Carpool Information and Permits

A variety of carpool permits are available based on eligibility. Join the hundreds of others who have already discovered the convenience and savings of carpooling to campus. Whether you are a UCSC student, faculty, or staff, carpooling can equal less expensive commuting and lower parking fees!

How To Find a Carpool Partner
Sign up for UCSC's Zimride system using your campus email address to find other UCSC employees and students making the same commute you are. Post your commute and Zimride will match you up using their search algorithm based on your schedule, flexibility and location. Add your commute today.

Carpool Permits

  • To be eligible for a carpool permit each participant will need to show a current vehicle registration. The vehicle must be registered to the student or employee, or an immediate family member, who is not an affiliate of UCSC. TAPS will need to see the current vehicle registration each time a carpool permit is renewed, if the registration has expired since the last renewal.
  • May be purchased by up to four people that routinely ride together.
  • Eligibility for a carpool permit requires two to four affiliates who live off-campus, in non-university housing. Each participant must have a vehicle registered to them or an immediate family member who is not an affiliate of UCSC.
  • All members of a carpool must complete a separate application, being sure to list who they wish to carpool with.
  • The cost of the permit is split between participants.
  • Only one permit is issued, with each participants plates on the permit.
  • Carpool permits are available on a quarterly, academic year or annual basis, based on eligibility.

R Remote Carpool Permits
R Carpool permits are valid in all of the remote lots. A limited number of R Carpool permits are issued on a first-come, first-serve basis. Students have the option of charging their share of the cost of an R Carpool permit to their student billing account.

Faculty and staff that participate in the R Carpool program and are eligible for payroll deduction may purchase their share of the cost of the permit through payroll deduction. When faculty or staff carpool with a graduate or undergraduate student, only a Quarterly R Carpool permit may be purchased and payroll deduction is not available.

B Carpool Permits
B Carpool permits are sold on a quarterly basis only and allow close-in parking. At least one participant needs to be a graduate student. B Carpool permits are valid in all B lots and the remote lots. B Carpool permit holders (eligible graduate students) may purchase one or two 25 packs of Daily A scratch off permits per fiscal year. Only vehicles registered to the participant will be included on any scratch off permit.

A Carpool Permits
A Carpool permits allow close-in parking and require at least one participant to be a faculty or staff person. A Carpool permits are valid in all A lots and the remote lots. Annual A Carpool permits must be purchased by payroll deduction when all carpool members are eligible for payroll deduction. Employees not eligible for payroll deduction may purchase a Quarterly A Carpool permit. When faculty or staff carpool with a graduate or undergraduate student only a Quarterly A Carpool permit may be purchased. A Carpool permit holders (eligible Faculty and Staff only) may purchase one or two 25 packs of Daily A scratch off permits per fiscal year. Only vehicles registered to the participant will be included on any scratch off permit.