Carson, CA
Tuition (in-state)
$17,753 ($6,095)
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4 College Freshman

Parking: The parking lots are big and you can find parking in any of the parking lots. the cost of the permit is okay it is about 100 fro the semester, or you will have to pay $4 a day for parking.

College Freshman

Parking: I don't own a vehicle so I am unaware of how convenient the availability is. But, when my mother comes to pick me up it is often hard for her to find a parking spot

3 College Junior

Parking: There are days that finding nearby parking takes a while but nothing major. I do think that a security should patrol every parking lot because I've had a problem with someone trying to break into my car.

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3 College Junior

Parking: Lots of much needed patrol

College Freshman

Parking: As a student at my university, I carpool. Therefore, I wouldn't know.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 385th
    Best Parking Availability
  • 779th
    Best Off-Campus Parking
  • 1149th
    Most Reasonable Permit Costs

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

College life is a bit more difficult for the student without a car or nearby housing to go to. A car is something that liberates and can give the owner the freedom to go as he or she pleases, as well as a place to unburden himself from heavy books. But, of course, anyone who drives to campus must also pay for a permit in order to be allowed to park. The permit allows students into seven different lots across campus. Many lots fill up very quickly, especially after 9 a.m., which is when many students arrive.

If a semester permit is not obtained and one wishes to visit campus, then one must acquire a day permit. There are machines in the lots that sell day permits for $4 per day. There is also free 30-minute parking near Welch Hall, but be wary of going over—it is one of the most popular places to be ticketed. The lots are patrolled regularly specially at night; a cruiser is always seen going back and forth between lots. It is obvious that lot safety is a top priority, and the officers are friendly and easy to chat with.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
Student are allowed to park in any of the seven parking lots. They are conveniently located throughout the campus so that students can always find a parking space near their classes.
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Anyone who has a day or semester permit is allowed to park on campus.
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
$90 per semester
Common Parking Tickets
  • Exceeding allowed time in a 30-minute parking area: $35
  • No parking permit: $35
  • Parking in handicapped spot: $350+
Best Places to Find a Spot
  • The best parking is in lots 2, 3, 6 and 7.
  • Anyone who does not want to invest in a parking permit can park on E. Victoria Street for free.
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
Anywhere close to classes after 9 a.m.
Getting a Parking Permit
Getting a parking permit is easy-either purchase one online at before the semester begins, or purchase one at the cashier's office.
Parking Services
University Parking Department
Small College Complex, Room 200
Parking Lot 3
(310) 243-3725

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 55 responses

  • 2% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.
  • 5% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 20% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 11% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 58% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 4% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 54 responses

Very poor
  • Distance from class
  • Distance from dorms
  • Ease of finding a spot
  • Parking enforcement
  • Permit cost
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