Faculty, staff, and students who live off campus can participate in the carpool program. Undergraduates and Extension students must join during the first 6 weeks of the quarter.


  • Save time: Carpools use high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes.
  • Save money: Share the cost of an annual permit, gas, and vehicle maintenance.
  • Park in reserved carpool spaces: Receive a reserved carpool space access sticker when you have 3 or more carpool members.
  • Park free when necessary: Riders receive a complimentary 10 Day permit each quarter.
  • Emergency rides home: Register in advance for Guaranteed Ride Home, a SANDAG program that provides rides in case of illness, unscheduled overtime, or family emergencies. Registered users, dial 511 when you need a ride.
  • Drive shared vehicles: Pay no Zipcar application fee and receive rental credits (when you meet UC San Diego eligibility requirements).

Form a carpool

  1. Find other UC San Diego faculty or staff looking to carpool, on your own or using UC San Diego’s Zimride Ridesharing Network. Each carpool:
    • Consists of 2‒4 eligible members committed to carpooling daily; proof of appropriately sized vehicle(s) required for larger groups
    • Must purchase and share a single valid multiyear, annual, or student quarterly parking permit
    • Has a primary driver, but members can share driving responsibilities
    • Can park in reserved carpool spaces, with valid sticker on the primary permit, if it has 3 or more registered members riding to/from campus together on that day (see carpool parking map)
  2. Register your carpool at the campus or Hillcrest parking office to receive incentives; registration is free.
    • The faculty or staff permit owner registers as the primary driver, who then submits an approved list of carpool members.
    • The student permit owner registers as the primary driver and all carpool members must come to the office together with the primary driver to register the carpool.
    • At least 3 members must register as regular carpool riders to receive a reserved carpool space access sticker.
  3. Members pick up their complimentary 10 Day permit at the parking office. Bring:
    • Valid UC San Diego ID
    • Vehicle registration for up to 3 vehicles—registered to you, a family member, or an eligible domestic partner at a single address. (Undergraduates must do so within the first 6 weeks of the quarter.)
    • Documentation of class schedule (undergraduates only)

Complimentary 10 Day permits

  • See Using Your Parking Permit.
  • Complimentary Commute Solutions permits
    • Are nontransferable. Only the member who is issued the permit can use it. You cannot share, sell, or give it away.
    • Allow parking for the vehicle(s) officially documented in the Transportation Services database only. To add a vehicle, bring your registration to Commute Solutions.
    • Expire on June 30 each year