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Parking: There are no permit costs and I have never gotten a ticket. I can always find a parking spot close to my classroom.


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Caltech is a small school, but oddly enough, the students sport quite a few cars. Part of the reason there are so many cars is that it is difficult to maneuver in Southern California without a car; people here aren't too big on public transportation. The professors, administrators, staff, graduate students, and undergrads all share the same parking. There are large parking structures and smaller lots all over campus. Parking on the street is allowed during the day, but Pasadena has strict laws about parking at night. Parking may be limited at times, but the school works to accommodate issues like this.

It is pretty easy for students to find parking. Students have small lots associated with each of the houses, which they can park in, as well as the large parking structures. Parking is often coordinated between partners who have keys to each other's cars, because some of the lots require blocking people in. There are very few assigned spots; most students just scavenge for parking when they return from their errands and park wherever there is an empty space. There are special slots for some professors and administrators, though. Students don't really need a car to get around campus or most of the necessary places, but a car can be a nice thing to have for weekend getaways to the beach or to LA. The biggest complaint that students have for parking is that it's half a block from most housing, and sometimes they have to use stairs because they have to park above ground level. Oh, cry me a river!

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
$40 per month for a student resident
Common Parking Tickets
  • Fire lane:
  • Handicapped zone:
  • No parking zone:
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
  • In the lots next to buildings during the day since professors, graduate students, and postdoctoral scholars park there
  • Holliston lots are full during the day, but at night, it's very easy to find a spot.
  • Parking on the street is feasible during the day, but prohibited by the city at night.
Getting a Parking Permit
Students can register their vehicles online.
Parking Services
Caltech Parking Office
515 S. Wilson Ave.
(626) 395-8877

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 14 responses

  • 50% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 14% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 14% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 21% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 0% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 0% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 15 responses

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