Parking at UCR is a challenge in and of itself. UCR is a major commuter school, and since living off campus is cheaper than in the residence halls, many students rely on their cars to get them to campus. Nightlife is usually centered downtown or out of town, and students use their cars for those purposes, as well.
Transportation & Parking Services is quite strict on regulations, and it's unwise for a student to try to park illegally, despite any convenience. The main student parking area is Lot 30, which recently added even more spaces on the sides of the entry streets and along the edges of the three main regions. Permits can cost a pretty penny, with residence halls offering among the highest rates of undergraduate parking passes. Off-campus parking is recommended for those on a budget or who simply don't want to deal with the hassle of finding a good space, so expect a long walk.