Annual campus Move-In begins Thursday, September 19

To: UC Santa Cruz Community

From: Dave Keller, Executive Director, Housing Services and Dan Henderson, Director, Transportation and Parking Services

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This week we are preparing to welcome more than 9,000 residential students to our community. University Housing will open its doors for occupancy beginning Thursday, Sept. 19.  New student Move-In will continue through Sunday, Sept. 22, while returning students are scheduled to Move-In Monday September 23 - Wednesday Sept. 25.

 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.

We anticipate thousands of additional vehicles on campus for the Move-In period. This creates a significant challenge for the campus community, particularly on the weekdays. Principal officers and managers are encouraged to consider alternative work sites for staff members at the discretion of the supervisor, if operationally feasible. Additionally, we strongly encourage the use of alternative commute options to get to and from campus (such as sharing a ride or utilizing public transportation, such as Santa Cruz Metro bus service) to help accommodate the Move-In traffic. That being said, it is important to note the following restrictions and alternative parking options: 

Many of the parking lots near colleges and both remote lots will be restricted on different days during Move-In. For additional details regarding traffic patterns, access and restricted parking lots, please check the maps below (maps are subject to change up to each Move-In date):

Transportation, parking and traffic impacts for Thursday 9/19

Transportation, parking and traffic impacts for Friday 9/20

Transportation, parking and traffic impacts for Saturday 9/21

Transportation, parking and traffic impacts for Sunday 9/22

Transportation, parking and traffic impacts for Monday 9/23  - Wednesday 9/25

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

Because of these restrictions, those with A, B, C or R permits may need to find alternative parking. Please check the day-specific maps above for non-restricted parking options. Individuals possessing permits normally valid in remote parking lots will be able to park in East Remote Overflow Lot 5 during Move-In.

One-way traffic controls will be in place on Porter-Kresge Road on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Traffic will only be allowed to go from Porter to Kresge; no traffic will be allowed to drive into the Kresge entrance from upper Heller Drive, north of McLaughlin. Those needing to access Kresge must enter through Porter.

 Cowell and Stevenson Service Roads: One-way traffic only. Cowell and Stevenson Service Roads will be one-way traffic only on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Access to the area will be from Cowell Service Road on Hagar (near the Cowell Provost House) only; traffic will exit onto the Cowell-Stevenson Road near the Stevenson Circle.

From Thursday through Saturday, Hagar Drive will be closed to downhill traffic at McLaughlin Drive. Drivers are asked to use southbound Coolidge Drive (overlooking the Pogonip) as an alternative.

Finally, it’s important to note that, in addition to Move-In traffic, the roads leading to and from campus may be affected by school release times Thursday and Friday afternoons, the Santa Cruz Triathlon on Sunday, road work along Bay Drive and typical visitor traffic over the entire weekend.

Full Move-In details and schedules for specific colleges and ARCH housing units can be found at Transportation and parking-specific details can be found at the TAPS website. If you have questions about the changes to parking and traffic flow, please send an email to TAPS at

Thank you in advance for helping to support a smooth start to the new academic year.