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Parking Information

Parking at UC San Diego/Scripps Institution of Oceanography is by permit only, subject to regulations set and enforced by UCSD Transportation Services. In addition, a special SIO access stamp or sticker is required on UCSD permits in order to park in all parking lots at SIO (P001 - P016, including S spaces located on lower Expedition Way). 

Public parking is not available Monday-Friday at Scripps.  On weekends and holidays, public parking is available in lots P002 and P003 and permits can be purchased from the pay station in lot P003.  (Please note that the parking pay station is not activated for public parking Monday-Friday).

Parking for visitors with official business at Scripps should be arranged in advance.

  • Official Scripps guests should contact their host/sponsoring department or Scripps Administration at 858-534-2830. 

  • Donors should contact the Scripps Development Office at 858-822-1865. 

  • For events & conferences at the Scripps Seaside Forum & Martin Johnson House, please contact the Scripps Events Office at 858-534-5604.

Shipping and Deliveries

For help locating the street address of a specific building on the Scripps campus, please refer to this list of Physical Street Addresses.

Caroline’s Seaside Cafe

Public parking at Scripps is not available for Caroline’s Seaside Café customers from Monday-Friday.  Limited street parking may be found on public streets adjacent to the Scripps campus or at La Jolla Shores Beach, a short walk to the Scripps campus.

UC San Diego Faculty, Staff, and Graduate Students

Upper campus UC San Diego faculty and staff (on official business at Scripps) with a current UCSD parking permit, can obtain a parking pay station code to print a supplemental parking permit from the pay station in lot P003. Select the option for A/B permit holders and enter the 8-digit code provided by the department hosting the meeting. The pay station receipt must be displayed on the dashboard in conjunction with a valid UCSD parking permit. Please contact the host department for a one-time usage code.

Scripps Graduate Student Parking Permits are available for current Scripps graduate students only. This permit is only valid in designated Scripps parking lots on weekdays between 8:00 p.m. and 7:45 a.m. and all day on weekends and holidays. For more information, please contact the Graduate Office at 858-534-3206 or Scripps Administration at 858-534-2830.

Scripps Shuttle

The Scripps shuttle is a free service that transports the UC San Diego community among points on the main UC San Diego campus and Scripps. It runs weekdays, 6 a.m.-9 p.m., year-round, excluding university holidays, with reduced service during academic breaks and summer sessions. View the Scripps Shuttle Schedule for the latest pick-up times and locations. Look for the "SIO" sign on the dashboard.

Contractor Parking

Contractor parking at Scripps must be preapproved by Scripps Facilities and the project manager prior to obtaining a contractor parking permit from UCSD Transportation Services. Permits are limited (1-2 per company) and not available for subcontractors. For more information, see

Birch Aquarium

Complimentary parking for up to 3 hours is available in lot P017 for visitors to the Birch Aquarium.  




Tiny version of campus map

Scripps Campus Map (PDF)

Shows all buildings and their street addresses, nearby parking lots and service yards, as well as freeway access.

Scripps Campus Map (color) (PDF)

Street names and address are color coded on this map.


Please note these internal street name changes, effective as of 2018: