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The North-facing staircase in West Deck (closest to SAC and Woodward) will close Monday, July 28 and will remain closed for two weeks to repair cracking that is weakening the stability of the stairs.

Closing of this stairway will particularly affect users of West Deck because of the Belk Gym renovation project.

  • Figure 1: Arrangements have been made with the contractor to leave open the access bridge from Level 3 to the SAC (this access bridge is on the North-facing side of the deck).
  • Figure 2: You will also be able to exit from Level 4 (via the open  staircase on the South side) and detour around Belk Gym, but this is a pretty long detour.

Map showing affected areas of West Deck

PaTS is quite sorry for the inconvenience but it is necessary to address the problem as quickly as possible.

For questions, please contact Nancy Smith, or mention @unccparking on Twitter.



CRI Deck 1 and South Village Deck have both received a 2014 Award of Merit in the International Parking Association Awards of Excellence Competition. This is an International competition open to entries from the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia and South America.

CRI Deck 1

CRI Deck1 has 1,347 parking spaces and provides parking near academic and research buildings on the west side of campus for students, faculty and visitors. Additionally, CRI Deck 1 provides parking for events at Jerry Richardson Stadium and connects to that facility with an attractively landscaped connecting pedestrian walkway. The seven-level deck was designed with induction lighting, white stained ceilings, integrated bicycle lockers, RFID operated gates, visitor parking with two pay-on-foot kiosks, and a large bus pull-off area.

CRI Deck 1 is rectangular in shape and utilizes a cast-in-place concrete structure with precast exterior designed to match the University’s signature ‘Morrocroft Red’ brick. It was planned with future use in mind, too. The deck is pre-wired to accommodate electric vehicle chargers and will be ready to serve a proposed conference center.

photo of CRI Deck 1

South Village Deck

South Village Parking Deck is an integral part of a major residential redevelopment. With a capacity of 1,247 vehicles, the deck serves over 2,000 students who live in nearby residence halls, along with faculty, staff and visitors. The deck was designed with automated vehicle identification (AVI) for contract parking as well as pay-on-foot and pay-in-lane for visitor parking. The cast-in-place structure requires little active maintenance and is also designed with a precast exterior to match the University’s brick standard. Features include, high-performance concrete, induction lighting, white stained ceilings, waterproofing systems, wash-down water supply and bicycle lockers. South Village Deck is also prewired to accommodate electric vehicle chargers in the future. The deck’s four-bay design provides efficiency and operational flexibility with smooth traffic flow for entrance and exit. South Village Deck has a continuous single-run staircase oriented towards the residential village. It feels grand and open but more importantly, creates a safer environment for pedestrians.

photo of South Village Deck

Photo of South Village Deck

It's that time of year when incoming students suffer shock when they find out the cost of a parking permit at UNC Charlotte. It's true, permits are expensive!

If there's any good news about permit prices, it's this: for academic year 2014-2015 there was no increase. It's been years since that's happened.

So, why does it cost so much to park on campus?

  • State funding is not used to pay for parking facilities;
  • Tuition dollars do not supplement parking;
  • Collected citation fines cannot supplement construction or maintenance of parking facilities;
  • Therefore, parking has to be self-supporting which is done through the sale of permits to those who wish to use parking facilities on campus.

What do Permit fees pay for?

Almost all of it goes toward design and construction new parking decks, maintenance and debt service (paying back construction bonds) of existing decks/lots, with a small percentage going toward traffic control staffing and support of the CATS Campus Shuttle.

The primary factor that determines permit price: cost of new deck construction and replacing flat lots with decks.

It’s expensive to design, construct and maintain new parking decks necessary to accommodate enrollment and demand. Existing surface lots make way for new buildings and residence halls; those spaces must be replaced with decks. Decks are far better use of land than paving large swaths of acreage, but they cost a lot more to erect and maintain. In the past 10 years, UNC Charlotte has had to build five of them: East Deck III (2003), Union Deck (2006), North Deck (2011), CRI Deck I (2012), and South Village Deck (2013).

  • Permit prices are determined by how much will be needed to support a ten-year financial plan that will pay for parking that accommodates enrollment increases.
  • Business Services and the University make every effort to keep permit price increases in line with what’s needed to sustain current and planned parking facilities.

Other factors include:

  • loss of parking lots to new building (academic and housing);
  • cost of infrastructure: emergency blue lights, utility lines, cameras, etc.

