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Parking Services

Permit RequirementsParking on campus requires a valid UCSB parking permit at all times except administrative holidays. 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. Student permits are registered to a specific vehicle, and cannot be swapped among vehicles without re-registering the permit.

Parking Locations. Faculty/Staff lots are reserved for faculty and staff on weekdays from 7:30 AM to 5:00 PM. After 5:00 PM and weekends, Faculty/Staff lots are open to students and visitors. Student/Visitor lots are open to all permit-holders at all times. Several lots are reserved for specific permit types and allow no visitor parking at any time. Please refer to the lot entrance sign to be assured that visitor parking is allowed within the lot.

Parking spaces are not assigned; they are provided subject to availability.

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

Quarterly and annual permits are sold online at and at the Parking Services office.

Permit Eligibility. Student "C" permits 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 current lease agreement as proof of residence and vehicle registration will be required prior to approval.

A limited number of parking permits are sold to on-campus residential students. The residential permits 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.

University Disclaimers. The University may close, either temporarily or permanently, any parking area. Advance notice of parking area changes or closings is provided whenever practical.

Parking permits are issued solely by Parking Services based on eligibility criteria, such as (but not limited to) faculty, staff, commuter, or residential student.

Permits remain the property of UCSB and are not transferable.

Permits are issued when the applicant has paid the required fee and provided proof of eligibility.

Failure to provide and maintain accurate information on the parking permit application may result in citation, fine, the loss of parking privileges and referral to the Campus Police or the Dean of Students for disciplinary action.

Please keep vehicles 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 for complete and current information about campus parking and parking rates. To contact a Parking Services representative, send an email to or call the TPS office at 805.893.2346.

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 optimize a commute in many ways. To learn more, visit the TAP website at or call 805.893.2917 for a free commuter consultation about 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 in Building 388, adjacent to Parking Services.