Important Notice - Annual campus Move In

To: UCSC Community

From: Dave Keller (Director, Housing Services) and Larry Pageler (Director, Transportation and Parking Services)

This week we are preparing to welcome more than 8,500 residential students to our community. University Housing will open their doors for occupancy beginning Thursday, September 17, and student Move In will continue through Sunday, September 20.

This is an exciting period for our students and their families, and an excellent opportunity for us to welcome them to our University and community. However, residential Move In has impacts on campus parking and traffic and we ask for your patience and flexibility.

It is important to note the following restrictions and alternative parking options:

  • Most of the lots near colleges, and all three remote lots, will be restricted for Move In purposes on different days during Move In.
  • On Thursday, close-in lots near Porter College will be restricted.
  • On Friday, close-in lots near Crown, Merrill, and Kresge will be restricted.

For access during the weekend, please check the maps below for details:

Vehicles without a valid Move In permit will be cited if they park in restricted lots. (Vehicles with disability-related permits or placards are the exception to this rule.)

Because of these restrictions, those with A, B, or R permits may need to find alternative parking. Please check the day-specific maps for non-restricted parking options listed above. Those with R permits will be able to park in East Remote Overflow Lots 4 and 5 during Move In.

From Thursday through Sunday, one-way traffic controls will be in place on Porter-Kresge Road. Traffic will only be allowed to go from Kresge to Porter; no traffic will be allowed to drive into the Porter entrance. Those needing to access Porter must enter through Kresge.

From Thursday through Sunday, Hagar Drive will be closed to downhill traffic at Steinhart Way. Drivers are asked to use southbound Coolidge Drive (overlooking the Pogonip) to exit campus or access areas on Hagar south of the closure.

We anticipate thousands of additional vehicles on campus for the move-in period; this creates a significant challenge for the campus community, particularly on Thursday and Friday. Principal officers and managers are encouraged to consider alternative work sites for staff members at the discretion of the supervisor, if operationally feasible. We strongly encourage the use of alternative transportation options to get to campus (such as sharing a ride with a friend or colleague) to help accommodate the new student traffic.

Full move in details can be found at If you have questions about the changes to parking and traffic flow, please contact Transportation and Parking Services (TAPS) at 459-2190 or Thank you in advance for helping to support a smooth start to the new academic year.