$2 per day. Valid during class hours from 7 am - 10 pm
Permit machine locations indicated by a D on the Map
Hillsdale (Lot 1), Beethoven (Lot 2), Galileo (Lot 6) and Stadium (Lot 11)
Visitors to campus may park in PayBySpace visitor parking in Beethoven in Lot 2A and 2D (between 1 am and 5 pm) and Forum Lot 8 (between 7 am and 10 pm). Visitor must purchase a visitor permit ($1 per hour) at the PayBySpace permit machines located in the lots.
(indicated by V on the Map).
Hillsdale Lot 1, Beethoven Lot 2, Galileo Lot 6, Bulldog Lot 9B, 9C, 9D or Stadium Lot 11
Beethoven Lot 2B, DaVinci Lot 3, Socrates Lot 4, Marie Curie Lot 5, Edison Lot 7*, Bulldog Lot 9A, or Sandbox Lot 10
(* indicates lot available for student parking after 5 pm only, permit required)
Olympian Lot 12 staff and members of the San Mateo Athletic Club, and patrons and clients of Cosmetology and Dental programs
By special permit only (contact Disability Resource Center, Building 10, First Floor, (650) 574-6438)
Marie Curie Lot 5 and Galileo Lot 6D (Indicated by M on the Map)
Parking Permit Requirements
All persons driving motor vehicles (except motorcycles) onto campus and utilizing the parking facilities during regular class hours (Monday-Friday; 7 am -10 pm), including final examinations, are required to obtain and display a parking permit on their vehicle. A parking permit is not required for students riding motorcycles and parking must be in designated Motorcycle Parking in Marie Curie Lot 5 and Galileo Lot 6. Student parking permits are available for $50 each for the fall and spring semesters (Fall/Spring Permit $90) and $25 for the summer session; parking permits for students with California Board of Governors (BOG) waivers are $30 per semester.
Lost or Stolen Parking Permits
If a permit is lost or stolen replacements are available at full price.
Purchasing Parking Permits
Students may purchase parking permits online using WebSMART. Permits may be ordered and paid for online and mailed to the student’s residence. Students may also order a permit online from computers located on the third floor of Building 10 (Admissions and Records Office and Business Office) and then pay for the permit and pick it up in the Cashier’s Office. See Semester Parking Permit for more information.
Students also have the option of purchasing daily parking permits from the permit machines located in Hillsdale Lot 1, Beethoven Lot 2, Galileo Lot 6 and Stadium Lot 11. Permits are transferable from vehicle to vehicle. Students may obtain permits in person at the Cashiers Office.
Daily parking permits ($2) are available from machines designated on the campus map. Parking permits for disabled students who have paid the parking fee are issued only by the Disability Resource Center (Building 10, First Floor, (650) 574-6438).
Displaying Student Parking Permits
Permits must be displayed in the vehicle with the number visible from the exterior of the vehicle. They may be either affixed on the inside lower left of the windshield (above the steering wheel) or affixed to a plastic hanger suspended from the inside rear view mirror. Plastic permit hangers may be obtained from the Bookstore for $1 plus tax. Permits may be used on multiple vehicles.
Vehicles with improperly displayed permits will be subject to citation. It is the permit holder’s responsibility to properly display the permit in the vehicle and to notify CSM’s Department of Public Safety promptly if the permit is lost or stolen.
Daily parking permits are available for purchase for $2.00 each from permit dispensers in Hillsdale Lot 1B, Beethoven Lots 2A and 2E, Galileo Lot 6B, and Stadium Lot 11. Daily permits are valid in all lots where, and when, students are authorized to park. These permits must be displayed face-up on the dashboard.
Semester parking permits and daily parking permits are valid on all three campuses of the District (College of San Mateo, Skyline College and Cañada College).
A grace period allowing for the purchase of permits will be in effect during the first two weeks of the spring and fall semesters and the first week of the summer session in student lots only. All staff parking lots are strictly enforced. The grace period pertains only to student permits with all other parking regulations enforced at all times in all parking lots and roadways.
