UNC Student parking lot

Getting a Parking Permit

Check the Parking Permit Map to view zone designations for lots. Student permit prices vary by zone and type designation. Permits are pro-rated on a weekly basis. Student parking permits are generally valid in the designated zone, Monday – Friday, 7:30 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. (resident only lots) and Monday – Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (commuter lots). Parking lots are often reserved for Event Parking after regular business hours and permits are normally not valid during these times. Motorcycle and Scooters require permits and must park in designated Motorcycle Parking areas.

Academic Parking (permits valid Aug. – May)

Students can purchase parking permits during the school year in student parking zones that do not have a waitlist. Students living off campus (commuter status must be confirmed by the Department of Housing and Residential Education) can purchase S11-Manning permits, located on Manning Drive near the Smith Center (South Campus). The S11 lot is served by the fare-free CHT U Route and RU Route that loop campus. Students living in UNC Housing (residents) can purchase an RR permit, located on Estes Drive. The RR lot is a gated lot located 1.5 miles from campus. The RR lot is served by the fare-free CHT NU Route that travels from main campus to the gated lot. For more information, read the FAQs.

The RR Estes Lot is a dedicated lot for students living in UNC Housing to store vehicles off campus. Students living in housing off of MLK Boulevard and along Franklin and Rosemary Streets who are unable to get parking at their residence may also purchase an RR permit. The RR Lot is strictly a storage lot, and the NU route and Point-to-Point service will only serve MLK, South Columbia, and UNC campus stops.

Undergraduate/Graduate Lottery

Student permits for the academic year are assigned through a lottery system. Student representatives determine the number of permits available to each class. Lottery registration starts in late June and ends in July. Students have two weeks to register for the parking lottery. Notification of permit assignments are sent via email within 10 days of the close of lottery registration. Assigned permits must be paid for before the designated deadline or the permit is forfeited.

Undergraduate
Freshman
  1. First-Year Students are prohibited from parking on campus based on UNC’s Traffic and Parking Ordinance”. Students with qualifying circumstances may apply for an exemption from this restriction through the Hardship Parking Application.
  2. First-Year Students with mobility limitations may apply for transportation and parking accommodations at http://move.unc.edu/parking/accessibility/
  3. Bike Registration is free and mandatory at UNC.
  4. UNC’s Point to Point (P2P), Chapel Hill Transit, and Triangle Transit are available for local and regional travel.
Sophomore
  1. Students register for permits based on their class status and residence status. Student living in UNC Housing are residents and students living off campus are commuters.
  2. Permit eligibility is verified in the Fall Semester. Students who register for a permit with an incorrect class or residence status will be asked to return their permit to Transportation & Parking.
  3. Students must pay for their assigned permits in full by the designated deadline or the permit is forfeited.

Resident Students (living in UNC Housing) may enter the lottery for:

Sophomore Resident Zone Permit Permits Availability
A PERMIT 2
K PERMIT 53
L PERMIT 3
RR PERMIT 465
S12 PERMIT 6

Commuting students (living off-campus) may enter the lottery for:

Sophomore Commuter Zone Permit Permits Availability
RD PERMIT 13
S10 PERMIT 10
S11 PERMIT 15
Junior
  1. Students register for permits based on their class status and residence status. Student living in UNC Housing are residents and students living off campus are commuters.
  2. Permit eligibility is verified in the Fall Semester. Students who register for a permit with an incorrect class or residence status will be asked to return their permit to Transportation & Parking.
  3. Students must pay for their assigned permits in full by the designated deadline or the permit is forfeited.

Resident students (living in UNC Housing) may enter the lottery for:

Junior Resident Zone Permit Permits Availability
A PERMIT 7
CD PERMIT 4
K PERMIT 64
L PERMIT 12
RR PERMIT 399
S12 PERMIT 21

Commuting students (living off-campus) may enter the lottery for:

Junior Commuter Zone Permit Permits Availability
CD PERMIT 30
JD PERMIT 6
N5 PERMIT 5
RD PERMIT 40
S4 PERMIT 3
S10 PERMIT 13
S11 PERMIT 40
Senior
  1. Students register for permits based on their class status and residence status. Student living in UNC Housing are residents and students living off campus are commuters.
  2. Permit eligibility is verified in the Fall Semester. Students who register for a permit with an incorrect class or residence status will be asked to return their permit to Transportation & Parking.
  3. Students must pay for their assigned permits in full by the designated deadline or the permit is forfeited.

