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3 College Sophomore

Parking: If you don't live on campus then the commuter parking spots suck but they're there

3 College Senior

Parking: i always seem to find a spot, but then again I know where to look!

2 College Sophomore

Parking: get there early or else you're screwed

2 College Sophomore

Parking: limited spots and parking tickets are common.

2 College Junior

Parking: Last year our school made over half a million in parking ticket revenue. Permit costs are over $300 a semester. When the walk from off campus is shorter than the time it takes you to walk up that damn West Hill, then you know something's not right. Just another USD rips off its students.


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Parking is probably the biggest complaint among students at USD. Permits cost $280 per year or more for students, and are available to anyone, but that money doesn’t guarantee you a parking spot—it just grants you the right to park, should you find a spot. In the mornings, most parking on Main Campus fills up well before 9 a.m. classes start. In residential areas, availability of parking depends on where you live, but generally getting a parking spot close to your room is luck of the draw.

When you purchase a parking permit, there are lots of rules about where you can park and when. For example, residents of Manchester Village can only park on the main floors of the parking complex between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m., and must have their car moved from the main floors before 6 a.m. Because USD is so safe and almost boring in terms of crime, Public Safety officers devote their work days to enforcing these parking restrictions. If students are caught parking illegally, tickets can get exceedingly expensive.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
Alcala Vista Apartments, Camino Hall, Founders Hall, University Terrace Apartments, Maher Hall, Mission (Valley) Housing, Presidio Terrace Apartments, and Manchester Village.
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Based on your residential area, you will be given a permit that allows you to park in the parking lot closest to where you live.
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
$290 per year for residents, $280 for commuters
Common Parking Tickets
  • No parking zone: $50
  • Fire lane: $100
  • Handicapped zone: $350
Best Places to Find a Spot
  • It depends on the time of day-the earlier you arrive, the better.
  • The West Parking Structure occasionally yields a spot.
  • University Terrace Apartments is a great place to live as a sophomore, mostly because of the available parking.
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
Anywhere near main campus between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Getting a Parking Permit
Resident students have different parking lots and permits than commuters. There are also different resident permits, depending on which dorm or apartment complex you live in. Motorcycles, mopeds, and scooters have their own designated spots and permits. Carpool permits are also available. Permits can be purchased online at
Parking Services
Parking Services
University Center 102
(619) 260-4518

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 118 responses

  • 13% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 44% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 6% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 29% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 4% 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 122 responses

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