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Carpool Program


Developed by fellow CSU students, RYDITE is a free college ride-sharing network mobile app. designed to connect the student body to travel together. Whether you’re going to school, sporting events, music festivals, or looking for a ride home for the holidays.  This real time app can help you connect with fellow campus students.   Download the app from your phone at the app store.  Learn more at

RideMatcher is a regional ride match program provided by icommute through SANDAG (San Diego Association of Governments).  This program can help you find others to carpool with.  Simply create an account using your CSUSM e-mail address and RideMatcher will help connect you to others in the CSUSM network that are looking for a carpool partner.  Sign up at

The University provides this information as a means to contact and meet others who may have similar transportation needs.  You are ultimately responsible for your safety.  The University cannot and does not ensure the lawful behavior of the people who use this service.   The University does not screen any postings to this service.  You take full responsibility for ensuring your personal safety.   However, by taking some common sense precautions you can find a ride, make new friends, do something good for the environment and reduce your transportation costs.


Carpool Program 

Students, faculty, and staff wishing to enroll in the Cal State San Marcos Carpool Program must register at Parking and Commuter Services located in the Public Safety Building (PSB 63). All individual members of the carpool team must be present at the time of registration. General/Student carpool permits are sold on a first come, first served limited basis per semester.

A registered carpool will consist of at least two persons (faculty/staff/student) sharing one car on the majority of their commute trips to campus. The carpool permit should be properly displayed at all times while parked on campus. The carpool vehicle is authorized to park in one of the designated carpool spaces only if two or more riders are present in the vehicle when pulling into the reserved carpool space.  If a carpool space is not available, or you arrive on campus alone, you may park in any general lot with your carpool permit. By displaying or otherwise using this permit, you agree to comply with Parking and Commuter Services Rules and Regulations governing carpool. Carpool permits are NOT valid in disabled spaces (blue zones), or any other reserved space, or reserved lot.

Carpool permits are valid only when two or more persons ride together and park in a Carpool Space. When driving alone, you must park in general parking spaces, NOT in carpool spaces.

Carpool permits may not be reproduced or altered. Any vehicle displaying a lost, stolen, forged, or altered permit will be cited, and student information forwarded to the Dean of Students office. Carpool permits remain the property of Cal State San Marcos Parking and Commuter Services and will be revoked if it is observed being improperly used. Cal State San Marcos is not responsible for lost or stolen permits.

Designated carpool spaces are located in:
     Parking Lot C (24 spaces)
     Parking Lot F (11 spaces)
     Parking Lot E (8 spaces) reserved for Faculty/Staff Carpool Permit only.
     Parking Structure 1 (37 spaces)

Parking Map

Key Points to Remember:

  • Each carpool will be assigned one carpool permit.

  • A limited amount of complimentary day use permits will be issued to each carpool team per semester.

  • Carpool permits are NOT VALID in disabled spaces, reserved spaces,
    or reserved lots.

  • Carpool permits must be properly displayed at all times while parked
    on campus.

  • A carpool must consist of at least two persons.

  • When parking in a carpool space there must be two riders in the
    vehicle (no exceptions).

Please Note: If you are found in violation of the carpool guidelines, your carpool privileges will be suspended for the remainder of the current and the following semester.

For more information contact Parking and Commuter Services at: or 760-750-7500