Student Parking

There are many ways to get to campus without a vehicle or by sharing the ride (bikebuswalkcarpool and vanpool). Those who use sustainable transportation modes enjoy reduced commute expenses and help fight climate change one ride at a time! The campus thanks these commuters through the Rideshare Rewards and Guaranteed Ride Home programs.

Students who drive to campus 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 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. Academic year virtual permits are valid one week prior to the start of Fall instruction to the last day of Summer Intercession. Up to 2 vehicles can be registered per virtual permit.

Questions regarding virtual permits can be directed to the Parking Office 562.985.4146.

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

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.

For the most current student parking fees, please visit Permits.

Sponsored 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:

Student Financial Services 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 Student Financial Services at 562.985.8280.

Motorcycle parking is sold by semester.

Motorcycle virtual permits can only be used in areas designated as motorcycle parking. View the campus map for the locations of motorcycle parking spaces.

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 in E Lots. Access to Employee spaces is only permitted after 5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, or all day on weekends. 

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 Bob Murphy Accessibility Center at 562.985.5401 or

Accessible parking spaces are listed on our campus map.