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First-Year Undergraduates

2022-2023 Hardship Permits Update

The policy prohibiting first-year residents from bringing a vehicle to campus.  All on-campus residents will receive further information on purchasing a parking permit in mid to late August. Permits starting in the Fall will not go on sale until September 15. If you have questions regarding this policy, please contact us at 


First-year student of Santa Clara University who live in a campus residence hall are not allowed to bring cars on to campus for their Fall through Spring quaters. Upperclassman are not allowed to purchase parking permits for first-year student. The privilege of on-campus parking for both the upperclassman and first-year student can be permanently revoked if this occurs. More information about the First-Year Student Parking Policy can be found First-Year Student Live-On-Campus Residency Parking Policy


Because of a shortage in parking, especially during special events, the University decided that restricting permits for first-year residents would be the fairest solution. The University encourages first-year student to live in residence halls, so they are surrounded by opportunities to get involved. Most on-campus organizations provide their participants with transportation if it is required. There are a number of on-campus jobs available through BroncoLink.

Exceptions to the Policy

Students who transfer from another college or university and have completed a full school year are allowed to buy parking permits. First-year students who can provide adequate evidence that they will face hardship are able to apply for a permit by filling out the Hardship Application Form linked below.

Shopping and Transportation

There are many shopping areas located conveniently near campus. The ASSCU, in conjunction with the Office of Student Life, plans a number of student events and activities throughout the school year to provide first-year student with a myriad of things to do on campus; however, The University's Transportation Pagelists provide a number of public transportation alternatives for first-year student.