Parking and Directions


KITP is in Kohn Hall, located directly across from the east entrance of the UCSB campus in Santa Barbara, California.

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Campus Parking

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Short-Term Parking

Lot 10 is very convenient to KITP. We generally discourage driving to campus if you are here for a conference or as a program speaker--daily rates for campus parking are $8-10 per day, and some recommended hotels offer shuttles. On the 5th Floor ONLY, a VIP pass for KITP visitors to purchase at $10/day. VIP passes may be purchased for a single or several days. Do NOT use the parking permit machine in Lot 10 to buy a 'daily permit' on a weekday (unless you have a handicapped plackard and will be parking in a handicapped space). You will get a ticket! For four hours or less, you can buy an hourly "coastal" permit and park in designated first-floor stalls. 

Weekly and Monthly Passes

For longer stays, you may want to purchase a long-term parking permit at a more economical rate of $56.00 per month. Be sure to identify yourself as "a KITP visitor/faculty member" to obtain the academic permit eligibility status. The staff can give you a map and directions to park in the Lot 10 structure. Permits are required Monday-Sunday 7:30am-10:00pm and can also be purchased from the parking lot pay machines after business hours (8am-5pm, M-F) when the Parking Services office is closed.

Parking Permit instructions from Transportation & Parking Services -

"Visitors needing less that eight days parking do not need to create a TPS account and may purchase permits at the TPS office, which information see below.  For less than 30 days, permits should be purchased in eight day intervals.

For permits of 30 days or longer, an account must be created online.

To create a parking account, please go to the TPS website:

  • Please click on the "Buy Your Parking Permit Here" button in the upper left corner.
  • Click on any of the links on the next page i.e. "Manage My Account"
  • At this point, you will need to click on the "newest users click here to create an account" link.  This account must be created before you can purchase the appropriate permit at our office.  We offer both a month (30 days) permit at $56, and a quarterly or annual permit.

A parking account must include a valid e-mail address and their vehicle information (license plate #, make, model, year, color, and VIN)

All 30-DAY permits and Daily permits have to be purchased at our parking office. Our parking office is located in Building 381 across from Harder Stadium in Lot 30. Our hours are Monday-Friday 7:30am-5pm"

Directions to Kohn Hall/UCSB

From Los Angeles International Airport:

  • We recommend the Santa Barbara Airbus, particularly if you must return to LAX for your departing flight. The Airbus is reliable, efficient, and offers a reasonable round-trip fare of approximately $88 (prepaid). The nearest Airbus drop-off point to the UCSB campus is the Goleta terminal at 5755 Thornwood Drive. The Airbus drivers can call a taxi to pick you up from the airbus terminal; just request this service when you're picked up at LAX.
  • If you are driving from LAX, exit the airport lot at Sepulveda Blvd., and follow Sepulveda Blvd. to the 405 North Freeway entrance. Follow 405 North to 101 North (Ventura Freeway). Remain on the 101 (for approximately one and a half hours) into Santa Barbara. Proceed through Santa Barbara and north for approximately 10 miles. Exit at the "UCSB/Ward Memorial" (Highway 217) offramp. Follow the signs onto campus. For campus directions, please review these UCSB maps.

From Santa Barbara Airport:

  • The most convenient way to get to UCSB from the S.B. airport is to call "Yellow Cab" at 965-5111. The fare for the cab should be about $15; if you use the cabs at the airport, the fare is higher.
  • If you are renting a car at the airport, turn right as you exit the rental car lot, onto William Moffet Lane. Follow the signs onto campus. It is less than a five-minute drive.
  • If staying at The Best Western South Coast Inn, simply use the airport courtesy phone to call the Inn for pickup.  If staying at Ramada Ltd., just take a taxi; your fare will be reimbursed.