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 suppporting overall sustainablity in alignment with the university's climate action goals.
In support of sustainability initiatives, beginning in fall 2019, 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 July 31, 2019, 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 July 31, 2019. 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.
The 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.
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 and older and Zimride, which allows students to post rides or request rides through the Zimride webage. More information can be found SDSU's Community & 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 -
Accepting Applications Now for Fall 2019. Download the Freshman Parking Waiver Request Form
Submit waiver application by mail to:
Freshmen Parking Waiver Committee
Parking & Transportation Services
5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego, CA 92182-4390
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). Information to register with SASC and be found here.
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
- 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
for cash payment or non-taxed income (under the table)
- 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