Parking Information

Carpool Parking Spaces

Carpool spaces are for commuter students or employees who travel to school with two or more people of legal driving age in the vehicle.

  • A carpool permit may be obtained daily from the Main or West Kiosk.
  • A carpool permit is required to park in these spaces between 7:00am-10:00am, Monday through Friday.
  • Carpool permits must be stamped with the current date.
  • Carpool permits must be used in conjunction with valid USD Commuter or Faculty/Staff permits. Fringe, Reserved or Resident permits are not valid for use in carpool spaces.

Carpool spaces are located in the Mission Structure, Law School Lot, Hughes East Lot, Olin Lot, and the Institute for Peace and Justice Garage. Click here for a map of carpool parking spaces. Use the Main Entrance to obtain Mission Structure, Law School, or Hughes East carpool permits or the West Entrance to obtain Olin or IPJ carpool permits.

ADA Accessible Parking Spaces

Disabled spaces and access corridors are reserved for vehicles displaying a valid disabled placard/license plate issued by any official agency.

  • Any vehicle displaying a disabled placard must also display a valid USD parking permit Monday through Friday, between 7:00am - 7:00pm.
  • Any vehicle displaying a valid placard and any valid USD permit may park in white-lined, yellow-lined, USD tow away, or loading zone (time-restricted space) without being cited.
  • Any vehicle displaying a valid disabled placard/license plate must pay at a pay station when parking in any of the metered parking areas on campus.
  • A vehicle displaying a disabled placard/license plate is not permitted to park in any reserved space from 7:00am-4:00pm, Monday-Friday, or during the time indicated.
  • A vehicle displaying a valid USD permit and current disabled placard/license plate is not permitted to create their own parking space or park along a red curb or fire lane.
  • Temporary disabled placards (up to thirty days) are also issued through USD Parking Services and are available to individuals who present a verifiable note from a medical doctor specifically requesting special parking needs. A specific date range must be included in order for issuance. If a disabled permit is needed for a longer period of time, please use this thirty day period of time to obtain a placard from the DMV.
  • In compliance with the California Vehicle Code Section 22511.56, any Parking Services or Public Safety personnel may confiscate disabled placards/license plates that are being misused. For more information, please visit Contact Parking Services if you believe your placard has been confiscated.

The USD Campus Map shows the locations of all disabled parking spaces on campus. Please visit the USD Campus Map page, select "Parking and Transportation" from the left navigation menu, and then check the box next to "ADA Accessible Parking." The map will then show all of the disabled spaces across campus. 

Electric Vehicle Spaces

EV charging spaces are available for faculty, staff, students and guests to charge their vehicles. There are blue signs to mark each charging space. Electric vehicle charging spaces are operated by The Blink Network. Click here for FAQs and instructions on how to use the Blink charging stations or visit

  • Non-electric vehicles or electric vehicles not actively charging will be cited.
  • Valid USD permits are required at all times in the EV spaces.

EV stations are located in the Mission Structure, Manchester Garage, Alcala Vistas North and the Institute for Peace and Justice Garage. Please click here for a map of all available charging locations.

Motorcycle Parking Spaces

Specific parking spaces are designated for motorcycles, mopeds and scooters only. You must display a valid USD parking permit. Bicycles must park in bicycle racks only. All other vehicles parked in these spaces will be cited and/or towed. Please see this map for locations of motorcycle parking areas.

Reserved Parking Spaces

Each reserved space is assigned to a full-time faculty/staff or designated department. All other permits in these spaces will be cited and/or towed.

Reserved permits are assigned to a specific space.

If an unauthorized vehicle is occupying your reserved space between 7:00am and 4:00pm, you may park in USD tow-away, loading spaces, white or yellow lined spaces. Do not park in another reserved space or a disabled space. Please be sure to have your reserved permit displayed at all times.

Loading Zones

Loading zone spaces are available around campus. These spaces are for loading/unloading only. All loading zones are designated for 15 minutes or less, unless otherwise marked. Vehicles may not re-park in the same loading zone to reset the vehicle’s time allotment.

Metered Parking Spaces

Metered spaces require payment between 7:00am and 7:00pm Monday through Friday.

The following areas require either a valid USD parking permit OR payment at a pay station:

  • Mission Parking Structure
  • West Parking Areas - including West Parking Structure, West Parking Lot, Alcala West North Lot and the Gravel Lot
  • Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice South Parking Lot
  • Jenny Craig Pavilion West Parking Lot
  • Manchester Village Field / Softball Field Lot

All employees, students, and visitors (including those with a valid USD parking permit displayed) must pay at a pay station in the following locations: 

  • Torero Way
  • Loma Hall South Lot
  • Vista West Lot, adjacent to the pool and sports Center

Please visit the metered parking information page for more details.