News & Announcments

Graduate Student Staff Parking Updates 2017-18


In response to the increased level of demand for parking on certain areas of the campus this past academic year, Transportation & Parking Services looked at various approaches to ease impacts. One of these approaches was to propose modifications to where graduate student staff could park. We received feedback from the campus community with a variety of comments and concerns related to this approach. After careful consideration of this feedback, we have decided not to implement this plan as we originally communicated.

Qualifying graduate student staff will be issued GS permits. These “GS” permits will have the same parking privileges as a “B” permit and will be able to continue to park in staff and faculty lots.

We anticipate that parking will continue to be impacted on the east side of campus this upcoming year. TPS will continue to look at strategies to improve the parking experience for permit holders. We recently completed the installation of a car counting system in Parking Structure 10. This system will alert permit holders to parking availability within the structure before they enter, allowing individuals to continue to another lot with available capacity. If this pilot is successful, we will evaluate other locations for the installation of a similar system.

Additionally, we will continue to promote and emphasize the benefits of our Transportation Alternatives Program in an effort to reduce the number of single occupancy vehicles coming on to the campus.

We appreciate the insights, suggestions, and feedback that our office has received. We will continue to work on initiatives to support the campus community.


Campus Construction Impacts

Campus Solar Projects

This year, the first two in a series of five planned solar power installations were completed on campus in order to reduce carbon emissions and bring cost-effective clean energy to UCSB.

Phase II of the project will soon be underway for solar array installations at Parking Structures 50 (San Clemente Villages), 18 (Mesa) and 10 (adjacent to Elings Hall). When the project is complete, these solar systems will generate approximately 12 percent of UCSB's total electrical needs.

The installation of the Phase II solar arrays will cause temporary disturbances at the following parking structures:

San Clemente (PS-50): Construction is expected to take place from December 27th, 2016 through April, 2017 with the steel being lifted onto the upper level between December 19th and 27th. All of the parking spaces on the upper level will be temporarily out of service. Parking for residents of San Clemente Villages will be available in adjacent Lot 38 during this time.

Elings (PS-10): Construction is expected to take place from December 27th, 2016 through April, 2017 with the steel being lifted onto the upper level between December 27th and January 8th. All of the spaces on the upper level will be temporarily out of service.

Mesa (PS-18): Construction is tentatively scheduled to begin in March or April of 2017. Once a firm date is received from the contractor, additional information will be distributed.

During the time that the steel is being lifted onto the parking structures there will be traffic disruptions around each location with lane closures and traffic re-routing. Once the lifting is complete there will be some added construction traffic, but no additional lane closures or detours are expected.

Alternative parking for the users of PS-10 and PS-18 can be found in Parking Lots 1, 11, 12, and 16. In order to minimize inconvenience, the work at PS-10 and PS-18 will be staggered to the extent possible such that parking capacity is not reduced at both structures simultaneously. Please help by considering alternative transportation until the work is complete. 

We appreciate your patience as we work to make our campus a more sustainable place to work and study.

If you have any questions or wish to discuss this further, please contactGeorge Levinthal, Design & Construction Services Project Manager at or Jordan Sager, Campus Energy Manager at  .

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Campus Weekend Overnight Visitor Parking Restrictions

Campus Weekend Overnight Visitor Parking Restrictions

The weekend overnight visitor parking restrictions has been implemented by UCSB Transportation & Parking Services (TPS) every Friday and Saturday night. These restrictions are intended to keep the UCSB campus safe and secure, and to limit use of campus parking by late-night and overnight visitors to Isla Vista.

All visitor permits issued from all campus permit dispensers will expire at 11:59 pm. No visitor permits will be sold from permit dispensers on Friday nights from 10:00 pm through Saturday mornings at 5:00 am, and on Saturday nights from 10:00 pm through Sunday mornings at 5:00 am.

The violation for weekend overnight visitor parking on Saturdays and Sundays between 12:00 am and 5:00 am (i.e., parking without a permit, or parking with an expired or invalid visitor permit) will carry a fine amount of $100

Overnight parking with any other valid campus parking permit is allowed, including:

“A” Faculty

“B” Staff

“C” Commuter Student

“H” Residential Housing Student

“N&W” Undergraduate or Graduate Night & Weekend

“R” Restricted

“E” Emeriti

“SR” Staff Retired

“IVA” Isla Vista Access and

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Special Weekend Overnight Visitor Parking Permits will be available for guests of UCSB Housing residents, or guests of UCSB Staff and Faculty, in advance from TPS (for the normal $4/night fee). Each visitor’s vehicle license plate must be provided to TPS.

In an effort to inform the community and to discourage the use of campus parking facilities for Isla Vista late- night or overnight visitors, this notice along with other notices will be broadly distributed, including digital signs at all campus vehicle entrances, regular AM 1610 parking information announcements, d-list, s-list, u-mail, public releases to the local media, including the Daily Nexus, The Current; and Digiknow/Facebook/Twitter notices to Housing & Residential Services residents.

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