’s name, the time period of visit, and the name of person or department that the guest permit is from. Guest Permits are not valid in loading, reserved, visitors or no parking zones. Guest permits must be displayed face-up on the dashboard of the vehicle.

Disabled parking requires a valid Washington State disabled placard. There are 44 disabled parking spots close to most buildings. Cars displaying a valid disabled placard issued to the person in the car are allowed in any parking lot. You do not need to display a student parking permit if you have a valid disabled placard.

Reserved parking is available for Faculty & Staff in designated areas only and is strictly enforced. These designated spots are fee based and are specifically assigned to the employee who has paid for the assigned spot.

Motorpool vehicle spaces are reserved for college owned vehicles at all times.

Bicycles must be parked in bicycle racks provided for that purpose. Bicycles must not be parked in or against a building or near a building exit, on a path or sidewalk, chained or secured to a tree/light pole/sign post, or parked in such a way that obstructs access to College property or endangers pedestrian right of way. Any bicycle found in violation of these rules may be impounded without warning.

Loading zones may be used for the immediate pick-up and drop-off of passengers or items and provide persons with a disability with a place to be picked up or dropped off safely.

All loading zones are always enforced and are designated tow-away zones.

Disabled vehicles shall not be parked on the campus for a period exceeding 72 hours without authorization from the Safety & Security Office. Vehicles parked over 72 hours without authorization may be impounded and stored at the expense of the owner or operator thereof.

A college-issued parking permit allows the holder to park one passenger vehicle in a campus lot. The college is not responsible for fire, theft, damage or loss of vehicle or any article in the vehicle. All such risks are being assumed by the permit holder. WAC 132L-117-200.

College Safety & Security office may issue citations for parking. Citations may carry fines depending on the offense. The college also has the authority to impound vehicle who violate parking regulations.

Drivers on campus must obey regulatory and traffic control signs and comply with directions given by Safety & Security officers in the control and regulation of traffic and parking. The speed limit for vehicles on campus is 5 miles an hour (See WAC 132L-117-240). No stopping, parking, or passing is allowed on the campus roads at any time.

WAC 132L-117-170

Parked in a no parking zone, wrong area, improperly, parked backwards or blocking traffic, fire lanes or fire hydrants. $25.00
Parked in visitors with permit $25.00
Failure to display valid permit $30.00
Parked in Reserved $30.00
Parking in a handicap space without a handicap placard or plates displayed $250.00

Fines are paid to the Cashier. Bring the parking violation with you. The college may revoke registration privilege if the student has unpaid debt of any amount.

For questions, please contact:

Safety & Security Office

Bus Passes

Twin Transit is not collecting fares through July 1, 2022. A bus pass is not needed to ride the fixed routes.

After July 1, Centralia College provides free Twin Transit bus passes to students enrolled in classes for college credit (not for students enrolled in non-credit classes through the Continuing & Community Education program).

Passes are good for one quarter. Students must get a new pass each quarter they register.

To get a pass, email the cashieroffice@centralia.edu after you have paid tuition for the quarter. A pass will then be mailed to you.

For questions, email the cashieroffice@centralia.edu


Safety & Security Office