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Parking Regulations

Resident Parking

Residence Halls

Students living in the residence halls are not eligible to purchase or display campus parking permits. Residence hall students may not bring a car to campus and instead are expected to utilize public transportation, bike or walk.


Solano Park Apartments

Parking permits are required to park in the Solano Park apartment complexes. Solano Park decals (O-1, O-2, S-1, S-1 Reserved, S-2) and all Parks visitor permits are valid only in the Student Housing area(s) listed on the permit; they are not valid in any other UC Davis campus parking lot.

Solano Park residents are not eligible to purchase campus parking permits (A, C, L, etc.). Refer to the Parking Policy in the Guide to the Parks for more information.

Student Housing Apartments (SHA)

SHA residents are encouraged to utilize public transportation or other alternatives for travel. On-campus parking availability is reducing in response to long-term campus planning and increased enrollment at UC Davis.

Parking at the apartment complex

Parking is available in the Student Housing Apartments, but is not guaranteed. Please see individual property pages for complex specific parking information. Students will need a copy of their valid DMV registration and driver’s license, proof of insurance, and the make, model, color, and license plate number of their car to obtain a parking permit. Annual parking permits will be issued by the property office during check-in or the following week.

Parking in campus parking lots

Parking on UC Davis campus is subject to TAPS parking regulations and requires a permit for weekday parking.

Note: Student living at The Colleges and Primero Grove are only eligible for TAPS Easy Park and Night Permits, and are not eligible to purchase campus parking permits (A, C, L, etc.). For more information, go to

P3 Campus Apartments (8th and Wake, The Atriums at La Rue Park, The Baggins End Domes, The Colleges at La Rue, Russell Park, Tri-Cooperatives, West Village)

Students should contact the apartment office of the complex in question to learn of the specific parking regulations of the complex. Campus residents are not eligible to purchase campus parking permits (A, C, L, etc.). For more information, go to

History: Expansion of Residence Hall Areas Reduces Available Parking

In response to long-term campus planning and increased enrollment at UC Davis, additional residence halls must be built. Ideally, residence halls should be built near classrooms, dining facilities, and support service buildings, meaning they need to be built on the central campus. Due to limited available campus land, several parking lots were selected as sites for new and future residence halls, reducing available campus parking. As a result, residence hall students do not have access to campus parking permits.

Visitor Parking

Campus visitors may purchase one-day parking passes for campus parking; refer to the Transportation Services website for specific information including rates and visitor parking lot locations. Self-service permit dispensers are located at or near the entrance of each campus visitor parking lot.

Guests visiting students who live in campus apartments may be eligible to receive a special visitor day-use parking pass from the apartment office; contact the appropriate apartment office for more information.

Alternatives for Travel

Consider using other transportation options; they're often cheaper and more sustainable than keeping a car while at the university.

Appeal Process - Residence Hall Students Requesting Campus Parking Permits

A residence hall student with extenuating circumstances may submit a written appeal to request an exception to the campus parking policy. Generally, appeals will not be granted for reasons that include: the distance one lives from home, work/class obligations, vehicle ownership, and social activities.

The appeal process is managed by the Transportation Services Office. Download, complete and return the Residence Hall Parking Policy Exception Request Form. If an appeal is granted, students may park their vehicle in the assigned remote parking area, and will not have full campus parking privileges.

Appeal Process Audits

All appeals submitted to Student Housing are subject to verification via audits. If audited, appeal applicants may be required to provide additional documentation verifying all information provided in the appeal. Students who falsify information shall have their appeals terminated, or their parking permits revoked, and they shall be referred to Student Judicial Affairs (Standards of Conduct policy 102.02).