Cal Poly has sold out of both fall quarter and annual parking passes, with one week to go before classes begin.
The university started selling quarterly ($138) and annual ($415) general permits on Aug. 28. Now, only daily ($5) and weekly ($25) permits are available.
On-campus parking has been at a premium since 2015, when construction began on the new student housing complex near the Grand Avenue entrance, Cal Poly spokesman Matt Lazier said. The housing complex is being built on two former surface parking lots, though the project will include about 450 parking spaces when it is finished.
The university also sold out its general parking permits early in the fall quarter last year.
Of the campus’ 7,406 available parking spaces, fewer than half are given over to “general” parking spots. Of the 2,782 such spots, about half are “orange lots,” dedicated to quarter and annual parking permit holders. The remaining university parking spots are reserved for specialty parking, including residents, faculty, staff, sponsored guests, motorcycles and handicap-accessible spots.
Lazier said university policy is to over-sell the “general parking” passes “by a targeted 30 percent,” because permit holders are unlikely to all need campus parking at the same time.
“The university always encourages students and employees alike, when possible, to utilize alternative and public transportation,” Lazier said.
Cal Poly has added several hundred new bike racks throughout the campus and has developed a bike-share rental program on campus.
One factor Lazier said won’t affect university parking: the bigger-than-expected incoming student class size. Freshmen generally are not permitted to bring vehicles on campus, though the university will grant certain exceptions.