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Transportation and Parking works with the campus community, including Undergraduate Student Government (USG) and Graduate and Professional Student Federation (GPSF) representatives, as well as professional schools, to develop schedules and processes that support student transportation needs. Transportation and Parking uses virtual permits for parking across campus. Virtual permitting removes the need for physical hang tags, and instead, parking access is assigned and verified through license plate recognition (LPR). License plate(s) must be registered through Online Services to associate vehicle with virtual permit.

Student representatives determine the number of permits available to each class for the annual undergraduate/graduate lottery process. Notification of permit assignments are sent via email within 10 days after the close of lottery registration. When notified of a virtual permit assignment, students will be directed to Online Services and must provide proof of insurance, license plate registration and pay for the permit by the designated deadline or the permit is forfeited. Student citation balances must be cleared prior to registering and purchasing a permit.

Following the lottery process, any remaining permits in RR (student residents living in UNC Housing) or S11 (student commuters) permits will be available for purchase through Online Services the Monday following the payment deadline for lottery releases. All other permits released via the waitlist.

  • Sophomores and sophomore transfers register for permits based on class and residential/commuter status. Students living in UNC Housing are residents and students in living off-campus housing are commuters.
  • Commuter lots are designated for transient parking and not intended for long-term parking or storage for nearby housing.
  • Permit eligibility is verified in the Fall Semester. Students who register for a permit with an incorrect class or residential/commuter status will be notified by email and the virtual permit cancelled.
  • Even if a student’s circumstances warrant applying for a hardship permit, students should apply through the lottery process first.
Sophomore Resident Permits
Sophomore Resident Permit Availability
A PERMIT 2
CD PERMIT 6
K PERMIT 53
L PERMIT 2
RR PERMIT 475

 

Sophomore Commuter Permits
Sophomore Commuter Permit Availability
RD PERMIT 13
S10 PERMIT 10
S11 PERMIT 15
  • Juniors and junior transfers register for permits based on class and residential/commuter status. Students living in UNC Housing are residents and students in living off-campus housing are commuters.
  • Commuter lots are designated for transient parking and not intended for long-term parking or storage for nearby housing.
  • Permit eligibility is verified in the Fall Semester. Students who register for a permit with an incorrect class or residential/commuter status will be notified by email and the virtual permit cancelled.
  • Even if a student’s circumstances warrant applying for a hardship permit, students should apply through the lottery process first.
Junior Resident Permits
Junior Resident Permit Availability
A PERMIT 6
CD PERMIT 25
K PERMIT 64
L PERMIT 7
RR PERMIT 339

 

Junior Commuter Permits
Junior Commuter Permit Availability
CD PERMIT 30
JD PERMIT 6
N5 PERMIT 5
RD PERMIT 40
S4 PERMIT 3
S10 PERMIT 13
S11 PERMIT 40
  • Seniors register for permits based on class and residential/commuter status. Students living in UNC Housing are residents and students in living off-campus housing are commuters.
  • Commuter lots are designated for transient parking and not intended for long-term parking or storage for nearby housing.
  • Permit eligibility is verified in the Fall Semester. Students who register for a permit with an incorrect class or residential/commuter status will be notified by email and the virtual permit cancelled.
  • Even if a student’s circumstances warrant applying for a hardship permit, students should apply through the lottery process first.
Senior Resident Permits
Senior Resident Permit Availability
A PERMIT 12
CD PERMIT 22
K PERMIT 54
L PERMIT 10
RR PERMIT 289

 

Senior Commuter Permits
Senior Commuter Permit Availability
CD PERMIT 35
JD PERMIT 7
N5 PERMIT 9
RD PERMIT 57
S4 PERMIT 10
S10 PERMIT 18
S11 PERMIT 55
  • Graduate students register for permits based on residential/commuter status. Students living in UNC Housing are residents and students in living off-campus housing are commuters.
  • Commuter lots are designated for transient parking and not intended for long-term parking or storage for nearby housing.
  • Permit eligibility is verified in the Fall Semester. Students who register for a permit with an incorrect residential/commuter status will be notified by email and the virtual permit cancelled.
  • Graduate students living in Student Family Housing should contact Baity Hill Office property manager for parking assignment. Baity Hill residents are not eligible for commuter permits.
  • Even if a student’s circumstances warrant applying for a hardship permit, students should apply through the lottery process first.
Graduate Resident Permits
Graduate Resident Permit Availability
RR PERMIT 35
S12 PERMIT 10

