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Graduate Commuter

Where do you live?

Less than 5 Miles Away

WALK
BIKE
PUBLIC TRANSIT
COMBINE OPTIONS

5-15 Miles Away

PUBLIC TRANSIT
BIKE
CARPOOL
COMBINE OPTIONS

More than 15 Miles Away

VANPOOL
CARPOOL
PUBLIC TRANSIT
COMBINE OPTIONS

Commute Options

Transportation Services manages many programs to promote alternatives to driving to campus alone. Parking can be difficult to find. Commute by foot, bicycle, bus, carpool, vanpool, train or get dropped off and reduce traffic congestion, traffic emissions, and the demand for on campus parking.

For help planning your commute, please contact Transportation Services at (951) 827-8277 or email alttransportation@ucr.edu.

  • Biking & Walking

    Riding a bike or walking is a fun, healthy, and environmentally friendly commute mode. There are over 3,000 bike rack spaces located throughout campus.  There are also four locked bike cages available at no cost for those that have registered their bikes on campus. 

    Bike amenities:  UCR has several self-fix-it stations for do-it-yourself light repairs.  Pedals bike shop is also conveniently located on campus every Wednesday 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM in Lot 19, offering repairs, parts, and accessories.  Transportation Services provides free bike registration and issues bike licenses daily between the hours of 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM.

    If you are a UCR campus employee or graduate student, you may want to explore incentives for biking or walking to campus. Visit our Biking/Walking page.

  • RTA / U-PASS Program

    UCR subsidizes 100% of your RTA bus pass through RTA’s U-PASS Program.  Just swipe your UCR ID card on board for unlimited, FREE rides on any RTA fixed route.  All RTA buses come equipped with free Wi-Fi and USB charging ports.   Current RTA schedules are available online or at Transportation Services.

    If you are a UCR campus employee or graduate student, you may want to explore incentives for taking the bus to campus. Visit our Learn About Taking the Bus page.

  • Carpool
    Find a carpool buddy!

    UC Riverside has partnered with Zimride and Waze Carpool.  Choose to drive or ride, and match with people based on route and time of day.

    Zimride can help you share the seats in your car or catch a ride into work. Visit UC Riverside's network on Zimride.

    Waze Carpool can also help you find someone to share the ride with to campus. Download the Waze Carpool app (iOS/Android) and be sure to add your campus email address to your profile so that you are matched with others in the UCR community.

    Find a carpool partner and share the ride to save money on parking and gas.

    If you are a UCR campus employee or graduate student, you may want to explore incentives for carpooling to campus. Visit our Learn About Carpooling page.

  • Vanpool

    Vanpooling is a cost effective option available to all members of the UCR community.  Routes operate Monday-Friday, traveling between common pickup locations and UCR’s campus.  They run once per day, usually arriving before 8:00 AM and leaving the campus by 5:00 PM.  Prices vary depending on the distance of the route and number of riders.  A monthly charge is assessed to all vanpool riders regardless of the number of days they ride.  Start by adding your name to the waitlist using your NetID.

    If you are a UCR campus employee or graduate student, you may want to explore incentives for vanpooling to campus. Visit our Learn About Vanpooling page.

  • Metrolink
  • Drop-Off

    If you are a UCR campus employee or graduate student and carpool to campus with another working adult, you may want to explore the Drop Off Program.

    What distinguishes a Drop Off participant from a Carpool participant is their driving partner’s place of employment. Drop Off program participants share a ride with another person not working on campus and the Drop Off participant does not park a vehicle on campus.

Parking Options

If you choose to drive to campus, a valid parking permit must be displayed in your vehicle at all times on the UC Riverside campus. Free parking is available at the Hunter Park Metrolink station. Graduate student commuter parking permits are available online by logging in with your UCR NetID or at the Parking Services office.  Most permits are lot specific and sold based on lot availability. Waiting lists are maintained for high demand lots. You may add/remove yourself from waiting lists via our Parking Account Center by logging in with your NetID.

