Residential Student Parking
Parking Permit Waitlist
Resident parking waitlists will be available for all resident students, including first-year residents to be entered into lottery for quarterly parking permits. Returning and transfer residents will receive priority to purchase. First-Year residents will be offered remaining permits via a secondary waitlist and lottery. Parking facilities are limited on campus and are not guaranteed.
Permits will be sold by quarter only. Students will be limited to joining one (1) waitlist for one (1) parking location. Waitlists will go live after housing assignments are announced to assist students to coordinate parking locations closest to their residence location. Waitlists will remain open and lottery awards will continue until all permits have been exhausted. No exchanges will be granted. All dates are tentative and subject to change.
Resident Advisors will receive direct communication on how and when to purchase parking permits
Students that require parking as an accommodation need to request services with Cal Poly Disability Resource Center(DRC) in addition to participating in the waitlist and lottery below.
Anticipated parking locations available for resident waitlists:
- Canyon Circle Structure (R4) - 975 spaces
- Village Drive Structure (R3) - 950 spaces
- R-1 - Reserved
- K-1 - 400 Spaces
- Structure 131 - yakʔitʸutʸu 425 spaces
Anticipated waitlist and award dates:
Due to the fluid nature of COVID-19, dates subject to change.
Resident group Estimated Waitlists Open 1st Estimated Lottery Awards 2nd Estimated Lottery Awards Continuing and Transfer Residents Aug. 28 at 10 a.m. with no closing date Aug. 31 at 10 a.m. Sept. 3 at 10 a.m. First-Year Residents Aug. 28 at 10 a.m. with no closing date Sept. 1 at 10 a.m. Sept. 4 at 10 a.m.
- Waitlist Instructions
The waitlists will be moved at a regular interval. Notification is made via parking e-mail and offered the opportunity to purchase a permit.
Steps to add to the waitlist
If you are eligible to add to a waitlist below are the steps to add:
- Login to your Cal Poly Portal
- Select the “Money Matters” tab
- Select “Online Parking Services”
- Select, “Cal Poly Student /Staff/Faculty Login”
- Select “Add/Edit Waitlists” follow the prompts, and make your selection.
You will be notified by email once you have been awarded the right to purchase your permit.
- Purchase a permit
- 2020/2021 Parking Rates
Permit Type Quarterly Rate Resident - All Locations $220
- First-Year Resident Parking Policy
For the 2020/2021 academic year, there will be a temporary hold on the below 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.