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3 College Freshman

Parking: If you need to bring a car get your own parking space!

2 College Sophomore

Parking: It's pretty tricky to find parking in IV, and it can be hard to find parking by Campbell hall.

3 College Freshman

Parking: Permits cost a fortune but it is usually not too difficult to find a good spot. Off campus parking puts your car at risk of having your mirrors broken or a drunken biker riding into the side.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: If you're looking for free parking you can park on the street in IV.

3 College Freshman

Parking: Permit costs are extremely expensive and parking on campus is at hours that are not helpful


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UCSB highly recommends that incoming freshmen leave their car at home during their first year. The real question you have to ask yourself is, “Is it necessary?" Parking can be a hassle while living on campus and—not to mention—expensive. For those who can afford it, the spots are there. Meanwhile, others are better to hold off until they move off campus.

The move from on campus to Isla Vista brings its good and bad, parking being one of the not-so-good things. Isla Vista has its own lottery system when it comes to parking, meaning no guarantees. Some tenants are fortunate enough to have parking spots in their driveways, but for others, they have to search for a spot. Do not fret, though: You will improve your parallel parking skills by the time you finish college. Cars are literally squeezed bumper to bumper, and parking only gets worse as you reach Del Playa Drive, the last street before the beach. The best suggestions would be to use your car as little as possible or to try parking on less congested streets. The parking dilemma can probably lead you to the answer of why UCSB students love riding their bikes everywhere.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
$338 to $675 per academic year
Common Parking Tickets
  • Expired day pass: $48
  • Expired meter: $48
  • No parking pass: $48
Best Places to Find a Spot
  • By the Humanities & Social Sciences Building (HSSB)
  • Mesa Parking Structure
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
Near the library or by Campbell Hall
Getting a Parking Permit
As long as you live more than two miles away from campus, you can purchase a parking permit. Freshmen who live on campus can buy a year parking permit, although it may be a long walk from their dorm to their parking spaceā€”it's determined through a lottery. Three-hour and daily passes are sold every day and night to those who would like to park on campus but do not have a permit.
Parking Services
Transportation & Parking Services
By Caesar Uyesaka Stadium
Parking Services building
(805) 893-2346
Did You Know?
Zipcar offers low-cost membership deals for students, whether you need the car for a weekend or for a quick trip to the grocery store.

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 273 responses

  • 2% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 55% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 9% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 14% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 16% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 4% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 271 responses

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