The University has begun to install new solar-powered digital meter stations, which accept Visa, Mastercard and quarters, to replace the individual coin-operated meters. The switch at Carolina, part of the University’s 2011-16 Five-Year Transportation and Parking Plan, will allow the Transportation & Parking to better serve their customers. Digital meters are widely used in municipal areas, including downtown Chapel Hill, and are becoming commonplace on college campuses nationwide because of the potential for increased efficiency.


The meters also tie into pay-by-phone technology, which means you can use your mobile phones to pay for parking and add extra time without having to return to the pay station. You can access your transactions online and can choose to have your parking receipt emailed to you. All you have to do is to create a ParkMobile account with your name, license plate, Visa or Mastercard credit card number and mobile phone number. Then you can manage your payments by calling a dedicated number or downloading the ParkMobile app.

Digital Meters 101

Step 1

Press Keypad

Press any button on the keypad to begin.

Step 2

Follow Prompts

Follow directions on the screen to purchase a ticket.

Step 3

Make Payment

Make a secure payment by credit card or with quarters.

Step 4

Take Receipt

Don’t forget to take your receipt.

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How to use ParkMobile

With the app, the payment process is straightforward. Simply:

  • Enter the zone number listed on the green ParkMobile sign;
  • Scan the QR code in the lower right-hand corner of the sign or the NFC sticker at the bottom of the sign; or
  • Use the GPS functionality.
  • Then, select the desired time and press “start.”