Resident students (living in UNC Housing) may enter the lottery for:

Senior Resident Zone Permit Permits Availability
A PERMIT 11
K PERMIT 54
L PERMIT 15
RR PERMIT 289
S12 PERMIT 22

Commuting students (living off-campus) may enter the lottery for:

Senior Commuter Zone Permit Permits Availability
CD PERMIT 35
JD PERMIT 7
N5 PERMIT 9
RD PERMIT 57
S4 PERMIT 10
S10 PERMIT 18
S11 PERMIT 55
Transfer Students
  1. Transfer students with freshman standing who are newly admitted may purchase an available parking permit from Transportation & Parking. Students living in UNC Housing (residents) may purchase an RR permit (Estes Drive). The RR lot is a gated lot located 1.5 miles from campus. Students living off-campus (commuters may purchase an S11 permit (Manning Drive) located on South Campus adjacent to the Smith Center. The lot is served by the fare-free CHT U Route and RU Route that loop campus.
  2. Transfer students with a sophomore or junior standing should apply for parking through the Lottery under the appropriate class status
Graduate
  1. Students register for permits based on their class status and residence status. Student living in UNC Housing are residents and students living off campus are commuters.
  2. Permit eligibility is verified in the Fall Semester. Students who register for a permit with an incorrect class or residence status will be asked to return their permit to Transportation & Parking.
  3. Students must pay for their assigned permits in full by the designated deadline or the permit is forfeited.

Resident students (living in UNC Housing) may enter the lottery for:

Graduate Resident Zone Permit Permits Availability
CD PERMIT 16
RR PERMIT 35
S12 PERMIT 62

Commuting students (living off-campus) may enter the lottery for:

Graduate Commuter Zone Permit Permits Availability
CD PERMIT 126
JD PERMIT 27
N5 PERMIT 25
RD PERMIT 165
S4 PERMIT 16
S10 PERMIT 58
S11 PERMIT 268
Business School (MBA & MAC)
Register (registration open July 1 – August 7)

Parking availability is limited and students are required to form carpool alliances for commuting purposes. Carpools represent 95% of all parking permit assignments. Program coordinators provide Parking Services with the carpool assignment information. Permits are purchased via the web registration site and eligible carpools will receive an email notification with permit registration / payment instructions.

  1. MBA 1st Year Students: Registration for parking permits is completed during Orientation. Contact the MBA Program Office for questions regarding the process.
  2. MBA 2nd Year Students: Applications for parking permits are accepted and reviewed by the MBA Program Office in the Spring of the 1st year. Once assignment decisions are determined, permit registration information is emailed to the student’s Kenan- Flagler email address during the summer. Contact the MBA Program Office for questions regarding the process.
  3. MAC: Students will receive notification from the MAC Program regarding permit registration at your Kenan-Flagler email address during the month of June.
  4. Hardship Process: The application process for permit assignments based on a qualifying hardship is handled through the Business School MBA or MAC Program.
Law School
Register (registration open June 22 – July 4)

The Law School determines the number of permits available to each class. Permit assignments are determined through an online Lottery. Students register for the lottery during the registration period starting in the beginning of July. Notification of permit assignment occurs via email within 10 days of the close of lottery registration. Students must pay for their assigned permits in full by the designated deadline or the permit is forfeited. Student citation balances must be cleared prior to registering and purchasing a permit.

  1. Students register for permits based on their class status.
  2. 1st Year Law Students are not eligible to register for the lottery.
  3. Law School students commuting to campus may sign up for the waiting list in commuter lots, including 1st Year Law Students.
  4. Law School students living in UNC Housing may register in the Lottery as a graduate for resident on-campus parking. Residents can also sign up for the waiting list in resident lots.
  5. Students living in UNC Housing with a parking permit for their residence are not eligible for a commuting permit and may not have two permits assigned at the same time.
  6. Students must pay for their assigned permits in full by the designated deadline or the permit is forfeited.
  7. Hardship Process: Students with a significant family or commute-related hardship may be eligible for a permit through the Law School’s Hardship process. Contact the Office of Student Services with questions regarding the School of Law Hardship parking process. Even if a student’s circumstances warrant applying for a hardship permit, 2nd and 3rd year students should apply through the lottery process first.

