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USF Transportation Programs

The University of San Francisco has approximately 600 on-campus parking spaces and provides a number of commuter incentive programs and services to the community.


The University of San Francisco provides a number of commuter incentive programs and services to the university community. Implemented in compliance with the State of California’s Clean Air Quality Act and the American Disabilities Act, they are also designed to better manage campus parking resources.

Public Transportation

USF provides discounted SF Muni passes for the fall and spring semesters to undergraduate students. The Muni bus lines 5-Fulton and 31-Balboa run parallel to the USF campus.

  • 5-Fulton stops at the corner of Fulton and Parker streets, in front of the Kendrick School of Law and St. Ignatius Church on the lower main campus. 5-Fulton also stops at Fulton and Clayton streets, in front of Malloy Hall and on the south side of Fulton adjacent to lower campus.
  • 31-Balboa stops at Chabot Terrace and Turk Street, directly in front of the staircase to the Lone Mountain complex. It also stops by the 281 Masonic classroom and office building at the corner of Turk and Masonic streets.

Visit511.orgto find complete information on all of the public transportation options, traffic alerts, and green transportation alternatives in San Francisco and the surrounding Bay Area.

Public Transit Systems

  • Muni operates San Francisco's buses, subways, streetcars, and historic cable cars.Undergraduate students have a semester pass for all SF Muni lines incorporated into their tuition.

    For individuals on a limited income, Muni offers theLifeline Passat a 50% discount off the standard adult monthly pass price. To find out more about eligibility requirements and how to apply, visit theSFMTA website.

    Wheelchair access varies per route, but all Metro (underground) stations are fully accessible.

    Check Muni times atNextBus.


    Phone:(415) 673-6864

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  • BART rail lines link San Francisco with the East Bay and Colma. In San Francisco, trains run under Market Street with stops at the Embarcadero, Montgomery Street, Powell Street, and the Civic Center Stations.

    Train Hours

    • Monday–Friday, 4 a.m.–midnight
    • Saturday, 6 a.m.–midnight
    • Sunday, 8 a.m.–midnight

    All BART stations and cars are wheelchair accessible.

    For More Information

    Phone:(415) 989-2278

  • AC Transit buses connect San Francisco with East Bay cities in the counties of Alameda and west Contra Costa, including the cities of Oakland and Berkeley. In San Francisco, AC Transit buses depart daily from Transbay Terminal located at First and Mission Streets.

    For More Information

    Phone:(510) 817-1717

  • Caltrain provides rail service daily between San Francisco and San Jose. Trains are scheduled to accommodate commuter travel.

    For More Information

    Phone:(800) 660-4287

  • Golden Gate Bus transit serves San Francisco and North Bay communities including Sausalito, Mill Valley, and other towns as far north as Santa Rosa.

    For More Information

    Phone:(415) 455-2000

  • Golden Gate Ferry Service provides daily service between the San Francisco Ferry Building and terminals in Larkspur and Sausalito.

    Ferries are wheelchair accessible.

    For More Information

    Phone:(415) 455-2000

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Commuting by Bicycle

There are a number ofbike racks on the USF campus, which can be located through ourtransportation map.

Bicycle Policies

  • Bicycle Campus Parking Policy
  • Bicycle Safety Tips and Theft Prevention
  • Abandoned Bicycle Policy
  • Abandoned Bicycle Authority

Carpool, Vanpool, Rideshare, and Other Options


The University of San Francisco has approximately 600 parking spaces available on campus. The vast majority of these spaces are used by faculty and staff. However, a handful of spaces are allocated to students each academic year.

Student Parking

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 lottery system to students living outside of a 3-mile radius from campus. During the summer, however, students may purchase any type of parking permit.

Parking On Campus

All parking lots on campus are available on a first-come, first-serve basis for faculty, staff, students, and guests with valid permits. Semester and annual permits can be purchased through iParq, and daily permits can be purchased from the Main Gate or Lone Mountain Gate kiosks for $20.

