Residential Student Parking
2019/20 Parking Permit Lottery Open August 16, 2019
Annual resident parking permit waitlist sign up begins August 16 and will remain open through September 2, 2019. Names will be randomized and awarded by a lottery system starting September 3, 2019. When a lottery number is selected, the student will automatically be awarded a permit based on parking preferences available at the time of the award. Students who are awarded a permit will have six (6) days to complete the purchase online. No exceptions to this six-day timeframe will be granted.
Sign up for the lottery in the Parking Portal using the add/edit waitlists button.
If permits sell out, each waitlist will hold student preferences and will be used to release available permits after the start of the quarter.
Resident parking permits have specified parking locations and are not valid in any other location on campus during the daytime hours. All resident permit types are valid in any commuter location or staff space after 5 p.m.. View a map to see lot designations for each permit type.
Permit Type Status Village Drive Struture(R3) Available Canyon Circle Structure(R4) Available
- 2018/2019 Parking Rates
Permit Type Quarterly Rate Annual Rate Village Drive Structure(R3) $210 $630 Canyon Circle Structure(R4) $210 $630
- First-Year Resident Parking Policy
Cal Poly first-year resident students are prohibited from bringing vehicles to campus for the entire duration of their first year (fall through spring quarters). This includes students who have enough credits to be considered sophomores. First-year resident students are not eligible to purchase any campus parking permits including daily, weekly and quarterly permits.
We realize that first-year students will want to take advantage of the many activities available off-campus as part of their college experience. A number of sustainable transportation options are available for all Cal Poly students include: Zipcar, PolyRides, bike racks and bike lockers, taxi/Uber/Lyft, SLO transit (free with Cal Poly ID!), RTA bus and Amtrak bus.
Students who can demonstrate a compelling need or who would suffer undue hardship under the Freshman Parking Policy can apply for an exception.
Guidelines for restricting first-year students from bringing vehicles to campus have been established at a large majority of California Universities including UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UCLA, UC Merced, UC Santa Cruz, UC San Diego, Stanford and Santa Clara University.
Interpretation and Enforcement of this Policy
We ask that students comply with the spirit of this policy by not bringing vehicles to San Luis Obispo. Cal Poly works with its neighbors to reduce traffic flow and students are expected to help Cal Poly be a good neighbor. Most surrounding streets and neighborhoods require a City parking permit that are limited to the property owner or authorized recipient who currently reside within the residential district boundaries.
A limited number of spaces have been allocated to accommodate first-year residents who demonstrate a compelling need or who would suffer undue hardship under the First-Year Resident Parking Policy. Exception requests require appropriate justification for approval. The link to the exception application will be posted below beginning August 5, 2019.
Exceptions will be reviewed by a committee consisting of a diverse group of staff and student representatives. Granted exceptions will be kept to a minimum. Committee decisions are considered final. Exception requests must be approved prior to bringing a vehicle to campus.
To submit a request for an exception, complete the application and submit during the application window. Applications will only be accepted during the application window. Applications submitted with an email other than a Cal Poly email will not be reviewed.
2019/2020 Academic Year Application Process time line
Application Open Monday, August 5 Application Due Sunday August 18 at 11:59 pm Committee Review Monday, August 19 - Friday, August 30 Decisions Emailed By end of day Friday, August 30
There are few reasons that students would receive an exception automatically. Exceptions will be granted for active military status and an approved accommodation for personal medical needs.
All other reasons require justification, will be reviewed by committee and considered on a case by case basis:
- Care of a family member
- Employment or Internship
- Other special considerations
Personal Medical Needs
Students that require support for temporary disabilities (injuries) or continuing disabilities/challenges must register with the Cal Poly Disability Resource Center (DRC) to be considered for a parking exception. Students in this category do not need to submit an exception application with Transportation and Parking Services.
- 2018/2019 Parking Rates