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Parking for Freshmen

Freshmen students can purchase daily pay station and D parking permits only. Resident freshman must complete an application to be considered to purchase a parking permit.

The application process will stay open for the 2020/2021 academic year.

Other Options

If you need assistance finding the best transportation alternatives to meet your needs, contact Commute Solutions.

Disability and Medical Accommodations

If you have a disability or medical condition that requires you to have access to a personal vehicle while you are at UC San Diego, you can apply for a Disabled Person parking placard or license plate from your home state or from the California Department of Motor Vehicles. If you have a Disabled Person placard or license plate, you can park in accessible spaces on campus without displaying a parking permit. If you need additional accommodations to access university programs and services, register with the Office for Students with Disabilities.

If you are not eligible for a Disabled Person placard or license plate and you need access to a personal vehicle at UC San Diego, register with the Office for Students with Disabilities. The OSD can work with you to determine reasonable accommodations to assist in accessing university programs and services, including making a determination about your need for a vehicle on campus.

Academic, Work and Family Care Commitments

A limited number of exceptions will be allowed for fall, winter and spring quarters for students with extenuating circumstances. No exception is required for Summer Sessions or to purchase D parking permits. A committee will evaluate exception requests quarterly on a case-by-case basis.

Athletes seeking an exception due to practice or team travel schedules should apply through The Athletics Department will forward approved requests to the exception committee for review. Approval from the Athletics Department does not guarantee the request will be approved.

The committee will evaluate justifications, supporting documents, level of hardship and space availability when reviewing exception requests. Transportation Services will send an email response to all students who submit an exception request.

  • If your request is approved:
    • You will receive an email with instruction on how to purchase a parking permit.
    • Your approval is valid through academic year 2020/2021.
  • If your request is denied, you may apply again for the next quarter during the application period. There is no appeal process.

Apply for an Exception

To apply for an exception to purchase an available parking permit, complete the online exception request form. (Note: The committee may ask for additional documentation to support your request.)


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