The worst thing about UCSD is the parking. Students are forced to arrive at campus an hour early to be able to find parking spots. After they find a spot, they have to deal with either a 10-minute walk or a shuttle ride to class. Students who live on campus avoid leaving during the day so that they will not lose their parking spot. Every year there are fewer and fewer parking spots and more and more students on campus. Walking around UCSD in a single day, you can overhear at least a dozen grumpy students complaining about the lack of parking on campus.
Not only is it hard to find a parking spot, it’s also incredibly expensive. The cost of parking permits rises every year and so does the cost of parking tickets and meters. If possible, UCSD students try to find alternate ways of getting to school to avoid the hassle of parking. Good options are walking, biking, public buses, and school shuttles. There are also deals available for students who carpool, but it must consist of three or more students. Unfortunately, it looks like the parking at UCSD is going to continue to get worse before a plausible solution can be found.