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.
Satellite campus parking and connecting shuttles are free for students and staff with SMC ID.
Route #43 in green connects Metro Rail, SMC main campus, and the Center for Media and Design (CMD).
Route #44 in orange connects Metro Rail, SMC main campus, and Bundy Campus.
Routes #41 in red and #42 in gray connect the Metro Rail, SMC main campus, and Performing Arts Center (PAC).
For more information and schedules go to smc.edu/transportation
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. SMC campus virtual parking permits are NOT VALID AT ANY TIME on neighborhood streets.
Students who drive to SMC may purchase a virtual parking permit to park on the main campus, Performing Arts Center, or the Center for Media and Design. FREE parking is available at these satellite locations: Bundy and Airport Arts but a free virtual parking permit must be obtained.
Student virtual parking permits for parking on the main campus, Performing Arts Center, or Center for Media and Design cost $85 for the fall or spring semester, and $45 for the summer or winter session. Virtual parking permits may be purchased through Corsair Connect or in person at the Cashier’s Office.
Student virtual parking permits for parking at the Bundy and Airport Arts campuses are free. Virtual parking permits may be requested online through Corsair Connect.
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 and Pico.
Accessible Parking: The display of a DMV accessible placard (or plate) AND an SMC parking decal 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 Information310-434-4608
- Center for Students With Disabilities310-434-4265
- Cashier’s Office310-434-4664
- College Police310-434-4608 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 virtual parking permit, available online through Corsair Connect.
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 decals 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. The virtual parking permits are also valid for parking at all campuses.
SMC offers a FREE intercampus shuttle from the Center for Media and Design to the main campus. The main campus shuttle stop is located on Pico Blvd. at 16th Street. Parking at CMD is ONLY for individuals with a class or business at that campus.
The CMD is also served by BBB lines 5, 16, and 43, and Metro’s Expo train at 26th Street/Bergamot Station.
Performing Arts Center (PAC) – Student decals for parking at the Performing Arts Center cost $85 for the fall or spring semester, and $45 for the summer or winter session. The virtual parking 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.
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.
Motorcycles, Mopeds, Bicycles, Etc.
Motorcycle and moped parking is free. Motorcycles and mopeds may be parked ONLY in specially designated areas of Structure 3 and Lot 5.
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.
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 day. Route maps and schedules are available at the Campus Store, through the bus lines themselves, and on the Big Blue Bus website. “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.
Carpools/Vanpools & Ride Hailing: Find carpool matches at corsaircommute.com and vanpool matches at vride.com. To save money and reduce congestion, use the “Pool” version of ride hailing 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.
Waive Car: Free electric car rentals for the first 2 hours ($5.99/additional hour) with a 20-mile driving range from Santa Monica. Visit waivecar.com to join.
Relevant Telephone Numbers
- Big Blue Bus Information310-451-5444
- Metro Information(323) 466-3876
- Culver City Bus Information310-253-6500
- Cashier’s Office310-434-4664
Safety Escort Service
Your safety is a key element to 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 campus phone)4300
- College Police – General Information310-434-4608
1900 Pico Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA 90405
Center for Media and Design (CMD)
1660 Stewart Street, Santa Monica, CA 90404
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
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