Frequently Asked Questions About Residential Parking


On-campus parking availability is reducing in response to long-term campus planning, sustainability, and increased enrollment at California State University, Long Beach. First Time Freshman (FTF) are not eligible to purchase campus parking permits and may not bring a car to campus; they are instead are expected to utilize public transportation.

If not a first time freshman living in Hillside or Parkside, there are there are three parking lots adjacent to all the Residential Colleges (Lots R1, R2, & R3) designated for residential parking only. Students must purchase a parking permit from the Parking and Transportation Services Department. The campus does have a large student body and parking on campus can be difficult at times. Hillside and Parkside Colleges are within walking distance from the rest of campus.

Beachside College is located a mile and a half away from the main campus. Due to limited parking spots at Beachside College (Beachside Lot), residents at Beachside College are strongly encourage to use the free shuttle. On-campus shuttle vans are in service Monday through Friday. Check the complete Schedule of Shuttle Service.

The University owns the parking lots, which are managed by the Department of Parking & Transportation Services. In collaboration with the Housing & Residential Life office, Parking & Transportation Services allots a specific number of spaces for our residents.

No, parking is not guaranteed for anyone. There is a limited number of spaces available.

No, parking is not guaranteed for anyone. There is a limited number of spaces available.

Yes. The question about parking on the Housing Application, is for statistical analysis only. If you indicated that you need parking, and are a first time freshman, you will need to submit an appeal request. For more details see our HRL- Parking Policy

Yes, there are numerous alternatives, such a public transportation, shuttle services, getting a bike, walking, or alternative ridesharing such as Uber, Lyft, etc.

For more information check out Parking and Transportation Services Website

On-campus parking availability was reduced in response to long-term campus planning, sustainability, and increased enrollment at California State University, Long Beach.

A residence hall student with an extraordinary situation may appeal for an exception to the parking policy. Reasons that are considered invalid justifications include: the distance one lives from home, work obligations, and social activities.

The appeal form - PDF, a letter of explanation, and any supporting documentation should be e-mailed to HRL-ParkingAppeals@csulb.edu. Please include "PARKING APPEAL" in the subject field. No in person forms will be accepted.

HRL Parking Appeal Committee shall review all appeals and respond to students in writing. Exceptions will be granted based on legitimate need and availability. Appeals must be approved before a permit can be purchased. Students who are granted an exception shall be required to park in a specific parking lot and will not have full campus parking privileges. HRL reserves the right to grant permits based on legitimate need; limited spaces means that space availability cannot be guaranteed.

Once approved, students will have a limited window to purchase their pass. If they fail to purchase in the designated time frame, the spot will be offered to another student.

Appeals can be submitted to HRL-ParkingAppeals@csulb.eduJune 1, 2019 to July 5, 2019. All appeals must be submitted by email.

Completed appeals will not be reviewed until after the July deadline.

You will only be able to park on campus in Lots R1 (located at Hillside between Los Cerritos & Los Alamitos Halls), R2 (Near Parkside G building), R3 (just east of Parkside across from lot R2), or if living at Beachside College at the Beachside Lot.

$350. The residential permit covers fall, winter break, and spring semester.