Student "C" Permit

Who is eligible

Currently enrolled undergraduate and graduate students who reside more than two miles from campus are eligible for a "C" parking permit. A current lease agreement is required as proof of residence. (Click here to determine whether you are ineligible by reason of residing within two miles of campus.)

If you are ineligible for a student “C” permit, consider purchasing an undergraduate Night & Weekend or a graduate Night & Weekend permit. Students and community members are eligible to purchase a Night & Weekend permit whether they reside inside or outside the two-mile exclusion zone.

Where to park

Student “C” Permit

A "C" permit allows you to park at all times in student lots. Monday to Friday between 5:00PM and 7:30AM, and all day Saturday and Sunday, parking is allowed in faculty/staff lots. The permit is NEVER valid lots 1, 2, 11, 19, or 24.

The permit is valid for parking in time-restricted parking spaces for the time designated.

The permit is not valid in lots, areas, and spaces marked “At All Times” or where other restrictions apply — for example: "R" Reserved spaces, Restricted spaces, Service spaces, VENDOR spaces, Metered spaces (without paying the meter), or "H23" permit holder spaces. The permit is NOT valid in Coastal Access spaces or "GOLD" spaces on weekdays, Monday–Friday 7:30AM–5:00PM. The permit is NOT valid in Lot 2 or in the off-campus parking facilities operated by Housing & Residential Services.

How to apply

Apply for your permit online by clicking Buy your parking permit HERE. Upon submitting your application, you will then:

  1. Receive an email confirmation of your order. Contact Parking Services if you do not receive a confirmation. Failure to receive a confirmation most likely indicates that we do not have your correct email address.
  2. Receive an email (typically within two business days) advising you whether or not your order was approved, and how to go back online to complete the order.
  3. Receive instructions for printing a temporary permit. A long-term permit will be mailed to the address listed on your application.

When to renew

Renewal is not automatic. To maintain parking privileges, log into your online account and apply for a new permit before the expiration date.

Price and payment options

  • $450 for an annual permit, July through June.
  • $120 for a quarterly permit. The beginning and end dates of quarters correspond to the UCSB Registrar’s Academic Calendar.

Your effective cost for an annual permit is $37.50 per month. A permit purchased after the start of a permit period (year or quarter) is prorated and the appropriate fee charged for the remainder of the period. If you purchase an annual permit in November, for example, the cost to you is $300. In January, you pay $225, and in March $150.

TPS accepts payment by cash, debit/credit card, or a check made payable to UC Regents.

Permit returns and refunds

Annual permits that are not being used must be returned to Parking Services to qualify for a refund. See here for more information about our permit return policy.

  • The University reserves the right to limit the use of parking areas to specific vehicle types as required by facility design or other considerations. 
  • The University may change any parking zone designation.
  • The University may close, either temporarily or permanently, any parking area. Advance notice of parking area changes or closings is provided whenever practical.
  • Parking permits are granted for the purpose of transportation to and from campus. Garaging (storing) your vehicle on campus is prohibited unless you are a Residence Hall Tenant with the appropriate permit.
  • Parking permits are issued solely by Parking Services based on eligibility criteria, such as (but not limited to) faculty, staff, commuter, or residential student.
  • Permits remain the property of UCSB and are not transferable.
  • Permits are issued when the applicant has paid the required fee and provided proof of eligibility.
  • Failure to provide and maintain accurate information on the parking permit application may result in citation, fine, the loss of parking privileges and referral to the Campus Police or the Dean of Students for disciplinary action.