Welcome Resident Students!
This fall, Transportation and Parking Services (TAPS) is opening resident parking permit waitlists Aug. 18 at 10 a.m. Students are limited to joining one waitlist for one parking location using your parking account. Please click below for more information.
- Purchase a permit
Use your parking account to add/edit waitlist, to update your vehicle information, purchase permits once awarded or appeal/pay citations.
Continuing and transfer residents can join one waitlist for a parking permit starting Aug. 18 at 10 a.m. using their parking account. On Aug. 25 permit awards will be randomized and awarded through the use of a lottery system. When a lottery number is selected, the student will automatically be awarded a permit and will have three (3) calendar days to complete the purchase online. No exceptions to this three-day timeframe will be granted.
- Waitlists Open Aug 18 at 10 a.m.
- Awards Start Aug. 25
Waitlists may reopen for subsequent lottery awards if permits remain available.
All resident permits are sold for the academic year and cost $677.
Resident parking locations that may be available on your parking account:
- Canyon Circle Parking Structure (R4) 950 spaces available
- Village Drive Parking Structure (R3) 800 spaces available
View parking locations here to confirm your waitlist selection.
Parking facilities are limited on campus and are not guaranteed. No exchanges will be granted. All dates are tentative and subject to change.
- Waitlist Instructions
The waitlists will be moved at a regular interval. Students will be notified by Cal Poly e-mail and offered the opportunity to purchase a permit within a specific timeframe.
View the steps or follow directions below to be added to the waitlist.
- Login to your Parking Account
- Scroll to bottom and select, “Add/Edit Waitlists”
- Use the “My.Calpoly.Edu Login” to sign into your account
- Select Next >> from the Add/Edit Waitlist screen and follow the prompts to make your selection.
- You can only be on one waitlist.
You will be notified by email when you can purchase your permit.
- 2021/2022 Parking Rates
Permit Type Annual Rate Resident - All Locations $677
- 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 2, 2021.
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.
2021/2022 Academic Year Application Process time line
Application Open August 2, 2021 Application Due August 15, 2021 at 11:59 pm Committee Review August 16-28, 2021 Decisions Emailed August 31, 2021 By end of day
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.
- Purchase a permit