If these were the only factors considered, rates would actually be much higher. The financial impact on students, faculty and staff is taken into account, too. Prices are kept as low as fiscal responsibility will allow.

Lot versus deck cost breakdown:

Design and contruction costs for surface lots

  • $2,000-$3,000 (per space, depending on land condition)

Design and construction costs for parking decks

  • Up to $14,000 (per space)
  • Maintenance per space per year: typically 3 times the cost to maintain a surface parking space

Are there cheaper on-campus parking alternatives?

YES! There are two discount permit lots available on the margins of campus available to Commuters and Faculty/Staff.

  • Lot 6A (at John Kirk and Cameron) permits are $340 per academic year. This lot is served by the Campus Shuttle Red Line Rt. 50
  • Lot 27 (on Alumni Way near Harris Alumni House) permits are $210 per academic year. This is a walk-in lot not served by the Campus Shuttle; however, a Yellow Line Rt. 47 shuttle stop is about 2/10 mile walk east on Alumni Way near South Village Deck.

For Commuters who have class schedules just two days a week

  • Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday permits are available per semester. Price is $165. Two-day combinations other than M/W T/Th are available also. Just inquire at the Parking and Transportation Services office and a permit for the appropriate days will be created for you.

For more information about parking permits and where each permit allows you to park, see the permit info page. Complete information about parking on the UNC Charlotte can be found in the "Everything About Parking and Transportations Services" guide on our website. You may also benefit by following @unccparking on Twitter. News and changes in parking are posted there and we answer questions, too.

Visitor parking on the top level of Cone Deck is now automated. Fees are paid at a pay-on-foot station instead of to an attendant.

The pay station is located under a shelter on the Visitor parking level. This is the same equipment used for Visitor parking at East Deck I, CRI Deck and South Village Deck. As with all campus pay-on-foot stations, there's an intercom that connects to the Parking and Transportation Call Center should users encounter difficulty or have a question. "We will continue to have a person present to assist patrons for the next few weeks," said Nancy Smith, PaTS Assistant Director.

Photo of pay-on-foot station for visitor parking fees at Cone Deck, top level

Photo: Cone Visitors Deck pay-on-foot station

How pay-on-foot stations work

A “pay-on-foot” station allows visitors to pay their fee and retrieve a validated ticket. To exit, visitors will put the validated ticket into an exit verifier to open the gate. When a visitor enters, the system will release a timed ticket for them to take. Visitors can either pay for their own parking as they leave or a department can supply them with validated parking. Pay-on-foot fee stations do not accept tokens.

Visitors paying for their own parking

  • Payment is made at the pay station as visitors return to their vehicle. Pay station accepts cash (but not coins) and credit cards (Visa, MasterCard and American Express)
  • The pay station credits the ticket and allows 10 minutes to return to the vehicle and proceed to the exit lane.
  • When in the exit lane, the visitor will insert their ticket in to the “exit verifier” and the gate will rise.

Department paying for the visitor’s parking

  • The department gives the visitor a validated ticket
  • Visitor does not need to go to the Pay Station; they may proceed directly to their vehicle and place the validated ticket in the “exit verifier”

"There's no place to park!"


Spaces may be few in areas closest to the center of campus at the most densely scheduled class times, but there's plenty of parking available elsewhere. Space counts, which are taken regularly, prove that UNC Charlotte has sufficient parking for visitors, faculty, staff, and students. Students are the population who most heavily use parking and for whom most of the parking is designated. The most recent space counts in student parking areas show an average of 29% of parking sits empty, even at peak scheduled class times.

Here are the numbers for Spring 2014, Monday - Thursday.* Italicized rows are areas that tend to fill at peak class times. Bold entries have the most parking to spare.


