Due to the overwhelming popularity of the EV program, we can no longer allow vehicles to park in any structure when not charging; in order to properly manage our space inventory across all our facilities, we are now requiring EV drivers to choose a primary location where they want to park (just like everyone else purchasing a USC Transportation permit does). Please review the information on this page and these FAQs for additional information.


USC has partnered with ChargePoint to provide charging stations at both main campuses (UPC and HSC) and in the USC Village. Users need to pre-register with ChargePoint online ( to register a credit card for the station fees; don’t forget to download the app and stay connected with alerts, notices, maps, etc.!

USC will never again be ahead of the demand curve when it comes to providing places for people to charge their vehicles, and our pricing policy reflects our desire to keep stations accessible for everyone to use. We encourage all users to “fill up” whenever needed, but ask that everyone relocate their vehicles when done, so that others can use the limited stations available. Our pricing model below reflects these goals.

Effective July 1, 2018, the pricing of all USC stations (with the exception of the USC Village) will be as follows:

  • $0.25/Kwh while charging your vehicle, THEN
  • A FREE 90-minute window during which your vehicle needs to be relocated, THEN
  • $3.00/hr. flat rate thereafter

It does not matter how long your vehicle takes to charge – ten minutes or eight hours – you will be charged $0.25/Kwh while you are “filling up.” Once your vehicle is done charging, you must move it within 90 minutes to avoid additional fees. That 90-minute relocation window is free, and you will not be charged fees during that time. After that 90-minute relocation window is over, you will be charged a flat rate of $3.00/hr. while your vehicle remains in one of the charging spaces.


Please refer to the maps below for EV charging station locations at both campuses:




NOTE: Starting in Fall 2024, EV permit holders are no longer allowed to park anywhere they want.  Fortunately/unfortunately, the program has grown beyond all expectations, and we cannot effectively manage our inventory without knowing where vehicles will be located. See these FAQs for complete details.

  1. EV spaces equipped with a charging station are for that specific purpose – charging a vehicle. You may not park in an EV charging space without connecting to the charging station, whether the vehicle is an EV or not. Users who park without connecting to the chargers may be subject to citation.
  2. All users should display ANY USC pass or permit while charging – a vehicle cannot simply pull in off the street and begin charging, they need to purchase a permit or daily pass to be on the premises first. This cost is in addition to any fees charged for using the ChargePoint equipment. Users not displaying a USC permit or pass may be subject to citation.
  3. USC Village exception: Since USC Village is a retail environment, the fee structure is $1.00/hr. at all times, and no USC permit is required. Customers of the USC Village must pull a ticket to enter the on-site garage like all other guests, whether they then use the ChargePoint equipment or not.
  4. HSC Valley Lot exception: given the large volume of chargers at Valley, and the relative difficulty in getting back to that location to move a vehicle, patrons charging at Valley are NOT required to relocate their vehicles when done charging.
  5. EV owners have the opportunity to get a lower rate on their purchased Gold-tier permit; please email a scan of your current EV vehicle registration to after you have made your permit purchase to potentially have a lower rate applied.
  6. HSC has about half the parking spaces as UPC; in order to give EV owners a dedicated area to which they can relocate, we’ve created two “EV PARKING” zones on the fourth and fifth floors of the San Pablo Structure, on the west wall adjacent to the elevators. These dedicated zones should make it much easier for EV owners to move their vehicles when they’re done charging at that location.

Questions or comments regarding the EV program at USC should be directed to: Thank you.