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Tuition (in-state)
$35,742 ($12,864)
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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1 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking is a hot mess on cocaine in Berkeley. It is hard as hell just to find a parking space, and it costs an arm and a leg.

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3 College Freshman

Parking: Permits are pretty expensive and the streets can be coated in cars most days.

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College Freshman

Parking: I do not own a car, however my friends that do own one here have a lot of trouble parking and keeping up with the city rules and costs.

1 College Freshman

Parking: Five words: do not drive around here. You will not find a place, and in the off-chance that you do, it will cost your kidney.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 1324th
    Most Reasonable Permit Costs
  • 1379th
    Best Parking Availability
  • 1393rd
    Best Off-Campus Parking

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Meegan Brooks
Hometown
Granite Bay, CA
Major
Political science
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Parking tickets, traffic, and likely insurance spikes are all reasons to leave your car at home and not bring it to school, especially for your first year at Cal. Berkeley is not a car-friendly place, with pointless roadblocks, random one-way streets, and confusing parking restrictions near campus and in residential areas. The majority of students say that bringing a car to school is a bad idea, money-wise and sanity-wise. Students say that public transportation is convenient, relatively cheap, and widespread, so getting to places, even San Francisco and Oakland, is usually quick and easy. Obtaining school parking permits, as well as city permits, is a hassle, and they are not guaranteed to all who apply.

While there are more reasons to forget about your car than to bring it, a small number of students say that their experiences at Berkeley have actually improved after bringing their cars to school. Students are always excited when their friends bring their cars because that means shopping, traveling, and running errands can be done faster and simpler, and more of the Bay Area is open to them. And if you do decide to bring it, make sure that you’ve got enough money in the bank—you’ll definitely need to draw on your emergency cash for the first five tickets you’ll get from parking on street sweeping days or being two minutes late on filling your meter.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
Yes
Clark Kerr Campus has a parking lot for residents, and students with an I-permit can park for unlimited periods on the street and in certain outdoor lots. But most students park on the street.
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Yes
But an extremely limited number of permits are issued
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
$355 per semester
Common Parking Tickets
  • Expired meter: $29
  • Fire lane: $39
  • Handicapped zone: $39
  • No parking zone: $34
Best Places to Find a Spot
Underhill Parking Garage, below Telegraph, toward Shattuck-the farther south of campus, the better.
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
Anywhere within two blocks of campus, especially Bancroft, Durant Avenue, and Channing.
Getting a Parking Permit
School Permits – Difficult to get; must have physical disability or live outside certain designated area. City Permits – Must show two proofs of residency in Berkeley, and car must be registered in Berkeley.
Parking Services
UC Berkeley Parking & Transportation
public-safety.berkeley.edu/p&t

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 175 responses

  • 1% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 3% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 3% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 47% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 16% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 30% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 179 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 30 responses

  • 44% Usually just on the street..not much parking!
  • 22% Nowhere. Parking is a hot mess.
  • 17% All day parking near Shattuck
  • 11% Rent a spot for $75-$100 a month
  • 6% Decent parking garages in the area.

What are the worst places to look for a parking spot on campus?    Based on 29 responses

  • 30% Everything's in walking distance! No cars needed.
  • 27% Everywhere. Parking seems so scarce.
  • 25% Parking is terrible. Good Luck finding a spot.
  • 14% Everywhere. Parking is a hot mess.
  • 5% When you need to park it is usually there.
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