Transportation and Parking

Students living off-campus should plan future means of transportation to and from the University of San Diego (USD). For those students without a vehicle, finding housing within walking distance to and from campus or close to bus and trolley stops provides accessible means of transportation to the university.  

By Car/Parking

From the North: Use I-5 south, exit at Sea World Drive and Tecolote Road and proceed left at the stoplight onto Tecolote Road. Turn right on Morena, left on Napa and left on Linda Vista Road. Travel east on Linda Vista Road, up the hill, to USD’s Main Driveway, turn left into campus.

From the South (Or the Airport): Use I-5 north, exit Morena Blvd. (signs will say “Morena Blvd. use I-8 east”). Stay to the right and follow the signs for Morena. When the road splits, stay to the right onto Linda Vista Road. Travel east on Linda Vista Road, up the hill, to USD’s Main Driveway, turn left into campus.

From the East: Use I-8 west, exit at Morena Blvd. When the road splits, stay to the right onto Linda Vista Road. Travel east on Linda Vista Road, up the hill, to USD’s Main Driveway, turn left into campus.

Parking Permits

Students must display a valid USD parking permit at all times while parking on campus.

Long term parking permits can be purchased online through the Parking Services website. Students may park in either of our multi–level parking structures: Mission Parking Structure or West Parking Structure. Please review the parking rules and regulations before coming to campus.

Disability Parking

Students with temporary or permanent disability may be issued a special permit entitling them to park in designated zones marked by blue curb and signs. A valid parking placard issued by the State of California Department of Motor Vehicles and a USD permit are required to park in these spaces.

By Public Transportation

The San Diego region is served by two transit agencies, the Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) and the North County Transit District (NCTD).

San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) buses, trolleys and coasters provide convenient transportation throughout San Diego County. If you want to use the local bus service, use the MTS Google Transit Trip Planner to map routes directly from USD. We are located on the #44 bus route. Bus schedules differ, but service the stop by our entrance every 15 to 20 minutes. MTS Student Passes can be purchased right here on campus at the Hahn University Center Ticket Office for a discount.

The San Diego Trolley runs every 15 minutes throughout most of the day and every 30 minutes in the evening. The stop nearest our campus is the Old Town Transit Center on the Blue/Green Line. The USD Tram runs every half-hour from Main Campus to the Old Town Transit Center.

The North County Coaster runs 43 miles along the California coastline with station stops in downtown San Diego, Old Town, Solana Beach, Encinitas, Carlsbad and Oceanside. It is best to transfer from the Coaster to a bus at the Old Town Transit Center to reach our campus.

Visit www.511sd.com to find complete information on all of the public transportation options, traffic alerts, and green transportation alternatives in San Diego County.

By Alternative Transportation

The iCommuteSD web site has helpful information on alternative transportation including bicycling, carpools and vanpools. 

USD Tram Service

USD's Tram Service is free to all students, employees, and visitors to the university and makes regular stops throughout campus. The tram also provides transportation to the Old Town Transit Center, which provides convenient access to much of the greater San Diego area.

Check out the live tram locator at USDTram.com, as well as full-schedule and information at the Tram Services website.

International Students

If you are a visitor in California over 18 and have a valid driver license from your home country, you may drive in this state without getting a California driver license (as long as your home country license remains valid).

If stopped by police, make sure to emphasize that you are a student studying temporarily in the US and are not a resident. The main advantage of getting a California driver license is to qualify for more affordable car insurance rates.

For more information on obtaining a California driver's license, visit the DMV website.