Visitor Parking

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Like most universities of our size, parking is limited and parking requires a permit in most spaces. There are areas for visitors to park on campus.

Where can I park?

  1. Permit lots with your visitor permit.
  2. Pay Lot or Pay-by- Spaces - located throughout campus. Visitor permits are not valid in pay lots or at Pay-by-Space lots.

What is the cost?

$10 per day - using a parking permit hang tag.
$2 per hour/$1 per each additional partial hour - using the pay lots up to $10 per day.
$2 per hour; $1 per each additional half hour - using Pay-by-Space machines.

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

View the details of Pay Lots and Metered Parking on the main parking page.

Visitor Parking Information

  • Main Campus Visitor Information Center Main Campus
  • Centennial Campus Visitor Information Center Centennial Campus
  • Transportation Office Transportation Office

Visitor Parking Permits

Who is considered a campus visitor?

A campus visitor is anyone who is not a current student or employee / retired employee including contractors, sales and service people, event attendees, workshop participants, seminar attendees, citizens fishing from the Centennial Campus fishing pier, recruiters, friends and family coming to see students or employees.

Where can I get visitor parking information?

Visitor booth staff can give you directions and a map which shows valid parking spaces.

Main Campus Booth:
Stinson Drive off the Pullen Road roundabout.
7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
919-515-3205 or email us.

Where can I purchase a visitor parking permit?

NCSU Transportation Office:
2721 Sullivan Drive. The Transportation Customer Service area operates from 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Tips: If Main Campus Booth is closed, please use the pay lots.
For fishing pier parking, park in marked spaces only. Overflow parking is located at the MRC deck.

Visitor Resources & Maps

handicapped parking

Accessible / Handicap Visitor Permits

Visitors with a state-issued accessible / handicap placard need to purchase and display a visitor permit. The visitor permit allows close proximity. The permit issued is valid in any shared accessible space, as well as any unreserved campus parking space.

View more information about NCSU Transportation Accessibility while riding the Wolfline bus around campus.

Accessibility Map

visitor's center tour bus

Campus Tours

Campus tours are conducted from the E. Carroll Joyner Visitor Center located at 1210 Varsity Drive at the intersection of Western Boulevard and Varsity Drive.

Officer patroling parking lot

Do you ticket visitors parked in permit areas?

Parking permits are enforced from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday except on Official University Holidays. Please pay close attention to signs as some lots have extended enforcement hours. Visitor permits are not valid in pay lots.

This is primarily a walking campus. Posted speed limit is 25 miles per hour on most campus streets. Speed limits are strictly enforced.

Special permits are required for loading/unloading and events.

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Pardon our construction.

We have a few major construction projects under way. As well, Summer is the time of the year when we pave roads, resurface parking lots and attempt to complete as many maintenance projects as possible since we have fewer students and generally less activity on campus. We want you to enjoy your visit, so please take a quick look at the PDF construction map or impacts list on the bottom of the home page so you'll be aware of areas impacted. Thanks for your patience and understanding!