Note: This information was provided at the time of print for the class schedule. For the latest information, visit Parking.​

Transportation at Santa Monica College

Santa Monica College encourages everyone to find a way to get to the main campus without the need to park a car there.

Visit smc.edu/transportation to learn about the transportation services and choices available at SMC.

Then head to the FREE personalized trip planner corsaircommute.com to explore customized point-to-point options, with features that include costs, times, and route maps, as well as health and sustainability factors such as calories burned and CO2 emitted.

On-Campus Parking

Virtual Parking Permits

Planning where you park to come to SMC is very important because parking spaces are limited, and street parking in the surrounding neighborhoods is restricted on most days and evenings.

An SMC virtual parking permit does NOT guarantee you a parking space. What a virtual parking permit does is entitle you to use on-campus student parking areas on a space-available, first-arrival basis. Note: Your SMC virtual parking permit is for on-campus parking only — it is not a residential (street) parking permit. For parking at SMC’s main campus, SMC Performing Arts Center, or the Center for Media and Design, you MUST purchase a virtual parking permit for $85 for the fall or spring semester and $45 for the winter or summer session. The purchased virtual parking permit provides access to parking lots at ALL SMC campuses. You may purchase virtual parking permits online through Corsair Connect.

If you have been awarded a California College Promise Grant for the academic year, you may purchase a virtual parking permit for $30 at the Cashier’s Office.

Parking at SMC Airport Arts and Bundy campuses is FREE if you are attending classes there, but requires a virtual parking permit. Satellite campus virtual parking permits may be picked up in person or — for a small fee to cover mailing costs — requested online through Corsair Connect. See the SMC Transportation website for details.

Parking at the SMC Bundy Lot is FREE for ALL SMC students, but requires a virtual parking permit. Please see the SMC Transportation website for the latest details.

PLEASE NOTE: Student virtual parking permits are NOT valid for faculty/staff parking areas.

Inter-Campus Shuttle Service is FREE (SMC I.D. required). Please consult the SMC Transportation website for routes and operating hours.

Visitor Parking: Visitors who have not made prior arrangements with Campus Police may park — for $10 per day, with no in-and-out privileges — in the Visitor Parking area at Lot 6, located at 14th Street and Pico Boulevard.

Accessible Parking: The display of a DMV accessible placard AND an SMC virtual parking permit entitles you to park in any accessible, student, or staff parking space.

An important caution: Because car alarms are disruptive to other students and our neighbors, cars with activated alarms in the SMC parking areas will be towed immediately at your expense.

Relevant Telephone Numbers

  • Parking Information(310) 434-4608
  • Center for Students With Disabilities(310) 434-4265
  • Cashier’s Office(310) 434-4664
  • College Police(310) 434-4608 or (310) 434-4300

Shuttle & Satellite Campus Parking

Bundy (BUNDY) / Airport Arts (AIR) – Students may park free at SMC’s Bundy and Airport Arts campuses and then ride the SMC shuttle and BBB #44 to the main campus at no cost with student ID. You will need a free satellite campus virtual parking permit, available online.

The Big Blue Bus operates the SMC Campus Connector #44 during the day Monday through Friday, connecting the main campus and Bundy/Airport Arts campus. Another option is to take the BBB #14 from the Expo train at the Bundy Station.

Center for Media and Design (CMD) – Student virtual parking permits for parking at the Center for Media and Design cost $85 for the fall or spring semester and $45 for the summer or winter session. These permits are also valid for parking at all campuses.

The CMD is served by BBB #16, and 43 until 6 p.m. From 6 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. use a Lyft Shared code to get to satellite campuses.

Parking at CMD is ONLY for individuals with a class or business at that campus.

Performing Arts Center (PAC) – Student virtual parking permits for parking at the Performing Arts Center cost $85 for the fall or spring semester and $45 for the summer or winter session. These permits are also valid for parking at all campuses.

The Big Blue Bus operates Routes #41 and #42, connecting the SMC Performing Arts Center with the main campus until 6 p.m. From 6 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. use a Lyft Shared code to get to satellite campuses.