Student Parking Space Count, Spring 2014
Location Total Available Unoccupied 10:00 AM Unoccupied 12:00 PM Unoccupied 2:00 PM Unoccupied 4:00 PM Unoccupied 6:00 PM
Lot 26 (at FM/Police Bldg) 86 10 14 6 28 65
North Deck 1171 953 928 928 945 988
Lot 25 (across from Witherspoon) 497 3 8 12 43 60
Lot 19 (by Union Deck) 261 0 4 4 56 49
Lot 18 (by Union Deck) 94 0 5 3 29 49
Union Deck 682 128 72 20 221 354
CRI Deck 1 1343 1148 1052 1103 1151 1267
CRI Lot 2 128 0 7 8 42 99
Lot 23 (CRI by stadium) 174 2 10 4 27 87
Lot 14 (by Tennis complex) 27 11 2 1 9 12
West Deck 760 175 45 54 266 472
Lot 7A (Memorial Hall) 37 1 1 0 10 33
Lot 7 (behind Cone Deck) 123 1 1 3 7 23
Lot 101 Foundation Bldg. 60 20 30 33 39 49
South Village Deck 1101 599 583 619 645 751
Lot 8 (adjacent to South Village Deck) 238 3 11 13 35 57
Lot 8A (by RDH) 60 0 0 1 3 0
Moore/Sanford U 51 0 0 0 0 0
Lot 16 (Oak, Pine, Maple, Elm) 233 0 1 0 11 8
Lot 20 (behind Witherspoon) 105 0 0 0 1 1
Lot 21 (next to Witherspoon) 134 0 0 1 4 3
Mary Alex (on street) 42 0 0 1 2 1
Lot 12 (NE corner Mary Alex & Cameron) 84 0 0 0 13 28
Lot 13 (Hawthorn) 140 27 29 33 39 42
Greek Village 324 134 144 146 165 178
Lot 6 (off Martin Village Rd.) 565 537 513 502 537 550
Lot 5 (Van Landingham Rd.) 582 146 38 118 241 331
Lot 5A (Van Landingham) 257 211 132 130 192 230
Lot 4A (Van Landingham at John Kirk) 128 46 14 28 70 102
East Deck 3 804 296 156 234 422 536
East Deck 2 539 3 18 23 101 152
TOTAL 10830 3678 3106 3284 4576 5722


The take-away for Commuters:

  • Everyone wants to park as close as they can to their class and most classes are scheduled from about 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Therefore, more students are trying to park in the same places at the same time. Your competition is stiff.
  • Take a look at the Commuter parking areas in bold. Did you know that every one of them has a shuttle stop?
  • For just one day, try parking in Lot 6, North Deck or South Village Deck. The Red Line runs two buses from Lot 6 through the center of campus via the Student Union and out to the CRI campus. You can catch the Green Line from North Deck and both the Yellow and Green Lines from South Village Deck. (There's even a mobile web site and app that shows you where the shuttle is and when it will get to your stop.) It may seem odd to park so far away from your familiar, preferred spots, but just do it ONCE. After you see how easy it is to get from where you've parked to where you're going, it won't be nearly as annoying to park there are days when your favorite parking is full.
  • There's NO REASON to park illegally in a full lot or deck and risk getting a citation and there's NO REASON to circle a deck until you miss class.
  • There are no plans to take down the Belk Tower to put up a 20-story parking deck. Future parking facilities will continue to follow the campus master plan and be placed toward the margins of campus.

Incentive to try parking at one of the least-used areas

The first ten permit-holding Commuters who park in one of the bold areas and Tweet a selfie of their car parked there, mention @unccpats and/or use hashtag #Iparkedfar, will win a deck voucher for one day of free visitor parking at Visitor deck. (Visitor deck areas are at Cone, East 1, Union, CRI 1 and South Village). That might be really nice to have for that day when you're running late.

*Counts taken over a two week period of normal class schedule (no holiday/break).

Dining Hours

What's Open Friday, February 28 through Sunday, March 9.

Parking and Transportation Services

  • Parking and Transportation Services will be running normal office and call center hours.
  • Plan to leave your car parked on campus over break? Campus police advise you leave it in Lot 25 or 26 (next to Police HQ). Make sure your vehicle is locked, with valuables removed.

Relaxed Permit Enforcement Monday March 3 - Friday March 7

  • Relaxed enforcement does not mean "free parking," but that permits are not enforced in Commuter (C), Resident (R) and Greek Village (G) non-gated areas through 3/9/14.
  • Fees still apply in decks/lots with Visitor parking.
  • Those with remote discount parking permits (Lot 6A and 27) may park in any Commuter (C) lot.
  • Citations will be issued for illegal parking (e.g., parking in a reserved or handicapped space, line straddling, etc.).


Normal operation for both daytime disability transportation and evening safety service.

Campus Shuttle

Campus Shuttle service ends at 6:00 PM, Friday, February 28. Service will resume Monday, March 10.

