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Free Faculty / Staff Parking

California University has designated 200 FREE campus parking spots for eligible faculty, coaches, staff and non-faculty employees.

Staff / Faculty designated areas using the free decal can park in the 125 spaces set aside in Lot 4 (River Lot) and the 75 spaces in Lot 14 (behind Residence Hall C, across the Loop Road).

Parking will be available in these areas on a first come, first served basis. Drivers must register online to obtain a permit.

Permits are renewable. Only ONE will be issued per person. Permit holders may register as many as three vehicles.

PLEASE NOTE: Having a permit does NOT guarantee that a free parking space will be available. If all spaces are filled in both designated lots, drivers may park at Roadman Park and ride the Vulcan Flyer to the main campus, or pay for parking in the Vulcan Garage.

Permits for free parking should be properly displayed on the lefthand side of the car’s rear window. Please visit the Office of Parking and Transportation on the first floor of Manderino Library to register for free parking.

Any person parking outside the designated area will receive a citation. These permits will not be recognized during large events, commencements, concerts or other events open to the general public. This includes areas designated with pay by license meters.

Eligible participants

Groups eligible to register for free parking include:

  • APSCUF members (faculty and coaches)
  • AFSCME members
  • SCUPA members
  • SPFPA members
  • OEIU members
  • Cal U staff
  • Cal U managers
  • SAI employees
  • AVI employees
  • Bookstore employees
  • PSECU credit union employees

Returning current permits

Eligible members who wish to receive a free parking permit must return their existing permit to the Office of Parking and Transportation. 

Permit holders will NOT be allowed to possess both a free permit and a paid permit at the same time.

Drivers who return a paid parking permit may place their name on a waitlist in the event they would like to return to paid parking.

Vulcan Flyer service

Because of the increase in parking options on campus, Vulcan Flyer shuttle service will not be available during the summer months..

Learn more about Vulcan Flyer shuttle service. 

Map of free parking spots.



Will faculty members be required to obtain parking permits?

Yes. Everyone who parks on campus is required to display a parking permit. Drivers are permitted to park only in the lot(s) designated on the permit.

Will faculty and staff be able to pay for a reserved parking space?

Yes, anyone may elect to upgrade to a reserved space.

If my designated parking lot is full, where should I park?

If your paid lot is full, free parking is available for University employees in the designated faculty/staff free spaces in Lot 4 and Lot 14. Students should contact the Parking and Transportation Office at 724-938-4677 so they can be directed to a parking area.

If my designated parking lot is full, should I park in another lot, where I might be ticketed?
No. Please contact the Parking and Transportation Office at 724-938-4677 and you will be directed to a parking area. 

If my designated lot is full and I’m ticketed for parking elsewhere, will the fine be reimbursed? 
If you feel that you have received a citation unfairly, you have 72 hours to appeal.  Instructions for filing an appeal are printed on the back of the parking citation. 

Would the cost of a citation be applied to my payment(s) for parking?
No. Citations must be paid online with a credit card, or in person at the Parking and Transportation Office, where cash or credit cards are accepted.

Office Information

  • The Office of Parking and Transportation is open between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays to assist with parking registration and related concerns.

    Entrances to the office are located in Manderino Library and on the ground floor of the Vulcan Parking Garage. To reach the office from the parking garage, either park in the Vulcan Parking Garage or walk in to the garage from the Carter, Building B, Sixth Street or East Street entrances.

    If you have questions about parking, please give us a call at 724-938-4677 or check out the latest parking updates on this site.

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