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Student Parking Permits

A valid parking permit is required at all times when parking on campus. The campus will no longer be issuing physical permits for faculty, staff, and students - your license plate will serve as your virtual parking permit. When you purchase your permit, you'll be asked to register the vehicle you will be parking on campus. Your vehicle must be registered successfully prior to parking.

Student permits are available online at myCommute by logging in with your UCInetID. All available zones and permit options will appear and may be purchased on a first-come-first-serve basis. You may change your zone based on availability. In order to renew your current zone, simply purchase your new permit when your current permit is still valid. Student permits may be purchased using any major credit card Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover.

As part of UCI's goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions, students living within two miles of campus and freshmen residents of Mesa Court and Middle Earth may not purchase a parking permit. If you demonstrate a compelling need to have a vehicle for commuting or living on-campus, please complete the Parking Permit Application. The application process does not pertain to Arroyo Vista, American Campus Communities, and other UCI-affiliated housing.

To purchase a medical or motorcycle permit, email parking@uci.edu.

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Permit Types

For a limited time we are offering discounted rates for "C" General and "S" Zone Commuter permits only. All other permit rates will remain standard. See permit rates here.

"S" Zone Commuter  S 
Permit Eligibility
  • Undergraduate commuters
  • Graduate commuters
Rates
  • $7.00 per day
  • $40.00 per week
  • $56.00 per month
Where and When to Park

Zone 1-6 commuter permits are VALID:
  • 7:00am to 12:00am in general unassigned stalls in “S” parking areas within the selected zone:
    Zone 1: Mesa parking structure (MPS) and lots 14, 14A, ARC
    Zone 2: Lots 70, 82, 84, ARC
    Zone 3: Lots 16H, 70, ARC
    Zone 4: Anteater Parking Structure (APS) and ARC
    Zone 5: Social Science Parking Structure (SSPS) and lot ARC
    Zone 6: Student Center Parking Structure (SCPS) and lots 5, ARC
  • 7:00am to 12:00am in white stalls in the East Campus Parking Structure (ECPS)
  • After 3:00pm Monday-Friday in general unassigned stalls in "S" parking areas in zones 1-6
  • After 5:00 pm Monday-Friday and all day Saturday and Sunday in general unassigned and “AR” reserved stalls not marked
Zone 1-6 commuter permits are NOT VALID:
  • "P" preferred parking areas
  • "AR" reserved stalls
  • Resident stalls
  • Service stalls
  • Disabled stalls
  • Pay by space
  • Exclusively reserved stalls
  • Yellow stalls ECPS
  • For overnight parking
"P" Preferred Zone Commuter P
Permit Eligibility
  • Undergraduate commuters
  • Graduate commuters
Rates
  • $18.00 per day
  • $49.00 per week
  • $94.00 per month
Where and When to Park

Zone 1-6 preferred permits are VALID:
  • 7:00am to 12:00am in “P” preferred and general unassigned stalls in “S” parking areas within the selected zone
    Zone 1: Mesa parking structure (MPS) and lots 14, 14A, ARC
    Zone 3: Lots 16H, 70, ARC
    Zone 4: Anteater Parking Structure (APS) and lot ARC
    Zone 5: Social Science Parking Structure (SSPS) and lot ARC
    Zone 6: Student Center Parking Structure (SCPS) and lots 5, ARC
  • 7:00am to 12:00am in white stalls in the East Campus Parking Structure (ECPS)
  • After 3:00 pm Monday-Friday in general unassigned stalls in "S" parking areas in zones 1-6
  • After 5:00 pm Monday-Friday and all day Saturday and Sunday in general unassigned and “AR” reserved stalls not marked "Enforced 24 Hours"
Zone preferred permits 1-6 are NOT VALID:
  • "AR" reserved stalls
  • Resident stalls
  • Service stalls
  • Disabled stalls
  • Pay by space
  • Exclusively reserved stalls
  • Yellow stalls ECPS
  • For overnight parking
"R" Resident  R 
Permit Eligibility
  • On-campus residents, residents of American Campus Communities who have not purchased parking with the housing community, and off-campus residents who need 24 hour parking
Rates
  • $18.00 per day
  • $56.00 per week
  • $125.00 per month
Where and When to Park
  • 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in the parking area designated for your resident permit type:
    Permit Type Eligibility Parking Area
    "R-MC"
    Mesa Court
    Mesa Court residents Lots 5, 14, and 14A
    "R-ME"
    Middle Earth-Anteater Parking Structure
    Middle Earth residents (space limited)
    Resident Assistances (RAs) for Middle Earth
    Anteater Parking Structure (APS) 3rd floor and above only and lot 18R
    "R-AV"
    Arroyo Vista
    Arroyo Vista residents Lots AV2, AV3
    "R-OC"
    Off-campus
    Residents of off-campus apartments or residents of apartments owned by American Campus Communities-VDC, VDCN, CDS, and PDS White stalls on floors 1 & 2 in the East Campus Parking Structure (ECPS)
  • After 5:00 pm Monday-Friday and all day Saturday and Sunday in open campus lots (not parking structures) in general unassigned and “AR” reserved stalls not marked "Enforced 24 Hours"
  • During ARC operating hours, "R-MC" and "R-ME" are valid in the ARC lot, and the white stalls in ECPS.
"E" Evening
Permit Eligibility
  • Undergraduate commuters
  • Residents of VDC, VDCN, CDS, and PDS
  • Graduate commuters
Rate
  • $42.00 per month
Where and When to Park
  • After 5:00 pm until 12:00am Monday-Friday and all day Saturday and Sunday in general unassigned and “AR” reserved stalls not marked "Enforced 24 Hours"
"MX" Motorcycle
Permit Eligibility
  • Undergraduates
  • Graduate commuters
Rate
  • $42.00 per month
Where and When to Park
MBA Permit
Permit Eligibility
  • FEMBA, EMBA, and HCEMBA students only
Rate
  • (Contact Parking Office) per month
Where and When to Park
  • After 4:00pm Monday-Friday and all day Saturday and Sunday in general unassigned and "AR" reserved stalls not marked "Enforced 24 Hours”
  • All day Friday, in general unassigned stalls in all "S" parking areas

