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There are many options to choose from when commuting to and from campus as well as exploring San Diego.  You can choose to walk, bike, take the bus or trolley system, ride the UCSD Shuttles, or drive.

Public Transportation

As a UC San Diego student you are given the privilege to utilize the MTS public bus system.   If you obtain a free sticker at the UC San Diego Transportation Office, you can ride on selected San Diego Transit buses for FREE! These stickers are valid on San Diego Transit Routes 3, 30/30B, 41, 48/49, 150, 201/202, 921.

If you need a bus that is not one of the bus numbers listed above, you can purchase an MTS bus pass for either a monthly or quarterly fee. The prices for student public transportation passes are:

  • Regional Student Quarterly $58
  • Regional Student Monthly $29

Follow this link for a map of MTS bus routes and popular destinations.

UCSD Shuttles

UC San Diego has a number of free shuttles that provide access to the campus and the surrounding community.  If you possess a UC San Diego ID, you can ride on all UC San Diego shuttle buses. For route info, download the map of the UC San Diego Shuttle system.


Knowing where and when to park is the key to driving to campus.  Given your needs, there are many different parking options.

On campus parking permits are available to students for a monthly fee. Student parking spots, (“S” spots) are located at various parking lots around campus. Prices for permit parking are the following:

  • Student $67
  • Motorcycle $30
  • Nights/Weekends $20

Purchase a parking permit here and to view the locations of student parking spots, click here, go to the “Parking/Transportation” tab on the left, and click on “Parking Spaces: S (Student).”

Airport Shuttles

Booked your flight back to San Diego after a break? Super Shuttle is offering UCSD students a discount! Ride from the San Diego Airport to campus - book online and save! Click here to check out the UCSD Super Shuttle discount!