The spring 2014 semester begins on Jan. 22, and San Diego State University is preparing to welcome back nearly 32,000 undergraduate and graduate students to campus.
According to Parking Services, during the first few days of classes peak traffic congestion hours are 7:30 to 10 a.m. Those who arrive after 10 a.m. should consider parking in Parking Structures 3 and 6 on the east side of campus, which are typically the last to fill.
Electronic and posted signs will provide information about lots or structures that are full and staff will be available to direct traffic to the next available parking location.
Areas to avoid
The Aztec Student Union will be open, but parking areas surrounding the complex are not available yet. The Aztec Circle Drive will be opened early in the spring semester.
The W Lot near Storm and Nasatir Hall Building Complex will still be closed. Parking near the classrooms in G Lot will still be designated as low emission parking. Visit the SDSU Police's Facebook and Twitter pages for updates on locations for parking.
Tips for parking and traffic
Arrive early: If you choose to drive, arrive as early as possible, especially for classes before noon.
Take the trolley: Park your car for free at any of the trolley stops throughout San Diego and ride directly to campus. Trolley schedules, fares, maps and other information are available on the San Diego Commute website.
Use alternative traffic routes: During peak hours from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m., consider using these alternatives to the College Avenue exit off Interstate 8:
- From Interstate 8, take the 70th Street exit south to El Cajon Boulevard; turn right onto El Cajon Boulevard and right onto Montezuma Road to the access roads for Parking Structures 3 and 6.
- Use State Route 94 and exit at College Avenue. Take College Avenue north to Montezuma Road and turn right or left, depending on your destination.
- From Interstate 8, take the Fairmount Avenue exit. Take Fairmount Avenue south to merge onto Montezuma Road. Turn left on 55th Street to access the west side parking lots.
Plan ahead: Plan your trip to campus ahead of time in order to make the fewest trips to and from campus. If driving, figure out which lot and traffic route will be the most timely and convenient. Examine the trolley schedule for the best departure time.