Barnes & Noble at UNC Charlotte Bookstore

Fri. Feb. 28 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sat. Mar. 1 and Sun. Mar. 2 CLOSED
Mon. Mar. 3 - Fri. Mar. 7 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sat. Mar. 8 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sun. Mar. 9 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

REPROS Copy Center

Fri. Feb. 28 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sat. Mar. 1 and Sun. Mar. 2 CLOSED
Mon. Mar. 3 - Fri. Mar. 7 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sat. Mar. 8 CLOSED

Mail & Package Services and Union Station

Both to operate on a regular schedule.

Photo meme: Why do UNCC staff love spring break? Short lines at Chick-fil-A and Salsarita's!



Dining and Auxiliary Service hours during Februay 14 weather closing

DINING for Friday, Feb. 14

  • RDH will serve until 2:00 PM, then reopen at 5:00 PM (weekend schedule)
  • RDH Outtakes opens at 10:00 AM (closing time TBD)
  • Crown Commons will be open 10:00 AM –8:30 PM
  • Starbucks open (closing time TBD)
  • Mamma Leone's Student Union opens 10:30 AM (closing time TBD)
  • Outtakes in the Student Union open until 10:30 PM

All other retail dining areas (including Outtakes convenience stores) CLOSED although more will open as staff become available. Look for updates here or follow @unccdining on Twitter.


  • UPDATE: After reestablishing city routes, CATS has sent one bus to run afternoon shuttle service Friday. It's showing as Yellow #665 on UNCCNextRide app but running a hybrid route of Green and Yellow to connect residence areas on both sides of campus to the Student Union until 5:30 PM. THANK YOU Charlotte Area Transit!
  • There will be no SafeRide daytime disability service nor SafeRide evening transportation service Friday Feb. 14. SafeRide evening tranportation will resume Saturday, Feb. 15 at 6:00 PM.


OPEN 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM

REPROS Copy Center

CLOSED Friday. Open 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM Saturday Feb. 15

Dining Hours

What's Open Monday, December 9 through Monday, December 23.

Parking and Transportation Services

  • Parking and Transportation Services will be running normal office and call center hours through 5:00 PM December 23, closing for the University's winter break December 24 - January 1.
  • Plan to leave your car parked on campus over break? Campus police advise you leave it in Lot 25 or 26 (next to Police HQ). Make sure your vehicle is locked, with valuables removed.

Relaxed Permit Enforcement now through January 1

  • Relaxed enforcement does not mean "free parking," but that permits are not enforced in Commuter (C), Resident (R) and Greek Village (G) non-gated areas through 1/1/14.
  • Fees still apply in decks/lots with Visitor parking
  • Citations will be issued for illegal parking (e.g., parking in a reserved or handicapped space, line straddling, etc.)

Spring permit sales

  • If you did not purchase a permit in the fall or if you currently hold a permit that's only valid for one semester — such as Night (N) and 2-day permits — purchase your permit for Spring online. Orders placed by December 18 will be mailed to you.
  • Two-day restricted permits (M/W, T/Th) are only good for 1 semester, expiration date 12/31. Two-day permits for Spring semester are available online now. Two-day permits customized for other weekday combinations are available for purchase at the PaTS office.
  • If you purchased a full-time permit and are graduating in December, return your permit to the PaTS Office for a prorated refund see permit refund schedule). DO NOT SELL YOUR PERMIT to another person. Permits are not transferrable.


  • Normal operation for both daytime disability transportation and evening safety service through December 23.
  • Daytime disability service ends at 5:00 PM December 23, 2013; resumes normal operations at 7:30 AM January 2.
  • Evening safety service will end at 2:30 AM December 24, 2013; normal operation resumes at 6:00 PM January 2.

Campus Shuttle

  • Expect regular Campus Shuttle service until 6:00 PM, Friday, December 13. Service will resume Wednesday, January 8.

Barnes & Noble at UNC Charlotte Bookstore

Saturday Dec 21 CLOSED
Thursday Dec 26 and Friday Dec 27 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Saturday  Dec 28 and Sunday Dec 29 CLOSED
Monday Dec 30 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Tuesday Dec 31 and Wednesday Jan 1 CLOSED

REPROS Copy Center

Saturday Dec 14 CLOSED
Sunday Dec 15 CLOSED
Monday Dec 16 - Friday Dec 20 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday Dec 21 CLOSED
Sunday Dec 22 CLOSED
Monday Dec 23 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday Dec 24 - Wednesday Jan 1 CLOSED
Thursday Jan 2 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday Jan 3 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday Jan 4 and Sunday Jan 5 CLOSED
Monday Jan 6 - resume regular hours 7:30 AM - 7:00 PM

49erCard and Meal Plans Office

  • Normal operating hours (Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM) through Monday, December 23. Closed December 24 - January 1 when the University closes.
  • Form available online to add, change or cancel a meal plan


It's probably going to be very quiet on campus next week but if you plan to be around after Tuesday, here's what will be open.

