Note: Parking permits are free due to the pandemic, but you still are required to register your vehicle and obtain a permit. Permits are VIRTUAL, and do not require a sticker or printed document. Officers will scan license plates in order to verify permit.
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 can be purchased online.
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.
Only vehicles with registered license plates may use SMC's parking lots. Any parked vehicle that is not registered through with an online parking permit will be subject to a parking citation.
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.
Additional Public Transit Connecting Bundy campus and Main campus includes the Big Blue Bus Line 14 on Bundy Drive. This line connects to the Bundy Metro Expo Station and Line 7 on Pico Blvd, which stops at SMC's main campus, located at 1900 Pico Blvd.
All satellite campuses are accessible by Big Blue Bus or Lyft. Visit the Intercampus Shuttle Page for details.
- Directions: Students can park in Structures 2, 3, and 4.
- Enter structure 2 under the Student Services Center from Pico and 18th.
- Enter structures 3 and 4 from Pico at 16th or Pico at 17th.
Center for Media & Design
- Directions: Enter on Pennsylvania Ave.
Performing Arts Center
- Location: Enter at 1310 11th St. or at Santa Monica Blvd. and 11th St.
Bundy & Airport Arts (w/bus to main campus)
- Directions: Enter at 3171 S. Bundy Dr., Los Angeles.
Visitor parking for the main campus is available for $11 per day. Purchase visitor parking passes online. 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.
Note: Samohi does not have parking for students. Students can park on the street and will need to pay.
For more information, see Parking in Santa Monica.
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
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.
5 level I charging ports (with cords) 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.
18 level II EV charging ports are located on each level of the Student Services Center garage. 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.
8 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 110 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.
4 level II charging ports in the parking lot. Please be courteous to other drivers and move your car after three hours or you are fully charged, whichever comes first.
- $0.27 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.
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.