Prepare for Heavy Traffic On Early Days of Semester

During the first weeks of the semester, campus visitors may experience higher than normal traffic and parking garages at full capacity. Photo by David Schmitz

During the first weeks of the semester, campus visitors may experience higher than normal traffic and parking garages at full capacity. Photo by David Schmitz

During the first few weeks of instruction, traffic is unusually heavy and finding parking is difficult!  Please plan accordingly and consider using the SJSU Park & Ride Lot (see below) or your VTA EcoPass for public transportation.

  • Throughout the semester, the parking garages usually fill to capacity prior to 9:00 a.m. and remain full past noon.  After 8:30 a.m., it is recommended that you go to the Park & Ride Lot. For real-time parking capacity in garages, please go to the ParkStash App.
Virtual parking permits for new permit purchases
Parking Services at San Jose State University is using virtual permits for students. Virtual permits allow you to park in your designated area without being required to display a physical permit.  Your vehicle license plate is your parking permit. Make sure you take a picture of your license plate to have it ready when you purchase your virtual parking permit. Visit virtual permit FAQ for additional information.

There Is No Grace Period for Parking

A valid virtual or physical parking permit is required at all times, including the first day of classes. Parking rules are enforced 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Possession of a permit does not guarantee a space in the main campus garages. There is NO free parking on Campus.

Use SJSU Park & Ride Lot!

On Thursday, August 29, 2019, due to a SJSU Football Game, parking will not be available in the Park & Ride Lot after 11 a.m.  Park & Ride virtual semester permits will be honored after 3 p.m. in the West Garage located at S. 4th and E. San Salvador Street and in the North garage located at 9th and San Fernando Streets.
  • Location:  The “SJSU Park & Ride Lot” is located eight blocks south of the main campus on S. 7th Street at E. Humboldt Street across from Spartan Stadium.
  • Shuttle:  Free, frequent shuttle service is provided to/from the main campus Monday through Thursday, 6:30 a.m. to 10:20 p.m. during Fall & Spring Semesters only.  The shuttle provides all-day service to Duncan Hall.  There is NO Fri/Sat/Sun service.
  • For Park & Ride Virtual Semester Permit information, please visit our webpage at
  • To access real time shuttle location, please go to DoubleMap App

Buy Parking Permits or Pay Citations Online!

Go to to conveniently purchase your virtual parking permit or pay citations.  All virtual semester and academic year permits are available online.

  • No Additional Fees
  • No Lines – No Waiting

Hourly and Daily Permits

Hourly and daily virtual permit can be purchased via ParkMobile App or via new Digital pay stations, available within parking facilities.

  • Coins, $1/$5/$10 bills, Visa & MasterCard accepted at pay stations
  • Pay station takes exact change only
  • Permits purchased via pay stations within garages and via ParkMobile main campus zones are valid only in General Parking in all garages.

For more information or to review the Parking Rules and Regulations, visit our website: or call (408) 924-6556.

UPD Officers provide traffic control during the beginning of each semester. It is important for the safety of everyone that you follow their directions!


The latest Annual Safety, Security and Fire Report is available online at:
A pamphlet can be obtained at the University Police Department (call 408-924–2172 or visit the UPD web site at for more information).