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2 College Sophomore

Parking: Small lot, the school is still expanding.

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4 College Sophomore

Parking: On campus parking can be cheaper

2 College Junior

Parking: If you get there late you wont find a spot.

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3 College Freshman

Parking: there is a lot of parking spaces on campus, however the spots tend to fill up quickly. well at least the really good spots

3 College Freshman

Parking: The Parking is cool. I personally don't have a car to use the parking lot but from what I heard the parking is decent.


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Parking is available on campus at UCM, but because of the growing student body and number of commuters, it is getting more difficult to find a spot. It is best to sign up for a permit as soon as possible to have a guaranteed spot. Students who don’t have a permit will have to walk a little farther to get to their classes or to the library. Still, all the parking lots are in close proximity of each other, meaning one does not have to spend time driving all over campus just to find a spot. However, there are time limits on guest parking, which some students think are too short.

Additionally, cops can be particularly strict about where students park, fining students for going past the time limit and/or parking in a restricted area. On-campus residents who do not have on-campus permits have to park at the local community college, which is a few miles away from campus. Thus, those students have to rely on the school bus system to commute between the parking lot and campus. However, on the weekends, on-campus parking is free for everyone.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
Students with permits can park in the resident parking lot or the Lake Lot, both of which are in close proximity of each other and which are right at the campus entrance.
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
Common Parking Tickets
  • Exceeded Maximum Time Limit: $25
  • Parked in Reserved Lot/Space: $50
  • Restricted Area: $50
Best Places to Find a Spot
  • Lake Lot
  • Resident student parking lot
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
  • Library parking lot
  • Gym parking lot
Getting a Parking Permit
It is easier to get a parking permit if you are not a freshman. There is a restricted number of parking spaces for freshmen, which will only be given to those who require special accommodations, perhaps due to health. Students pay for these permits using the online billing system. The best time to apply is well before the start of the school year (i.e., during the summer).
Parking Services
UC Merced TAPS Department
Facilities Building A
Corner of Mineral King Road and Facilities Loop
(209) 228-8277 (Cat-TAPS)

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 119 responses

  • 13% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 21% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 15% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 24% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 15% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 12% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 117 responses

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