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Transportation and Parking Options for Undergraduate Students

This information applies to commuter undergraduate students who do not live on campus and resident students.

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.

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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

Commuter undergraduate students can purchase daily S permits through ParkMobile only.

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.

Permit Pricing

Consecutive Day SR – Student Resident (30 to 365 days, prepaid) $2.66/day

  • 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.

Buy a Permit

Valid S permits allow commuter students to park in these spaces:

  • S: 24 hours daily
  • D: 24 hours daily
  • B: 4 p.m. – 7:40 a.m. weekdays; all day on weekends
  • A: 4 p.m. – 7:40 a.m. weekdays; all day on weekends
    • Not valid where posted “A permit required 24 hours a day/7 days a week.”
  • 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

Valid SR permits allow resident students to park in these spaces:

  • SR: 24 hours daily
  • S: 24 hours daily
  • D: 24 hours daily
  • B: 4 p.m. – 7:40 a.m. weekdays; all day on weekends
  • A: 4 p.m. – 7:40 a.m. weekdays; all day on weekends
    • Not valid where posted “A permit required 24 hours a day/7 days a week.”
  • 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.


First and Second Year Parking

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

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 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 that can work with you to determine reasonable accommodations to help you access university programs and services, including evaluating 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.

Athletes seeking an exception due to practice or team travel schedules should apply through tritonfrontdesk@ucsd.edu. 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.

Apply for an Exception

To apply for an exception to purchase an available parking permit, complete the online exception request form.

A committee will evaluate justifications, supporting documents, level of hardship and space availability when reviewing exception requests and will make determinations on a case-by-case basis. (Note: The committee may ask for additional documentation to support your request.)

Transportation Services will send an email response to all students who submit an exception request.

  • If your request is approved, you will receive instruction on how to purchase a parking permit.
  • If your request is denied, you may apply again for the next quarter. There is no appeal process.