Parking

Location
Malibu, CA
Undergrads
3,086
Tuition
$42,772
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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3 College Freshman

Parking: Permits are free, but parking is far away. Not having a car is very difficult because it is a long and strenuous walk off campus to get anywhere, and Malibu is very far from any LA-area entertainment.

3 College Freshman

Parking: I love that parking permits are free. Finding a parking spot usually isn't an issue if you're patient (you'll find a spot in under 10 minutes) and know when to come back to campus and park. However, it is near impossible to go anywhere off-campus without a car (I think the only place is the beach, as there is a hiking trail down to Ralph's Beach). A lot of student do, however, have a car on-campus, so a student without a car would just have to find someone that would be willing and able to drive them if they want to go off-campus.

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4 College Junior

Parking: Pepperdine, unlike other schools, provides students with free parking permits. However, the problem is students can have as many permits as they would like. As a result, students whom live on campus have multiple cars. This creates major parking problems. Students hardly can ever find parking during the day. Once 5 P.M. comes around, parking is available everywhere. Overall, parking is pretty good.

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3 College Freshman

Parking: Most of the parking is far away from the dorms. The walk isn't too far but it would be nice if the parking lot was closer.

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3 College Sophomore

Parking: I do not know the exact cost of permits but I believe they are pretty expensive. There are a couple of parking lots, and they fill up quickly. It takes a while to find a parking spot but they are usually always found. It is a reasonable distance from classes and dorms.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 20th
    Most Reasonable Permit Costs
  • 609th
    Best Off-Campus Parking
  • 697th
    Best Parking Availability

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Jackie Fetzer
Hometown
Huntersville, NC
Major
English Writing and Rhetoric
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Parking is undoubtedly the source of many a Pepperdine student's complaints. If you get to campus early or late enough in the day, you can find a good spot, but getting your car in it might entail-brace yourself-parallel parking. Not only that, but you often will have to parallel park on an incline or a decline, which helps explain why fender benders seem remarkably common. At other times, the only reliable place to park is down at the Firestone Fieldhouse parking lot, which doesn't require parallel parking, but does mean you will probably have to hike to class.

Students whine an awful lot about parking, but in truth it isn't that bad. Pepperdine spoils its students in so many ways that the inconvenience of parking seems like a disaster, but, for one thing, the parking permit's free. For another, you can always find a parking space; you just might have a torturous 10-minute hike up the hill ahead of you to get to class, which probably means that you will arrive sweaty, irritable, and grumbling about the parking on campus. But, if you allow yourself just a little extra time on your drive to school-which is, I must admit, a curiously difficult thing to do in college-you can park your car in the rarely-full parking lot at the Firestone Fieldhouse and then wait for a shuttle to come by and whisk you off to class.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
Yes
There are many lots, but students must park in their designated lots.
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Yes
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
Free
Common Parking Tickets
  • All general parking penalties: $40
  • Handicapped zone: $350
  • Red zone or fire lane violation: $75
Best Places to Find a Spot
Firestone Fieldhouse parking lot, Rho Parking Lot
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
Anywhere else
Getting a Parking Permit
Any undergraduate student can get a free parking permit.
Parking Services
Public Safety
(310) 506-4700
www.pepperdine.edu/publicsafety/parking
Did You Know?
A student who has gotten five tickets in a year, or one who has committed any serious parking offense, may find upon returning to his or her car that Public Safety has equipped it with a bright orange wheel-locking device called a "boot." That thing doesn't come off until you pay an "immobilization fee" on top of all outstanding penalties.

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 48 responses

  • 8% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.
  • 2% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 15% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 10% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 48% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 17% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 46 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • 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 8 responses

  • 64% Firestone Fieldhouse parking lot, Rho Parking Lot
  • 9% Parking structure provided
  • 9% Rho Lot
  • 9% Upsilon Lot
  • 9% Seaver Drive

What are the worst places to look for a parking spot on campus?    Based on 5 responses

  • 67% The street
  • 33% PCH
  • 0% Anywhere else

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