Undergrad Student Parking

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. Also see the R Remote Lot Parking Permits for Eligible Undergraduate Students section below.

Leave Your Car at Home
Because parking is such a limited resource at UCSC, it is strongly recommended that students who are not eligible to purchase an on–campus parking permit not bring vehicles to Santa Cruz. 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.

Off-campus paid parking options are extremely limited, and are usually sold out by mid-September. Detailed information is available on the Off-campus Parking Lots page.

R Remote Lot Parking Permits for Eligible Undergraduate Students

Daily R Permit Sales
Daily R permits may be available to parking-eligible students if lots have capacity. A certain number of daily R permits are offered on a first come, first serve basis each day. Stop by the TAPS Sales Office (starting at 7:00am Monday – Friday) to check availability.

A limited number of ParkMobile daily spaces are available in East Remote Lot 104.

Other Permit Options
Long-term NC Night Commuter permits are currently available and allow eligible commuting undergraduates access to the Core West parking structure, the East Field House, and most college parking lots, after 4:30 p.m. The cost is $39 quarterly, or $5 nightly. To purchase a quarterly NC permit apply here. Nightly NC permits must be purchased at the TAPS Sales Office (7:00am to 5:00pm Monday – Friday).

Short-term Medical Parking
To obtain a short-term Medical permit you need to submit medical documentation to Transportation and Parking Services (TAPS). The documentation must be from a medical professional (e.g., physician, surgeon, chiropractor, optometrist, etc.), and should include the duration of the Medical parking need. Students can submit documentation for up to one month in duration directly to the TAPS Sales Office (tapssales@ucsc.edu), or call the Sales Office at (831) 459-4543 for other arrangements.

Documentation for longer than one month of Medical parking must come directly from either the Student Health Center or the Disability Resource Center.

Waitlist for Long-term Permits
A waitlist for those who still want to apply for longer-term R permits is available. To sign up for the waitlist complete the online application (https://basfmp16.ucsc.edu/application20/), and submit a copy of your vehicle registration to MyCarReg@ucsc.edu.

Parking Appeal for Commuting Students with Critical Need
Commuting or residential first- and second-year students with critical need for an R parking permit can submit an appeal for consideration by exception. Carefully read the instructions and eligibility requirements before filling out an appeal form and uploading documents. For questions regarding appeals, email Patrick Randolph.

2020-2021 Parking Appeal Eligibility and Form

COVID-related Appeals
As a temporary measure to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19, TAPS is allowing all undergraduate students to submit an appeal to receive a B Permit for close-in parking on campus due to COVID-related concerns.

All permits will be valid for one quarter only while this exception in in place.

This is a temporary and non-precedent setting measure. TAPS reserves the right to modify or end this policy at any time without notice.

Fall 2020 COVID-related Appeal Eligibility and Form

Permit Eligibility status for residential students is determined by the number of units (90 units) completed by Fall 2020. This status remains in place and does not change throughout the academic year. Residential students who have completed less than 90 units or achieve this threshold by Winter 2021 or Spring 2021 are ineligible for parking, but may pursue parking through an appeal process. 

All commuting students (except those that live in UCSC Housing facilities) regardless of grade level, and Junior, Senior, and Transfer students (with a minimum of 90 units at the beginning of Fall Quarter in the year they wish to purchase a permit) that reside in University housing are eligible to apply for an R Remote Lot parking permit valid in the East and West Remote lots on campus, as available. Being eligible to apply does not guarantee securement of a permit when permit sales are suspended due to high demand. 

Please note that the West Remote lot is often filled with vehicles of campus residents, and is not a reliable parking resource for those who commute to campus. 

When available, R permits can be purchased for the academic year (valid 9/14/20 through 6/10/21 for 2020-21 academic year), quarterly, or on a daily, weekly or monthly basis. Annual, Academic year, and Quarterly R permits can be ordered online; R Monthly, R Weekly, and R Daily permits, must be purchased from the TAPS Sales Office.

Academic Information System (AIS) Standing
NOTE: TAPS staff only see your standing in the Academic Information System (AIS), and cannot see your actual units. If AIS does not show your actual credits, please contact the Registrar's Office so that they can email TAPS directly with confirmation.

C Parking Permits
C permits are lot-specific. On your application, you may specify up to three lots (in order of your preference) where you would be willing to park. Most C permit parking is in lots that are shared by A, B, and C permit holders, unless otherwise indicated. TAPS will monitor permit sales in order not to “oversell” the lots; however, when a parking lot is full on any given day, the C permit holder will have to park in a remote lot.

