Freshman On-Campus Resident Parking Policy

San Diego State University considers the on-campus living experience an integral and necessary part of a student's total education. As a community, we also believe in reducing our carbon footprint and supporting overall sustainability in alignment with the university's climate action goals.

In support of sustainability initiatives, incoming freshmen who live on campus will not be permitted to bring a car the first year of study at SDSU.

As with other campus policies, to assist students who may have unique needs, freshmen with documented hardships are able and encouraged to apply for a waiver. The waiver must be completed and submitted by May 30, 2021, prior to the student’s first semester of enrollment. Hardships may include a medical or disability related need, a military need, employment needs and other compelling circumstances. All waiver requests must be approved prior to bringing the vehicle to campus.

To submit a request for a waiver, complete the Freshman Parking Waiver Request Form, and submit all required documentation by May 30, 2021. Documentation of hardship, under each waiver situation, must be included with the waiver to support the request. Decisions will be sent to each applicant via email.

Other Transportation Options

SDSU encourages students -- as well as faculty and staff -- to both consider and utilize the many alternatives to having a vehicle on campus, including use of the bus and trolley systems and also ride sharing. SDSU has partnered with Zipcar, a car sharing service available to students 18 years and older and Waze which allows students to post rides or request rides through the Waze phone app. More information can be found SDSU's Commuting & Transportation web page.

Interpretation and Enforcement of this Policy

Freshmen students should comply with this policy and not bring vehicles to San Diego State University. SDSU works with the surrounding community to reduce traffic flow and students are expected to help SDSU be a good neighbor. Most surrounding streets and neighborhoods require a City of San Diego “Area B” parking permit that is limited to the property owner or authorized recipient currently residing within the residential district boundaries.

Students must provide only accurate information regarding their request for waiver and supporting documentation. Students’ signatures on the waiver request form indicates that all information presented to the Freshman Parking Waiver Committee is true and accurate to the best of their knowledge. Those who submit falsified information will be referred to the Center for Student Rights and Responsibilities for violation of the Student Code of Conduct. Upperclassmen who attempt to purchase a parking permit for freshmen will have future parking privileges revoked, and will be referred to the Center for Student Rights and Responsibilities for potential disciplinary action

Waiver Process -

We will not accept waivers for the 21/22 academic year after May 30, 2021, unless there are extenuating circumstances. Download the Freshman Parking Waiver Request Form

You must submit waiver application by mail to as Parking & Transportation Services not open.  Please do not send your waiver electronically as your paperwork is confidential and email is not secure.

Freshmen Parking Waiver Committee
Parking & Transportation Services
5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego, CA 92182-4390


If the waiver request is denied, students may request an appeal to the Dean of Students and the Director of Parking & Transportation Services.

Waivers will not be granted for:

  • Transportation to and from home due to family or students' conveniences
  • The need to look for employment
  • Those whose friends or family members are experiencing illnesses
  • Wellness checks on relatives/friends
  • Unpaid Internship
  • Volunteer work

Criteria To Request A Waiver

Students requesting release based on a medical or disability related need must register and meet with Student Ability Success Center (SASC).

The applicant must be able to demonstrate an ongoing extenuating circumstance.

The reviewing committee will request documentation that is pertinent to the extenuating circumstance. Waivers will not be granted for circumstances that are not ongoing

Applicant must provide original documentation of paid work study or internship required as part of a curriculum.

Must provide the following:
  • Proof of enrollment in work study/employment verification
  • Course Code Contract
  • Program/internship verification
  • Explanation why local transit options cannot be used

Applicant must have a local, verifiable, current, continuous, and off-campus paid job or paid internship.

Must provide the following:
  • Two pay stubs
  • Bank statement verifying paycheck deposits
  • Two company-canceled checks (front and back copy)
  • Letter from employer on company letterhead verifying employment status, date of hire, and pay duration
Employment Waivers will not be granted:
  • to look for employment, or to prepare for subsequent employment
  • for employment less than ten hours per week
  • for jobs of "on-call" status (low and inconsistent hours)
  • for cash payments or non-taxed income (under the table)
  • for self-employment, unless applicant can provide a copy of the most recent year's income tax return unless employment has been for less than one year
  • for intermittent work, for example a position where employee gets paid at the end of a job
  • if your waiver is incomplete

Applicant must supply documentation of active duty status and requirements.

Must provide the following:
  • A letter from the applicant’s commanding officer
    on unit stationary of applicant’s status
  • The full unit designation
  • Drill location
  • A drill schedule that reflects required attendance

Frequently Asked Questions

Beginning fall 2019, San Diego State University will implement a new policy restricting parking for freshman living on campus

No. The policy change is the result of more freshmen residency and, specifically, impacted parking at PK 12, and also is a reflection of the university’s investment to sustainability initiatives. SDSU encourages all students, faculty and staff to consider alternatives to driving to and from campus.

Yes. The SDSU policy change follows similar adaptations implemented at other California universities, including the University of California, San Diego, California State University, Long Beach and California Polytechnic State University.

The policy is being implemented to help create more parking resources for our commuting students and events, including those that require the use of P12.

San Diego State University has partnered with Zipcar and Zimride to assist students in commuting around San Diego.

Yes. The deadline for the Fall 2019 semester is July 31, 2019.

Yes, we understand circumstances can change. The deadline for applying for a spring semester waiver will be November 30, 2019.

Yes. The policy applies to all first year students who graduate from a high school during spring 2019 and who live in SDSU on-campus residences during the 2019-20 academic year.

Yes. If a student’s situation changes during the semester, that student will be able to submit a waiver request after the start of the academic year.

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