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4 College Junior

Parking: I have not had an issue with finding a parking spot yet! All parking seems to be plentiful and central to the classes.

2 College Junior

Parking: Chapman's parking situation is a pain. They just added another parking structure but it's a good ten minute walk to campus or you can put your faith into the shuttle system they're trying to get the kinks out of. The structures closer to campus fill up very quickly and as the day goes on it can become rather difficult to find a spot.

4 College Freshman

Parking: There are big parking structures on campus that are very convenient for students. You have to have a permit but other than that it seems pretty easy to find parking. I have heard a lot of people talk about ticketing and fines so you just have to be careful where you park.

1 College Freshman

Parking: the parking officers are so strict and they are awful

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2 College Sophomore

Parking: I never park at campus. my mom drops me off on one of the side streets and i walk in.

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Parking is not a problem for students who live on campus because they get an on-campus resident parking permit, allowing them to park in all the lots on campus. They are also guaranteed a parking spot in the closest lot or structure to their residence building.

Once a student moves off campus, he or she has to purchase a commuter permit, which only allows them to park in Lastinger Structure. Since the majority of upperclassmen live off campus, they are usually all fighting for the same parking spots. As a result, students who live close to campus usually walk or bike to avoid parking at all. Students are automatically charged annually for an on-campus resident permit, but if they do not have a car or live off campus, they can easily waive this fee online.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
Students with a Chapman parking permit can park in the Lastinger Structure under the football field, Knott Studios parking lot at Dodge College, Barrera Lot on Sycamore and Lemon avenues, Pralle-Sodaro underground parking area under Pralle-Sodaro residence hall, the Jim Miller Structure next to Glass Hall, and the New Residence Center Hall parking area under the Sandhu Residence Center.
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
$280 per year
Common Parking Tickets
  • Parking in a lot without a permit: $40
  • Reckless driving: $85
  • Unlawfully parking in a handicapped space: $350
Best Places to Find a Spot
  • Dodge College parking lot
  • Jim Miller Structure
  • Barrera Lot
  • Walnut Avenue in front of the dorms
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
  • Argyros Lot
  • Center Street
  • Pralle-Sodaro Underground Lot
Getting a Parking Permit
Students are automatically billed for a parking permit and can register their car online. Parking permits are available for pickup two weeks before the start of every semester.
Parking Services
Parking Services
Public Safety Office
415 N. Glassell
(714) 997-6763

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 126 responses

  • 1% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 48% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 7% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 29% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 6% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 10% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 126 responses

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