Commuting students (living off-campus) may enter the Law School lottery:

Law Zone Zone Permit Permits Available – Law 3rd Year Permits Available – Law 2nd Year
S3 PERMIT 10 5
S10 PERMIT 14 6
T PERMIT 60 25
Medical School
Register (registration open June 22 – July 8)

Medical School 1st & 2nd Year

  1. Students register for permits based on their class status and residence status. Student living in UNC Housing are residents and students living off campus are commuters.
  2. Permit eligibility is verified in the Fall Semester. Students who register for a permit with an incorrect class or residence status will be asked to return their permit to Transportation & Parking.
  3. Medical School students commuting to campus may sign up for the waiting list in commuter lots.
  4. Medical School students living in UNC Housing may register in the Lottery as a graduate for resident on-campus parking. Residents can also sign up for the waiting list in resident lots.
  5. Students living in UNC Housing with a parking permit for their residence are not eligible for a commuting permit and may not have two permits assigned at the same time.
  6. Students must pay for their assigned permits in full by the designated deadline or the permit is forfeited.

Commuting students (living off-campus) may enter the Medical School lottery:

Medical School 1st & 2nd Year Zone Permit Permits Available
S11 PERMIT 40

Medical School 3rd & 4th Year

  1. Parking zone availability and the registration process are handled through the Medical School, Dean of Student’s Office. Students must pay for their assigned permits in full by the designated deadline or the permit is forfeited.
  2. Medical School students living in UNC Housing may register as a Graduate Resident for an on-campus parking space. Students living in Student Family Housing (SFH) should contact the Baity Hill Office for parking assignment. Resident students may only sign up for the waiting list in resident lots.
  3. Students living in UNC Housing with a parking permit for their residence are not eligible for a commuting permit or to have two permits assigned at the same time.
Student Family Housing
Register (registration open July 1 – 14)

  1. For Residents and Potential Residents of Baity Hill Graduate and Family Housing:
    Parking is limited for Student Family Housing. Each apartment home is assigned one parking permit and has access to covered parking within the building. However, any additional or 2nd vehicles per apartment unit will be required to park at the RR lot off campus or the S12 lot (based on availability). The RR lot on Estes Drive is a gated lot located 1.5 miles from campus. The Estes Drive RR lot is served by the fare-free CHT NU Route that travels from main campus to the gated lot. Hardship Parking Permits are available via an application process and will be issued under special circumstances only, based on availability and need.To request visitor parking, all residents must come to the Baity Hill Management office to complete a Visitor Parking Permit Authorization. Visitor parking is in uncovered spaces at each apartment and is very limited. Upon approval of the request form, take it to Transportation & Parking services to be issued the short-term visitor parking permit. If no visitor spaces are available, there are metered spaces at each apartment that may be used for visitor parking also.See map of parking locations.
  2. Bike Registration is free and mandatory at UNC.
  3. UNC’s Point to Point (P2P), Chapel Hill Transit, and Triangle Transit are available for local and regional travel.

Spring Semester Parking (permits valid January – May)

Students can purchase parking permits in student parking zones that do not have a waitlist. Students living off-campus (commuters) can purchase S11 permits (Manning Drive) located on South Campus adjacent to the Smith Center. The S11 lot is served by the fare-free CHT U Route and RU Route that loop through campus. Students living in UNC Housing (residents) can purchase an RR permit (Estes Drive). The RR lot is a gated lot located 1.5 miles from campus. The RR lot is served by the fare-free CHT NU Route that travels from main campus to the gated lot. Students can sign up for student parking waiting lists based on their residence status.

Students with qualifying circumstances can apply for a parking permit through the Hardship process (see below) if their travel demands cannot be met through the use of available parking permits, alternative travel methods such as local/regional transit, or car sharing services.

Summer Parking (permits valid May – August)

Summer School parking registration begins in April prior to the 1st Summer Session. Students are encouraged to register online. While permits are more readily available during the summer session, student parking permits are sold on a first-come, first-served basis for summer school. To register, students must:

  • Provide their license plate number and proof of liability insurance.
  • Pay for the assigned parking permit in full when registering online.
  • Citation balances must be paid in full prior to registering or purchasing a permit.
  • Have a valid summer address.

If a student needs a parking pass for only part of the Summer Session, returning a pass to the Transportation & Parking will allow for a prorated refund.

