Residential Student Parking

For on‐campus residents only

All students choosing to park on campus are encouraged to read the Parking Rules and Regulations prior to purchasing a permit and parking on campus.

On-campus residents are NOT allowed to purchase or use daily, weekly or quarterly commuter parking permits. Residents displaying commuter parking permits are subject to citation. Permits are non-transferrable.

Resident Parking Rates

Resident Permits

  • Online sales begin 8/27/2018
  • Valid ONLY in Canyon Circle Structure (R4)
Permit Type Permit Annual Rate Quarterly Rate Sale Date
Continuing/Transfer Resident Canyon Circle Structure (R4) $630 $210 (Fall Only) 8/27/2018

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.

First-year resident students with an extraordinary situation may apply for an exception to the above policy.

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.

Exception Process

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 6, 2018.

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 after the application window or incomplete will not be reviewed.

Submit your application here.

2018/2019 Academic Year Application Process time line
Application Open Monday, August 6
Application Due Sunday August 19 at 11:59 pm
Committee Review Monday, August 20 - Friday, August 31
Decisions Emailed By end of day Friday, August 31

Application Tips

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
  • Participation in extracurricular activities
  • Religious practices
  • Vehicle ownership
  • 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.

    Parking Waitlist

    The parking waitlist is a first-come, first-served process. Parking permit awards via the waitlist are made based on availability within the parking area with a definitive purchase time frame to purchase. All parking permits awarded via waitlist are sold online only.

    First time freshman student residents are not eligible to join the waitlist.

    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 a resident waitlist

    If you are eligible to add to a waitlist below are the steps to add:

    1. Login to your Cal Poly Portal
    2. Select the “Money Matters” tab
    3. Select “Online Parking Services”
    4. Select, “Cal Poly Student /Staff/Faculty Login”
    5. 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 residential permit.