SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — Starting this year, San Diego State University will begin restricting freshmen living on campus from parking their cars on campus.
The new policy will go into effect beginning this fall, the university said Thursday. Incoming freshmen students will not be allowed to park on campus for their first year of schooling.
SDSU's website says the change reflects the college's stance that the, "on-campus living experience an integral and necessary part of the total education."
In a statement to 10News, SDSU said the policy follows similar parking restrictions enacted at other California universities, including University of California, San Diego, CSU Long Beach, and Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.
Waivers are also available for freshmen, "who may have unique needs," and "documented hardships," SDSU said.
In the statement, SDSU encouraged students — and faculty — to utilize public transportation systems surrounding the campus, and ride-sharing services.
The school says it has also partnered with two transportation services to help freshmen: Zipcar, a car sharing service, and Zimride, which allows users to post rides or request rides via a mobile app.
More information about the new policy and waivers is available online here.