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Parking: Where and When to Park

Where and When to Park

Find out where and when you can park with your permit.

If you plan to park at UCSD, you must display a valid parking permit, pay a parking meter, or pay upon exit at our gate arm facilities during these hours, year-round:

  • Main campus — 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. weekdays
  • Scripps Institution of Oceanography — 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., 7 days a week
  • Medical Center Hillcrest — 24 hours/ 7 days a week
  • Medical Center La Jolla — 24 hours/ 7 days a week
  • There is no parking fee required in some locations during late nights, weekends, and all day on holidays. See the free parking section below for details.

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A: Annual, Limited, Occasional Use, or Alternative Schedule A permits

A properly dated A permit provides parking in the following spaces:

  • A 24/7 (reserved faculty): 24 hours daily
    • Look for posted signs: “A permit required 24 hours a day, 7 days a week”
  • A: 24 hours daily
    • Look for painted red squares with a white A on the ground.
  • B: 24 hours daily
    • Look for painted green squares with a white B on the ground.
  • S: 24 hours daily
    • Look for painted yellow squares with a black S on the ground.
  • R: by permission only, 24 hours daily
    • Look for a "Reserved ###" sign and matching stencil on the ground.
  • Meters (with no fee): 4:30 p.m. – 7:45 a.m.
  • V: 4:30 p.m. – 7:45 a.m. (excluding Gilman Parking Structure)
    • Look for painted white square with a black V on the ground.

Notes:

  • You need an access stamp or sticker for Lots P001 - P010.
  • Alternate Schedule permits limit parking to 3 days of your choice.

B: Annual, Limited, Occasional Use, or Alternative Schedule B permits

A properly dated B permit provides parking in the following spaces:

  • B: 24 hours daily
    • Look for painted green squares with a white B on the ground.
  • S: 24 hours daily
    • Look for painted yellow squares with a black S on the ground.
  • A: 4:30 p.m. – 7:45 a.m.weekdays; all day on weekends
    • Look for painted red squares with a white A on the ground.
    • Note: Not valid where posted “A permit required 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.”
  • Meters (with no fee): 4:30 p.m. – 7:45 a.m.
  • V: 4:30 p.m. – 7:45 a.m. (excluding Gilman Parking Structure)
    • Look for painted white square with a black V on the ground.

Notes:

  • You need an access stamp or sticker for Lots P001 - P010.
  • Alternate Schedule permits limit parking to 3 weekdays of your choice.

S: Annual, Limited, Occasional Use, or Alternative Schedule S permits

A properly dated S permit provides parking in the following spaces:

  • S: 24 hours daily
    • Look for painted yellow squares with a black S on the ground.
  • A: 4:30 p.m. – 7:45 a.m.
    • Look for painted red squares with a white A on the ground.
    • Note: Not valid where posted “A permit required 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.”
  • B: 4:30 p.m. – 7:45 a.m.
    • Look for painted green squares with a white B on the ground.
  • Meters (with no fee): 4:30 p.m. – 7:45 a.m.
  • V: 4:30 p.m. – 7:45 a.m. (excluding Gilman Parking Structure)
    • Look for painted white square with a black V on the ground.

Notes:

  • You need an access stamp or sticker for Lots P001 - P010.
  • Alternate Schedule permits limit parking to 3 weekdays of your choice.

Night/ Weekend

A valid Night/ Weekend permit provides parking weekdays and all day on weekends in the following spaces:

  • S: 3 p.m. – 7:30 a.m. weekdays, all day weekends
    • Look for painted yellow squares with a black S on the ground.
  • A: 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 a.m. weekdays, all day weekends
    • Look for painted red squares with a white A on the ground.
    • Note: Not valid where posted “A permit required 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.”
  • B: 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 a.m. weekdays, all day weekends
    • Look for painted green squares with a white B on the ground.
  • Meters (with no fee) and V spaces: 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 a.m. weekdays, all day weekends

Note: You need an access stamp or sticker for Lots P001 - P010 and Lot P354.

1 Day

A properly dated 1 Day permit lets you park for up to 24 hours in the following spaces:

  • S: 24 hours
    • Look for painted yellow squares with a black S on the ground.
  • B: 24 hours
    • Look for painted green squares with a white B on the ground.
  • A: 4:30 p.m. to 7:45 a.m.
    • Look for painted red squares with a white A on the ground.
    • Note: Not valid where posted "A permit required 24 hours a day, 7 days a week."
  • V (not including Gilman Parking Structure): 4:30 p.m. to 7:45 a.m.
    • Look for painted white squares with a black V on the ground.
    • Note: 1 Day permits are never valid in Gilman Parking Structure V spaces.
  • Meters (with no fee): 4:30 p.m. – 7:45 a.m.

