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1 College Junior

Parking: Don't bring a car. Get a vespa.

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3 College Freshman

Parking: Parking is pretty expensive, and in Los Angeles, they're strict about it. You can (and will!) easily get a ticket if you don't have a permit, and there are virutally NO parking spaces off campus in the Los Angeles area.

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3 College Junior

Parking: There are plenty of parking spots all over campus, from near the classrooms to near the dormitories. However, due to the many students, it is difficult to apply for and receive a parking permit: lines can get long, and the prices may be expensive.

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3 College Freshman

Parking: Parking anywhere on or around UCLA is very expensive

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3 College Freshman

Parking: There's not much to say about parking at UCLA. There are many parking lots with a lot of space and their distance from classes and the dorms varies depending on which lot you use.

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One thing UCLA is not world-renowned for is parking. Students must apply for passes early in each quarter, and they are awarded based on factors such as employment and commuter zip codes. High class standing and a job are needed to secure a parking spot, but spaces are harder to come by than clouds in the LA sky. Many students are experts at faking the forms by pretending to have jobs and reaping the rewards, but since forgery is not encouraged, hit-or-miss parking can be found on Westwood side streets.

If you commute to UCLA, you can apply for the Carpool Parking Permit, which gives priority parking at a cheaper rate. Anyone can buy a night parking pass, which is good every day after 4 p.m. and all weekend. Still, the fact that Bruins can't find reliable parking at their own school is horrible. Daily non-permit parking on campus is $7, and after 8 a.m., you have to park in the lot off campus. There are also campus parking meters, but they only allow parking up to two hours—and good luck finding one during daylight hours. UCLA also loses major points for starting the free parking time on campus at 9 p.m.—and, unfortunately, these free spaces are only effective for extracurricular activities. But, really, what did you expect from a school in the heart of Los Angeles?

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
Students can park in all campus parking lots except the medical center and otherwise marked spaces.
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
However, since permits are awarded based on factors, including class standing, it's very hard for freshmen to get permits.
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
$99-$237 per quarter
Common Parking Tickets
  • Expired meter: $50
  • Parking with invalid permit: $50
  • Fire lane: $65
  • No stopping zone: $65
  • Handicapped zone: $503
Best Places to Find a Spot
  • In the evenings, you can park on Westholme Drive or Midvale Avenue, both of which are a quick walk from campus.
  • In the morning and early afternoon, Lot 6 or metered parking near North Campus are your best bets, but a long shot at that.
  • It's usually worth the headache to buy a pass in Lot 11 or Lot 36 and take a shuttle into campus.
Getting a Parking Permit
Students must apply for a parking pass by the fifth week of each quarter, and this deadline is as strictly enforced as UCLA's parking laws themselves. Parking is assigned on a points basis, with points coming from a student's class standing, living distance from school, employment status, willingness to carpool, and job's distance from campus. Permits are tough to get unless you have a legitimate job and have sophomore standing or above.
Parking Services
Transporation and Parking
555 Westwood Plaza
(310) 794-RIDE

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 312 responses

  • 1% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 21% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 4% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 29% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 18% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 27% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 310 responses

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