Wait List

Students can join a waiting list for a student lot during the Academic Year. Students sign up for student parking waiting lists based on their residence status. Students living off campus are commuters and students living in UNC Housing are residents. Waiting lists are not available during summer sessions.

Wait List Ranking

  • Students who register during the lottery that do not receive their permit choice are put on the wait list for that permit.
  • Students registering for the lottery are placed on the waiting list with priority given to class status. Position numbers within class are determined randomly by the lottery ranking assignment.
  • Students who did not register in the lottery can join the waiting list on a first-come, first-served basis. All waitlist registrations are done online at My Account.
  • Students changing waiting list will move to the bottom of the newly requested list.

Waitlist Releases

Wait list releases occur every two weeks from the 3rd Friday in August (excluding the month of December) until the end of March.

Hardship Parking

Hardship Parking is a student-managed process that allocates permits to students whose schedule and transportation demands are significantly impacted by hardship circumstances which include, but are not limited to, medical non-mobility issues, family obligations, internship/clinical requirements, or significant extracurricular involvement. Students are responsible for the cost of a Hardship permit (Student Permit Prices).

The Hardship Parking process is available to students with qualifying circumstances who may apply for an on-campus parking permit ONLY IF their time demands cannot be met by available parking options, transit, carpooling, biking, or walking. The Hardship Parking Committee is comprised of Student Government representatives along with a faculty advisor who review applications and assign the available hardship permits.

Students applying for a Hardship permit should:

  • Apply for a permit through the student parking lottery process, which runs from June – July.
  • Hardship applications must be submitted with required documentation attached by the specified deadline to be eligible for consideration.

An appeals process is available if a student does not receive a permit through the initial Hardship application process.

The Hardship Appeals process requires an interview and a thorough applicant rationalization for the necessity of a permit accommodation. The Hardship Appeals Committee expects further information and data than what was submitted on the original hardship parking application since it has been considered by the Committee once before. If you are appealing to request an assignment change, or did not receive a permit, please provide documentation and information in the secondary application. Come prepared during the interview to support your case providing additional information/documents beyond the first submission.

First-year students requesting hardship parking should take into consideration that they are not eligible for parking per UNC’s Traffic and Parking Ordinance. Non-traditional students with qualifying circumstances, which include commuting from off-campus housing and/or military and family obligations, will be considered on a case-by-case basis.  First-year students requesting parking and transportation based on medical mobility issues should view the Accessibility page for additional information.

There are limited hardship parking permits available and applicants are NOT guaranteed a parking permit. Please direct all questions to the Hardship Parking Committee at hardshipparking.unc@gmail.com.

View Hardship Application

  • Application Link: https://moveunc.wufoo.com/forms/q3wsbdh1gxmnep/ – available Friday, December 16, 2016
  • Deadline for application to be submitted: Friday, January 13, 2017
  • Assignments Posted: Tuesday, January 17, 2017
  • Permit Claim Deadline: Wednesday, January 25, 2017
  • In-Person Appeals: January 26 -27, 2017
  • Appeal Assignments Posted: January 30, 2017 (students can purchase after 9am)
  • Appeals Permit Claim Deadline: Friday, February 3, 2017

Disability Transportation and Parking

Students who have mobility impairments that require transportation and parking accommodations need to apply for services by printing off and completing the Disability Transportation and Parking Application available online or picked up in-person at the Public Safety Building on Manning Drive. Accommodations will include the use of campus disability spaces, campus transportation (Point-to-Point, the Local Transit, and UNC Hospital’s shuttle buses), and available public transportation (Chapel Hill Transit and GoTriangle); additional time may be required to get to work or school. For more information go to http://move.unc.edu/parking/accessibility/.

Students Withdrawing from Enrollment

Students who purchased a campus parking permit or a Park & Ride permit will need to return the permit to the Transportation and Parking office to obtain a prorated refund. It is unlawful to transfer, sell, or give the permit to anyone. If the permit is not returned, a lost/stolen affidavit will be completed. The individual cited will be responsible for the citation and boot/tow associated with the violation.

Commuter Alternative Program (CAP)

Parking on campus is limited and many students opt to join the Commuter Alternative Program (CAP) and utilize commuting choices such as local and regional transit, park and ride, carpool, vanpool, biking, and walking to access campus. The program provides participants economically and environmentally sound commuting opportunities. All CAP registrations are done online at My Account.