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

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.

Student Example: With a valid permit, you may park in any student area (RE, RP, 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.

Fall Break: Thursday - Friday, October 6 - 7, 2016
Thanksgiving: Wednesday - Friday, November 23 - 25, 2016
Winter Break: Thursday - Tuesday, December 15, 2016 - January 5, 2016
Spring Break: Monday - Friday, March 7 - 11, 2016
Spring Holiday: Friday, March 25, 2016
Summer 2016: Friday - Tuesday, May 6 - August 16, 2016

Monday, May 30, 2016
Monday, July 4, 2016
Monday, September 5, 2016
Thursday - Friday, November 24 - 25, 2016
Monday - Monday, December 26, 2016 - January 2, 2017
Monday, January 16, 2017
Monday, May 29, 2017
Tuesday, July 4, 2017

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.
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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.

Operating Hours/Enforcement

7 a.m. - 5 p.m. , Monday - Friday
No overnight parking/towing enforced.


$2 for first hour.
$1 for each consecutive half hour.
$10 daily maximum per visit.
$20 lost ticket fee.

Pull ticket when entering pay lot. Make payment at exit gate or at Pay-on-Foot station by inserting validated ticket. Please note, if using Pay-on-Foot option, customers have 10 minutes to exit after making payment or additional fees may apply.

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.

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 Partners Way Deck (close proximity to Engineering Buildings).

Located in the Capability South Lot.

Located in the West Lot.

Located in the Weisiger-Brown 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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Quick and easy way to pay for parking using your mobile phone.

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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.