Campus has a new Weeknight Parking Policy. Please see below for specific parking information or see the Weeknight Parking website for general weeknight parking information.

General public parking is available on a first-come-first serve basis after 5 p.m. on weeknights & weekends in unreserved lots. On weeknights (5 p.m. – 7:30 a.m., Monday through Friday), campus lots require a valid weeknight parking permit or $1 one-night temporary pass. Parking remains free in unreserved lots during weekend hours (beginning Friday at 5 p.m. through Monday at 7:30 a.m.)

Suggested Weeknight Parking

Please note that these locations are not guaranteed and may be reserved for other campus events.

Convenient parking is available at several nearby municipal and private parking decks, as well as over 430 metered spaces within a 10-minute walk of the Ackland Art Museum.

Visit parkonthehill.com for details and a full list of downtown parking options in Chapel Hill.

The Ackland’s front entrance is ramped, all bathrooms are accessible and an elevator serves all floors of the Museum.

UNC Campus Accessibility

Campus Parking

It is recommend that to allow at least 30 minutes to find parking. The first choice may not always be available, so be prepared with a second option.

Please note that these locations are not guaranteed and may be reserved for other campus events.

Downtown Parking

Visit parkonthehill.com for details and a full list of downtown parking options in Chapel Hill.

Accessible parking is available for $5 in the UNC Swain Lot located across from Memorial Hall. Golf cart shuttle transportation is provided to and from the front entrance of the hall. Accessible parking is also available in the Carolina Square Deck.

Additional accessibility parking is available across campus. For questions, please contact UNC’s Transportation and Parking at 919-962-3951 during regular business hours.

Silver Level donors and above at Carolina Performing Arts receive reserved parking spaces. To learn more about becoming a donor and the accompanying membership benefits, please contact Associate Director of Development Ketura Parker at 919-843-0516.

Enjoy downtown with the ease of valet parking at participating Franklin Street businesses. Valet stands are located on West Franklin Street for visitor convenience. View additional valet parking information..

Parking for Morehead visitors is available in several area parking lots and on Franklin Street in downtown Chapel Hill.

The closest parking lot is directly in front of the Morehead Building and is operated by UNC as a campuswide parking lot. This UNC lot is gated and offers 40 public spaces, in addition to annual permit spaces. During normal operations, a parking attendant is on duty during these hours:

  • Monday-Thursday: 7:30 a.m.-12 a.m.
  • Friday: 7:30 a.m.-2 a.m.
  • Saturday-Sunday: 3 p.m.-2 a.m.

Fees apply for each hour of parking during these hours ($1.75 per hour) and can be paid by cash or credit card. Overnight parking is not permitted in this UNC lot.

UNC reserves spaces in this lot for events, so spaces are not always available. Please allow adequate time to find alternate parking if this lot is not available. Questions concerning this parking lot can be directed to the UNC Transportation and Parking office at 919-962-3951.

In addition to the UNC lot directly in front of the Morehead Building, visitors can find metered spaces on Franklin Street (free on Sunday and after 6 p.m. on weekdays) and public parking decks on Rosemary Street (fees vary by lot). After business hours and on weekends, other parking lots on the UNC campus may have spaces available.

Small buses may be able to park in the UNC lot, if space permits.

Standard buses are not permitted to park in the UNC lot but may use this lot to drop off and pick up passengers. Bus drivers should pull into the lot, drive to the front of the Morehead Building and let passengers off the bus. All group members should remain on the sidewalk in front of the building while one adult goes into the gift shop for check-in. Buses may use off-site parking at the Dean Dome. If needed, Morehead will provide shuttle service so that bus drivers can be with their groups during on-site activities.

Bus drivers should return to pick up the group at a time designated by the group leader. Planetarium staff can help group leaders determine the approximate time. It is helpful if bus drivers have access to cell phones.