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Spring Parking and Traffic Tips

SDSU offers tips for a safer and easier commute to campus when classes begin Jan. 20.
By SDSU News Team

San Diego State University will welcome the campus community back for the spring 2016 semester on Wednesday, Jan. 20.

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 Structures 3 and 6 on the east side of campus, which are typically the last to fill.

Electronic and posted signs and staff will direct traffic with the intention of expediting vehicles toward the nearest available spaces between the hours of 7 a.m. and 12 p.m. and from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Tips for parking and traffic

Arrive early: When driving to campus, try to arrive as early as possible, especially for morning classes.

Take the trolley: Park 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.

Take the bus: Another eco-friendly option is to ride the bus. Bus schedules, fares, maps and other information are available on the Metropolitan Transit System website.

Ride a bike: Students who live close enough can get to class by bike. There are bike racks dispersed across campus.

Use Zipcar or Car2Go: SDSU has partnered with car-share services Zipcar and Car2Go.  For more information visit the Parking Services website.

Use alternative traffic routes: During peak hours from 8:30 to 11:30 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 convenient and efficient. If using public transportation, examine alternative schedules for the best departure time.

Parking permits: Parking permits are required to park on campus and can be purchased from the Aztec Parking Portal. A limited amount of permits are available at the bookstore at the beginning of the semester. A student semester commuter pass is $162 for day use only and $256 for day/overnight and a motorcycle permit is $34.

Students may only park in areas that have a "S" or "N" symbol. Faculty/Staff may only park in areas that have a "FS", "S" or "N." Special permit areas require a "SP" permit in addition to a paid permit. Visitors may only park in areas that have a "P" or "S" symbol and must purchase a pay machine permit from that location.

Parking pay stations are located at the Parking Information Booth, Lots M, Q & R and Structures 4, 5 & 6. These stations offer hourly and daily permits which include 1 to 4 hours for $2 per hour, 5 or more hours for $10, overnight for $15 and a weekend permit for $25.

Areas to avoid

Some areas and parking lots are closed due to campus construction:

  • The W Lot near Storm and Nasatir Halls will still be used as a construction lay down area.
  • The A Lot on the corner of College Avenue and Canyon Crest Drive is being used as a construction laydown site.
  • College Avenue at Lindo Paseo is fenced off and will be closed for the South Campus Plaza project.
  • Visit SDSU Police's Facebook and Twitter pages for updates on locations for parking.