 

Graduate Commuter Permits
Graduate Commuter Permit Availability
CD PERMIT 93
JD PERMIT 27
N5 PERMIT 25
RD PERMIT 165
S4 PERMIT 16
S10 PERMIT 58
S11 PERMIT 268
S12 PERMIT 81

Hardship parking is considered on a case-by-case basis for students with qualifying circumstances, which include commuting from off-campus housing and/or military and family obligations. Even if a student’s circumstances warrant applying for a hardship permit, students should apply through the lottery process first.

Students must demonstrate qualifying circumstances where commuting demands cannot be met by available transportation options, such as transit, carpool, biking, or walking. Permit costs are the responsibility of the student (Student Permit Prices).

Qualifying circumstances include:

  • Family obligations
  • Internship or clinical requirements
  • Significant extracurricular involvement

Law School representatives determine the number of permits available for 2L – 3L for the lottery process. First-year law students (1L) do not receive an allocation for the lottery process. Notification of permit assignments are sent via email within 10 days after the close of lottery registration. When notified of a virtual permit assignment, students will be directed to Online Services and must provide proof of insurance, license plate registration and pay for the permit by the designated deadline or the permit is forfeited. Student citation balances must be cleared prior to registering and purchasing a permit.

  • Students register for permits based on 2L – 3L status.
  • Residential students (living in UNC Housing) register in the lottery as a graduate resident for on-campus parking.
  • Students living in Student Family Housing should contact Baity Hill Office property manager for parking assignment. Baity Hill residents are not eligible for commuter permits and may not have two permits.
  • 1L students are eligible to sign up for waitlists following the lottery process in the S3, S10, and T lots.
  • Hardship Process: Students with a qualifying hardship may be eligible to apply for a permit through the Law School’s Hardship process. Contact the Law School for more information. Even if a student’s circumstances warrant applying for a hardship permit, students should apply through the lottery process first.

Commuting (living off-campus) 2L and 3Ls may enter the Law School lottery:

Law School Permits
Law School Permit Second Year Availability Third Year Availability
S3 PERMIT 5 10
S10 PERMIT 6 14
T PERMIT 35 70

Medical School 1st and 2nd Year

Notification of permit assignments are sent via email within 10 days after the close of lottery registration. When notified of a virtual permit assignment, students will be directed to Online Services and must provide proof of insurance, license plate registration and pay for the permit by the designated deadline or the permit is forfeited. Student citation balances must be cleared prior to registering and purchasing a permit.

  • Medical School students living in UNC Housing should register in the lottery as a graduate for resident on-campus parking.
  • Students living in UNC Housing with a parking permit for the residence are not eligible for a commuting permit and may not have two permits.
  • Graduate students living in Student Family Housing should contact Baity Hill Office property manager for parking assignment. Baity Hill residents are not eligible for commuter permits and may not have two permits.

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

Medical School Permits
Medical School 1st and 2nd Year Permit Zone Original Allocation
S11 PERMIT 40

Medical School 3rd and 4th Year

  • Parking zone availability and the registration process are handled through the Medical School, Dean of Student’s Office. Students must pay for the assigned permits in full by the designated deadline or the permit is forfeited
  • Medical School students living in UNC Housing may register as a Graduate Resident for an on-campus parking space. Students living in Student and 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
  • 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

2021-2022 Academic Year Dates and Deadlines

The lottery and waitlist timeline for undergraduate, graduate, law, and medical (1st and 2nd year only) students:

  • Lottery Registration: July 6 – July 13
  • Lottery Assignment Email Notification: July 16
  • Lottery Payment Due: July 16-23
  • Waitlist Release One: July 26
  • Waitlist Release One Payment Deadline: July 26-30
  • Waitlist Release Two: August 2
  • Waitlist Release Two Payment Deadline: August 2-6

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 online and eligible carpools will receive an email notification with permit registration / payment instructions.

