Parking

Location
San Francisco, CA
Undergrads
6,246
Tuition
$39,840
Admission Difficulty
Average
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2 College Sophomore

Parking: It's San Francisco, so the parking sucks altogether!

2 College Freshman

Parking: I don't have a car, but parking in the city is difficult. Also, there are some good places available but you have to move your car every two hours. If you aren't living at least a mile away from campus, you can't bring a car anyways. And if you are living far from campus, you can get a parking permit in which it would then be easy to get parking. But USF provides Muni Passes which are great for getting to and from campus so don't worry about bringing a car!

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1 College Junior

Parking: If you live in the city, your best bet is to take public transportation. Commuting will add a lot of stress because you have to get to school early and hope to find a spot.

1 College Student

Parking: We are in SF, so obviously it's super expensive for parking

3 College Freshman

Parking: It is hard for visitors to find parking.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 1247th
    Best Off-Campus Parking
  • 1302nd
    Most Reasonable Permit Costs
  • 1377th
    Best Parking Availability

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Jiordan Castle
Hometown
Huntington, New York
Major
English (Writing Emphasis)
Grad Year
2013
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San Francisco is one of the worst cities in which to find parking. While most USF students take advantage of the bus system (especially since the fee is included in the cost of tuition) and are encouraged to do so for both cost and efficiency, some students do bring cars to the city. Truthfully, students park just about anywhere they can. Some students will park right next to a fire hydrant if it means making it to class on time. Of course, there are some spots if you have the time to search, mainly on neighboring streets. However, most of these spots have a two-hour limit and if you wait until just before class time, you're sure to see at least a dozen cars lined up behind you, searching in vain for the same thing.

The University has a couple of designated parking complexes, Hayes-Healy and Koret, as well as a few smaller parking lots around Main Campus and on Lone Mountain. Be warned, though, as these lots are parking areas primarily reserved for faculty, staff, and other designated USF vehicles, which leaves a limited number of permits available to students at a very high price.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
Yes
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
No
Parking permits are available the previous academic year, before freshmen even get to campus.
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
$532 per year for full-time students
Common Parking Tickets
  • Expired meter: $35
  • No parking zone: $50
Best Places to Find a Spot
Behind Lone Mountain or along Golden Gate Avenue
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
Anywhere in San Francisco!
Getting a Parking Permit
A total of 150 permits (full-time and part-time) are available to commuter students through a lottery. Students living on campus or within a three-mile radius of USF aren't allowed to apply. Applications for the lottery are available the semester before you'd like to have a permit.
Parking Services
Parking Services
University Center, Room 310
(415) 422-4222
parking@usfca.edu
www.usfca.edu/public_safety/campus_parking

Student Polls

What are the best places to find a parking spot on campus?    Based on 19 responses

  • 43% Behind Lone Mountain or along Golden Gate Avenue
  • 20% Ride a motocycle!
  • 10% At Lone Mountain
  • 7% Valet in the lot by the War Memorial Gym
  • 7% Hayes-Healy lot
  • 7% Parking lot if you get a permit(lottery)
  • 7% Take public transportation!

What are the worst places to look for a parking spot on campus?    Based on 19 responses

  • 35% Anywhere in San Francisco!
  • 22% The homes in between the Main Campus and Lone Mt
  • 17% You will get a ticket or worse get your car towed.
  • 9% Take public transportation
  • 7% Paid parking costs $15 a day.
  • 7% Parking anywhere around campus is impossible
  • 4% Get dropped off

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 81 responses

  • 30% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.
  • 4% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 17% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 1% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 48% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 0% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 85 responses

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