The landmark Hepner Hall at San Diego State University. Photo via Wikimedia Commons
The landmark Hepner Hall at San Diego State University. Photo via Wikimedia Commons

With spring semester classes starting on Wednesday, San Diego State University is issuing parking tips so that students can avoid the crunch.

The university’s Parking Services department said that during the first few days of classes peak traffic congestion will be from 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Students who arrive after 10 a.m. are advised to use Parking Structures 3 and 6 on the east side of campus, which are typically the last to fill.

Electronic and posted signs and staff will direct traffic between of 7 a.m. and noon, and then again from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Other tips for parking and traffic are:

  • Arrive early: When driving to campus, try to arrive as early as possible, especially for morning classes.
  • Take the trolley: Park for free at any of the trolley stops throughout San Diego and ride directly to campus.
  • Take the bus: Another eco-friendly option is riding the bus.
  • Ride a bike: Students who live close enough can get to class by bike. There are bike racks dispersed across campus to park and lock a bike at.
  • Use Zipcar or Car2Go: SDSU has partnered with these two rental companies.
  • Use alternative traffic routes: Consider using the 70th Street or Fairmount Avenue exits from Interstate 8 and the College Avenue exit from State Route 94.
  • Areas to avoid: The W and H lots are closed. College Avenue at Lindo Paseo is now fenced off.

Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.