Transportation

SIO graduate students are provided with free parking after 8:00 p.m. on weekdays and all day on weekends at SIO only.

To obtain the Scripps Parking Permit go to room 104 of the Scripps Administration Building or contact 858.534.2831, parking@sio.ucsd.edu.

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UCSD Parking Permits

Students who wish to park on the SIO campus during the day Monday through Friday or on the main UCSD campus at any time, must purchase a UCSD parking permit from the UCSD Parking Office. Graduate students are entitled to a "B" (staff) permit.

Parking in most lots on main campus is free, but make sure you look at signage as some lots are enforced even on the weekends.

You must obtain an SIO stamp on your permit by going to room 104 of the Scripps Administration Building or contacting 858.534.2831, parking@sio.ucsd.edu.

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Bus Pass

At the beginning of the school year, bus stickers (U-Pass) for the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) are available to graduate students at no cost from tents on Library Walk on Main Campus. For the rest of the year, the U-Pass is available at the campus parking office during their regular hours.

With U-Pass, students have access to all regional mass transit bus and trolley/light rail routes provided by the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) and the North County Transit District (NCTD), with some exclusions.

More information on the U-Pass and a list of routes and buses.

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Shuttle Services

UCSD Transportation offers a shuttle service between the Scripps campus and the main UCSD campus as well as shuttles around the La Jolla area.

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Pedal Club

Any faculty, staff, or student who lives off-campus and does not hold a limited or annual parking permit may join the Pedal Club.

Pedal Club members must:

  1. Commit to cycling for most of your commutes to UC San Diego.
  2. Register your bicycle with the state of California and maintain a valid registration sticker ($6).

There are great benefits:

  • Maintenance discount: Get a 10% discount on accessories, parts, and labor at UCSD Bike & Skate.
  • Free shower access (without a recreation card): Bring your valid UCSD ID to the main gym or Canyonview pool and identify yourself as a Pedal Club member. Lockers are available for daily rental.
  • Park free when necessary: Receive a complimentary 10 Day permit each quarter.
  • Emergency rides home: Register in advance for Guaranteed Ride Home, a SANDAG program that provides rides in case of illness, unscheduled overtime, or family emergencies. Registered users, dial 511 when you need a ride.
  • Drive shared vehicles: Pay no Zipcar application fee and receive rental credits (when you meet UCSD eligibility requirements).

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Carpool

Faculty, staff, and students who live off campus can participate in the carpool program. Undergraduates and Extension students must join during the first 6 weeks of the quarter.

There are great benefits:

  • Save time: Carpools use high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes.
  • Save money: Share the cost of an annual permit, gas, and vehicle maintenance.
  • Park in reserved carpool spaces: Receive a reserved carpool space access sticker when you have 3 or more carpool members.
  • Park free when necessary: Receive a complimentary 10 Day permit each quarter.
  • Emergency rides home: Register in advance for Guaranteed Ride Home, a SANDAG program that provides rides in case of illness, unscheduled overtime, or family emergencies. Registered users, dial 511 when you need a ride.
  • Drive shared vehicles: Pay no Zipcar application fee and receive rental credits (when you meet UCSD eligibility requirements).

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