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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.

Recent Alumnus

Parking: I don't own a car near/on-campus, so I don't worry or think about this topic often.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: I can't speak from experience, but the parking permits you can buy to park in the tiny lot are very few and go quickly. you'll probably graduate without ever getting ahold of one. so if you have a car--most of us don't--your left with street parking, which isn't terribly convenient but it's doable.

3 College Freshman

Parking: Street parking is free, but it usually hard to get a spot


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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
Huntington, New York
English (Writing Emphasis)
Grad Year
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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?
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
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

Student Polls

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

  • 31% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.
  • 3% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 18% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 1% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 47% 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 76 responses

Very poor
  • 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 10 responses

  • 64% Behind Lone Mountain or along Golden Gate Avenue
  • 21% Ride a motocycle!
  • 14% At Lone Mountain

What are the worst places to look for a parking spot on campus?    Based on 10 responses

  • 64% Anywhere in San Francisco!
  • 29% The homes in between the Main Campus and Lone Mt
  • 7% You will get a ticket or worse get your car towed.
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