Raleigh, NC
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3 College Sophomore

Parking: I take the city and campus buses every day. There are many bus stops on and near campus, which makes it much easier and less expensive to take the bus each day than to pay for parking.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: During the week if you do not have a parking pass i do not suggest to park on campus. If you time it right, there will be a lot of available parking spaces during the weekend.

2 College Freshman

Parking: Parking is very strict during the school day. Spots are very limited, sometimes far away, and permits are pricey.

College Junior

Parking: I do not use a car nor own one, I find it more convenient to walk to locations I need to reach.

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2 College Freshman

Parking: You have to park very far from the dorms and academic buildings.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 1150th
    Most Reasonable Permit Costs
  • 1153rd
    Best Parking Availability
  • 1329th
    Best Off-Campus Parking

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Matthew J. Cote
Teaneck, NJ
English: Language, Writing, and Rhetoric
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With approximately 20,000 students plus faculty and not nearly enough spaces to park, finding a spot often proves to be chaotic. Parking permit policies are strictly enforced from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding official University holidays. The resident parking lots are marked DE, DW, and N, and they have different permit enforcements. Anyone may park in these residential lots from midnight to 7 a.m. There are not any real visitor parking spots on campus. All visitors must have a visitor parking pass displayed, which can be obtained at Transportation Services. However, if visitors are parking for a short period of time, there are pay lots and meter spaces throughout campus. NCSU has a one-hour meter lot on West Campus called Harris Lot, a pay deck at Dan Allen located also on West Campus, and one on Central Campus in the Coliseum Deck. Parking on campus is tight, and commuters will see how it truly is first-come, first-served in commuter lots. Students will come across the most trouble when trying to park on campus in their designated lot at midday. Just remember to keep your parking pass displayed at all times, park in the designated lot, read signs located at the entrance of the lot to ensure you are parked legally at the right times of the day to avoid a ticket, and do not sell or trade parking passes.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
The most popular are West Lot and the Coliseum Deck.
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
$100–$300 per year
Common Parking Tickets
  • Expired meter: $10
  • Fire lane: $250 or higher
  • Handicapped zone: $250
  • No parking zone: $40
Best Places to Find a Spot
  • West Lot
  • Dan Allen
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
Coliseum Deck
Getting a Parking Permit
Students can just visit the transportation Web site and apply with their ID.
Parking Services
NCSU Transportation
2721 Sullivan Drive
(919) 515-3424

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 115 responses

  • 12% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.
  • 10% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 54% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 11% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 11% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 1% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 121 responses

Very poor
  • Distance from class
  • Distance from dorms
  • Ease of finding a spot
  • Parking enforcement
  • Permit cost

What are the best places to find a parking spot on campus?    Based on 26 responses

  • 29% Anywhere after 5
  • 27% Need a parking pass
  • 20% Coliseum
  • 18% Dan Allen
  • 7% West Lot

What are the worst places to look for a parking spot on campus?    Based on 21 responses

  • 31% Dan Allen
  • 22% Harris lot is always full
  • 19% Anywhere on an IM night
  • 19% Most parking lots require permits
  • 9% Coliseum Deck
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