Permits, Parking, Traffic and Transportation Information

Date Published: 
Monday, August 17, 2015

What you should know before classes start:

  • UNC Charlotte Parking Permits are required and will be enforced on the first day of class. If you have not already done so, purchasing online is the easiest way to get your permit. We’ll have it waiting for you in an express pick-up line.
  • If you do not have a permit, you must pay to park in a visitor parking area, e.g., Union, Cone, East 1, South Village, or CRI decks or Lot 4 pay-by-space. Visitor parking map.
  • You may also buy a temporary permit for $6/day for as many days as you think you’ll need. Temporary permits must be purchased in person from Parking and Transportation Services. Temporary permits are not valid in Visitor parking areas and do not work in gated decks or lots.
  • Peak parking demand will occur Monday – Thursday, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. (based on class schedule).
  • The Parking and Transportation Services Call Center is open from 5:00 a.m. on Monday continuously through 10:00 p.m. Friday evening each week to answer any parking or transportation related questions or concerns: 704-687-0161.
  • For short-term loading/unloading parking, call 704-687-0161 for permission and direction.
  • Parking gates in all gated lots and decks will remain down from 5:00 a.m. Monday continuously through 10:00 p.m. on Friday evening, except during holidays when the University is closed.
  • Single and multi-space meters are enforced 24 hours per day, seven days per week, except during holidays when the University is closed.

Student Permit Purchase and Pick-up

Student permit purchase (including temporary permits) and express pick-up will be at the Student Union first floor Art Gallery (#69 on campus map):

  • Thursday August 20, 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Friday August 21, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Saturday August 22, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Sunday August 23, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Monday August 24, 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday August 25, 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday August 26, 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Thursday August 27, 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Faculty/Staff permit purchase/pick-up is at the PaTS Office, #23 on campus map.

Additional Permit Info

  • A limited amount of discount remote parking is still available to Commuters and Faculty/Staff for Lot 6A (corner of Cameron Blvd. and John Kirk Rd., served by the campus shuttle) -UPDATE 8/21/15: SOLD OUT.
  • Permit hangtags have a Radio Frequency ID (RFID) chip that will open gated areas appropriate for your permit type.
  • You may add additional vehicles to a permit at no charge but the vehicles must be registered in the name of permit holder, their spouse, or a parent/guardian.  
  • Permits are to be displayed from the rear view mirror or on the driver’s side dash in a PaTS-approved clear pouch. The entire permit must be visible. Dash pouches are available from the PaTS office at no charge.

Parking Tips

  • The first two weeks of Fall semester is when parking demand is exceptionally high, particularly at Union Deck. Plan for it by either arriving before 8:00 a.m., or parking in a lot toward the margins and taking the Shuttle into center campus.
  • Parking is expected to be especially tight on Monday, August 24 because of New Student Convocation, and on Tuesday, August 25, the first full day of classes.
  • Decks and lots closest to the center of campus fill quickly and early. Union Deck, East Deck 2, West Deck, and the lots closest to those decks are often at peak capacity by 8:45 a.m.
  • Lot disruption due to infrastructure construction:
    • MSU Lot (in front of Sanford and Moore Halls) has been removed.
    • Lot 12 (NE corner of Mary Alexander and Craver) will be offline for several weeks.
    • The Craver Road-facing entrance and exit of Lot 16 (by residence halls Oak, Elm, Maple and Pine) will close permanently Sunday, August 23. Access to that lot will be via Poplar Terrace.      
  • Be prepared. Have a plan in mind for alternative parking if your first preference is full when you arrive. Parking map.
  • Don’t circle a full lot or deck! That only adds to traffic snarls that can occur near deck and lot entrances. Move on to a lower-demand area like North Deck, CRI Deck or Lot 6 (on Cameron near Campus Edge apartments). Maps and more about high versus low use areas. There are shuttle stops nearby for transportation to the center of campus if you don’t wish to walk.
  • By the third week of classes, parking demand eases.