1 Night

A properly dated 1 Night permit lets you park for 1 evening in the following spaces:

  • S: 3 p.m. to 7:45 a.m.
    • Look for painted yellow squares with a black S on the ground.
  • B: 4:30 p.m. to 7:45 a.m.
    • Look for painted green squares with a white B on the ground.
  • A: 4:30 p.m. to 7:45 a.m.
    • Look for painted red squares with a white A on the ground.
    • Note: Not valid where posted “A permit required 24 hours a day, 7 days a week” 
  • V: 4:30 p.m. to 7:45 a.m.
    • Look for painted white squares with a black V on the ground.
    • Never valid in Gilman Parking Structure V spaces
  • Meters (with no fee): 4:30 p.m. – 7:45 a.m.

Pay Station permits

Note: Pay station permits bought outside Gilman Parking Structure are never valid for any space inside Gilman Parking Structure.

Pay Station permits (not including those sold inside Gilman Parking Structure):

A properly dated permit purchased from any pay station (except inside Gilman Parking Structure; see below) provides parking for campus visitors in the following spaces:

  • V: 24 hours daily
    • Look for painted white squares with a black V on the ground.
    • Never valid in Gilman Parking Structure V spaces
  • B: 24 hours daily
    • Look for painted green squares with a white B on the ground.
    • Never valid in Gilman Parking Structure B spaces
  • S: 24 hours daily
    • Look for painted yellow squares with a black S on the ground.
  • A: 4:30 p.m. – 7:45 a.m.
    • Look for painted red squares with a white A on the ground.
    • Note: Not valid where posted “A permit required 24 hours a day, 7 days a week” and never valid in Gilman Parking Structure A spaces.
  • Meters (with no fee): 4:30 p.m. – 7:45 a.m.

Pay Station permits sold inside Gilman Parking Structure:

A properly dated permit purchased from a pay station inside the Gilman Parking Structure allow parking in the following spaces:

  • Inside Gilman Parking Structure (Note: no parking allowed inside structure 2–5 a.m.)
    • V (levels 1–3) 
    • A and B (levels 4–6) after 4:30 p.m.
  • Outside Gilman Parking Structure
    • V
    • S
    • B
    • A: 4:30 p.m. – 7:45 a.m.
      • Note: Not valid where posted “A permit required 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.”
    • Meters (with no fee): 4:30 p.m. – 7:45 a.m.

Note: You need an access stamp or sticker for Lots P001 - P010 and Lot P354.

Official Business supplement

An Official Business supplement is intended to facilitate parking access while conducting official university business only. Any improper display or other misuse of this supplement is prohibited and may result in confiscation of the document and/or a citation carrying a substantial fine.

This supplement is NEVER valid in disabled or reserved parking spaces. It is not intended to accommodate an individual’s personal parking needs. A valid UC San Diego parking permit with the OB supplement properly displayed allows parking in the following areas, subject to time limits detailed below:

  • Service yard spaces
  • Timed zones
  • UC vehicle spaces
  • Parking meters
  • Regular loading zones (excludes commercial loading zones)
  • V Visitor spaces

The following time limits apply:

  • R or A permits may park in spaces described above up to 4 hours.
  • B parking permits may park in spaces described above, A spaces, and where posted “A parking permit required 24 hours a day, 7 days a week" for up to 4 hours.

Use of this supplement implies that you understand and accept the responsibility associated with these regulations.

Free parking

Paid parking is required year-round, even when classes are not in session.

However, you can park without charge during these off-peak hours (see the caution below for a list of spaces that are enforced every day):

  • Main campus – Parking is free all day in A, B, S, V, VP, and metered spaces on Saturdays, Sundays and University holidays, and from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. weekdays
  • Scripps Institution of Oceanography – Parking is free in A, B, and S spaces from 11 p.m. to  7 a.m., 7 days a week
  • Medical Centers – Parking is free all day in A, B, and patient parking spaces on University holidays
  • Exceptions: Any exceptions to the above will be announced at parking.ucsd.edu. If no announcement was made, assume permits are required or contact parking enforcement, (858) 822-3379

Caution: Avoid citations. Parking regulations are enforced every day, without exception, where posted:

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