Secure Parking During Breaks

Note: Due to the overwhelming registration at HSC, the GIFT parking at the HSC Biggy Parking Structure had been changed to the Valley Parking Lot to better accommodate the capacity of participants.

The USC Department of Public Safety and USC Transportation are pleased to announce the free parking program during the 2022 Thanksgiving and Winter Recess Break for students, faculty and staff. GIFT parking begins at 2pm, Monday, November 21, 2022, through 12pm, Monday, January 9, 2023, at the University Park Campus, Grand Ave Parking Structure and the Health Sciences Campus, Valley Parking Lot. G.I.F.T. parking is permitted on floors/levels 4 and above.

Operation GIFT (the Group Initiative For Theft-prevention) is a program that offers free parking at the UPC Grand Avenue Parking Structure (UPX) and HSC Valley Parking Lot. If you are leaving town and plan to leave your vehicle parked on or near the USC campus during the break, Operation GIFT can make your experience a little easier by providing you with free secure parking.

Instructions for the GIFT Free Parking

  1. Registration is required online using the link below. There is no in-person service.
  2. You must be a USC student or employee.
  3. After selecting the Thanksgiving and Winter Recess Parking link (at bottom of this page), you’ll be prompted to enter your USC Net ID and password to access the vehicle registration page. Online access requires that you are on the USC Secure Wireless, wired network connection or VPN.
  4. You may only register one vehicle.
  5. After completing your online registration, print your receipt.
  6. The receipt must be displayed on your dashboard during the break to avoid citations or fines.
  7. Park your car in the designated campus parking structure and level.
  8. No in-and-out privileges; this program is offered to provide a location to leave your vehicle if you are travelling for the holidays, it is not for use by employees or students who will be on campus during this period.

GIFT parking is valid at the following parking structures:

  • UPC Grand Ave Parking Structure (UPX)
  • HSC Valley Parking Lot

Important: If you desire to extend your parking reservation before or beyond the listed GIFT dates, you must visit the USC Transportation office in-person to pay for the extended dates. USC Transportation is located:

AT UPC:
620 USC McCarthy Way
McCarthy Way Parking Structure
Los Angeles, CA 90089
(213) 740-3575


AT HSC:
Keith Administration Building (KAM), Office 120
1975 Zonal Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90033
(323) 442-1201

About GIFT
Operation GIFT is a crime prevention initiative that began in the winter of 2005 and has continued with great success. The concept of this campaign is to provide free parking to students, faculty, or staff who are leaving town during the break. However, students, staff, or faculty working on campus during the break may also take advantage of this GIFT. The ultimate goal is to eliminate vehicle crimes by getting as many vehicles off the city streets and to park inside a structure or lot that offers security.

Thanksgiving and Winter Recess Parking Registration: Available through November 30, 2022