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1 College Freshman

Parking: Parking is expensive as hell. When friends visit, they park 2 miles away in some suburban neighborhood then i drive them back

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3 College Sophomore

Parking: Certain parking areas have permits that sell out more quickly than other, so if you want to park near the science buildings, it's better to buy a permit sooner or risk having to park at a further parking structure.

3 College Freshman

Parking: Permits aren't cheap and must be renewed each quarter, cars are really only needed to travel far distances in good time because the public bus systems in Irvine aren't very frequent.

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3 College Sophomore

Parking: I do not commute to school everyday. Nor do I have a car to bring to school with me.

2 College Freshman

Parking: The cost for the parking is way overpriced.

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UCI has been making some progress in alleviating the perennial parking problem that keeps getting larger due to the increasing size of each incoming class. Apparently, all the student complaints were not taken lightly by the administration, so they’ve been tearing down old trailers to pave way for easier parking. A parking structure with 1,800 spots has eased things a little, but the situation has yet to be solved, if it ever will be. Yes, parking is still a huge problem at UCI, especially if you get to campus any time later than 8 a.m., but that’s to be expected with a student body with a heavy percentage of commuter students.

But, what do you honestly expect to get at a public university with more than 20,000 students and faculty members, valet parking? There’s a problem here, and not a particularly light one, but considering that other colleges have this issue without even allowing for freshmen parking, students at UCI shouldn’t take their parking situation for granted. There is definitely evidence that things are starting to go their way. Something good about the parking situation is that UCI permits are relatively inexpensive when students consider what they could be paying for a permit at another school. Any added expense outside of tuition can be considered “expensive,” though, and some students feel they shouldn’t have to pay for parking at all. Yet, this is another part of life that all college students have to put up with, and most students would agree that at UCI, this part of life sucks.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
  • $639 per academic year for commuters
  • $720 per academic year for residents
Common Parking Tickets
  • Disabled parking: $500
  • Displaying lost/stolen permit: $500
  • No valid permit displayed: $52
Best Places to Find a Spot
  • The parking lot by the Mesa Court
  • parking structure
  • The area right by the police station
  • The Campus Village parking lot before 9 a.m.
  • Anywhere before 8:30 a.m. and after 4 p.m.
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
Student Center Parking Structure
Getting a Parking Permit
Faculty and commuter preferred students get priority selection and a higher number of available spaces for parking permits. General permits are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. To obtain a commuter preferred permit, you must apply for one, then you’ll get put in the lottery to contest for a spot.
Parking Services
Parking and Transportation Services
(949) 824-7486

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 249 responses

  • 4% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 26% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 6% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 17% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 32% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 14% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 248 responses

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