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3 College Sophomore

Parking: I personally don't drive to school, but i always hear that it is harder to find parking as the day goes on

2 College Sophomore

Parking: I think the permits are too much, 99 dollars. Very annoying to find parking at noon but somewhat easy in the morning.

3 College Freshman

Parking: I need a car! It sucks being stuck on campus on the weekends.

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4 College Freshman

Parking: A permit costs a lot so I wouldn't buy one unless you actually plan on going off campus a lot your first year. If you're a freshman there is no need for a car if you live in the dorms and off-campus apartments are really close to school so unless you're a commuter or go places outside of Riverside often, a car is unnecessary.

2 College Freshman

Parking: I wish the parking spaces had more shades and more spaces. There are so much parking lots around my campus, but most of them are available until 4pm. Most of my classes are in the morning so everyone has to share one parking lot. The price for the permit is really expensive too, per quarter and per year.


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Parking at UCR is a challenge in and of itself. UCR is a major commuter school, and since living off campus is cheaper than in the residence halls, many students rely on their cars to get them to campus. Nightlife is usually centered downtown or out of town, and students use their cars for those purposes, as well.

Transportation & Parking Services is quite strict on regulations, and it's unwise for a student to try to park illegally, despite any convenience. The main student parking area is Lot 30, which recently added even more spaces on the sides of the entry streets and along the edges of the three main regions. Permits can cost a pretty penny, with residence halls offering among the highest rates of undergraduate parking passes. Off-campus parking is recommended for those on a budget or who simply don't want to deal with the hassle of finding a good space, so expect a long walk.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
There are student parking lots like Lot 26, 30, and 50.
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
$297 per academic year
Common Parking Tickets
  • Non-valid or missing permit: $36
  • Parking overtime: $36
  • No parking zone: $63
  • Fire lane: $63
  • Handicapped zone: $503
Best Places to Find a Spot
  • Lot 30
  • Dorm parking
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
Student recreation center
Getting a Parking Permit
Parking permits are available for purchase online or in person at the Transportation & Parking Services building. A credit/debit card is necessary for online purchases, or the fee can be billed to your student account. The permit is then either mailed to your off-campus dwelling or can be picked up at the Transportation & Parking Services main office. Note: Some residents may end up on a waiting list when applying for residence hall parking spaces.
Parking Services
Transportation & Parking Services
683 Linden St.
(951) 827-8277
Did You Know?
  • Student "Gold Permits" are the least expensive and have the largest lots.
  • After 4:00pm and on weekends, students are free to park in all lots with any permit.

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 227 responses

  • 5% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 41% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 7% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 21% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 14% 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 230 responses

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