Parking is extremely challenging on the SMC Main campus. If you must drive, allow extra time for traffic and parking to avoid being late to class. We recommend parking for free at Bundy campus where there are plenty of open spaces and using the BBB #44 (runs every 14 minutes) to get to main campus.
Buying Parking Permits
All vehicles parked on SMC property must have a valid parking permit in order to park. All those without a valid permit will be ticketed. Such vehicles as motorcycles, electric vehicles, and vehicles with handicapped placards/hang tags are not exempt.
Parking permits for Main campus, Center for Media and Design (CMD), and the Performing Arts Center (PAC) can be purchased online at www.smc.edu/parking or in-person at the Cashier's Office. Permits for Bundy and Airport Arts campuses are free but must also be obtained through the same website above. See information about free parking at Bundy and Airport below.
Students may register 1 vehicle per permit.
SMC employees may register up to 3 vehicles per permit but a citation will be issued if more than one vehicle, registered to the same permit, is parked in one of the SMC lots at the same time.
Paid permits are valid for parking at all campuses (Main, PAC, CMD, and Bundy) but the free Bundy permit is only valid for Bundy and Airport.
Cost: $85 fall/spring, $45 summer/winter
Directions: Students can park in Structures 2, 3 & 4.
- Enter structure 1 from Pico at 18th.
- Enter structures 3 and 4 from Pico at 16th
Parking enforced: Monday – Thursday, 8 a.m. - 10 p.m., Friday: 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Center for Media & Design
- Cost: $85 fall/spring, $45 summer/winter
- Directions: Enter on Pennsylvania Ave.
- Parking enforced: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. - 11 p.m.
Performing Arts Center
- Cost: $85 fall/spring, $45 summer/winter
- Location: Enter at 1310 11th St. or at Santa Monica Blvd, and 11th street.
- Parking enforced: Monday - Thursday, 7 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Friday: 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Bundy & Airport Arts (w/bus to main campus)
- Cost: Free, Bundy permit required
- Directions: Enter at 3171 S. Bundy Dr., Los Angeles.
- Parking enforced: Monday - Thursday: 8 a.m. - 10 p.m., Friday: 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.
*FREE Parking at Bundy and Airport Arts CampusesAvoid the cost of parking and the frustrations of finding a spot at main campus by parking for FREE at the Bundy or Airport Arts campuses. Then take one of the frequent, free buses or shuttles to main campus. Free parking permits are required and can be obtained at smc.edu/parking. The Airport Arts campus is within walking distance of the Bundy campus.
All satellite campuses are accessible by Big Blue Bus or Lyft Shared. Visit the Intercampus Shuttle Page for details.
Visitor parking for the main campus is available for $10 per day. Purchase visitor parking passes online at www.smc.edu/parking. All students and visitors are expected to follow SMC's parking rules and regulations.
Residential and street parking is restricted in most areas. Restrictions also apply to weekdays, weekends, and evenings. When parking in the area, please read all street signs carefully. PLEASE BE COURTEOUS TO OUR NEIGHBORS at all times by keeping the volume of your sound system, conversations, and other noise to a minimum.
Electric Vehicle Charging
SMC has several solutions for drivers of electric vehicles (EV). There are level II chargers and 120 v outlets that are dedicated to EV charging. Other nearby charging stations can be found using plugshare.com
There are eight (8) level II charging ports in the parking garage. Two are for students and six are for employee use. Currently, there is no cost to use these ports. Please be courteous to other drivers and move your car after four hours or you are fully charged, whichever comes first. A parking permit is required.
There are five (5) level I charging ports located in the southeast side of the Bundy campus parking lot. There is no cost to charge at these ports. Please be courteous to other drivers and move your car after you are charged. Bundy parking permits are free but required.
Eight (8) 120v wall outlets can be found in Lot 3. Students can use 2 on the ground floor and 2 on the bottom floor. Employees can you 4 on the bottom floor or the same 2 on the second floor.
- Please do not use the 120 V outlets found in the parking garages unless they are specifically marked for EV use. These were not designed to be used to charge vehicles and they will trip the outlets.
18 level II EV charging ports are located in the Student Services Center garage (6 on each floor). There are also "staging" spots marked for EV and ZEV drivers only so drivers have a spot to move to once their vehicle is charged. A parking permit is required.
- $0.25 per kWh for the first 4 hours or until the car is fully charged.
- There will be a 30-minute grace period, then the cost increases to $3 per hour.
The new EV charging stations are ChargePoint stations. If you already have a ChargePoint card/account, feel free to start using the stations. Otherwise, sign up with ChargePoint.
It's a free membership and ChargePoint will mail you a card directly. If you would like to start using the stations immediately, you can download the free mobile app (iPhone App Store or Android Play Store), enter your ChargePoint login information, and start a session right over your phone! If all else fails, please call the support number directly on the station and ChargePoint's customer support will assist you. Learn more on How to Charge.
- Please move your car as soon as it is adequately charged to allow others to use the port.
- Parking in a charging spot without actively charging is not permitted and can result in a citation.
Shared Roadway Bicycle Markings (Sharrows)
Sharrows are used to indicate lanes that bicyclists and lawfully allowed to occupy.
Sharrows are used to assist bicyclists with positioning on a shared roadway. They also alert motorists of the location a bicyclist may occupy within the traveled roadway.
A bicycle lane is a designated traffic lane for bicyclists, marked by a solid white line, typically breaking into a dotted line ending before it reaches the corner. Different from a simple white line showing the edge of the road, a bicycle lane follows specific width requirements and is clearly marked as a bike lane.
- Treat a bicycle lane the same as other traffic lanes.
- Do not turn into the lane if there is a bicyclist in the bike lane.
- Do not obstruct bicycle traffic by reducing the width required for safe bicycle passage, typically 3 to 4 feet.
When you are making a right turn and are within 200 feet of the corner or other driveway entrance, you must enter the bicycle lane only after ensuring there is no bicycle traffic, and then make the turn. Do not drive in the bicycle lanes at any other time.
You may park in a bicycle lane if your vehicle does not block a bicyclist and/or there is not a "No Parking" sign posted.
Drivers of motorized bicycle should use bicycle lanes carefully to avoid collisions with bicyclists.
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.
- Parking: 310-434-4608
- General information: 310-434-4000
- Campus Police: 310-434-4300