Why do students have to pay for parking?
Why are other CSU schools cheaper than CSUSM’s parking fee?
As a younger campus, CSUSM has had to build parking lots as well as our parking structure without state support. Many of the other CSUs were able to build their parking lots and structures before the parking program was decentralized by the Chancellor’s Office.
On our campus, all the land available for surface parking lots has been utilized. Any future additions to parking will be parking structures which are considerably more expensive* to build than surface parking spots.
*It costs approximately five times as much for a structure parking space versus a surface parking space.
How were the current parking rates established?
How are the fees used?
What if there are no spaces available?
While the parking structure does fill up quickly, CSUSM generally has parking available in Lot F, Lot B, or Lots X, Y and Z. We are currently exploring technology that will allow you to see where parking is available before you get to campus.
(Parking Lots F and B may not be as far away from campus as you think! Did you know it takes an equal amount of time to travel to Craven Hall from the back of Lot F as it does from most places in Lot B?)
What happens to money collected from parking fines?
Why do special events get free parking?
I can’t afford to pay for parking at CSUSM, what else can I do?