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Transportation and Parking Options for Graduate Students

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

  • Graduate and postdoctoral students
  • Visiting scholars

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

Triton Commuter Club graphic

Bus, Trolley and Train

UC San Diego has robust public transit service and the riton U-Pass program provides students unlimited rides on all regional MTS and NCTD mass transit bus and trolley/light rail routes during academic quarters. All current undergraduate and graduate students who have paid quarterly registration fees are eligible for U-Pass. UC San Diego Extension students and visiting scholars are not eligible for the program.

Triton U-Pass

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

Drive and Park

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

B Permit Prices and Payment (rates effective July 29, 2023)

Payment Description


10 Days


Consecutive Day (30 to 365 days, prepaid)

  • 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.


Buy a Permit

Valid B permits allow parking in these spaces:

  • B: 24 hours daily
  • S: 24 hours daily
  • D: 24 hours daily
  • A: 4 p.m. – 7:30 a.m. weekdays and all day on weekends; not valid where posted: “A permit required 24 hours a day/7 days a week.”
  • R: By permission only, 24 hours daily (look for a "Reserved ###" sign and matching stencil on the ground)
  • V: 4 p.m. – 7:30 a.m. weekdays and all day on weekends, except:
    • Patient/Visitor spaces
    • Gilman Parking Structure
    • Lot P113

Note: See lots that require an access sticker.