Stars at night


Parking Fee

Parking on-campus is $5 and is run by Passport Parking. The fee can be paid for via the parking kiosk on campus (the P on the map near the library), through their phone app or website. The parking permit is linked to your car's license plate number.

**Note: Parking was free prior to fall 2023 due to COVID, this new policy will be strictly enforced. 

Directions to OCC Planetarium


Directions From the 405 (San Diego) Freeway

  1. In Costa Mesa, exit Fairview Road, South.

  2. Proceed South on Fairview for just under 1.5 miles to Merrimac Way.

  3. Turn right (West) on Merrimac.

  4. Orange Coast College is now on your right.

  5. Proceed West on Merrimac approximately 1/3 of a mile to the Lot E entrance.

  6. Turn right into Lot E and proceed towards the Library.


Parking and dropoff for the planetarium are located in Parking Lot E, off of Merrimac Way. Head for the walkway directly between the Lewis Center for Applied Science and the Library. The Planetarium will be directly ahead.

Interactive Campus Map 


The Planetarium is located towards the southwest corner of campus.

planetarium location marked in orange on the campus map