Visitor Parking

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A campus visitor is anyone who is not a current student or employee. Contractors, sales and service personnel, event attendees, workshop participants, seminar attendees, citizens fishing from the Centennial Campus fishing pier, recruiters, friends and family coming to see students or employees are considered visitors.

What are the parking options for visitors?

Visitors may purchase a daily permit at the Transportation office. Permits are specific to certain areas of campus and are not valid in visitor pay lots.

Visitors may also use one of the designated visitor pay lots located throughout campus. Hourly rates apply.

What is the cost?

Gated Visitor Pay Spaces - pay on exit

  • $3 for first hour, or any portion
  • $2 for every additional hour, or any portion of
  • $15 daily rate
  • $20 lost ticket fee

Non Gated Visitor Pay Spaces - pay when parked

  • $3 for first hour, or any portion of
  • $2 for every additional hour, or any portion of
  • $15 daily rate

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.

Where can I get visitor parking information on campus?

Main Campus Booth:
Stinson Drive off the Pullen Road roundabout.
7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Visitor booth staff will provide directions and a map which shows valid parking spaces. No permits are sold or issued from this location.


Transportation Office NCSU Transportation Office:
2721 Sullivan Drive. 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Tip: For fishing pier parking, park in marked spaces only. Overflow parking is located at the MRC deck. Visitor permit required 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Visitor Resources & Maps

handicapped parking

Accessible Visitor Permits

Individuals with a state-issued accessible / handicap placard need to purchase and display a visitor permit. 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.

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!