Parking at CSULB can suck—horribly. Any student can bring a car and park in any parking lot designated for students. During the first couple of weeks of a new semester, parking is brutal because freshmen are driving to campus, eager to find a parking spot, and returning students are looking for their old parking place and it's hectic. Also, students know it's crucial to be in attendance during the first couple of weeks to make sure they keep their spot in class or even get a spot (if they are trying to add or get off the waitlist). Ironically, students are not the only ones who complain; parking lots for professors get crazy, too.
After 9:30 a.m., most of the parking spaces are filled. Sometimes, the parking is so intense and limited that parking enforcement has to allow students to park in the red. Be realistic in planning your time. It is best not to get to school right before your class. Unless your class starts at 8 a.m., give yourself time, and hopefully as the semester progresses, the traffic will be less and less, and parking will be better.