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.