  • MBA 1st Year Students:  Registration for parking permits is completed during Orientation. Contact the MBA Program Office for questions regarding the process.
  • 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.
  • MAC:  Students will receive notification from the MAC Program regarding permit registration at the student’s Kenan-Flagler email address during the month of June.
  • Hardship Process:  The application process for permit assignments based on a qualifying hardship is handled through the Business School MBA or MAC Program.
Business School Permits
Business School Permit Zone MAC BD Permit Allocation MBA BD Permit Allocation
BD PERMIT 50 265

Residents and Potential Residents of Student Family Housing

Parking is limited for Graduate and Family Housing. Each apartment home is assigned one parking permit and has access to covered parking under the building. Parking for secondary vehicles should be requested through the Baity Hill Office. Approved request for parking for secondary vehicle parking assignments is provided the RR lot or S12 lots (based on availability). The RR lot is served by the fare-free CHT NU Route that travels from main campus to the gated lot. To request visitor parking, all residents must contact the Baity Hill Management office. Visitor parking is in uncovered spaces at each apartment and is very limited. Metered spaces provide short-term parking for visitors.

Students are required to register license plate information and provide proof of insurance in order to receive weeknight parking access for the academic year. Weeknight virtual permits are honored in designated lots throughout campus at 5 p.m. Students with daytime permits are automatically registered for weeknight access based on license plate.

Permission to park is virtual (no physical parking permit is required). License plate recognition equipment will read plates in lots throughout campus. The cost of weeknight parking is included in student tuition and fees. Students (excluding first-year undergraduates) are eligible for weeknight parking access.

Weeknight Parking Registration Steps

  1. Use ONYEN to log into Online Services.
  2. Use top menu to select “Vehicles.” If “Vehicles” does not appear, select “more,” then “Vehicles.”
  3. Add vehicle information including license plate and proof of insurance.
  4. The registered license plate is the virtual permit for weeknight parking.

Other registration procedures may be completed by individuals. More information and registration forms are available online.

Students may sign up for parking permit waitlists based on residential/commuter status. Students living in UNC Housing are residents and students in living off-campus housing are commuters. Waiting lists are not available during summer sessions. First-year undergraduates are not eligible.

Wait List Ranking

  • Students who register for the lottery and do not receive the first-choice permit are put on the waiting list.
  • Waiting list priority is determined by class status – position within class is determined randomly.
  • Students who did not register in the lottery can join the waiting list on a first-come, first-served basis at Online Services.
  • Students changing waiting list will move to the bottom of the newly requested list.

To cancel a permit, students must complete the cancellation form, the cancellation will be effective the date of the request. Students will receive an email confirmation of the processed cancellation. Parking permit refunds will be credited to the original card used for payment. Students will receive an email confirmation when the credit is in process.

Student permit pricing is in effect as established in the ordinance.

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What is a virtual permit and how does it work?
A virtual permit means that no physical permit/hang tag is required. Instead, your license plate is registered in the system and serves as your credential. License plate recognition (LPR) technology scans your plate to verify that you are credentialed to park in the lot. Vehicles must park with license plate visible from the travel lane of the space.
Why can’t I back in or pull-through park?
You must have a valid front license plate to back in or pull-through park. Otherwise, back-in or pull through parking is not allowed. LPR technology must be able to read your plate from the travel lane of the parking space to verify your registered plate.
Do I still use my UNC One Card for gate access?
Yes, for gated access lots, UNC One Card will continue to be used.
When will I receive my permit?
Parking permits are virtual, so there is no physical permit. Instead, your license plate is your permit. Once you have registered your license plate in your Online Services account and purchased a permit, you have parking privileges.
What if I drive multiple vehicles or get a new license plate?
You can register multiple and update vehicle license plates online. Only one vehicle can be on campus at a time associated with the permit. Any license plate registered to your account is your responsibility when parking on campus.
If I register more than one vehicle, does that mean I can park all of them on campus?
No, you may only park one vehicle on campus at one time with that paid virtual permit. Individuals who park more than one vehicle on campus at the same time must purchase a paid parking permit or session for the additional vehicle(s).