UC Santa Barbara General CatalogUniversity of California, Santa Barbara

Transportation & Parking Services

Permit Requirements.  Parking on campus requires a valid UCSB parking permit at all times except administrative holidays or when parked at a paid-for meter. A valid parking permit is one that has not expired, is displayed inside the windshield in the lower left corner of the dashboard, and is used to park in a space designated for that specific type of permit.

Parking Locations.  Faculty/Staff lots are reserved for faculty and staff on weekdays from 7:30 AM to 5:00 PM. After-hours and weekends, Faculty/Staff lots are open to students and visitors. Parking spaces are not assigned; they are provided subject to availability.

These areas (among others) have additional posted restrictions:

  • Lots/spaces marked “Enforced At All Times,” “Reserved,” or “Restricted”
  • Time-restricted spaces, including those in front of on-campus residence halls
  • Service areas marked 24-Hours
  • Restricted service areas
  • ADA-accessible (Disabled) spaces (DMV-issued placard is required)
  • West Campus / Devereux Loop
  • 2 Parking (RS2 residential parking)
  • 3 Parking (northwest quadrant of lot, near Davidson Library)
  • 6 Parking (Faculty or Faculty & Staff spaces in south part of lot)
  • 12 Parking (Faculty spaces near Phelps Hall)
  • 16 Parking (Faculty & Staff spaces in south half of lot)

Permit Purchase. Short-term Hourly, Daily, and Night & Weekend permits are sold at the Parking Services office (adjacent to 30 Parking, across from Harder Stadium), and from permit dispensers located in parking sites across campus.

Quarterly and annual permits are sold online at www.tps.ucsb.edu and at the Parking Services office.

Permit Eligibility. A Student "C" permit allows parking in lots designated “Visitor/Student”. Because of the limited number of parking spaces on campus, Student “C” permits are not sold to students living within two miles of campus (an area that includes Isla Vista and University-owned off-campus housing).

A limited number of parking permits are sold to on-campus residential students. The residential permits (RS2, 22RS and RS38) and corresponding lot assignments are awarded to applicants on a first-come, first-served basis, with no guarantee that all requests can be accommodated.

Registered students (subject to verification requirements) are eligible to purchase a Night & Week­end permit. The permit allows parking on campus Monday through Friday between the hours of 5:00 PM and 7:30 AM and all day Saturday and Sunday.

Residential Verification Requirement. Upon applying for a “C” or “RS” permit, students are asked to verify their local residential address. A current housing lease agreement, utility bill, or BARC statement are acceptable forms of verification.

Parking Meters. Parking permits are not valid in metered spaces. Coin payment in quarters is required. The maximum time on the meter varies by lot from twenty minutes to four hours.

Campus Liability. Please keep your vehicle locked at all times. The University of California shall not be liable for any risk, loss, or damage to the property of individuals (including vehicles or the contents therein) resulting from the use of campus parking services or facilities. Individuals park on campus at their own risk.

For More Information. Visit the Transportation & Parking website at www.tps.ucsb.edu for complete and current information about campus parking and parking rates. Call 805.893.2346 if you wish to speak to a Parking Services representative.

Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP)

Commute to campus by foot, bike, skate, bus, train, carpool, or vanpool! TAP coordinates the programs that provide those who qualify with an impressive list of benefits, including a limited number of complimentary on-campus parking hours, bicycle locker rentals, free student commutes on local MTD buses, subsidized unlimited MTD bus passes for faculty and staff, carpool match lists, ride boards for the infrequent traveler, and vanpools serving destinations from Santa Maria to Thousand Oaks. TAP membership is open to students, staff and faculty who qualify for but do not currently own a UCSB parking permit. Carpools may share one parking permit among its members.

TAP can help you optimize your commute in many ways. To learn more, visit the TAP website at www.tap.ucsb.edu or call 805.893.2917 for a free commuter consultation about your money-saving options. Please note, TAP benefits are subject to change. Refer to the TAP website for the latest information or visit the TAP office adjacent to Parking Services in Building 388.