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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 fun, healthy, and environmentally friendly commute mode. There are over 3,000 bike racks 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.

  • Riverside Transit Agency - UPASS Program

    UCR subsidizes 100% of your Riverside Transit Agency (RTA) bus pass through RTA's U-PASS ProgramRegister  for a free mobile pass and show your mobile device 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 Bus page.

  • Carsharing

    Carsharing is available on campus!

    Zipcar is a self-service car share program available to the entire campus community. Zipcar vehicles are available right on campus and can be reserved by the hour or day 24/7. Rental fees include insurance, gas and mileage up to 180 miles per day. Rentals are meant for roundtrips and can be reserved in advance when you need to run errands, attend meetings, visit friends or anything else you may need to do.

    Zipcars can be found in reserved areas in Parking Lot 1, Bannockburn, and the auto courts just outside of Big Springs Parking Structure 1.

    How do I join?

    You must first register for a membership at Zipcar by using your UCR email account. UCR students and staff benefit from a discounted $15 annual membership fee to participate. You must be at least 18 years old with a valid driver's license and credit card to join. International licenses are acceptable. Once approved by Zipcar, you will be mailed a membership card to access the cars or you can instantly reserve by using the Zipcar app.

    Rates vary depending on the vehicle, so check the Zipcar website to view the current inventory of vehicles and pricing.

  • Find a carpool partner

    Find a carpool partner!

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

    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.

  • Metrolink
  • 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 going to Commute with Enterprise and clicking on "Join Commute".

    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.

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. 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 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. 

  • 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 
    • 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
  • 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 
    • 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
  • Blue Electric Vehicle Permit

    Blue Electric Vehicle Level I charging permits are available at the Parking Services office in limited quantities.

    Blue Electric Vehicle Level I Charging permits are VALID:

    • In the Blue lot designated on the permit
    • In the Level 1 Electric Vehicle Charging spaces in Big Springs 2, as long as you are actively charging
    • In Gold Lots 26, 30, 32, 50 
    • 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 Electric Vehicle Level I Charging permits are NOT VALID:

    • In Level II Chargepoint spaces unless you are actively charging.
    • 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 
    • 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 Blue parking areas in Lots 1, 6, 9, 13, 23 and 24

    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 
  • 10-Pack Blue Permits

    10-pack Blue permits may be purchased at the Parking Services office beginning 7/1/2021.  10-pack Blue permits allow customers to have 10 one-day permits to use when they come to campus.  You will be required to go online up to 3 days in advance and reserve a permit from a list of available lots (see redemption instructions). Available spaces for each day may change based on lot utilization. All 10-pack permits will expire on 6/30/2022. No refunds will be issued for unused days.

    A 10-pack Blue permit is VALID:

    • In the lot selected when the permit is created

    A 10-pack Blue permit is 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 Permit

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

    Gold permits are VALID:

    • In Gold Lots 26, 30, 32, 50
    • 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
  • 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 yellow striped spaces in the lot at Gethsemane Church located at 891 Blaine Street.
    • 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
  • 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 
    • 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 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 
    • 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
  • 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
93%
of Graduate Students Commuted in Fall 2019
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