Barnes & Noble at UNC Charlotte bookstore

  • Wednesday November 27: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Thursday November 28 – Sunday December 1: CLOSED

Dining Hours


  • Library Café 7:30 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Chick-fil-A Express 7:30 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Feisty’s 10:30 AM - 3:00  PM
  • Bistro 49 10:30 AM - 2:30 PM
  • Einstein Bros. Bagels 7:30 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Outtakes Student Union 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
  • Starbucks 7:30 AM - 3:00 PM


  • UNC Charlotte is closed; no campus dining.


  • Library Café 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM


  • Library Café 12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
  • RDH, dinner 5:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Outtakes RDH 4:00 PM - 11:30 PM
  • Crown Commons 5:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Outtakes Student Union 11:00 AM - 12:30 AM
  • Starbucks 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Wendy’s 11:00 AM - 12:30 AM

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Campus Shuttle, SafeRide, Parking and Transportation Services

  • No shuttle service Wednesday, November 27; full service resumes Monday, December 2
  • SafeRide service ends at 6:00 PM Wednesday November 27; resumes 6:00 PM Sunday, December 1
  • Relaxed permit enforcement Wednesday, November 27

REPROS Copy Center

  • Wednesday November 27: 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
  • CLOSED Thursday November 28 - Sunday December 1

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Last year, PaTS posted an article about how permit proceeds from that academic year were spent. The bottom line was that in the 2012 fiscal year, permit sales income (which includes all student, faculty and staff permits) was $6.5 million dollars. No question, that’s a lot of money!

Keep in mind though, that almost all the money from parking permit sales and visitor parking charges goes into design and construction of new decks, paying back construction bonds on existing decks, and maintenance/upkeep of all campus lots and decks (replace lights, repair surfaces, repaint stripes, etc.). So in 2012, PaTS spent $3 million in debt payments for decks already built and $4 million toward building the new South Village Deck ($500,000 more than permit sales brought in). 

Here’s the update for fiscal year 2013:

Income: $9.17 million

  • $6.8 million from permit sales
  • The balance was from visitor parking fees, F/S premium gated access, etc.

Operating Expenses: $8.97 million

  • $3.7 million was for debt service on existing decks;
  • $1.3 million for CATS Campus Shuttle;
  • $1 million for major repairs;
  • $935,000 was for salaries (which includes enforcement personnel, most of whom are student workers).

The difference this year may look like a surplus of $205,500 — BUT — there was also $17 million in Capital Projects (CRI 1, North, and South Village decks) and that’s bond money that must be paid back with interest. So the $205,500 will go straight toward future years’ payment of debt service on those decks.

Permit prices are set to support a 10-year business plan that ensures that new decks can be built as enrollment growth demands, that parking removed by new buildings can be replaced, and that existing parking facilities are maintained so as to extend service life.

UNC Charlotte has had to build five parking decks within the last ten years.

And remember:

  • State funds are not used to pay for parking facilities;
  • Tuition dollars don’t supplement parking;
  • Citation fines cannot supplement construction/maintenance of parking lots and decks*;
  • That means that parking has to be self-supporting and that’s what makes permits so expensive. 

Unless/until demand for parking goes down, permit prices may continue to rise, but PaTS is committed to doing everything possible to minimize increases.

PaTS will continue to publish the numbers every year so that you can know where the money goes. We’re also happy to answer your questions about parking. Tweet @unccparking or write

*PaTS and the University reap no financial benefit from citation fines. Citation proceeds are governed by a State statute (GS 115C-457.1-3 – p. 305) which says that civil fines (i.e., parking tickets), minus the cost of collection, have to be remitted to the State of North Carolina, which then allocates the money to local K-12 public schools. The cost of collection cannot exceed 20% regardless of how much is actually spent to provide enforcement and collect the fines. Unfortunately, it costs PaTS more than the 20% they're allowed to keep to cover the cost of enforcement.

Photo of North Deck at night

Night photo of North Deck