Sacramento, CA
Tuition (in-state)
$16,632 ($5,472)
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3 College Senior

Parking: Parking permits are a little pricey. You can always find a sot on campus, but you might be parking a little walk away from your classes. And by little I mean anywhere from 5-15 minutes depending on where your classes are.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: The parking lots are a bit far from classes. The price of the pass is okay. The monitoring is very strict and fines are given quite frequently.

4 College Freshman

Parking: Daily $6 2hr $3 Permit is about 150 a semester.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: If you get to school early, it's easy to find a spot. However, if you get there in the middle of the day, parking is hard to find.

2 College Sophomore

Parking: The cost of parking increases each semester. The cost of a parking for the summer semester is completely unreasonable. Many tickets and fines are sent out every day, so always double check your parking. Come to school early to get a good parking spot. If you come near lunch time, don't be surprised to circle the parking lot for about one hour.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 1118th
    Best Off-Campus Parking
  • 1176th
    Best Parking Availability
  • 1322nd
    Most Reasonable Permit Costs

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Hilton Collins
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It's unanimous: The Sac State parking situation is horrible. There are thousands more students than there are parking spaces, so parking lots are a jungle during certain times of day. People who arrive on campus in the late morning to mid-afternoon can drive around forever without finding an empty space. Sometimes there are openings in the overflow lot across from the Alumni Center, but even that area gets crowded. If you get to school from about 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., good luck competing with everyone else.

Drivers use different strategies to park their vehicles. Some of them camp out in the middle of aisles with their motors running to wait for others to get into their parked cars and leave so they can pull into the empty spots. Other drivers drive behind students and follow them as they walk to their cars from class. You can feel their hungry eyes on your back as you approach your vehicle. Bolder drivers pull up beside you and offer to drive you to your parking space to save them the trouble of having to stalk you. You may even find yourself using one of these strategies if necessary.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
  • $10 to $13 per week
  • $159 to $206 per semester
Common Parking Tickets
  • Expired permit: $43
  • Fire lane: $43
  • Handicapped zone: $333
  • No parking zone: $43
Best Places to Find a Spot
  • Lot 9, the overflow lot across from the Alumni Center
  • Lot 10 across from Hornet Stadium, next to overflow
  • Anywhere after 5 p.m. (All parking lots are open.)
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
  • Lot 6 near the Union
  • The student lot near Residence Lot 2
Getting a Parking Permit
Students can purchase parking permits online through the University Transportation & Parking Services site.
Parking Services
University Transportation and Parking Services (UTAPS)
7667 Folsom Blvd.
Folsom Hall
(916) 278-7245

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 124 responses

  • 10% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.
  • 15% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 19% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 6% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 47% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 3% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 123 responses

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

What are the best places to find a parking spot on campus?    Based on 14 responses

  • 59% Usually before 7 am
  • 24% Anywhere after 5 p.m. (All parking lots are open.)
  • 12% I walk to school everyday
  • 6% Residence area (I live on campus)

What are the worst places to look for a parking spot on campus?    Based on 10 responses

  • 38% Lot 6 near the Union
  • 31% Parking Structure 1
  • 15% All of them
  • 15% The student lot near Residence Lot 2


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