Parking

Location
Santa Clara, CA
Undergrads
5,141
Tuition
$39,048
Admission Difficulty
Average
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3 College Freshman

Parking: I am not to sure, but there are parking spots off campus

3 College Junior

Parking: Permits are a bit pricey, but I can always find parking.

College Student

Parking: I don't have a car on campus.

2 College Sophomore

Parking: All near parking spaces have a time limit. Most parking spots are taken during the day, the best time to find parking is at night. There are several parking spots without time limits, but they're usually a block or two away.

3 College Junior

Parking: Campus Safety and town of Santa Clara LOVE to give out tickets.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 166th
    Best Parking Availability
  • 563rd
    Best Off-Campus Parking
  • 1077th
    Most Reasonable Permit Costs

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Lauren Silk
Hometown
Bainbridge Island, WA
Major
English and French
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While having a car at SCU has several advantages, it's definitely not cheap. Parking permits cost $250 per year, and meter maids regularly hand out fines ranging from $50 to $75 for unauthorized parking or expired time. Because parking restrictions are so strictly enforced, students who park around campus usually have to move their cars several times during the day. 

Finding parking can be difficult, but it's not impossible. Spots fill up quickly, but many students who live near campus choose to hedge their bets on finding an off-campus spot rather than spring for a campus parking permit. On the other hand, students living on campus find that it's a good idea to purchase a permit, as many campus lots are located near the dorms and provide a convenient place to keep cars overnight.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
Yes
There are more than 10 lots where students can park around campus, including many near the residence halls.
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
No
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
$250 per year
Common Parking Tickets
  • Expired time : $50
  • Fire lane: $75
  • No parking zone: $75
  • Handicapped zone: $280
Best Places to Find a Spot
  • F-Lot (in the "L" on the south side of campus).
  • Anywhere after 5 p.m. (all parking lots are open)
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
A-, B-, C-, D-, and E-Lots during weekdays.
Getting a Parking Permit
All parking permits are issued by Campus Safety, and sophomores and upperclassmen usually don't have a hard time getting one. Freshmen aren't allowed to have cars on campus, but they can apply for a waiver if they can prove extenuating circumstances require an exception.
Parking Services
Campus Safety
Parking Structure, Room 103
(408) 554-4441
www.scu.edu/map/parking

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 77 responses

  • 3% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.
  • 12% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 6% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 13% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 58% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 8% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 66 responses

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