Information for Prospective Students

First and Second Year Residential Student Parking Permit Prohibition
UC Santa Cruz has a parking permit prohibition for first and second-year residential students who live in any on-campus or off-campus University Housing facility. The parking permit prohibition applies to all types of campus parking permits (except motorcycle permits), including temporary daily, weekly and monthly permits. Detailed information is available on the Residential Freshmen/Sophomore Parking Prohibition page.

Undergraduate Student Parking Permits
All commuting students are eligible to purchase a campus parking permit; however, due to unprecedented demand, the sale of undergraduate permits has been suspended for the 2016-17 year. Campus residents must have Junior standing (with 90 or more units at the beginning of Fall Quarter in the year they wish to purchase a permit - effective 7/1/17).

Graduate Student Parking Permits
Detailed information on the types of parking permits that are available to eligible graduate students is available on the Graduate Student Parking Permits page.

The Santa Cruz Metro and UCSC TAPS Transit Bus Systems
Santa Cruz Metro Buses: Metro buses operate throughout Santa Cruz County. Regular service is provided between downtown Santa Cruz and the campus, using various routes including Laurel Street (Routes 15/16), Bay Street (Route 19), High Street (Route 10), and Western Drive (Route 20/20D). Many students who reside off-campus use Metro buses to commute to and from campus. Campus residents use Metro buses to get to downtown Santa Cruz and other local destinations.

UCSC Shuttles (TAPS Transit): The Campus Transit system operates two daytime routes (the Loop and Upper Campus), and three nighttime routes (the Loop, the East Night Core and the West Night Core). Campus Transit also provides The Night Owl, late-night bus service between campus and downtown Santa Cruz, exclusively for UCSC students and employees.

Carshare and Rideshare Programs
Considering UCSC but concerned that first and second-year residential students can't bring a car when they come to UCSC? With Zipcars on campus you can reserve a car online by the hour or day and pay as you go. Prices from $7.00 per hour - includes all vehicle fees, gas, mileage and reserved parking. Detailed information on Zipcars at UCSC is available on the UCSC Zipcar page.

UC Santa Cruz has a private Zimride rideshare community at It's simple. UCSC Zimride helps you offer or request rides for commutes, road trips, popular events, and travel home for quarter breaks. If you have a car, split costs by offering rides. If you don't have a car, find rides where you need to go. With Zimride you can also check out the profiles of your classmates before you share the ride.