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2 Recent Alumnus

Parking: Not as bad as other UC campuses, but we are severely lacking on the amount of reasonable spots for all parking permits

1 College Freshman

Parking: It is HORRIBLE. What am I paying almost 600 a year for?!

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3 College Freshman

Parking: It is often hard to get parking in the morning but at night it's fairly easy.

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1 College Freshman

Parking: Parking permits cost upward of $300 and there are genreally never any spots open for students, yet the number of spots for commercial, teacher/teaching assistant, and graduate students outnumbers the amount of those groups that park there.

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1 Recent Alumnus

Parking: Parking at UCSD is awful. The prices for parking permits are outrageous (upwards of $500), and it is still very difficult to find a parking spot. It is much easier to rely on public transportation than to have a car on campus.

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The worst thing about UCSD is the parking. Students are forced to arrive at campus an hour early to be able to find parking spots. After they find a spot, they have to deal with either a 10-minute walk or a shuttle ride to class. Students who live on campus avoid leaving during the day so that they will not lose their parking spot. Every year there are fewer and fewer parking spots and more and more students on campus. Walking around UCSD in a single day, you can overhear at least a dozen grumpy students complaining about the lack of parking on campus.

Not only is it hard to find a parking spot, it’s also incredibly expensive. The cost of parking permits rises every year and so does the cost of parking tickets and meters. If possible, UCSD students try to find alternate ways of getting to school to avoid the hassle of parking. Good options are walking, biking, public buses, and school shuttles. There are also deals available for students who carpool, but it must consist of three or more students. Unfortunately, it looks like the parking at UCSD is going to continue to get worse before a plausible solution can be found.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
$696 per year
Common Parking Tickets
  • Expired meter: $40
  • Fire lane: $100
  • Handicapped zone: $250
  • Loading zone only: $40
  • No parking zone: $40
  • No permit: $40
Best Places to Find a Spot
  • Anywhere before 7:30 a.m.
  • Regents Lot
  • North Lot
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
Gilman Structure
Getting a Parking Permit
Permits cost $480 for the whole year, but less expensive permits can be bought for use on certain days of the week.
Parking Services
Transporation Services

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 225 responses

  • 4% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 44% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 3% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 17% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 10% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 22% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 236 responses

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