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Parking: The parking situation is not ideal. You need to have a car if you go to Pepperdine. You can usually find a spot in Rho but other than that, it is not perfect or convenient.

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Parking: You need a car. Period. They say don't bring a car, but you need one. You can have friends that have cars, but it's nice to have your own so you don't have to always wait for them or ask them constantly to go anywhere. There is Hertz rent a car on campus, but they are never working or always booked. Parking is free, which is nice, but finding a spot if you're not a freshman can be annoying.

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Parking: Parking isn't impossible but at its worst it is inconvenient and will sometimes require a bit of walking.

3 College Freshman

Parking: Permits are free, but parking is far away. Not having a car is very difficult because it is a long and strenuous walk off campus to get anywhere, and Malibu is very far from any LA-area entertainment.

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Parking: I love that parking permits are free. Finding a parking spot usually isn't an issue if you're patient (you'll find a spot in under 10 minutes) and know when to come back to campus and park. However, it is near impossible to go anywhere off-campus without a car (I think the only place is the beach, as there is a hiking trail down to Ralph's Beach). A lot of student do, however, have a car on-campus, so a student without a car would just have to find someone that would be willing and able to drive them if they want to go off-campus.

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Parking is undoubtedly the source of many a Pepperdine student's complaints. If you get to campus early or late enough in the day, you can find a good spot, but getting your car in it might entail-brace yourself-parallel parking. Not only that, but you often will have to parallel park on an incline or a decline, which helps explain why fender benders seem remarkably common. At other times, the only reliable place to park is down at the Firestone Fieldhouse parking lot, which doesn't require parallel parking, but does mean you will probably have to hike to class.

Students whine an awful lot about parking, but in truth it isn't that bad. Pepperdine spoils its students in so many ways that the inconvenience of parking seems like a disaster, but, for one thing, the parking permit's free. For another, you can always find a parking space; you just might have a torturous 10-minute hike up the hill ahead of you to get to class, which probably means that you will arrive sweaty, irritable, and grumbling about the parking on campus. But, if you allow yourself just a little extra time on your drive to school-which is, I must admit, a curiously difficult thing to do in college-you can park your car in the rarely-full parking lot at the Firestone Fieldhouse and then wait for a shuttle to come by and whisk you off to class.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
There are many lots, but students must park in their designated lots.
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
Common Parking Tickets
  • All general parking penalties: $40
  • Handicapped zone: $350
  • Red zone or fire lane violation: $75
Best Places to Find a Spot
Firestone Fieldhouse parking lot, Rho Parking Lot
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
Anywhere else
Getting a Parking Permit
Any undergraduate student can get a free parking permit.
Parking Services
Public Safety
(310) 506-4700
Did You Know?
A student who has gotten five tickets in a year, or one who has committed any serious parking offense, may find upon returning to his or her car that Public Safety has equipped it with a bright orange wheel-locking device called a "boot." That thing doesn't come off until you pay an "immobilization fee" on top of all outstanding penalties.

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 78 responses

  • 18% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 49% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 9% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 15% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 3% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 6% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 79 responses

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


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