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San Diego State University

SDSU Police


Student permits are valid in Student lots only from 6:00a.m. to 1:00a.m. Student permits are valid in 1 (all levels) except SP areas and 2A after 3:30 p.m. and on weekends. Student permits are sold online or at Parking Services for those who cannot purchase online. Weekly and monthly permits are also available online. Fall, spring and summer permits have the dates of validity printed on them.


Students living on campus are required to purchase a day & overnight permit (N Permit).  You may purchase an overnight permit online or from a pay permit machine in 3, 7, 12 and the CSL pay stations. Overnight parking is restricted to specified lots; read signs carefully.  A separate overnight only permit is available should students need a temporary overnight only permit.  These permits can be purchased online.


There are three different F/S permits available: 10-month payroll deductible permits (Valid for only ten months out of the year: August 15 - June 15), Twelve-month payroll deductible permits, and Semester permits. Payroll deduction permits must be obtained in person at Parking Services.  Daily, Weekly, Monthly & Semester permits may be obtain online.  F/S permits are valid only in F/S and Student lots.


Faculty members who have Adjunct status may purchase a semester permit online.


Faculty members who have officially retired with "Emeritus" status may obtain a free yearly permit at Parking Services with a valid emeritus identification card. The emeritus permit is free unless the individual is participating in “FERP” or is continuing employment. Retired staff of 20 years may receive a free parking permit for up to 12 months unless the individual is an annuitant. The employee must obtain an SDSU ID card from the Aztec Card Office with the appropriate status to obtain the permit through Parking Services.


A DMV placard or plate is require to park in all ADA spaces on campus. In addition, a SDSU paid permit is required at all times to park on campus.



SDSU departments and auxiliary organizations may purchase a supply of guest “Faculty/Staff” parking permits. Permits purchased through this process are for guest use only, allowing visitors to park in “Faculty Staff” lots. These permits cannot be distributed to faculty, staff or students. Violations may result in the suspension of authorization to purchase these permits. Permits may be purchased for the following: daily, weekly, monthly, semester, or for a  “no cite.” Department Permit Request Form [PDF]. Guest permits may not be written in pencil and may not be altered or changed in any way.


Visitors must purchase a pay machine permit or they may purschase a permit in advance online through the Aztec Parking Portal.  These permits are only valid in in student parking.  The pay machines are located in 3 (levels 1-3), 6B, 7, 8, 10, 12 (level 8 & outside the north/east corner) and the by the Parking Information Booth at the CSL drive through. Permits purchased in 6B, 8 & 10 are only valid in the lot purchased.


Parking spaces are painted white and designated SP. SP Area permits have a number after the SP (for example, SP 100). These permits are valid only in the special permit area listed on the permit. These permits may only be obtained from the Parking Office for the department assigned to that area. All SP permits require an additional charge and must be displayed with a current SDSU permit when being used by a university employee. Students do not qualify for SP permits.


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 at the Parking Services with a valid business identification.  Once you have establish 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.

CSU SAN MARCOS (Faculty/Staff Permits Only)

These permits, purchased at CSU San Marcos, are valid at SDSU if they are current and the vehicle is parked in the correct lot as designated on the permit.

Student Permit Costs


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

Student & Overnight - $261.00

Student - $165.00

Overnight Only - $96.00

Motorcycle - $35.00

Summer Permit Rates

Student - $108.00

Overnight - $63.00

Motorcycle - $23.00

Pay Stations Costs

1 - 4 hours $2 per hour         

5 or more hours $10

Overnight $15

Weekend $25

Located at:  Parking Information Booth, 3, 6B, 7, 8, 10 and 12.


Fall Permit Fee Schedule [PDF]

Dept. Permit Request Form [PDF]

Visiting Group Permit Request Form [PDF]

Faculty & Staff Permit Rates [PDF]


How do I replace a lost or stolen parking permit?


To guard against theft, carefully follow the instructions on the tab of the permit when affixing the decal to your vehicle. Remember to lock your car doors and windows, as permits are a source of theft. If someone steals your permit, contact Parking Services immediately at 619-594-6671 to report the crime. Stolen parking permits will be replaced free-of-charge, provided you have filed a police report with University Police, have demonstrated that your permit was properly displayed, and can show physical evidence that it was in fact stolen.

If you lose your permit, you will be required to purchase a new permit.

Parking Services
SDSU Police Department
5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego, CA 92182-4390
Mail Code: 4390

Open: Monday - Friday
Hours: 9 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Telephone: 619-594-6671
FAX: 619-594-1015
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