Information for Parents of Students

Freshmen/Sophomore Parking Prohibition
First and second-year students with less than 90 units that reside in University housing facilities, including University Town Center, are not eligible to purchase a permit (except motorcycle permits) to park on–campus. Detailed information is available on the Residential Freshmen/Sophomore Parking Prohibition page.

Off Campus Parking Lots
UCSC prefers that students who are not eligible to purchase an on–campus parking permit not bring vehicles to Santa Cruz unless advance arrangements for paid long–term parking off–campus are made. Residential streets near campus and in downtown Santa Cruz have strictly enforced parking permit requirements managed by the City of Santa Cruz Permit Parking Program. Detailed information is available on the Off-campus Parking Lots page.

Move In Parking
All new student residents should receive instructions from their colleges about their Move In day process. Please read that information for details about your assigned Move In time. When you arrive at the Move In staging area for your campus residence there will be college staff present who will give you a “Move In Unloading Pass” to serve as both a temporary parking pass to allow you to unload vehicles near dorms, and a remote parking permit for your assigned Move In day only. This “Move In Unloading Pass” is only valid in parking lots posted “Move In." After Move In weekend is over, these passes will no longer be valid. Do not contact TAPS regarding Move In parking passes; contact your college (i.e. Porter, Merrill, Kresge, etc).

Airport Shuttle Information
Detailed information on airport shuttles that offer service to and from UC Santa Cruz is available on the Airport Shuttles page.

Public Transportation to Bay Area Airports
Detailed instructions on how to use public transportation connections to get to and from airports within a 100 mile radius of Santa Cruz is available on the Airport Public Transportation page.

Transportation to Los Angeles
UCSC OPERS provides buses that take students from campus to the Los Angeles area for the Thanksgiving, Winter, and Spring breaks. The four Los Angeles drop-off points are L.A. Valley College, East L.A. College, UCLA, and UC Irvine. Online reservations can be made now at For information email or call (831) 459-2806.

BoltBus service has recently expanded to the West Coast and now offers service from the San Jose Diridon Station to Los Angeles Union Station. The UCSC community can connect to BoltBus by taking a Highway 17 Express bus from Santa Cruz Metro Center (Pacific Station) to San Jose Diridon Station. One-way BoltBus tickets for travel from San Jose to Los Angeles range from $1 to $40. Get tickets by phone at (877) 265-8287 or at

Visitor Parking
Visitors and guests may purchase one-day temporary parking permits at the Main Entrance Kiosk (located just inside the campus main entrance [map]) from 7:00am to 1:00pm on weekdays. From 1:00pm to 5:00pm permits must be purchased at the TAPS Sales Office (map). One-Day temporary permits cost $9.00; One-Night parking permits cost $4.50. Visitors that want to purchase temporary permits for more than one day, for up to a maximum of three consecutive days, must do so at the TAPS Sales Office (map). Sales Office hours are 7:00am to 5:00pm Monday through Friday. A picture ID is required at the time of purchase. Information about weekend parking is available at parking/park-for-free. If you have questions about visitor parking email

Commencement Parking
Each graduate receives two commencement parking permits (general or disabled) from their college, as well as specific information about the location and time of their ceremony. Do not contact TAPS regarding commencement parking passes; contact your student's college (i.e. Porter, Merrill, Kresge, etc).

Commencement ceremonies take place on either the east or west side of campus. Be sure to ask your graduate which side of campus their commencement ceremony takes place, and follow the “EAST” or “WEST” commencement directional signs when you arrive at UCSC.