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Residential Student Parking

For on‐campus residents only

Limited residential vehicle parking permits are available for campus resident students. Residential parking permits are sold via Waitlist (please see waitlist information below). Resident parking areas are the only parking areas on campus where overnight parking is permitted.

It is important and encouraged that prior to purchasing a permit and parking on campus, students review the parking rules and regulations.

On-campus residents are NOT allowed to purchase or use general parking permits. Residents displaying general parking permits are subject to citation.

Parking Rates

Pricing for resident parking permits is available on the Parking Permit Fees page.

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2016-17 Waitlist Information

Resident permits will be sold on an annual basis only for the R3 Village Drive Structure (900 spaces) and R4 Canyon Circle Structure (925 spaces). Both parking structures are located in the Poly Canyon housing area. Resident permits will be available on first come, first serve basis via waitlist.

R3 and R4 Parking Areas

The parking waitlist for the R3 and R4 parking areas are now available. Parking permit waitlist awards will be made beginning August 25, 2016. Students will have a specified timeframe to purchase or forfeit their parking permit award.

R1 Parking Lot

The waitlist for the R1 parking lot will open on Monday August 22, 2016 after 10am. There will be approximately 200 permits available for sale. Students may only be on one waitlist at a time. If a student removes themselves from an existing waitlist it will forfeit their place in line and is not recommended.

Do I need to bring a vehicle to campus?

No, you have commute options. Cal Poly is encouraging students to plan ahead and consider their commute options. From biking, walking, car sharing (Zipcar) and SLO City transit students can easily get around campus and San Luis Obispo without a vehicle. Everything a student needs can be found on campus and the SLO City transit system is FREE to students with a valid Cal Poly ID for commuting around the City of San Luis Obispo. Please visit Commuting to Campus to explore your commute options.

Why is there a waitlist?

Due to the growth of campus, residential student parking availability is extremely limited.

How does the waitlist work?

Residents that opt to bring a vehicle to campus will have to register on the waitlist via their Cal Poly portal for a residential parking permit as of August 17, 2016. This is a first-come, first-served process. Once an award is made you have a definitive purchase time frame to purchase your permit or your priority for the selected area will be lost. Waitlists will be moved at a regular interval and individuals whose names reach the top of the waitlist for a lot/parking structure with a vacancy will be contacted via parking e-mail and offered the opportunity to exchange or purchase the new permit available.

How do I add myself to the waitlist?

Waitlist registration for resident parking permits will open on Wednesday, August 17, 2016. In order to register please login to your Cal Poly Portal, chose the “Money Matters” tab and scroll down to Online Parking Services, chose Cal Poly Student /Staff/Faculty Login. You will then see the option to Add/Edit Waitlists. Please follow the prompts, and make your selections. You will be notified by email once you have been awarded the right to purchase your residential permit. The first awards will occur Thursday, August 25, 2016.

How many quarters does an annual permit cover?

An annual resident permit covers Cal Poly’s academic year, Fall 2016-Spring 2017.

What is the cost of an annual permit?


I usually buy quarter permits; I don’t see that as an option?

In order to accommodate all the residents that need a vehicle, quarter permits will not be sold. Students are encouraged to turn in their permit for a prorated refund if they no longer need a vehicle on campus. Prorated refunds are available through the 8th week of Spring Quarter 2017. Permit refunds can be requested at the University Cashier Office, Bldg 1. There is a refund processing fee of $15.

When will the resident parking assignments happen?

Residential parking permit assignments will be awarded beginning Thursday, August 25, 2016. Resident sales begin that day.

Will I be able to buy daily/weekly permits?

Short term and quarterly permits are not available for resident students.

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Residential Parking Information

Online permit sales

Prior to purchasing a residential parking permit, please review the following information:

  • Please review the campus parking rules and regulations prior to parking on campus: Cal Poly Parking Rules & Regulations
  • Residents are NOT allowed to purchase or use general parking permits.
  • Long term off-campus parking within the City of San Luis Obispo is not offered.
  • Due to the 1:1 ratio of resident parking, daily, weekly and quarterly permits are not offered.
  • There is no grace period, resident parking areas are enforced 24/7. Paid permits must be displayed in all vehicles parked on campus at Cal Poly.
  • Permits are not transferable and cannot be resold.

If you still have questions regarding on-campus parking, please call the University Police Reception Center during business hours at 805-756-6654. Questions may also be emailed to Please allow at least two (2) business days for a reply.

Additional Info & Options

Please visit the links below for further information regarding parking and alternative transportation at Cal Poly and in the City of San Luis Obispo:

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