Commuting to Campus



The main parking lot for Dominican is located off Grand Avenue at Acacia Avenue in the Conlan Recreation Center parking lot. Parking in this lot is not restricted and is free of charge. The lot is lighted for nighttime use.

Campus Security patrols the lot at regular intervals, and personal escorts from campus buildings to the lot are available by calling Campus Security at 415.269.6070. Escorts can also be arranged in advance. Limited parking is also available on Magnolia Avenue near the Library and Caleruega Hall. Acacia Avenue is reserved for faculty and staff with special permits – please be sure to check all posted signs. Please remember that Dominican is located in a residential neighborhood of San Rafael. Students are responsible for obeying speed limits, following directions on traffic and parking signs, and for parking in legal parking spaces only. Vehicles parked out of compliance will be tagged with a green violation sticker AND/OR TOWED at the vehicle owner’s expense.

Students may not park in front of neighborhood homes on Palm and Olive Avenues and under no circumstance should they block access to a neighbor’s driveway or home. Students speeding on neighborhood streets or elsewhere on campus will be fined and/or prosecuted. The proper signage is posted at designated areas on University property for parking guidelines. It is the responsibility of the person parking their vehicle to read and follow the instructions of the signage posted.

Residence hall parking is strictly regulated and enforced. Parking spaces with numbers painted in the space or on the curb-stop are reserved for residence students only. Cars parked in any of these spaces will have specialized resident parking permits indicating the numbered space in which they are allowed to park. Cars illegally parked in any residence hall space will be towed at the owner’s expense. Resident students with parking (continuing students and new transfer students) will have a permit visibly posted in their front window - driver's side, lower corner. These vehicles should ONLY be parked in residence hall spaces. Resident students with parking decals parked elsewhere on campus are essentially taking up two spaces and will be cited if not parked in their designated space in the residence hall lots.

Parking is not permitted in the following areas:

  • At a red curb
  • At a loading zone or yellow curb
  • In handicapped parking spaces without displaying proper license or placard
  • In a driveway, fire lane, or in front of a fire hydrant In a pedestrian walkway or path
  • On a lawn
  • On any landscaped area
  • On any other no parking designated area

All vehicles parked in violation of the campus parking regulations will be towed at owner’s expense. The average cost of towing is in excess of $300, plus vehicle storage charges. Please work with the University to provide a safe and secure campus by respecting parking restrictions and parking in the Forest Meadows lot to help maintain our beautiful environment.

There are a limited number of reserved parking spaces in the residence hall lots – most of these spaces have already been assigned to continuing students.  

Students without a reserved parking space are able to park in the Conlan Recreation Center lot and in other designated lots around the campus. Students may not park their vehicles on any of the neighborhood streets surrounding the campus, especially Palm and Olive Avenues.

Local Transportation

Marin Transit Center


There is covered bicycle storage available outside of Pennafort and Fanjeaux in the walkway. It is highly recommended that you bring and use a strong lock and cable for security!  There is no bicycle storage outside of Meadowlands or Edgehill Village. You won’t need a bike to get around campus.


Airport Transportation

  • Marin Airporter

    The Marin Airporter provides transportation to and from the San Francisco International Airport via the San Rafael bus depot.  Hours and rates vary by season. For further information, contact them at or 415.461.4222.  

  • Sonoma County Airport Express

    Sonoma County Airport Express services Oakland International as well as San Francisco International via the San Rafael bus depot.  Oakland is often easier and cheaper to fly from depending on your destination. Hours and rates vary by season. For additional information call 800.327.2024 or visit them at Taxi service is available to and from the bus terminal.

  • Marin Door to Door

    Marin Door to Door provides shuttle vans to/from Oakland Airport and San Francisco International. Contact 415.457.2717 or for more info.