The following lots are C Permit lots (see map):

  • C111 Crown
  • C119 Merrill
  • C143/145 Kresge
  • C150B North Perimeter
  • C152-155 Crown/Merrill
  • C158-159 Redwood Grove (RGA residents only)
  • C162 Oakes/Carson

TAPS will create and maintain wait lists for each C lot. Campus residents will be given first priority for C permits; after September 1st, any remaining C permits will be allocated to commuting students. When your name reaches the top of the wait list, TAPS will check the availability of the lots you specified on your application. If all of those lots are sold out, you will automatically be issued and charged for a remote (R) permit.

Buying a Parking Permit Online
Eligible undergraduate students may order these types of parking permits online:

  • Annual, Academic Year, and Quarterly R Remote Permits
  • Academic Year and Quarterly R Carpool Permits
  • Academic Year C Permits   
  • Quarterly B Carpool Permit with grad student
  • Quarterly A Carpool Permit with employee
  • Academic Year and Quarterly NC Night Permits
  • Annual and Academic Year MC Motorcycle Permits
  • Free Remote Motorcycle Permit (no charge for permit; application is required)
  • Supplemental MC Motorcycle with Annual or Academic Year R or C Permit

Note: Annual permits are valid 7/1 through 6/30; Academic Year C, R, NC, and MC permits are valid 9/14/20 through 6/10/21.

When purchasing a permit students must submit a copy of their vehicle registration. The vehicle must be registered to the student or an immediate family member of the student who is not an affiliate of UCSC. Vehicle registrations (see sample image) can be emailed, faxed to (831) 459-1366, or delivered in-person to the TAPS Sales Office. Eligibility requirements apply to all online permit purchases.

Payment options include Visa, Mastercard or Discover. Payroll deduction for most types of permits is available to employees who qualify. Students may elect to pay through their UCSC Student Account (excludes all types of Temporary permits) by selecting the UCSC Student Account button in the Payment and Authorization section of the online application. Account charges will not be subject to late fees until after the scheduled Fall disbursement of financial aid.

Buying a Parking Permit at the TAPS Sales Office

The TAPS Sales Office is located in the H Barn on the lower campus (map of location). Sales Office hours are Monday through Friday, from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Please note that the Sales Office closes promptly at 5:00 p.m.; customers still in line at 5:00 p.m. will need to return the next business day to conduct their transaction.

TAPS strongly encourages everyone to renew their permits online and elect to receive them via US Mail at an off-campus address in order to maintain distancing and minimize in-person contact in the TAPS Sales Office. Appointments and questions should be conducted over the phone or via Zoom when possible.  

You may schedule an in-person or Zoom appointment by calling the TAPS Sales office at (831) 459-4543 or (831) 502-7942. If permits must be picked up in person, TAPS will offer a curbside/vehicle pick-up option. Please expect delays. 

If you are unwell or experiencing any symptoms, do not come to the TAPS Sales Office in person. 

Before coming to the TAPS Sales Office in person, please call (831) 459-4543 or (831) 502-7942 to determine whether you need to schedule an appointment. For transactions that MUST be conducted in person, the TAPS Sales Office will reopen for the public beginning July 1, 2020 with the following distancing protocols in place:

  • Only two customers will be allowed inside the TAPS Sales Office at one time.
  • The line outside the office will include markers for 6 ft. separation
  • Pre-scheduled appointments will occur in a TAPS Office located in the Central Garage Building. 
  • Masks or fabric face coverings will be required when inside buildings or when interacting with people at a distance closer than 6 feet (including in-vehicle permit pick-up and other transactions conducted outside the TAPS Sales Office).
  • Increased cleaning and sanitization of high-touch areas
  • Addition of plexiglass barriers at sales windows
  • No cash or check payments. Only credit card, payroll deduction and student account payments will be accepted.

Buying a Parking Permit at the Main Entrance Kiosk
Students enrolled during the academic year may not buy any type of parking permit at the Main Entrance Kiosk.

Family Student Housing Parking Permits
Family Student Housing residents should contact the Family Student Housing Office to obtain their FSH parking permit; parking is included in the monthly rental fee.

Undergraduate student residents that have more than one vehicle may purchase an R Remote permit to park in the nearby West Remote parking lot.

Each Family Student Housing unit is assigned one parking space to be used to park a car or motorcycle belonging to the resident or their visitor; visitors must display a valid FSH permit to park in the resident's space. All Family Student Housing parking spaces are enforced 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Please check the parking designation signs for all Family Student Housing spaces to avoid a parking citation.

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