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1 College Sophomore

Parking: It's terrible to find parking after 9am.

3 Recent Alumnus

Parking: Parking permits are WAY too expensive but it is very hard to get by without one

3 College Junior

Parking: It is expensive. Usually at the beginning of the semester it is difficult to find parking. After a few weeks it gets easier.

2 College Sophomore

Parking: It's always very difficult to find a parking spot. It's also very expensive to buy a permit every semester.

2 College Freshman

Parking: I walk to school but I know that the permit prices are ridiculous


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All CSUN students, regardless of status, are allowed to park, but just because you buy a parking permit doesn't mean you're guaranteed a spot. Since the majority of CSUN students commutes to school, parking is a hot issue on campus. Parking fluctuates throughout the day. It is worse from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., when the majority of students is taking classes. However, if you arrive before the rush at 8 a.m., then the lot is practically empty, and finding a spot will be easy. It will also be easy to find a parking spot at 12:30 p.m., when most of the students from the morning rush are leaving. However, parking becomes difficult again at 7 p.m. when night classes start. Parking is difficult in the beginning of the semester and at the beginning of the week, but by Friday or the end of the semester, the process is painless.

A parking permit costs $180 for the semester or $360 for the year. If you can't get a permit, you can always struggle to find free residential parking. Although this can be far from campus, it's worth it to many students. Despite the difficulty of finding a parking spot and the traffic in the surrounding area, most students find it liberating to have their own cars.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
$180 per semester
Common Parking Tickets
  • No parking zone: $48
  • Not visible permit: $48
  • Blocking disabled access ramp: $353
Best Places to Find a Spot
  • Any Friday
  • Toward the end of the semester
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
Anywhere 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Getting a Parking Permit
You can get a parking permit online or at Cash Services.
Parking Services
Parking Office
Corner of Prairie and Darby streets
Police Services building
(818) 677-2157

Student Polls

What are the best places to find a parking spot on campus?    Based on 144 responses

  • 26% Early in the morning
  • 11% Saturdays are also great days for parking
  • 11% Any Friday
  • 10% Toward the end of the semester
  • 9% Summer
  • 9% Do not park on campus. Parking pass too expensive.
  • 7% Parking Garages
  • 5% Near a neighborhood that is two blocks away.
  • 4% Evenings
  • 3% After 10pm
  • 3% I bike to campus.
  • 1% I take the bus
  • 0% Finding parking is a hassle.
  • 0% I walk to campus

What are the worst places to look for a parking spot on campus?    Based on 137 responses

  • 32% Anywhere 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
  • 26% From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • 19% Anywhere from 9 a.m to 5 p.m
  • 12% The afternoon
  • 4% I take the tram.
  • 4% All day
  • 4% I bike to campus.

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 288 responses

  • 3% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 58% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 3% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 18% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 6% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 12% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 285 responses

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