For up-to-date information, and to find shuttle schedule times and hours of operation, visit smc.edu/transportation and click on the “Intercampus Shuttles” link.

Graphic of the SMC College Campuses and Transit Map 

Motorcycles, Mopeds, Bicycles, Etc.

Motorcycles and mopeds may be parked only in designated areas of Structures 1 and 3, and Lot 5. Parking permits for motorcycles and mopeds can be purchased online or in-person at the Cashier's Office.

The SMC Bike Park, located on Pearl Street (near the Media Center and Math Complex), provides 400 bike spaces, 60 skateboard parking slots, a DIY repair station, and a hydration station. Additional bike racks are conveniently located at several points on campus: by the ESL building at the southwest corner of campus, at both ends of the Science Complex, and near the Business building, Parking Structure 3, and Art Complex. Bicycles may be parked ONLY in designated areas.

The use of skateboards, hoverboards, roller skates, or roller blades is prohibited on campus.

Public Transit

Santa Monica College has always enjoyed a unique geographical advantage. We’re easy to get to by bus and by train on the Metro Rail Expo Line.

Big Blue Bus (BBB): The Santa Monica Big Blue Bus offers several direct lines to SMC’s main campus, as well as intercampus shuttle service at various times of the day. Route maps and schedules are available at the Campus Store, through the bus lines themselves, and on the Big Blue Bus website (bigbluebus.com/smc). “Any Line, Any Time” At No Cost: All SMC students with a current student I.D. AND paid AS membership can ride ANY Big Blue Bus ANY time for FREE! Your SMC student I.D. must first be swipe-activated. Special thanks go to the SMC Associated Students for funding this major expansion of SMC’s transportation initiative improving access to SMC and reducing traffic and air pollution.

Expo Train: Metro Rail Expo Line offers train service from Santa Monica to Downtown Los Angeles, with connections to transit to other areas. The 17th Street/Santa Monica College Station is a 12-minute walk from the main campus, BBB lines 41 and 42 operate between the station and the main campus, and the SMC shuttle makes a stop there, too. Student Metro discounted passes available online. See metro.net for schedules, fares, connections, and other details.

* Transfer from BBB to Metro for 50¢ with a special SMC TAP card from the bookstore for $1. Student monthly passes sold for $43.

Carpools/Vanpools & Ride-Hailing: Find carpool matches at corsaircommute.com, Metro's Ride Match, or Waze Carpool, and vanpool matches at vride.com. To save money and reduce congestion, use the “Pool” version of Lyft and Uber when possible. Always set pickup and drop off at Pico and 19th, NOT Pearl Street.

Breeze Bike Share: Rental bikes are available — with special SMC student rates — on every campus and at other convenient locations throughout Santa Monica. See santamonicabikeshare for details. Use your SMC email to get the discount.


Relevant Telephone Numbers

  • Big Blue Bus Information(310) 451-5444
  • Metro Information(323) 466-3876
  • Culver City Bus Information(310) 253-6500
  • Cashier’s Office(310) 434-4664

Safety Escort Service

Your safety is a key element in quality education. To protect members of the SMC community, the College provides students, staff, and faculty attending evening sessions with walking escorts within the area bounded by Delaware Street, 21st Street, Ocean Park Boulevard, and 14th Street.

The FREE service is provided Monday through Thursday, from 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

To request a walking escort, simply dial 4300 from any telephone on campus. An SMC escort will meet you anywhere within the service area and walk you to your destination.

Relevant Telephone Numbers

  • Safety Escort Service (from a campus phone)4300
  • College Police – General Information(310) 434-4608

SMC Locations

Main Campus
1900 Pico Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA 90405

Center for Media and Design (CMD)
1660 Stewart Street, Santa Monica, CA 90404

Administration
2714 Pico Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA 90405

Airport Arts Campus (AIR)
2800 Airport Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90405

Bundy Campus (BUNDY)
3171 S. Bundy Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90066

Emeritus Campus
1227 2nd Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401

Performing Arts Center (PAC)
1310 11th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401

Additional Class Locations

John Adams Middle School
2425 16th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90405

Santa Monica High School
601 Pico Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA 90405