Parking on Campus

NCSU Transportation strives to provide excellent service to the NC State University community and to our visitors.

As with most universities, parking demand exceeds parking supply. Parking permits are required campus wide with some short term parking available in meter spaces and pay lots. We offer special permits for some types of vehicles, accessibility and events.

Lost or Stolen Permit? Check out our FAQs page.

Parking Enforcement on Campus

Please don't hesitate to ask enforcement officers for directions or assistance - they are happy to help you.

Permit parking areas and pay-on-foot metered spaces are enforced -
Monday - Friday: 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. except on Official University Holidays.

Resident parking areas ("RC," "RE", "RW") are enforced -
Monday - Thursday: 7:00 a.m. to Midnight; Friday: 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Evening reserved lots are enforced per signage posted at individual lot/space.


How Not to Get a Parking Ticket

1. Buy a Permit

You need a parking permit to park on campus - specifically one assigned to YOU!

Tip: Never loan, buy, sell, trade, or barter parking permits. The permit holder is responsible for tickets to the vehicle.

2. Only Park in Designated Spaces

Unless there are two white parking lines for your vehicle to park between - don't park there!

Tip: Parking in non-designated areas 'for just a minute' with flashers on is not legal parking.

3. Look for the Sign

Unless a parking sign indicates otherwise, you must have a parking permit to park on campus between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday- Friday, except on Official University Holidays. This includes class breaks. Resident parking area enforcement is extended until midnight Monday -Thursday.

Tip: Pay lots, "24-Hour Towing" and "No Parking" areas are enforced AT ALL TIMES.

4. NCSU Employees and Students

...are NOT visitors! Therefore, they may not use spaces designated for visitors.

Tip: Instead, feel free to use hourly pay lots or metered spaces and pay the parking fee.

5. Check the Dates for Student Breaks and Holidays (See Dates Below)

When classes are not in session (student spring and fall breaks, official holidays, summer sessions), employee lots are still enforced according to the permit (A, B, C). Parking meters, pay lots, and all reserved spaces are enforced. SEE DATES BELOW

Student Example: With a valid permit, you may park in any student area (RE, RP, RS, RW, RC, and university-owned parking decks except Poulton Deck and Oval West Deck). DO NOT park in any employee areas (A, B, C).
Permits are enforced during exams and reading days.

Employee Example: If you have a C permit, do not park in an A or B permit area. Park in C or a student area.