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Commuter Programs

Parking and Commuter Services is aware of the concern over congested freeways, air pollution and the rising cost of fuel, that is why we encourage the use of alternate modes of transportation. Alternate modes of transportation (bicycling, walking, carpooling, van pooling, and public transportation) are environmentally friendly and effective ways of reaching campus from your home. 

Commuter Programs sponsored by Parking and Commuter Services:

Links to other commuter pages:

Zipcar is here at CSUSM!

Zipcar is the world's leading car sharing network with operations in urban areas and college campuses in eight countries, including over 500 cities and towns in 31 major metropolitan markets. Zipcar offers more than 50 makes and models of self-service vehicles by the hour or day to residents and businesses looking for smart, simple and convenient solutions to their urban and campus transportation needs.

Zipcar looks forward to working with CSUSM to build a successful car-sharing program and offer convenient, low carbon footprint transportation options for students, faculty, and staff as well as community members. Let’s get zipping! 

Electric vehicle charging stations are now installed!

Electric vehicle charging stations are located on the 1st floor of the parking structure next to the main entrance. There is also a disabled access charging station located next to north side elevator. All stations can be utilized with a Blink Network access card. Go to the Blink website for information on their two levels of plans

For guests there is a payment option for using your mobile phone.

You must have a valid campus parking permit and pay the appropriate charging fee to park in these spaces.  A pay station is located in Lot N or by the north elevator in the parking structure.

For more information please contact Parking and Commuter Services at 760-750-7500

Compass Card information for Transit Riders

Discounted Monthly College compass card for transit riders is available to purchase through the Parking and Commuter Services office from the 25th of the previous month through the 15th of the current month.  For example:   for a September monthly transit pass, the fare would be purchased August 25th through September 15th.  The cards can be purchased during normal business hours.

This pass is good for the SPRINTER and BREEZE system in North County.  A valid CSUSM ID and student enrollment eligibility is required.  EFFECTIVE JULY 2018 - The Monthly College Transit Pass will be $40, providing a $19 savings off the regular monthly price.

For information on how to register your compass card to protect it if lost, stolen, or damaged go to or by phone at 511.

Carpool to CSUSM with Waze Carpool

Waze Carpool is a new app from Waze that matches riders with drivers who are traveling along the same route. Because riders only help cover the cost of the drive, rides will never exceed $0.54 a mile.

With Waze Carpool you ride with neighbors or classmates who are looking to meet new people and maybe earn back some gas money.

You shouldn’t have to rely on a one hour bus ride or an expensive ride-hailing service to get to school every day. Waze Carpool is a quick, efficient and affordable option for getting to and from campus.

 Here’s how to register:

  • Download the Waze Carpool app (available for iOS and Android)
  • After you register, go into your Profile.
  • Click the Payments option and proceed.

RideMatcher is a regional ride match program provided by icommute through SANDAG (San Diego Association of Governments).  This program can help you find others to carpool with.  Simply create an account using your CSUSM e-mail address and RideMatcher will help connect you to others in the CSUSM network that are looking for a carpool partner.  Sign up at