- Bike to Campus
- Local transit system
What options do I have if I do not bring a car to campus?
Where and when can I purchase a transit pass?
Parking and Commuter Services offers eligible CSUSM students, faculty, and staff monthly transit passes. Monthly transit passes can be purchased from the 25th of the previous month through the 15th of the current month the pass is valid for. For example, if you wish to purchase the September monthly compass card transit pass, you can purchase it from the 25th of the August through the 15th of September. This pass will only be valid from September 1st to September 30th . Discounted passes can only be purchased at the Parking and Commuter Services office during normal business hours, Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM.
Who qualifies for a discounted monthly transit pass?
Parking and Commuter Services along with North County Transit District subsidize the
monthly SPRINTER/BREEZE NCTD transit pass ONLY for students enrolled in two or more
classes that have current validated CSUSM ID card.
Students, faculty and staff with a validated CSUSM ID card are eligible to purchase the MTS Regional Adult transit pass serving North County San Diego and Metropolitan San Diego region.
How do I validate my CSUSM ID card?
CSUSM ID cards are validated at CSUSM Media Library located on the 2nd floor of the Kellogg Library. Open 11:00 am Sunday through 5:00 pm Friday and Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
More information can be found at: Campus ID Card
What is the Compass Card?
What happens if my Compass Card is lost or stolen?
Report the lost or stolen card to San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS). If you did not register your Compass Card, you will be responsible for purchasing a new pass. The pass is not refundable or replaceable if not registered.
There are two (2) ways to register your Compass Card:
What forms of payment can I use to purchase my transit pass?
If I ride my bike to campus, where can I park it?
Is there a place to store my gear when I ride bike to campus?
What is Zipcar?
There are two (2) Zipcar vehicles parked in the 1st floor of PS1 (Parking Structure 1). Zipcar is a car-sharing company providing automobile reservations to its members, billable by the hour or day. Employees and Students are eligible to join using their campus emails.
Drivers must be at least 18 years old and have a valid driver's license in good standing. International driver licenses are accepted. There is a small annual fee and reservations can be made hourly, daily, and in advance.
Gas, insurance and maintenance are included in the reservation fee. Once you become a member you will receive a Zipcard which is your key to unlock and locked the vehicle. Vehicles are available 24/7.
What is WAZE Carpool?
WAZE Carpool is a mobile phone app that connects riders and driver with nearly identical work/school to home commute routes. Thanks to Waze advanced mapping capabilities, the platform connects carpool partners from the same local community, making it easy to carpool with neighbors and colleagues you know or haven't met yet.
For more information go to: https://www.waze.com/carpool
What are the advantages of carpooling to campus?
Registered carpool groups with a valid CSUSM Carpool groups with a valid CSUSM Carpool parking permit are eligible to park in the reserved, proximity parking spaces found in most general lots and parking structure. To register your carpool group, at least two (2) people in the carpool group will need to complete the Carpool Application Form at the Parking and Commuter Services Office.
The cost of the General Carpool permit $338. The carpool permit is also valid in any of the general spaces in the General Lots and structure.
How can I find a carpool partner?
Carpool partners can be found by:
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.
If I don't have a car, how can I get to campus from Riverside County?
What other transit services can help me get to CSUSM?
Does the campus have electric vehicle charging stations?
There are seven (7) electric vehicle charging stations located in the first floor of Parking Structure 1 (PS1). Six (6) of the stations are located along the eastside of PS1 on the first floor. The other electric vehicle charging station is ADA compliant and located on the northwest side of PS1 on the first floor next to the elevators.
Do I need a parking permit to charge my vehicle?
Which electric vehicle charging station network provider serves CSUSM?
Our stations are networked through ChargePoint. The seven (7) charging stations on campus are ChargePoint level two (2) stations. Level two (2) charging stations take an average of four (4) hours to completely charge a vehicle.
Does it cost to use the electric vehicle charging stations?
Yes, there is a minimal fee of $0.39 which can be paid for through your personal ChargePoint account. Your ChargePoint account can be created for free, for more information on account activation visit: https://www.chargepoint.com/resources/creating-chargepoint-account/ .
The campus uses a third party vendor to manage the charging stations. This fee covers the cost of maintenance, software system upgrades, and electricity usage.