Student parking empty space count report, Fall 2016

Date Published: 
Friday, November 4, 2016

"UNCC - 30,000 students & 1,000 parking spots," was an early September Tweet that's been liked and reTweeted nearly 200 times (so far). The numbers are wildly exaggerated, but weekdays when classes are most densely scheduled, it sure feels like a 30-to-one competition to park in Union, West and East 2 parking decks. But even at peak time when the closest parking areas are full, there are enough parking spaces open elsewhere on campus.

Space counts are taken a few weeks into every semester to check that parking supply is sufficient for demand. These counts also inform planning for future parking facilities. All parking designations are counted: resident and commuter students, facutly/staff, visitors, ADA parking, etc., but because students are the population for whom most of campus parking is designated, this post will focus on decks and lots open to those with student permits.

Student parking at a glance

Bar charts showing student parking space availability in two hour increments

Student parking by the numbers

Here are the numbers for Fall 2016, Monday - Thursday.*

  • Italicized entries are areas most likely to be filled between 9:30AM-11AM. 
  • Bold entries have the most parking to spare throughout the day.

Student Parking Space Count, Fall 2016

 Location Total Available Unoccupied 10:00 AM Unoccupied 12:00 PM Unoccupied 2:00 PM Unoccupied 4:00 PM Unoccupied 6:00 PM
Lot 26 (at FM/Police) 86 2 2 1 35 62
North Deck 1171 576 499 552 613 718
Lot 25 (across from Witherspoon) 483 133 106 130 196 187
Lot 19 (by Union Deck) 261 0 2 6 29 39
Lot 18 (by Union Deck) 92 2 1 7 17 39
Union Deck 682 27 8 42 202 331
CRI Deck 1 1343 753 762 741 930 1083
CRI Lot 2 129 1 1 2 36 102
Lot 23 (CRI by stadium) 180 1 5 1 19 54
Lot 14 (by Tennis complex) 22 0 0 1 7 10
West Deck 760 10 6 54 175 469
Lot 7A (Memorial Hall) 37 1 0 0 3 21
Lot 7 (behind Cone Deck) 112 0 2 0 4 13
Lot 101 Foundation Bldg. 61 25 34 30 40 48
South Village Deck 1101 248 209 250 574 393
Lot 8 (by So.Village Deck) 245 2 2 1 16 19
Lot 8A  52 1 0 0 0 0
Lot 16 (Oak, Pine, Maple, Elm) 118 0 1 1 5 6
Lot 20 (behind Witherspoon) 105 0 0 2 0 0
Lot 21 (beside Witherspoon) 133 0 0 1 4 2
Lot 12 (NE corner Mary Alex & Cameron) 51 0 0 0 11 40
Lot 13 (Hawthorn) 138 1 4 7 8 12
Greek Village 330 118 130 137 146 156
Lot 6 (off Martin Village Rd.) 602 121 51 104 236 356
Lot 5 (Van Landingham Rd.) 580 0 37 48 175 333
Lot 5A (Van Landingham) 251 10 23 30 131 215
Lot 4A (Van Landingham at John Kirk) 127 1 14 15 49 101
East Deck 3 804 35 58 109 353 585
East Deck 2 539 0 15 21 105 188
TOTAL 10,597** 2,068 1,972 2,293 4,119 5582

*Counts taken over a two week period of normal class schedule (no holiday/break). ** Student parking space total. Does not include Faculty/Staff gated access, reserved, ADA/van accessible/handicapped, motorcycle, metered, visitor or discount remote parking. Campus total 13,970. Note: CRI Deck I is a mixed use facility on every level (available equally to Commuters, Faculty/Staff and Visitors and, after 6 PM, to those with Resident permits.) 

Main points for Commuters:

  • Everyone wants to park as close as they can to their class and most classes are scheduled from about 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Therefore, more students are trying to park in the same places at the same time. Your competition is stiff.
  • Take a look at the Commuter parking areas in bold. They are generally the least crowded and every one of them has a shuttle stop.
  • It feels counterintuitive to park farther away from where you're going but just try it ONCE. You will likely find it doesn't take much longer and that it's less stressful to easily find parking in a lower-demand area and take the shuttle or walk to class. Once you've tried an alternative parking area, it won't feel as annoying to park there on days when your preferred parking is full.
  • Download the UNCCNextRide app or access the NextRide mobile web site you view where the shuttle is and when it will get to your stop. 
  • There's NO REASON to park illegally in a full lot or deck and risk getting a citation
  • It's pointless to circle a full deck or lot. Students do not generally come-and-go in steady streams but in hour-and-a-half bursts based on when classes begin and end. A full deck or lot at 9:30 will likely remain so until around noon, maybe longer. 

Learn more: 

Questions? Email unccpats@uncc.edu or Tweet @unccparking or call 704-687-0161. The PaTS Call Center line is open 24/5 weekdays, 5 a.m. Monday through 10 p.m. Friday.

Photo of top level of North Deck

Even at peak class time, there are hundreds of spaces open in North Deck and the Green Line shuttle picks up there so you don't have to walk if you don't want to.