Secure Parking During Semester Breaks

The USC Department of Public Safety and USC Transportation are pleased to announce the free parking program during the 2024 Spring Break for students, faculty and staff. GIFT parking begins at 2pm, Wednesday, March 6, 2024, through Monday, 2pm, March 18, 2024, at the following campus locations:

  • University Park Campus, Grand Ave Parking Structure
  • Health Sciences Campus, Valley Parking Lot.

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. In-person service is not available.
  2. You must be a USC student or employee.
  3. After selecting the GIFT 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.
  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 of your vehicle during the break to avoid citations or fines.
  7. Park your car in the designated campus parking structure or lot.

GIFT parking is valid at the following parking structures:

  • UPC Grand Ave Parking Structure (UPX), levels 4 and above
  • 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:

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

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. The ultimate goal is to prevent vehicle crimes by getting as many vehicles as possible off the city streets and to park inside a structure or lot that offers security. This service is NOT AVAILABLE during the summer break.

GIFT Parking Reservation will be available (here) at 8am, on Monday, February 26, 2024.