UCSB Parking

Residence Halls

Students Living in the UCSB Residence Halls are not guaranteed a campus parking space. Parking is very limited and we recommend that you plan on not having a vehicle and use other means of transportation to travel to off-campus destinations. If you do not receive a parking space please do not bring a car with you to UCSB. Other parking is not available (i.e. street parking in Isla Vista). Please note, you cannot apply for parking until you have your residence hall assignment in early September.


Only one parking space is allocated per apartment in the Storke and West Campus Family Student Housing apartment complexes. Permits can be picked up from UCSB Transportation & Parking Services office (805-893-2346 or An account needs to be created ahead of time on UCSB TPS website. Residents can get on a waiting list for a second vehicle permit after moving in. Residents are not permitted to park a second car in Family Student Housing parking lots unless and until a second permit is issued. 

Each resident in San Clemente Villages is eligible to receive a parking permit at no extra charge. There are enough parking spaces for every resident. Permits can be picked up from the UCSB Transportation & Parking Services office (805-893-2346 or An account needs to be created ahead of time on UCSB TPS website

Parking is generally available for those who wish to bring cars; however, parking is not guaranteed on site and may be located up to one mile away from your apartment. Permits for all Undergraduate Apartments can be purchased online via UCSB Transportation & Parking Services. Please note, when a continuing student signs up for the parking wait list, their building will not come up. Please send an email to to remedy this.

Be Car Free in Santa Barbara

  • City Buses (MTD): UCSB students may ride the MTD bus for free by showing a valid student ACCESS card. Connections to UCSB, Isla Vista, Goleta, and Santa Barbara. See for info and schedules or call 805-683-3702.
  • Greyhound Bus: located in the Train Depot next to the Amtrak station downtown. (805-965-7551)
  • Amtrak: there are two local stations, one in Goleta and another downtown on lower State Street.
  • Airlines: the Santa Barbara Airport is adjacent to the UCSB campus.
  • Santa Barbara Airbus: local transportation to LAX and Burbank Airports. Charters, play & concert connections, and much more. See for info and pricing or call 805-964-7759.
  • Taxi Cab Service: check the yellow pages. See Tips for Taking a Taxicab in Santa Barbara.
  • UCSB's Transportation Alternatives Program
  • Zipcar: offers access to cars parked right on campus by the hour or by the day.