Parking permits may be purchased using cash, check, Visa, Mastercard, Discover or by Transfer to Student Account. Qualified employees may also pay permit fees via monthly payroll deduction. To qualify for payroll deduction, you must be in the payroll system with an appointment of 50% or greater (no fellowships, grants, or without salary appointments). Your appointment must be for a minimum of one year. 

  • Free Parking

    The Riverside Hunter Park/UCR Station is an official county sponsored Park & Ride lot and offers complimentary parking (see map) for commuters.  The station is two miles from UCR and is located at 1101 Marlborough Avenue, Riverside.  From there you can take RTA Route 52 directly to campus.  Bus service begins at 5:10 AM and the last bus back from UCR is at 7:30 PM.  Buses run approximately every 30-40 minutes.  The P2P shuttle will take students back to the Hunter Park Metrolink Station in the evenings between 7:30 PM and 10:30 PM.

  • Gold Permit

    Gold permits are available online by logging in with your UCR NetID.

    Gold permits are VALID:

    • In Gold Lots 26, 30, 32, 50 and gold striped spaces in Falkirk
    • After 6:00 PM Monday-Friday and all day on weekends in all non-reserved spaces in Blue parking areas in Lots 1, 6, 9, 13, 23 and 24

    Gold permits are NOT VALID:

    • In Residence Hall, Campus Apartment or Oban Family Housing lots
    • In Pay-by-Space stalls
    • In Disabled or Medical stalls
    • In Service stalls
    • In any specially marked stalls
  • Gold Plus Permit

    Gold plus permits are available at the Parking Services office in limited quantities.

    Gold Plus commuter permits are VALID:

    • In Gold Lots 26, 30, 32, 50 and gold striped spaces in Falkirk
    • In the additional lot designated on the permit
    • After 6:00 PM Monday-Friday and all day on weekends in all non-reserved spaces in Red, Blue and Gold permit lots

    Gold Plus commuter permits are NOT VALID:

    • In Residence Hall, Campus Apartment or Oban Family Housing lots
    • In Pay-by-Space stalls
    • In Disabled or Medical stalls
    • In Service stalls
    • In any specially marked stalls 
  • Orange Permit

    Orange permits are available online by logging in with your UCR NetID.

    Orange permits are VALID:

    • Monday-Friday 6:00 AM - 6:00 PM in designated spaces in the Gethsemane Church parking lot located at 891 Blaine Street (on the corner of Canyon Crest Drive and Blaine Street) and in the Gold striped spaces in International Village (1100 Everton Place).
    • After 6:00 PM Monday-Friday and all day on weekends in all non-reserved spaces in Blue parking areas in Lots 1, 6, 9, 13, 23 and 24 on campus.

    Orange permits are NOT VALID:

    • In Residence Hall, Campus Apartment or Oban Family Housing lots
    • In Pay-by-Space stalls
    • In Disabled or Medical stalls
    • In Service stalls
    • In any specially marked stalls
  • Blue Carpool Permit

    Carpool permit holders must first enroll and be pre-approved to participate in the Carpool Program prior to a Carpool permit being issued. All carpool participants will be responsible for a portion of the permit costs.Blue carpool permits are VALID:

    • In any non-reserved space in the Blue lot designated on the permit
    • In Gold Lots 26, 30, 32, 50 and gold striped spaces in Falkirk
    • For up to 2 hours in non-reserved spaces of other Blue lots one time per day
    • After 6:00 PM Monday-Friday and all day on weekends in all non-reserved spaces in Red, Blue and Gold permit lots

    Blue Carpool permits are NOT VALID:

    • In Residence Hall, Campus Apartment or Oban Family Housing lots
    • In Pay-by-Space stalls
    • In Disabled or Medical stalls
    • In Service stalls
  • Red Carpool Permit

    Carpool permit holders must first enroll and be pre-approved to participate in the Carpool Program prior to a Carpool permit being issued. All carpool participants will be responsible for a portion of the permit costs.

