Building Community While Supporting Your Transportation Needs

Being a college student can be a thrilling experience, but it can also present unique challenges that you may need to seek extra support for. In particular, if you are a commuter student, we highly encourage you to be proactive in how best to balance your time commuting while also being on campus. We want our first year commuters to feel a strong sense of community even though they are not living in the residence halls and may, at times, feel isolated from campus. Below are several resources that can help commuter students navigate their transportation needs and still feel a strong sense of belonging at UCLA.

UCLA Transportation Services

The Transportation Services Department is dedicated to supporting all your transportation needs and has an excellent overview of commuter options on their website broken down by how far your commute would be and also specific transit options which include public transportation, biking, walking, carpool, vanpool, and information on parking.

UCLA Carpool Permit

Carpooling to campus is a great option for those students who are able to drive 2-3 students in his/her car. One of the many perks of being in a valid UCLA carpool is registered students are not only guaranteed a parking permit, but they receive this permit at a discounted rate! For more information, visit Transportation Services website's Student Carpool Permit Requirements

UCLA Vanpool Program

If you are live next to several of your fellow Bruins, you may be able to be part of the UCLA Vanpool Program that typically runs Monday-Friday and picks up at a common location in your neighborhood. Vanpool is a nice alternative to driving and allows you to save money on your commute, relax along the route, and an excellent way to meet other commuter students.

UCLA's Community Programs Office (CPO) also offers a van service option for students who live within a 15-30 mile radius from campus. If you are interested in learning more about this service, please fill out an application by visiting the CPO office in the Student Activities Center located in room 105 at the front desk. Make sure to take a copy of your study list with you.

Bruin Commuter Club

The Bruin Commuter Club (BCC) is a complimentary transportation program for those commuting to UCLA by public transit, bicycle, carpool, vanpool, or by foot. BCC offers exclusive benefits for those who quality using alternative transportation with such incentives as gift cards and discounted parking when needed. Students must be actively registered at UCLA and use one of the following: vanpool (full time), carpool, or public transit and not hold a UCLA permit. See here for more details on how to apply.

Parking on Campus

Parking at UCLA is not guaranteed for students which is why we highly encourage you to take advantage of alternative forms of transportation. 

If you are wanting to obtain a permit, registered students need to fill out the online application and follow specific guidelines. Please be mindful of application deadlines for incoming students as the spaces fill up very quickly. Go to the Transportation Parking website for more information on how to proceed.

Parking in Westwood

The Westwood Village neighborhood adjacent to UCLA offers some great options for shopping, food, and other items you may need as a university student. If you are searching for parking in Westwood, there are over 30 parking lots in Westwood Village. 

ParkMe offers an interactive map of parking lots and garage prices near campus and is able to provide real-time availability for most lots.

LA Express Park and Parkopedia can also offer real-time availability for parking options around campus.  

Street parking is also available all day on parts of Veteran Avenue, Gayley Avenue, and Hilgard Avenue. Make sure you read the street signs carefully as there are street sweeping days and you are at risk of receiving a parking violation if you do not follow the parking restrictions. Usually the Eastside of the street is on Thursdays and the Westside of the street is on Fridays. 

Get Connected on Social Media

There are several commuter-related facebook groups which you can join to keep you connected to campus and help you build community among your fellow Bruin commuters. 

Click below to learn more!

UCLA Apartment Parking for Lease/Rent

UCLA Commuters

UCLA Carpoolers


UCLA Bay Area Carpool



Join our First Year Commuter Listserv!

First Year Experience is dedicated to making sure you as a commuter get access to campus resources and receive information about on and off campus events that can connect you to the Bruin community. Join our first year commuter listserv and receive weekly emails about these exciting opportunities that also include information on jobs, internships, and scholarship opportunities so you can always be in-the-know!

First Year Bruin Commuter Listserv