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. Employees Check the Dates (Modified Enforcement)

When classes are not in session (breaks, official holidays, summer sessions), employees with a parking permit may also park in all non-employee parking areas except reserved spaces. Employee lots are still enforced according to the permit (A, B, C). Parking meters, pay lots, all reserved spaces are enforced during modified enforcement periods.

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

Summer 2014: May 7 - August 19, 2014
Fall Break: Thursday - Friday, October 9 - 10, 2014
Thanksgiving: Wednesday - Friday, November 26 - 28, 2014
Winter Break: Wednesday - Tuesday, December 17, 2014 - January 6, 2015
Spring Break: Monday - Friday, March 9 - 13, 2015
Spring Holiday: Thursday - Friday, April 2 - 3, 2015
Summer 2015: Friday - Tuesday, May 8 - August 18, 2015

Monday, September 1, 2014
Thursday - Friday, November 27 - 28, 2014
Wednesday - Friday, December 24, 2014 - January 2, 2015
Monday, January 19, 2015
Monday, May 25, 2015
Monday, May 26, 2014
Friday, July 3, 2015

Motorist Assistance

Car break down? Need a Jump Start?

Vehicles that break down or become disabled while on NC State property must be reported to Campus Police and/or Transportation.

Campus Police: 919-515-3000
Transportation: 919-515-2210

For a battery jump start call Transportation:
Monday - Thursday: 7:00 a.m. — 11:00 p.m.
Friday / Summer Sessions: 7:00 a.m. — 6:00 p.m.
Weekends and all other times: call Campus Police.

  • Raise the hood of your vehicle to help identify the vehicle.
  • Driver must have a valid driver's license or picture ID.
  • Driver must complete a Liability Release Form with the officer providing assistance.

Car still will not start?

Important Notice: Inoperable/disabled vehicles left in driving lanes, driveways, blocking vehicles or other "No Parking" areas are subject to being towed and fined. The owner/driver of the vehicle should move the vehicle to the nearest unreserved, designated parking space and obtain the proper permit from Transportation immediately.
Man gives jump start assistance.

No Permit?
Anyone may use pay lots and hourly pay spaces

Pay Lots

The deck name is linked to a Google Map with GPS coordinates.

Main Campus:

  • Dan Allen Deck on Dan Allen Drive, lower level - 200 spaces.
  • Coliseum Deck on Cates Avenue, ground level parking under the deck - 315 spaces.

Centennial Campus:


All pay lots operate and are enforced 24 hours. per day, 7 days per week.


$2 for first hour.
$1 for each consecutive half hour.
$10 daily maximum per visit.

Debit and Credit Cards ONLY:
Master Card, Visa, Discover and American Express

Pay-by-Space Machine / Metered Spaces

Located near the N.C. State Belltower, use same machine for the entire row of parking.

2 hour parking limit; enforced 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Located on the top level of the Poulton Deck (across the street from the James B. Hunt Library).

Located in the Capability Lot.

Located in the West Lot.

$2 first hour; $1 for each consecutive half hour - no cash, credit and debit cards only.

Parking permits are not valid at the pay-on-foot / metered spaces.

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pay on foot machine

Commuter with no permit?

Learn about Free Park & Ride,
locations and schedules.

Consider a Carpool or Vanpool

Learn how to sign-up, find partners,
view incentives and reap the benefits.
Check out all alternatives WolfTrails offers.

Tour the Campus on Wolfline

No fare or ID required.
Review the schedule and hop on board. Low Vision or Blindness? Call Transportation: 919-515-3424.