The following links will acquaint you further with parking spaces at USF:

Campus parking mapCampus map

Special Event Parking

USF also offers USF departments and non-USF departments the opportunity to allow guests at special events to park on campus without permits.For more information, please

General Parking Rules and Regulations

All drivers on campus are subject to the University of San Francisco parking regulations. Each driver is responsible for knowing and abiding by these regulations. The rules and regulations apply 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.Students living within 3 miles of campus are not eligible for parking permits. Faculty and staff living within a ½ mile of campus are not eligible for parking permits.

  1. A valid University of San Francisco issuedparking permit is required/must be displayedto park on University of San Francisco property.Payment alone does not qualify someone to park.Permits are only valid through the expiration date shown in your account or when permit is scanned.
  2. All faculty, staff, students, affiliates, and guests may only have one semester parking permit at all times.
  3. Any persons with outstanding on-campus vehicle citations will not be issued a USF parking permit.
  4. It is the sole responsibility of the person applying to provide the correct vehicle information in the application for the USF parking permit. Any misinformation may result in a citation. While we do not require copies of vehicle registration, up to 5 vehicles for Faculty/Staff, 1 for Students, 1 for Vendors, and 2 for Koret Patrons may be registered and attached to the applicant’s account.
  5. Permits are for the sole use of the person named in the parking permit application.Any attempt to transfer, loan, or resell the permit will result in confiscation of the permit and denies the right to obtain future permits with the University.
  6. PARKING PERMITS DO NOT GUARANTEE YOUR VEHICLE A PARKING SPACE.Please be aware of parking signs indicating which parking spaces/lots/garages you are allowed to park in.
  7. Do not lose your permit. A $50 replacement fee will be in effect for lost, misplaced or stolen permits.If you purchase a new vehicle, please log in to your account and update with your new vehicle information. For the addition of your vehicle you can include the VIN information. If your permit becomes damaged, please contact the Department of Public Safety main office at (415) 422.4222, and we can assist you in getting a new one.
  8. Permits may be returned for a full refund minus 30% administration fee during the first 3 weeks of the semester. No refunds are available after the end of the third week of the semester. All requests must be made to the Operations Manager. The permit and original receipt must be provided. Processing of any refund may take a minimum of ten business days. Any refunds will be processed according to the original method of payment.
  9. Parking is permitted only in areas identified as legal parking spaces by stall lines on both sides or in front of vehicle. Parking in an unidentified, illegal parking space is prohibited.
  10. Disabled spaces marked with blue and white disabled signs are intended only for the use of persons displaying proper DMVANDUniversity permits. Parking, obstructing, or preventing access to a disabled stall is unlawful.
  11. The campus speed limit is 10 miles per hour.
  12. Pedestrians must always be given the right of way on campus.
  13. No parking or stopping in fire lanes, no parking areas, and restricted zones.
  14. Areas not specifically designed for parking shall be considered “No Parking” zones.
  15. University officials may place barriers, traffic control devices or fences at any time for official business. Unauthorized movement or removal is prohibited. This may result in a parking citation or removal from University property.
  16. The Department of Public Safety is authorized to cite, boot, and/or tow, at the owner’s expense, any vehicles on University property that violates the University’s Parking Rules and Regulations.
  17. USF Parking Permits obtained from sources other than the USF Department of Public Safety are not valid. Fraudulent and illegally obtained parking permits may be confiscated by the Department of Public Safety.
  18. If granted access, your USF ONE CARD will give you access to security gates located at designated areas and parking lots on campus. You will not be allowed access through the security gates without your USF ONE CARD.
  20. DPS reserves the right to change permit fees or parking application requirements without notice.
  21. All vendors must park in the Temporary Loading and Unloading Zone spots. Vehicles may be towed or cited at the owner’s expense.
  22. Vehicles may not be stored in campus lots or parked in a lot formore than 72 hours at a time*without the authorization of a campus storage form. Customers found in violation may not be eligible for parking permits in the future.