Visitors may park in PayBySpace Visitor Lots Beethoven 2A, 2D and Forum Lot 8 ($0.25 for each 15 minutes). After entering the space number in which the vehicle is parked into the machine and depositing sufficient money to purchase required time the permit machine located at each of the visitor lots will issue a receipt that need not be displayed in the vehicle.
Visitors may also park in a student lot after purchasing and displaying in the vehicle (face up on dashboard) a $2 daily permit. Parking permit machines are located in Hillsdale Lot 1B, Beethoven Lots 2A and 2E, Galileo Lot 6B and Stadium Lot 11. For the location of the parking lots please see a campus map.
San Mateo Athletic Club Parking
Special parking permits issued by the San Mateo Athletic Club are required at all times for parking in Olympian Lot 12. All other permits are not valid. For more information, call (650) 378-7373 or visit smccd.edu/sanmateoathleticclub.
Traffic and Parking Regulations
The campus speed limit is 15 mph.
Parking is permitted only on blacktop surfaces in specifically marked parking spaces. Parking on unpaved areas, in roadways, in crosshatched areas, in marked end zones, in areas posted as no parking zones, or in any unauthorized area is prohibited. Vehicles parked backed into diagonal parking spaces can create a hazard when exiting and will be subject to citation.
Driving or parking within the inner campus is prohibited.
The campus is open daily from 7 am to 10 pm.
Stopped or standing vehicles on sidewalks, roadways or restricted areas will be subject to citation.
Parking regulations are enforced at all times. Pedestrians have the right of way at all times.
Skateboards and Bicycles
The riding of skateboards on campus is prohibited by SMCCCD Regulations. Bicycles may be operated on campus. The California Vehicle Code prohibits the operation of bicycles on sidewalks.
Spaces painted blue and marked with the disabled logo are reserved for those persons with a California disabled placard or license plate in conjunction with a student parking permit. Holders of a CSM disabled person parking permit in conjunction with a student parking permit may park in any parking lot, but may not park in a disabled space without a state issued disabled placard or license plate. Special permits must be displayed as noted on the permit.
SamTrans bus service has two direct routes to the campus (#250 and #260) and connecting bus routes from the Hillsdale Shopping Center and the Caltrain Station serving the CSM campus throughout the day. All buses have wheelchair lifts and also serve students attending evening classes. Routing information is available by calling 1-800-660-4BUS or via the Web at samtrans.com and caltrain.com. Printed schedules and maps are also available at the Student Life and Leadership Office in Building 17, Room 112.
Elevator access is available in the following buildings: 1, 2, 4, 8, 9, 12, 14, 18 and 36.
Parking, traffic regulations, and the California Vehicle Code are enforced under the authority of Section 21113A CVC*. Consistent or flagrant violations may cause the vehicle to be towed away at the owner's expense.
The District provides parking on its facilities but accepts no liability for vandalism, theft, or accident.
Except for specific spaces reserved for visitors, staff and the disabled, parking is on a first-come, first-served basis. The permit is not a guarantee of a parking space. Citations for parking violations are sent to the Office of Parking Violations weekly. All citations are reviewed by the Office of Parking Violations and must be processed through the Office of Parking Violations procedures. Directions for requesting a hearing are explained on the citation.
* In accordance with California Vehicle Code Section 40202, citations may not be informally rescinded by College of San Mateo authorities.
Appealing a Parking Citation
See instructions on the Appealing a Parking Citation page.
College Public Safety Services
San Mateo County Community College District maintains a Public Safety Service to provide for the security of persons and facilities at each college in the District. The Public Safety Service at each college is assigned responsibility for enforcing parking regulations and providing various security duties. Public Safety Service at College of San Mateo is provided by classified security officers and is located on the second floor of Building 1. Enforcement of moving traffic regulations is the responsibility of the San Mateo Police Department.