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Transportation and Parking Options for Faculty and Senior Staff

This information applies to faculty and staff with these appointment types or title codes:

  • Academic
  • Manager and senior professionals (MSP)
  • Designated house staff
  • Postdoctoral scholars with these title codes (payroll deduction available for title code 3252 only):
    • Postdoc-Employee (3252)
    • Postdoc-Fellow (3253)
    • Postdoc-Paid direct (3254)

Choose Greener Options

Whether you take transit, share the ride, cycle, skate, scoot or walk to campus, you’ll save money and reduce carbon emissions. You can also earn incentives and have the reassurance of emergency ride home support through the Triton Commuter Club.

Learn More

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Bus, Trolley and Train

UC San Diego has robust public transit service and offers a free trial program available to most employees.

Transit Pass Program

transit bus

Carpools and vanpools

Carpools and vanpools offer an opportunity to share commute costs such as gas, parking and, with vanpools, vehicle rental and insurance. You’ll also receive preferred parking on campus that lets you reach your final destination faster. Carpools and vanpools can include faculty, staff and students.

Carpools and Vanpools

Ride and Walk

Those who walk, bike, skate and scoot can qualify for 85-100% savings on a high-quality MIPS helmet through our through our Helmet Access Program or receive merchant discounts through our Rider Rewards program.

bicyclists near Geisel Library

Complimentary Parking for New Employees

New UC San Diego faculty and 100% career staff employees are eligible for a one-time permit valid for 15 days of complimentary parking. (Employees who change appointments, departments or title codes are not eligible for this permit.)

New employee parking permits will be available online until 15 days after the employee's start date. The permit is valid for 15 calendar days beginning the date you select. If you have questions, contact your department Human Resources representative.

To get your free 15-day virtual parking permit online, you will need:

  • Your Single Sign-On (SSO) username and password
  • License plate number
  • Vehicle make, model and color

Get Your Permit

Drive and Park

With your virtual A permit, you can always “park down” in B, S or D spaces if you don’t find a conveniently located A parking space. You can also save by purchasing B or D parking on an ongoing basis. 

Anyone parking a motorcycle, motorized scooter or motorized bike (motorbike) is eligible to purchase a M (Motorcycle) permit. Valid M permits allow parking in motorcycle spaces only.

If driving alone is your best option, we encourage you to park once and avoid using your personal automobile to travel around campus during the day. Learn more about your options for getting around campus.

If you will not be driving to campus and parking daily, you can pay with ParkMobile and save money through our flexible parking program.

A Permit Prices and Payment

Payment Description


10 Days


Consecutive Day (30 to 365 days, prepaid)

  • Replaces legacy monthly, quarterly and annual options
  • Choose the exact date range that you wish to park, from 30 days up to 365 days
  • Days are sold at a discounted daily rate that reflects the understanding that you will not be parking seven days a week unless you live on campus.


Payroll Deduction

  • Are prorated on the 1st and 16th each month
  • Allow the cost of your monthly parking permit to be deducted from your paycheck on a pretax basis
  • Continue until canceled by emailing with the subject line: “Cancel My Permit”


Buy a Permit

Valid A permits allow parking in these spaces:

  • A: 24/7 (reserved faculty): 24 hours daily (look for posted signs: “A permit required 24 hours a day/7 days a week”)
  • A: 24 hours daily
  • B: 24 hours daily
  • S: 24 hours daily
  • D: 24 hours daily
  • R: By permission only, 24 hours daily (look for a "Reserved ###" sign and matching stencil on the ground)
  • V: 4 p.m. – 7:40 a.m. weekdays and all day on weekends
    • Never valid in Patient/Visitor spaces
    • Never valid in Gilman Parking Structure

Note: See lots that require an access sticker.