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Student Parking

Students may park in any General (G) parking lot including all three parking structures on campus unless the space is otherwise restricted with posted signage. Students may also park in Employee (E) parking lots after 5:30 p.m. on weekdays and all day on weekends. Please visit the campus map to view all university parking locations. Paid parking is required at all times when parking on campus.

Student Permits

Student virtual permits are available for purchase online via e-check (no fee) or credit card (2.75% convenience fee). Fall Virtual permits are valid one week prior to the start of instruction and Spring permits are valid one day prior to the start of instruction. Annual virtual permits are valid at the start of summer session and end on the last day of spring semester.

Questions regarding virtual permits can be directed to the Cashiers Office in Brotman Hall.

Student Parking Fees (effective July. 1, 2018):

Type Price Effective Dates
Fall $140 08/18/18– 01/20/19
Spring $140 01/20/19 – 06/09/19
Summer $100 05/20/19 – 08/16/19
Academic Year $280 08/18/18 – 06/09/19

Virtual Permitting

CSULB uses the License Plate Recognition (LPR) permitting system. Your vehicle’s license plate is used to verify parking purchases. No physical permits are issued.

Where to Park

Student parking is valid in all general parking lots. Please adhere to the specific rules listed on the signs at the entrance of each lot to avoid citation. Student parking is also valid in Employee (E) parking lots after 5:30 p.m. on weekdays and all day on weekends. A vehicle with a student virtual permit will be cited accordingly if parked in any Employee (E) lot prior to 5:30 p.m. For locations of general parking lots, please see the campus map.  Students who reside on campus and purchase a resident permit will be limited to Resident (R) parking lots Monday-Friday, 12 a.m.-5:30 pm. Residents may park in General (G) and Employee (E) parking lots after 5:30 pm on weekdays and all day on weekends.

Daily or Short-Term Parking

If you have not purchased annual or semester parking, you may choose to purchase a Daily or Short-Term parking from a parking pay station.  Also, Short-Term parking is also available using the ParkMobile App. Additional information and pricing provided in the Daily or Short-Term menu provided below.

Sponsered Students

Students who are sponsored by various internal and external departments will need to submit an application through the specific department prior to receiving their parking permit.

Examples of these departments include:

Cashiers Office will then process the request for a permit and send an email confirmation. Vehicles parked on campus prior to receiving a permit confirmation may be at risk of being cited.

For additional questions, please contact Cashiers Office 562.985.1752

Student Parking Refunds

Fall, spring or academic year virtual permits may be refunded based on the current value remaining on the permit at the time of return. Refund applications are accepted at the Cashiers Office. Summer virtual permits are nonrefundable.

Student Permit Refund Schedule (Spring Semester 2019)*

Return Date Student Academic Year Student Semester Student Academic Housing Semester Motorcycle
Up to and including 1/21/2019 $140 $140 $160 $30
1/22/2019 - 2/28/2019 $106 $106 $122 $15
3/1/2019 - 3/30/2019 $70 $70 $80 $15
After 4/1/2019 N/A N/A N/A N/A

*Refunds are subject to a one-time, $10 processing fee.                                                                                                                            


Student Residents On Campus

Students living on campus must park in designated resident spaces in R1, R2 and R3. On campus residential parking privileges are also valid in General Parking after 5:30 p.m., all day on weekends, or in Beachside spaces during Beachside dining hall hours. This parking designation provides parking 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, therefore no additional CSULB parking privileges will be issued.

Student Residents at Beachside

Students living at Beachside must park in designated resident spaces at Beachside. Beachside parking privileges are also valid in General Parking after 5:30 p.m., all day on weekends, and R1/R2/R3 spaces during Hillside and Parkside dining hall hours. This parking designation provides parking 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, therefore no additional CSULB parking privileges will be issued.

Resident Motorcycle Option

Residents who have purchased a Residential virtual permit may choose to exchange their permit for a valid Motorcycle permit at no additional charge by visiting the Cashiers Office in Brotman Hall.

Resident Permit Academic Year Fees
User Category Price
Student Resident $320
Motorcycle $60

Housing Guests

All guests of residents must purchase either Daily or Overnight parking in order to avoid a citation.

Hillside and Parkside guests may park in General Parking lots for daily parking. Overnight parking is valid only inG2.

Beachside guests may park in Short-Term parking spaces at the Beachside campus. Overnight parking is available for purchase starting at 5 p.m.

Employee Residents

Employees living in campus Residence Halls will park using their Employee virtual permit. Employees may park in Employee or General spaces including the Employee spaces at the Beachside Campus. Employees may not park any space designated as Resident.

Campus Shuttle

Free campus shuttles are available to help you get around campus and to Beachside, so you do not have to move your vehicle. For real-time shuttle information, please visit


Motorcycle Permits

Motorcycle parking is sold for each of the following semesters/sessions:

Motorcycle Permit Fees
Session/Semester Parking Fee
Annual $105
Fall $30
Spring $30
Summer $30
Winter $15

Motorcycle virtual permits can only be used in areas designated as motorcycle parking. View the campus map for the locations of motorcycle parking spaces. Motorcycle parking permits can be purchased at the Cashiers Office in Brotman Hall weekdays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or online. Motorcycle parking is verified by the License Plate Recognition (LPR) permitting system.

Accessible Parking

CSULB Students

Students using a DMV-issued Disabled Persons (DP) placard or similar distinguishing license plate must also purchase a valid form of paid parking when parking in a disabled or paid Short-Term parking space. Students requiring accessible parking are not allowed to park in Employee spaces within Restricted Parking lots. Access to Employee spaces within Restricted Parking lots is only permitted after 5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, or all day on weekends. Paid parking is required at all times.

Valid paid parking may be obtained at the Cashiers Office during regular business hours, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Daily parking can be purchased at the parking pay stations located within each lot. Students requesting individual parking accommodations may contact the office of Disabled Student Services at 562.985.5401 or

Accessible parking spaces are listed on our campus map. Please hover your cursor over a parking lot to see the number of accessible parking spaces available within that lot.