Move-In: Students

Move-in Schedule

Please review the Move-In schedule at 

Before You Arrive

Students moving onto campus will have received instructions from their college or housing unit regarding move-in times. Please contact your college or housing unit directly if you have not received this information.

Move-in Unloading

Each college or housing unit will have designated unloading and parking areas. Please follow the instructions from your college or housing unit for directions on where to unload and where you can park after unloading. Additionally, we ask that guests depart campus as soon as they help students unload their belongings. Long-term parking after unloading will not be available. If guests need to stay after unloading, you may want to download the ParkMobile app ahead of time so that you can quickly and easily find a place to park and pay on campus.

Move-in Check-in

Please contact your college or housing unit directly for more infomation about scheduling your check-in.

Once you arrive on campus at your scheduled check-in time, please make your way to your college housing office to check-in (see map). It is important that you arrive at the time you selected as limiting the number of people on campus at any given time is essential to mitigation efforts. If you have not yet selected your check-in time, please do so immediately. After you check in, the housing office will provide access to an electronic map and directions from individual housing offices to your designated residence as well as 20 minute unloading reserved parking spaces.


R Permits: TAPS has extended the suspension of the freshman/sophomore parking prohibition through Winter 2021. All residential freshmen and sophomores may purchase weekly, monthly, or quarterly R permits through the Winter quarter. You may apply for a parking permit on the TAPS website

Close-in Permits: TAPS has also extended the COVID-related appeal through Winter 2021. Any students who are part of a high risk group, or care for someone who is, may fill out an appeal to purchase a close-in B permit for Winter quarter only.

Short Term Parking

Students also have a number of short term parking options available. 

  1. ParkMobile is available throughout campus to pay for parking via the ParkMobile smartphone app in designated spaces available for 30-minutes, 2 hours, or for the full day.
  2. Paystation spaces are also available for 1- to 3-hour weekday parking as well as flat-rate parking on evenings and weekends.

Please keep the following in mind:

• There is no parking grace period; all vehicles must display a valid parking permit when parked at UCSC. Parking enforcement hours vary from lot to lot; some lots require permits daily, others on weekdays only. Check signs at parking lot entrances for permit requirements.

• Avoid the lines and purchase your permit online prior to arriving on campus.

• If you have questions about parking permit eligibility or options email or call (831) 459-4543.


Campus Loop Shuttles do not run on weekends. Night Core service is available on demand from 4:30–11:45 p.m. and METRO buses will be on a regular weekend schedule. Students may ride METRO buses fare-free with their student ID card. Visit for current METRO routes and schedules. The buses that serve UCSC are 10, 16, 19, and 20.

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