Parking Permits

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.

Spring 2024 parking permits will be available on iParq beginning January 14, 2024. Summer permits are valid through May 31. 

Link to purchase a parking permit:

Methods of Payment

  • Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover (Effective October 12, 2023, those choosing to purchase a permit with credit card/debit card, may be subject to an annual $1 processing fee). ***  University P-Cards are not  authorized forms of payment.  If it's found that an employee uses their P-Card to purchase parking permits, they may lose the ability to have a parking permit and could have their P-Card turned off. In addition, there maybe further repercussions through Accounts and Business Services.*** 
  • Payroll Deduction (Faculty/Staff ONLY)
  • Student Account Deduction (students need to be pre-approved to use the student accounts option as a form of payment and must contact the Department of Public Safety Administrative office prior to selecting as a form of payment).

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. Additionally, carpool teammates may not be classified as remote work employees and must come to campus on a regular basis. 

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. 

Public Safety is offering a carpool matching system to assist faculty and staff interested in identifying carpool options convenient for their commute. Those who apply will be granted access to a database of all participants seeking carpool matches. Please contact us at with any questions.

Permit Options and Prices

  • 2-Person Carpool permit: $165/semester or $411 annual (51% off the regular full time permit)
  • 3-Person Carpool permit: $70 annual (96% off the regular full time permit)

Student Parking Permits

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.

The USF Student Parking Lottery Application for the 2023-2024 Academic Year is NOW CLOSED. The lottery will reopen in July 2024 for the 24/25 Academic year lottery. The deadline to submit an application is July 30, 2024 at 4:00PM PST.*

*It is required for ALL students who would like a chance at purchasing either a Full Time or 3-Day permit during the 23-24 academic year to enter the lottery by the deadline.

Semester and Annual Permits Types

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

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. Additionally, carpool teammates may not be classified as remote work employees and must come to campus on a regular basis.

Two Person Carpool: Full-Time Faculty and Staff are eligible for Carpool permits. The two members must be from the same city. Additionally, carpool teammates may not be classified as remote work employees and must come to campus on a regular basis.

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.

Daily: A limited number of daily parking permits are available for purchase 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. During the academic year, the Lone Mountain Gate Kiosk is 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

Guest permits are available from the Lone Mountain Campus Visitor Gate/Information Booth. Arrangements for guest permits must be made by a faculty or staff member a minimum of one business day in advance by 3:00 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 gate 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.