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Parking: There are hardly ever any spots open, and the parking police are sure to give out tickets.

1 College Freshman

Parking: There's no where for visitors to park without getting ticketed.

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2 College Freshman

Parking: Parking on campus is a hassle due to the parking lot locations given to students and the cost for the permits.

3 College Junior

Parking: Parking is enforced and car boots are popular...

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2 College Senior

Parking: Campus security is very unfair with parking policies


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Starting freshman year, students are allowed to have cars. The best combo for an on-campus UNCW student to have is a car for any off-campus ventures and a bike for on-campus transport. It's not vital for a student to have a car, though, until he or she actually needs it, sometimes not until junior or senior year when an internship or job is obtained. Any car or transportation situation can work, and obviously some of this information would not apply to off-campus students.

By purchasing a parking permit, residential students can park on campus fall, spring, and summer, and there is plenty of parking right beside each residence hall. It's nice that you don't have to take a bus, walk a mile, and then find your car in a visitor's lot; it's all very convenient. Parking passes run about $300 for fall, spring, and summer. Commuter, off-campus students who drive to campus have specific lots designated for them, and the pass prices vary. Students who live on campus and have a car can drive anywhere and park on campus, say the library or near the student center, any time after 4 p.m.—the school just doesn't want students that live on campus to drive to class during the busy mid-day hours. Parking does get tighter during the after-4 p.m., free-range times, so that's where the bike or longboard/skateboard comes in handy.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
Students park in their residential areas. Anytime after 4 p.m., they are allowed to park anywhere (within the white-lined, student spaces) around campus, such as the Fisher Student Center lot, parking for Randall Library, and at Trask Coliseum. There are designated commuter lots for off-campus students who drive to campus.
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
There are parking lots outside of each residence hall.
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
Annual fees for parking on campus are around $300, but vary depending on type of pass (residential, part-time student, commuter, etc.).
Common Parking Tickets
  • Parking during restricted 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. time (on-campus students): $25
  • Parking out of zone: $25
  • Parking on campus without a UNCW parking decal: $50
Best Places to Find a Spot
  • Parking lots by Trask Coliseum
  • Parking Deck
  • Residential lots
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
  • Fisher Student Center lot during early evening hours
  • Randall Library parking lot during exam times
Getting a Parking Permit
It's very simple to get a parking permit. A student can go to the Warwick Center on campus and visit Parking Services to get a permit. Or, via My Seaport, students can sign up for a pass online and then pick it up in Warwick. License plate number, vehicle make, and insurance information are required at registration. Billing for the purchase of a permit goes to the student's UNCW account, so a student doesn't have to pay right then at registration.
Parking Services
Parking & Transportation Services
Warwick Center
601 S. College Road
(910) 962-3178

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 95 responses

  • 7% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 24% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 11% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 37% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 14% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 7% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 95 responses

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