*Koret patrons may not store their vehicles in the USF lots.Koret parking permits are only valid while using the Koret gym facility, up to a maximum of 4 hours.

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Commuter Benefits for Faculty and Staff

All faculty and staff are eligible to set aside pre-tax dollars for qualified commuting expenses up to the monthly IRS limit. Additionally, full-time faculty and staff who do not have a university parking permit and who are not listed on a carpool parking permit may qualify for a USF commuter subsidy contribution of up to $70 per month.

Commuter Benefits page


USF is home to six Zipcars located in the Upper Koret lot. Faculty and Staff can join for $25 a year, with no annual fee ($60 savings). To see which driving plans match your needs or to become a USF Zipcar member, visitZipcar @ USF.

Guaranteed Trip Home

The Guaranteed Trip Home Program is available to faculty and staff who carpool or take public transit to work. The program is intended for those employees who live within the Bay Area and are forced with an emergency that requires an immediate departure from campus to home.

Safety Escort Service and Night Safety Program

The Department of Student Leadership and Engagement and the Department of Public Safety co-sponsor the USF Shuttle and the Night Safety program. Its primary purpose is to provide reasonable transportation to classes, on-campus locations, and off-campus residences within the boundaries of the service.

The Department of Public Safety operates a safety escort service with the USF campus shuttle, Monday through Sunday. Uniformed Public Safety Officers also assist in providing safety escorts when the USF Shuttle is not in service. The service is intended to give you a safe means of transportation when no other form is available.

ADA Shuttle

The shuttle has a primary responsibility to students, staff, and faculty with disabilities. On a case-by-case basis, students in need of medical assistance may be transported to St. Mary's or Kaiser Hospitals (Geary/Divisadero).

USF's Shuttle and Escort Services

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Does University of San Francisco have parking? ›

The University of San Francisco has approximately 600 parking spaces available on campus. The vast majority of these spaces are used by faculty and staff.

Where can I park at University of San Francisco? ›

  • 3490 California Street Parking. $242 hours. 34 min.
  • 2355 Post St. 57 spots. 35 min.
  • 750 Golden Gate Ave. 50 spots. 60+ min.

Does USF allow freshmen for cars? ›

There are designated lots around campus for resident students. Each car must have a valid permit on display to park on campus. Show What do you recommend I bring with me to personalize my room? For a list of items to bring/avoid, please read through our move-in checklist.

How do I get from BART to USF? ›

From the East Bay via BART:

Take any San Francisco-bound train to Powell Street. Exit the station and go to the Muni bus stop at Fifth and Market streets. Take the 5 Fulton or 31 Balboa to USF.

Is USF parking free on weekends? ›

After 5:30 PM and on weekends, with a valid "D" permit displayed, permit designations are lifted and meters and Pay-by-Spaces do not have to be paid. All labeled and reserved spaces, including "R" lots, are restricted for their intended use at all times, 24/7.

Is there free street parking in San Francisco? ›

For those wanting to spend their evenings in San Francisco, we recommend taking advantage of the free metered parking in town. Most meters are enforced between 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, so anything outside the time is fair game to park at for free.

Is there free parking at UCSF? ›

Parking is free for the first two hours at the 7th Avenue/Irving Lot, at 1316A Seventh Avenue near Judah Street. Almost every street around the UCSF Parnassus Campus has free parking spots available – make sure to check for permit requirements and other parking restrictions before parking on any street.

How much is parking at UCSF? ›

Daily parking rates at an off-campus Mission Bay garage are $15 - $20, on average. Metered parking in the neighborhood will cost you $1 - $2 an hour, but street parking is minimal near the UCSF Mission Bay campus.

