Student permits are valid in Student lots only from 6:00a.m. to 1:00a.m. Student permits are valid in faculty/staff parking, except SP areas from 6:30 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. Student permits are sold online through the Aztec Parking Portal. You will be responsible to note the dates of validity for all permits purchased.

Students living on campus are required to purchase a day & overnight permit (N Permit). You may purchase an overnight permit from a pay permit machine in 3, 7, 12 and the CSL pay stations. Overnight parking is restricted to specified lots; read signs carefully.

There are different F/S permits available: 10-month faculty payroll deductible permits (Valid for only ten months out of the year: August 15 - June 15), 12-month payroll deductible permits, daily, weekly, monthly, and semester permits. Payroll deduction permits may be obtained by contacting [email protected]. Daily, weekly, monthly, and semester permits may be obtained online through the parking portal. F/S permits are valid only in F/S and Student lots.

Retired staff of 20 years may receive free annual permits, unless the individual is an annuitant. Faculty members who have officially retired with "Emeritus" status may also obtain free parking permits each year. Individuals participating in “FERP” must pay for parking during the semester(s) that they are on campus, but may request free permits for each semester that they are not teaching/employed. Please email [email protected] to initiate and/or renew free annual or semester permits.

Permits are required at all times. A visitor's vehicle displaying a disabled placard, disabled plate, or a temporary H/C placard issued by DMV is required to pay for parking. Students and F/S are required to display a current SDSU permit with their DMV placard or DP plate. If ADA parking is full in the core you may only park in Service/Vendor or SP 900 spaces. You may not park in any other SP space. If there is an event and we are collecting money payment is required.

Visitors must purchase a permit to park at SDSU. There are a few options for you to choose from. You may purchase a pay station permit from the Parking Information Booth, P3 Level 1, P7 Level 2 or P12 Level 8. You may use the PayByPhone app in all visitor and student lots. Finally you may purchase a guest permit for the day in advanced from the Aztec Parking Portal. See Where can I park?

These permits are valid in Service/Vendor (S/V) areas for one hour at a time and then in F/S, Student areas for the remainder of the day. Short-term and long-term business permits may be purchased online through our Aztec Parking Portal. Once you have established an account in our parking system you will be able to purchase permits online.

Parking spaces are painted yellow and are designated Service/Vendor (S/V). These permits are valid in S/V only. S/V permits are not valid in F/S or Student areas. S/V permits are only valid for the time and date listed. S/V permits valid over one hour, must be displayed with a current SDSU paid permit.

If you are a CSUSM employee with an active paid permit, you may be eligible for free reciprocal parking at SDSU. You must be employed by both univeristies, or be visiting the SDSU campus for work-related reasons if only employed by CSUSM. Please submit a concurrent employee permit application to [email protected] to request a permit.

When you purchase a permit online you will be required to register your vehicle. You may only register your personal vehicle, you may not enter the vehicle of another.

California is now issuing temporary plates for new cars. Please enter this as your temporary license plate in order to not recieve a citation. Once your physical plate is received please contact Parking Services so we can change your vehicle to the correct plates.

Please Note:  Depending what residence hall you live, there are differing permits.  Please email [email protected] if you are unsure what permit is needed.  If you are living in a property owned by Aztec Shops you will need to purhcase a permit from them.  Here is Aztec Shops Parking Information.  If you are living at [email protected] you may email [email protected] or call 619-399-3099.

Permit Costs

Semester Permit Rates - A new permit is needed for each semester Fall & Spring

  • Student - $174.00
  • Student / Overnight - $276.00
  • Motorcycle - $37.00

Summer Permit Rates

  • Student - $116.00
  • Student / Overnight - $181.00
  • Motorcycle - $26.00

Pay Stations & PayByPhone Costs

  • 30 minutes $1 - only available on pay stations
  • 1 - 4 hours $3 per hour
  • 5 to 10 hours $15
  • Overnight $20 - Expires at 10:00 p.m. next day
  • Weekend $30 - Can only purchase Friday and expires at 10:00 p.m. Sunday

When you purchase a pay station permit or a PayByPhone permit, please note they are not valid in faculty/staff (FS), in special permit (SP), or service/vendor (SV) areas.

Purchasing a permit does not guarantee parking.  Pay stations are located at: Parking Information Booth, 3 Level 1, 7 Level 2, and P12 Level 8. Pay stations only accept bills and credit cards and they do not provide change. 

When using PayByPhone there will be a $0.35 transaction fee per transaction. When using the pay station there will be a $0.25 transaction fee only if you extend the time.

Section 42201 of Title 5, California Code of Regulations, provides for the waiver of campus parking fees for students with disabilities who have been issued a DMV placard or license plate, and who meet low income requirements. For further information regarding eligibility, contact the Student Disability Services Office (Calpulli Center, Room 3101).

Other Permit Cost Information

Parking Permit Pro-Rated Purchase and Refund Policy

Parking permits are pro-rated depending on when you purchase parking and/or should you need to request a refund.  Refunds are not automatic and will require you contact [email protected] to request a refund.

The pro-rated schedule for purchases and refunds can be found here.  The amount of the refund is rounded down to the nearest dollar. No refund is made for amounts $5 or less. The schedule of refunds refers to calendar days, commencing on the date of the term when instruction begins.  Please note:  if you have any outstanding debt with the university your refund may be applied to the debt.