    Red carpool permits are VALID:

    • In any non-reserved space in the Red lot designated on the permit
    • In Gold Lots 26, 30, 32, 50 and gold striped spaces in Falkirk
    • For up to 2 hours in non-reserved spaces of other Red or Blue lots one time per day
    • After 6:00 PM Monday-Friday and all day on weekends in all non-reserved spaces in Red, Blue and Gold permit lots

    Red Carpool permits are NOT VALID:

    • In Residence Hall, Campus Apartment or Oban Family Housing lots
    • In Pay-by-Space stalls
    • In Disabled or Medical stalls
    • In Service stalls
  • Blue Permit

    Blue permits may be purchased at the Parking Services office.  Blue permits are lot specific and sold based on lot availability. Waiting lists are maintained for high demand lots. You may add/remove yourself from waiting lists via our Parking Account Center by logging in with your NetID.

    Blue permits are VALID:

    • In the Blue lot designated on the permit
    • In Gold Lots 26, 30, 32, 50 and gold striped spaces in Falkirk
    • For up to 2 hours in non-reserved spaces of other Blue lots one time per day
    • After 6:00 PM Monday-Friday and all day on weekends in all non-reserved spaces in Red, Blue and Gold permit lots

    Blue permits are NOT VALID:

    • In Residence Hall, Campus Apartment or Oban Family Housing lots
    • In Pay-by-Space stalls
    • In Disabled or Medical stalls
    • In Service stalls
    • In any specially marked stalls
  • Red Permit

    Red permits may be purchased at the Parking Services office.  Red permits are lot specific and sold based on lot availability. Waiting lists are maintained for high demand lots. You may add/remove yourself from waiting lists via our Parking Account Center by logging in with your NetID.

    Red permits are VALID:

    • In the Red lot designated on the permit
    • In Gold Lots 26, 30, 32, 50 and gold striped spaces in Falkirk
    • For up to 2 hours in non-reserved spaces of other Red or Blue lots one time per day
    • After 6:00 PM Monday-Friday and all day on weekends in all non-reserved spaces in Red, Blue and Gold permit lots

    Red permits are NOT VALID:

    • In Residence Hall, Campus Apartment or Oban Family Housing lots
    • In Pay-by-Space stalls
    • In Disabled or Medical stalls
    • In Service stalls
    • In any specially marked stalls
  • Night Permit

    Night permits are available online by logging in with your UCR NetID.

    Night permits are VALID:

    • After 4:00 PM Monday-Friday and all day on weekends in all non-reserved spaces in Red, Blue and Gold permit lots

    Night permits are NOT VALID:

    • In Residence Hall, Campus Apartment or Oban Family Housing lots
    • In Pay-by-Space stalls
    • In Disabled or Medical stalls
    • In Service stalls
    • In any specially marked stalls
  • Motorcycle Permit

    Motorcycle permits may be purchased at the Parking Services office.

    Motorcycle permits are VALID:

    • In designated motorcycle spaces only

    Motorcycle permits are NOT VALID:

    • In Pay-by-Space stalls
    • In Disabled or Medical stalls
    • In Service stalls
    • In any specially marked stalls
  • Medical Permit

    Students may purchase a one week temporary medical permit at the Parking Services office. If a student needs a medical permit for a longer period of time, they need to contact the Student Disability Resource Center. The Student Disability Resource Center will determine if accommodations are needed and notify Parking Services if a longer term medical permit is approved.

    Medical permits are VALID:

    • In Medical, Red, Blue, Gold, Residence Hall, Campus Apartment and Oban Family Housing spaces
    • In Disabled spaces if displayed with a valid Disabled Person Parking Placard or DP license plate issued to you by the DMV

    Medical permits are NOT VALID:

    • In Pay-by-Space stalls
    • In Reserved stalls
    • In University Village disabled spaces
    • In Disabled spaces if the student does not have a Disabled Person Parking Placard or DP license plate issued to them by the DMV
303
Free Parking Spaces at Hunter Park Metrolink Station
93%
Of Graduate Commuters purchased a parking permit Fall 2019
6:00 PM
Weekday time when Gold permits can park in Blue non-reserved spaces in lots 1, 6, 9, 13, 23 and 24