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2 College Freshman

Parking: I think it's bad but I live on campus so I'm not sure.

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3 College Sophomore

Parking: I usually park around the same area. Lots of walking required.

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3 College Student

Parking: If you want a spot close to the school entrances, just know you have to be there by at least 7:30 to guarantee a spot for yourself

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2 College Freshman

Parking: There is no student parking near upper campus, and the walk to upper campus from the parking lots is long and time consuming. The parking lots that are there are always crowded, especially in the morning.

3 Recent Alumnus

Parking: The price is pretty high per semester, and although they are constantly adding more parking locations, it just never seems like it's enough.

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Parking at CSULB can suck—horribly. Any student can bring a car and park in any parking lot designated for students. During the first couple of weeks of a new semester, parking is brutal because freshmen are driving to campus, eager to find a parking spot, and returning students are looking for their old parking place and it's hectic. Also, students know it's crucial to be in attendance during the first couple of weeks to make sure they keep their spot in class or even get a spot (if they are trying to add or get off the waitlist). Ironically, students are not the only ones who complain; parking lots for professors get crazy, too.

After 9:30 a.m., most of the parking spaces are filled. Sometimes, the parking is so intense and limited that parking enforcement has to allow students to park in the red. Be realistic in planning your time. It is best not to get to school right before your class. Unless your class starts at 8 a.m., give yourself time, and hopefully as the semester progresses, the traffic will be less and less, and parking will be better.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
$123 per semester, $5 per day
Best Places to Find a Spot
  • Palo Verde Avenue
  • Bellflower Boulevard
  • Atherton Boulevard
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
Lot 1
Getting a Parking Permit
Students can purchase parking permits through the CSULB Parking Web site. Permits are then mailed to the students; it usually takes about five business days.
Parking Services
Parking, Transportation and Event Services
Merriam Way next to the parking structure
(562) 985-4146

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 280 responses

  • 4% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 60% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 3% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 20% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 6% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 8% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 283 responses

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


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