Additional Information:


Frequently Asked Questions about Student Parking Permits

How do I buy my student parking permit?
Student parking permits are available for purchase online only. Log into your myCommute account to purchase your permit.

I have a Commuter Zone permit. Can I park outside of my zone?
After 3:00 p.m. Monday - Friday and all day Saturday and Sunday, you may park in zones 1-6. Additionally, after 5:00 p.m. on weekdays or Saturdays or Sundays, you may park in non-24 hour enforced AR stalls and in faculty/staff parking lots.

Will there always be enough commuter parking on campus? What about in my zone?
During peak times (9:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.), parking may be full in core locations of your designated zone. If this occurs, please park in the ARC lot or the white stalls in the East Campus Parking Structure. The Anteater Express shuttle provides direct access to various campus destinations. Live route tracking is available at shuttle.uci.edu.

Can I trade my commuter zone permit in for another zone?
Yes. Zone permits may be switched out for another zone or permit type by emailing parking@uci.edu. If you are interested in switching your zone, please verify that your desired zone is available in myCommute.

I have a Student Resident permit. Can I park outside my designated resident area?
After 5:00 p.m. Monday - Friday and all day Saturday and Sunday, you may park in any open lot (not a parking structure) in unmarked stalls or non-24 hour enforced AR stalls.

When can I renew my zone permit?
To retain your current zone, renew before the expiration date referenced on your current permit.

When I log into myCommute, why is my preferred permit zone not available?
All available permit inventory is listed in myCommute. Your preferred zone may have reached its permit cap and is now sold out. Make sure to purchase or renew your permit early to retain the zone of your choice.

How are permit caps set for each zone?
During the first three weeks of every quarter, UCI Transportation conducts a comprehensive lot utilization study (student staff count parked cars in each lot at different scheduled times during the day). We use this data to establish permit caps for each zone.

I am an east campus resident (VDC, VDCN, CDS, PDS, PV), can I purchase a resident parking permit?
Residents must demonstrate a compelling need for a vehicle on campus in order to purchase an on-campus resident parking permit. As many of you know, campus parking lots are already in high demand. There are, however, extenuating circumstances in which a campus resident may have a valid reason for needing a vehicle on campus. If this is the case, the individual should submit a Parking Permit Application. Approved applicants may qualify to purchase a resident parking permit for up to 90 days at a time. A detailed guide for reaching local points of interest is available in our Surviving UCI without a Car Guide.

I am an east campus resident (VDC, VDCN, CDS, PDS, PV), can I buy a commuter parking permit?
East campus residents may not purchase a commuter parking permit. As many of you know, campus parking lots are already in high demand. There are, however, extenuating circumstances in which a campus resident may have a valid reason for needing a commuter parking permit. If this is the case, the individual should submit a Parking Permit Application. Applications need to be submitted quarterly for review. To reach popular campus destinations without a car, Anteater Express has many routing options.


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