Parking Permits

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Please note our office is currently working remotely due to University compliance with San Francisco’s COVID-19 Shelter-in-place mandate so some instructions may have changed. If you have any questions please email us at

If you require immediate assistance, please contact Public Safety Dispatch at 415-422-4201 or

Faculty and Staff Parking Permits

USF Faculty and Staff members living outside of a half-mile radius from campus may obtain a parking permit from the Department of Public Safety. Permits can be purchased online. Permits may be purchased one semester at a time or for the entire academic year. Faculty and Staff with outstanding parking citations will not be eligible to purchase a parking permit until the citations are paid for and cleared.

In order to purchase, you will need your 8-digit USF ID # and vehicle registration ready for reference. If you have previously purchased a permit on the online system, then you should already have an account on the iPARQ Permit Website. For faculty and staff, there is no deadline to purchase a parking permit and permits will be given to all those that apply.

Fall 2020 parking permits will be available on iParq beginning August 9. Fall permits are valid through January 31. 

Link to purchase a parking permit:

Methods of Payment

  • Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover
  • Payroll Deduction (Faculty/Staff ONLY)

Carpool Permit

Discounted carpool permits are available for purchase by faculty and staff. To be eligible for the discounted carpool permit, all carpool teammates must be USF faculty or staff members. Unfortunately, students and affiliates are not eligible participants for the carpool permit. Eligible carpool teammates may not have their own separate parking permit nor will they be eligible for the commuter subsidy.

All carpool permits are full time - valid 24/7. Additionally, there are designated carpool parking spaces in the Upper Koret lot. These spaces are reserved for vehicles with USF carpool permits until 10:00 am. 

Permit Options and Prices

  • 2-Person Carpool permit: $160/semester or $399 annual (51% off the regular full time permit)
  • 3-Person Carpool permit: $68 annual (96% off the regular full time permit)

Student Parking Permits

July 2020 Update: Due to University Operations being mainly remote, for health and safety reasons, the University will not be offering semester permits for students to purchase. For emergency purposes, daily permits will be sold at the Lone Mountain Kiosk. All parking permit applications submitted in the 2020-2021 Student Parking Permit Lottery have been cancelled at this time. Please contact the Public Safety Office at if you have any questions regarding this update.

USF has very limited parking and, as such, is unable to provide ample parking spaces for the majority of the USF community. Therefore, in accordance with San Francisco city planning, sustainability efforts, limited campus parking, and in order to reduce the amount of traffic in the residential neighborhood that surrounds the university, all students who live in any University housing facility are prohibited from bringing vehicles to campus and are ineligible to receive semester or annual parking permits.

During the fall and spring semesters, full time and 3-day part time permits are awarded through a one time a year lottery system to students living outside of a 3 mile radius from campus. Only students who live off campus and further than 3 miles from campus are eligible for these parking permits. During the summer, students may purchase any type of parking permit. 

USF encourages students to take advantage of the excellent public transportation system in San Francisco and the Bay Area. Discounted Muni passes are provided to undergraduate students. The USF Muni pass allows students unlimited access to the San Francisco Muni lines. Additionally, there are plenty of bike racks on campus.

Semester and Annual Permits Types

Full-Time parking permits are valid 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Part-Time parking permits are valid for specified days of the week.

Evening- Evening parking permits are valid M-F from 3:00 PM to 6:00AM and all day on Saturdays in all parking lots except where spaces are designated for GREEN parking permit holders.

Three Person Carpool- Full-Time Faculty and Staff are eligible for Carpool permits. The three members must be from the same city.

Two Person Carpool- Full-Time Faculty and Staff are eligible for Carpool permits. The two members must be from the same city.

Disabled parking- Any faculty or staff with disabilities may purchase a faculty/staff permit and park in the disabled spaces if they have a DMV Disabled Placard or Plates. Students with disabilities should contact Student Disability Services to request access to purchase a student parking permit. To be placed on the priority list for the disability shuttle on weekdays, please contact Human Resources or Student Disability Services.

Motorcycle- Motorcycle parking permits are valid 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in motorcycle designated areas only.

Fees for all semester permit types can be found here: Permit Fees

Daily- A limited number of daily parking permits are available for purchase at the Main Gate and at the Lone Mountain Gate on a first-come, first serve basis. These permits are valid in any parking lot, and any space unless it is designated otherwise. Visitor Gates are open M-F 7:45am-8pm and 7:45am-12pm on Saturdays. Daily permits cost $20, Monday through Saturday. Only credit cards are accepted for daily permits. No cash.

Guest Permits

**Due to University operations being primarily remote, our visitor gates/information booths are closed.  Arrangements for guest permits or to purchase daily permits must be made 24 hours in advance by emailing

Guest permits are available from either the Main Campus or Lone Mountain Campus Visitor Gates/Information Booths. Arrangements for guest permits must be made by a faculty or staff member a minimum of one business day in advance by 4:00 pm. Requests must be e-mailed to Departments will be charged for same-day requests, having more than 3 guests/day, and having a guest visit campus more than 3 consecutive days. In any of the aforementioned cases, the charge will be $20/person/day. The only persons eligible for guest permits are official guests of the university. All current university faculty, staff, and students are not allowed to receive guest permits. Daily permits can be purchased from the visitor gates for $20 per day.

When conducting business on campus, Emeritus faculty and staff members can contact Public Safety at 415-422-4222 or email for a complimentary parking permit.

More information is available on the Official Guest/Temporary Parking Permit Request Policy.