How much does it cost to park at UCSF Mission Bay? ›

Parking rates may vary from $2 up to $12 per hour, depending on the area and additional services provided, such as: valet parking. EV charging.

Do you have to pay for parking at USF? ›

Yes. Parking permits are required to park on the USF Tampa Campus 24 hours a day/7 days a week, year round. Show How can I access my parking account? All USF Students, Faculty and Staff can log into their parking account using their USF NetID on MyUSF.

Do you need a car at USF? ›

Do I need a car to get around USF? No. Students have the following transportation options: The USF Bull Runner® Transit provides transportation through campus and locations off-campus including the University Mall, a local grocery store, and off-campus apartment complexes, seven days a week.

Can you have a car at USF? ›

General Permit Information

Parking permits are required to park on campus 24/7. Most permits are virtual, and all physical permits are the property of the University of South Florida. Individuals parking at USF have an obligation to register their vehicle(s) to their parking permit.

Where does the BART run in San Francisco? ›

Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) connects the San Francisco Peninsula with communities in the East Bay and South Bay. BART service currently extends as far as Millbrae, Richmond, Antioch, Dublin/Pleasanton, and Berryessa/North San José.

How much is daily parking at USF? ›

$5.00 per day

Is there guest parking at USF? ›

As a visitor to our campus you can elect to use one of the following: Daily/Visitor Parking. Pay Stations (Timed) Metered Parking.

Does USF have visitor parking? ›

There are several one-hour visitor parking spaces around the campus. A visitor may park for free for one hour in designated visitor spaces only up to three times per semester. A visitor is any person who is not a member of the university community on any of the USF campuses.

Is parking difficult in San Francisco? ›

The city is notorious for having one of the worst traffic in the country, and there is no such thing as easy parking in SF. However, there are plenty of street parking spaces and even more parking garages spread out across the city, that you will eventually always be able to find SF parking.

Why is parking so expensive in San Francisco? ›

In San Francisco, it might seem impossible to find cheap parking – especially in downtown, where there's always high traffic. Most garages have drive-up rates in double digits, and those could go up any time due to high demand or special events.

What is the safest place to park in San Francisco? ›

However, San Francisco has an ongoing car break-in problem. So, we wouldn't recommend parking on the street if you are unsure about the neighborhood's safety. Your other option is 24-hour public parking facilities like the Union Square Garage and Sutter-Stockton Garage downtown.

Does University of San Francisco have dorms? ›

Located in the center of campus, Toler Hall is just steps away from the bookstore, classroom buildings, and dining locations. This residence hall houses a dynamic community where students can discover a sense of belonging at USF.

How do you keep your car safe in San Francisco? ›

The best way to prevent vehicle theft or break-in is to always lock doors, close windows/sunroof, and never leave valuables in your car. If a theft or break-in occurs, report immediately to the police.

What is the acceptance rate for university of San Francisco? ›

Does USF require freshmen to live on campus? ›

Are freshmen required to live on campus at USF? As of Fall 2022, Freshmen are not required to live on campus at USF. Historically, The University of South Florida did require Freshmen to live on campus! Some of the University's programs may require students to live in dormitories on campus.

Is car theft common in San Francisco? ›

San Francisco is a beautiful city with a big problem — car theft. In 2021, nearly 2000 cars were stolen, and there were tens of thousands of car crimes in popular areas like North Beach and The Mission District.

Will my car get broken into in San Francisco? ›

Unfortunately, car break-ins are not at all uncommon in SF; in fact, experiencing a “smash and grab” is practically a rite of passage in the city.

How do you keep thieves out of your car? ›

Help Prevent Car Break-ins
  1. Secure Your Vehicle. Roll your car windows up all the way and engage the car alarm, but do not depend on it as the only way to deter a thief. ...
  2. Keep Your Vehicle Tidy. Thieves like to window shop! ...
  3. Conceal All Proof. ...
  4. Stash Before You Park. ...
  5. Park Smart.


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