Traffic Tips

  • Peak traffic times are 7:45 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. ­– 6:00 p.m.
  • Expect more traffic delays than usual due to campus infrastructure improvement projects.
  • All shuttles from off-campus housing complexes must load and unload passengers at the bus loop of East Deck 2 only, entering at the Main Entrance and exiting via Van Landingham Rd. This measure is necessary because of infrastructure construction and to ease traffic on interior roads, but it may result in heavier congestion around East Deck 2, especially during peak class times. Students utilizing private shuttle services are advised to leave early.
  • If leaving campus between 5:00 and 6:00 p.m., avoid exiting to John Kirk Drive by way of Van Landingham Rd. near Fretwell. Try using Mary Alexander Rd. to Mallard Creek Church Rd. or the bottom level of East Deck 2 that exits to Rt. 49 South (University City Blvd).
  • If arriving on campus between 5:00 and 6:00 p.m., avoid the John Kirk Dr. entrance at Van Landingham Rd. (near the Circle K). Instead, enter campus by using Cameron Blvd., the Front Entrance, Mary Alexander Rd., or the bottom level of East Deck 2 from 49 South (University City Blvd).
  • Pedestrians have the right of way on all crosswalks unless there is a traffic signal, which takes precedence. The traffic circle at Mary Alexander and Van Landingham Roads is controlled by a traffic signal, which must be obeyed by both pedestrian and vehicular traffic.
  • Follow @unccparking on Twitter. PaTS uses Twitter to provide updates about of detours, delays and other relevant information. For those who don’t use Twitter, the same information is fed directly to the parking website home page.

Football Game Day Parking:

  • Commuter and Resident permits will not be valid in any parking decks or lots designated for football parking on Football Game Days.
  • Student Resident lots (blue color coded), with the exception of Lot 25, are not affected by football. All vehicles parked in Lot 25 (across from Wallis Hall) must be moved by 12:00 a.m., the Friday before a Saturday home game. Vehicles not moved will be towed at the owner’s expense. Alternative parking will be at  North Deck or any other R-designated lot or deck that has not been designated for Football parking.
  • The Friday night game, scheduled for October 2, will require vacating lots and decks designated for football by 12:30 PM. More football home game parking information.

Campus Shuttle Service:

  • Full service begins Monday, August 24. Campus Shuttle stop lists and route maps. This service is fare-free to all UNC Charlotte students, faculty/staff and visitors.
  • Real-time campus shuttle and SafeRide Evening Safety transportation tracking and arrival information is available via smartphone or website with the UNCC NextRide app (FREE at Android and iOS app stores) or website/mobile site .

Please remember:

  • Parking for the disabled is available on campus ONLY to individuals who have a DMV-issued disability placard and a valid UNC Charlotte Parking Permit registered to them.
  • SafeRide provides disability transport throughout the inner core of campus for those with ongoing mobility impairments who have registered for the service, Monday – Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Services require registration through the Office of Disability Services and completion of a Disability Medical Verification Request form. SafeRide is also available to those who need assistance on a temporary basis (such as recent surgery, lower limb injuries, visual impairments, or chronic diseases that impact stamina). This is also arranged through the Office of Disability Services, Fretwell 230 (704-687-4355). After completion of the required form, Disability Services will verify and send email confirmation of eligibility (usually processed within 24 hours or less).
  • SafeRide Evening Safety Transport makes getting around campus safer, faster, and easier after dark. Service runs seven days a week, 6:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m., picking up those waiting at marked stops on a continuous looping route. Vehicles keep moving and do not arrive or depart at set times. A list of designated stops and stop map are here. SafeRide van tracking and arrival information is available via smartphone or website with the UNCC NextRide app or website/mobile site .

A comprehensive guide to “Everything You Need to Know About Parking and Transportation” is available as a printer-friendly PDF.

For specific inquiries and concerns, the Parking and Transportation Services website has a contact form or you may email pats@uncc.edu directly. Or call the PaTS call center, 704-687-0161, open weekdays from 5:00 a.m. Monday continuously through 10:00 p.m. Friday.

photo of a young woman behind the wheel, making and angry face and clenching her fist.

This is the face of someone unprepared to park! Parking on a large campus with a high percentage of commuters, where classes are densely scheduled Monday - Thursday mornings, is not like parking at the mall, where you can expect to park within eyesight of an entrance. It's more like parking at the airport. Early birds get spaces in the closest decks and lots and those who arrive later should expect to park farther away.