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Carpool Program

Save money on your commute to and from campus by joining a carpool team. Carpool parking permits are sold at the Parking and Commuter Services office. A minimum of two carpool team members must be present at the time of purchase to complete the Carpool Application Form.  The carpool permit is also valid in any of the general spaces in the General Lots and structures. 

Reserved Carpool Parking  

Carpool teams benefit from reserved proximity parking spaces located in:  

  • Parking Lot C 
  • Parking Lot E - Faculty/Staff ONLY  
  • Parking Lot F  
  • Parking Structure 1  

Carpool Guidelines:  

  •  Two carpool riders must be present to register permit.
  • Each carpool team will be assigned one (1) virtual carpool permit.
  • To park in a carpool space, two or more people must be in vehicle when parking.

General Carpool Virtual Permits are valid ONLY in General spaces and General lots. Faculty/Staff Carpool permits are valid in Faculty/Staff Carpool spaces, General Carpool spaces, Faculty/Staff lots, and General lots.

License Plate information will be collected and added to your CSUSM Parking Account. For updates and changes log in to parking account ( Incorrect vehicle information may be subject to a ticket. If your vehicle does not have a license plate enter the last four (4) digits of your vehicle’s VIN number.

The fine for parking in a carpool space without a valid carpool is $150.00. Carpool permits are valid only when two or more persons ride together and park in a carpool space. When driving alone, you must NOT park in carpool spaces. If both team members drive to campus separately the second vehicle must purchase a daily parking permit for the day.

Virtual carpool permit does not guarantee a place to park. Vehicle must be in compliance with California Vehicle Codes and CSUSM Parking and Commuter Services Rules and Regulation. The University does not accept any liability for loss or damage to vehicle or property there in parked on University property.


How to find a carpool partner 

  1. Posting a request on the carpool bulletin board in the commuter lounge. The lounge is located on the first floor of the University Student Union (USU).  
  2. Carpool Form -  A CSUSM private ride matching network.  Complete the form to be matched with other Cougars near you.
  3. Use the Waze Carpool App.  

The University provides the information above as a means to contact and meet others who may have similar transportation needs. You are ultimately responsible for your safety. The University cannot and does not ensure the lawful behavior of the people who use this service. The University does not screen any postings to this service. You take full responsibility for ensuring your personal safety.   However, by taking some common sense precautions, you can find a ride, make new friends, and reduce your transportation costs. 

General Carpool permits are the cost of General Semester permits.  Please contact Parking and Commuter Services for cost of Faculty/Staff Carpool permit.

For more information contact the Commuter Services Assistant at 760-750-7520