Types of parking permits
The Housing Office issues two basic types of permits to students:
- Semester permits are offered to seniors and juniors through our online request program, and we can only accept requests for one semester. We do not issue a singular "full-year permit," but we can affix the two semester permits (if requested in person at time of pickup for the Fall permit.
- Temporary permits are available to sophomores, juniors and seniors from the Housing Office. They must be obtained in person.
See Permit requirement for students for what constitutes a valid permit. Faculty and staff get parking permits from Public Safety. Guests and visitors are not issued parking permits, but may have a small Parking Notification card (5" x 8") placed on their vehicles by Public Safety to serve as a temporary parking pass. Parking Notifications are not valid permits for students to operate a vehicle on campus.
Semester permits for Seniors (i.e. 92 or more units)
The Senior-type permit may be requested by any senior who is eligible for one. Eligibility is determined by the Housing Office, and it can be affected by previous sanctions, loss of permit privileges, or units on record. Costs range from $200 to $150, depending upon the discounts which are applied. These discounts are explained under Costs.
- A Fall semester Senior permit may be requested from July 1 - 31 for a lower cost.
- A Spring semester Senior permit may be requested from Dec. 1 - 31 for a lower cost. If the Spring permit is obtained at the time the Fall permit is affixed, the lowest cost will be charged for the Spring permit.
- A valid Senior permit allows the vehicle to be operated on campus "24/7" (no time restrictions) in acceptable locations (see Lot Map for areas where vehicles may be parked on upper and lower campus, and Vehicle Regulations).
Semester permits for Juniors (i.e. 59 or more units for the Fall semester, and >71 units for the Spring semester)
The Junior-type permit is so named because the number available are restricted. We strive to make it possible for all eligible juniors and rising juniors to get one, and this is usually the case. The only time we could not provide one is if every senior and every junior requested a permit, but that has never happened. Eligibility is determined by the Housing Office, and it can be affected by previous sanctions, loss of permit privileges, or units on record. Costs are based upon the date of the permit request and the date of permit pick-up.
- The earliest a Fall semester Restricted-type permit may be requested is 9:00 AM (PST, i.e. Pacific Standard Time) on July 15 for the following Fall semester.
- The earliest a Spring semesterRestricted-type permit may be requested is 9:00 AM (PST) on December 15 ( for those who have not already obtained one at time of Fall pick-up).
- A valid Restricted-type permit allows the vehicle to be operated on campus "24/7" (no time restrictions) in acceptable locations (see Lot Map for areas where vehicles may be parked on upper and lower campus, and Vehicle Regulations).
- Temporary permits may be requested by seniors, juniors, and sophomores--but are only intended to meet short-term needs of those who are eligible for a permit. Students will be charged for them (see Costs). A vehicle with a temporary permit (4" paper square, affixed by tape) may be parked and operated on campus "24/7" in acceptable parking locations (see Lot Map and Vehicle Regulations).
- A student with a medical need may contact the Campus Health Center to meet with the doctor, and a student with a disability may contact Disability Services. The Campus Health Center may have some transportation options available, and can issue temporary, medically-based parking permits for students with their own vehicles. For long-term medical needs, the campus doctor or the Director of Disability Services may authorize the issuance of a full-semester permit by the Housing Office.
Parking Notifications for Visitors only (i.e. not permits for students)
A small Parking Notification card (5" x 8") placed by Public Safety on a non-permitted vehicle is not a temporary permit for students (see Permit requirement for students). It serves as a citation for a student who parks or operates that vehicle, or as a temporary parking pass for visitors and guests (i.e. non-students).