Commuting & Transportation
SDSU Transportation Partners
Bicycles are permitted on curbed roadways of campus and on the designated bike path on Aztec Walk and Campanile Mall. For more information and safety guidelines please see the Active Transportation Policy & Green Love Bike-Lane Safety Guidelines.
Permits are required at all times when you park on campus. When commuting to campus, follow these helpful tips:
- To avoid traffic congestion and grid-‐lock on College Avenue, take Montezuma Road to Parking 3 & 4.
- Arrive early and consider alternative transportation such as public transit, carpooling or biking. Join a carpool at Zimride or iCommute. Take a bus or the trolley, see Metropolitan Transit System.
Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging
SDSU provides EV Charging Stalls throughout campus (see Campus Map). Blink membership is required and can be obtained by visiting: Blink Network. A SDSU permit is still required when utilizing EV spaces. Those spaces located in F/S areas require a F/S permit.
Ride Sharing with Lyft & Uber
SDSU has partnered with Lyft and Uber and have established set pick up points at key locations on campus for your safety. When you use Lyft & Uber please use the pick up points on your phone app as your drop off locations. Lyft & Uber are not permitted on the core of campus or the inner campus roads.
Zipcar is an 18+ service that gives students access to shared cars with gas, insurance, maintenance, and 180 miles/day included in every reservation. Book cars by the hour or day. Zipcars are self-service and available 24/7 (the keys are right inside the cars!) Zipcars live right on campus, they can be found in Parking Lots 2A and 5 (see Campus Map). There are also Zipcars located at BLVD 63 and Sterling Alvarado Apartments. If you are interested in becoming a Zipster you can join at Zipcar.com/SDSU.
The San Diego State University Vanpool Operation is one component of the University's broader “Rideshare” Program. This voluntary program provides SDSU faculty and staff, the opportunity to rideshare with other SDSU employees living in communities in close proximity to one another. In providing this opportunity, SDSU is committed to the highest standards of service within the University’s fiscal ability.
The Vanpool Program is administered through a contract with Enterprise Rent-A-Car Corporation. To request information you may email or telephone at (619) 594-‐6672.
Zimride is SDSU's social network for ride sharing. Split the costs by driving fellow SDSU community members and protect the environment. Membership is free. All SDSU staff, faculty and students with a campus email address are eligible to sign-‐up for our private Zimride Rideshare Community.
SANDAG (San Diego Association of Governments) also offers the iCommute program, which is free to all students, faculty and staff. You do not need to own a car to participate. You will be matched with other who live near you
iCommute web page and you will be directed to "RideMatcher". Just sign up and start saving.
If you are officially registered with Zimride or iCommute there is only a need for one parking permit for all those in the carpool. So you not only save time and gas, but you save more money and can share the rights to the parking permit (You must beofficially registered and be able to provide the names of those matched through these programs).
Buses & Trolleys
Commuting to campus by bus or Trolley is a safe and convenient alternative to driving. The Metropolitan Transit System’s Green Line Trolley has a station right in the heart of campus at the SDSU Transit Center. The Green Line Trolley runs every 15 minutes most of the day and provides access between the SDSU campus and Mission Valley, Fashion Valley, Old Town and downtown San Diego. MTS also has many bus routes that connects students throughout the region. One of the most popular bus routes is Rapid 215 – a high frequency, limited stop service between SDSU and downtown San Diego, serving communities such as North Park, Normal Heights, City Heights University Heights and Balboa Park.
All bus routes serving the university and the Green Line Trolley stop at the SDSU Transit Center, which is conveniently located next to the Aztec Student Union. Discounted semester and monthly transit passes are available to all SDSU students. Don’t need a semester or monthly pass? Try the MTS Compass Cloud mobile ticketing app, purchase a Day Pass for only $5, and get unlimited rides on buses and Trolleys all day long.