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


  • Save time: Carpools can use high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes.
  • Save money: Share the cost of an annual permit and gas.
  • Park in reserved carpool spaces based on your permit type, e.g., S permit in S Carpool only, B permit in B or S Carpool and A permit in A, B or S Carpool:
    • 3+ Person Reserved
      • Receive a reserved carpool space access sticker when you have 3 or more registered carpool members.
      • Carpool space access requires that 3 or more members carpool on the day of use.
    • 2+ Person Reserved
      • Receive a 2-Person Carpool access pass for use in 7-9 a.m. limited reserved S parking spaces near ramps in Osler and Hopkins Parking Structures.
      • The 2-Person Carpool space access requires that 2 or more members carpool on the day of use.
  • Park free when necessary: Faculty, staff and graduate student riders may receive a complimentary 10-Day permit each quarter.
  • 3+ person carpools park free in campus valet lots: A and B permit holders in a registered UC San Diego carpool with 3+ members can valet park for free with a current Carpool Sticker on the permit.
  • Get guaranteed rides home: Register in advance for SANDAG’s Guaranteed Ride Home program that provides rides for employees in case of illness, unscheduled overtime or family emergencies.
  • Drive shared vehicles: Pay no Zipcar application fee and receive rental credits (when you meet UC San Diego eligibility requirements).

How to Form a Carpool

  1. Use UC San Diego’s Zimride Ridesharing Network to find other UC San Diego faculty, staff and students who want to carpool. 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 (Note: Vehicles owned by freshmen may not be listed as permit users unless they have received an approved quarterly permit exception.)
  2. Register your carpool at a 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.
      • All new employee carpoolers must show a valid UC San Diego photo ID card at the Osler Parking Structure office to complete carpool registration.
      • Once the required number of registrations is completed (2 or 3+), Commute Solutions will provide the carpool permit sticker/placard to the permit holder.
      • New carpool members may find it easier to register together in person at the Gilman Parking Structure office.
    • 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.
    • For reserved carpool space access:
      • At least three members must register as regular carpoolers to receive a carpool sticker.
      • At least two members must register as regular carpoolers to receive a 2-Person Carpool placard.
  3. Eligible faculty, staff and graduate students members receive quarterly incentive parking permits.


Contact Commute Solutions.