Parking at the UNC School of Law is by permit only. All vehicles parked on campus from 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. must display a valid parking permit for the designated parking lot. Faculty, staff, and students may park in lots surrounding the law school which include the S-3, S-10, and T-Lots. (Parking Map)
- Student S-3 parking includes spaces along Ridge Road and the Navy Field Lot but DOES NOT include the upper S-3 “Faculty” lot closest to the main entrance of the law school.
- S-10 Lot parking is located down Ridge Road near the Boshamer (baseball) Stadium.
- T Lot parking is located at the end of Country Club Road.
In addition, the Weeknight Parking program on campus began on August 15th, 2019. If you would like to utilize this program you will have to register. The cost of weeknight parking is already included in student tuition and fees ($6 annually).
Parking will remain available without a permit on weekends beginning at 5:00pm on Fridays. More parking FAQs.
Parking for 2Ls and 3Ls
Parking Allocation Process
Student parking is limited and demand outweighs supply. On-campus parking is available for second- and third-year law students. First-year law students are NOT eligible to register for on-campus parking through UNC Transportation & Parking.
UNC Transportation & Parking assigns student parking permits through a lottery registration process.
Lottery Registration Process & Dates
The Transportation & Parking lottery is open for second- and third-year law students in June and July. There is a limit of one lottery entry per student. Permits will be randomly assigned once Lottery registration closes.
Students will receive notification via email within 10 days of the close of lottery registration by UNC Parking & Transportation. Students may also check their permit status by visiting http://move.unc.edu/ and selecting Online Services. Assigned permits must be paid for before the designated deadline or the permit is forfeited.
Please visit the “Law School” section under Student Parking for more information.
Permit Waiting List
Following the permit lottery and registration period, any unpaid permits will be forfeited. Students who register for the lottery and do not receive their permit choice are put on the waiting list for that parking zone.
The waiting list prioritizes students based on class rank, although position numbers within class are determined randomly by the lottery ranking assignment. Students that did not register in the lottery can join the waiting list on a first-come, first-served basis.
All waiting list registrations are managed via My Account . Waiting list releases occur every two weeks from the 3rd Friday in August (excluding the month of December) until the end of March. Joining a waiting list does not guarantee you will be offered a permit during the academic year.
UNC School of Law Hardship Parking Application Process
Students with significant family or commute-related hardship may be eligible for a permit through the UNC School of Law Hardship Parking Application process. Even if individual circumstances warrant applying for a hardship permit, 2L and 3L students should register for the Transportation & Parking permit lottery first!
The Hardship Parking Application is available in August.
- Hardship parking applications are due in August.
- Note: Due to campus construction, there are limited hardship spaces available.
- All applications submitted the deadline will be reviewed together by the Office of Student Development and decisions will be made based on student circumstance and need.
- Hardship Parking decisions will go out via email.
- If granted hardship parking, please be prepared to pay for your parking pass at that time. Failure to do so will result in forfeiture of your parking pass.
We encourage 2L and 3L students to apply for the general parking lottery PRIOR to applying for a hardship permit as there are limited hardship permits available and no guarantee of a permit. Therefore, 2L and 3L students may submit a Hardship Parking Application following the release of the Transportation & Parking Lottery allocations.
Students who have mobility impairments that require transportation and parking accommodations need to apply for services by completing the Medical Mobility Accommodations Application available online or in-person at the Public Safety Building on Manning Drive. Accommodations will include the use of campus disability spaces, campus transportation (Point-to-Point, the Local Transit, and UNC Hospital’s shuttle buses), and available public transportation (Chapel Hill Transit and GoTriangle).
Visitors to the School of Law may park in the Raleigh Road lot or the Rams Head parking deck. These pay lots are reserved specifically for campus visitors and are in close proximity to the law school. (Visitor Parking Map)
For official School of Law visitors, a limited number of visitor spaces are available along the front of the building marked with a visitor sign. These spaces must be reserved in advance through the law school receptionist, Johnnetta Brown. The School of Law reserves the right to limit spaces on an as-needed basis. We ask that student organizations or School of Law departments reserve spaces in advance.
Carolina Law provides an evening shuttle service from Van Hecke-Wettach Hall to the T-Lot, Raleigh Road Lot, and Rams Head lots Mondays through Thursdays throughout the school year. Shuttle service runs from 5:30 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and leaves the parking lot every 15 minutes or as close to the quarter hour as possible. Questions regarding shuttle service should be directed to Phillip Spangler, Carolina Law Facilities Maintenance Manager.
On game days for football, basketball, and baseball, the Navy Field Lot and Clinic Lot are often reserved by the athletic department and may not be used by faculty, staff, or students. Parking regulations are strictly enforced at all times unless otherwise announced. For more information concerning parking during athletic and other on-campus events, visit Events at UNC.
Most first-year law students commute to and from campus using a combination of the local Park and Ride and Chapel Hill Transit System.
A Park & Ride is a place where people can park to ride the bus, carpool, or vanpool. The Local Park & Ride is served by Chapel Hill Transit and requires a permit, helping to subsidize the cost of Chapel Hill’s FARE-FREE transit system. Regional Park & Rides are served by GoTriangle, PART, and Chatham Transit; Regional Park & Rides are free to park, while fees vary across transit systems.
UNC supports a plethora of commuting options outlined through the Commuter Alternatives Program (CAP) and is available to students without an on-campus parking permit. In addition to transit and Park & Ride options listed above, CAP supports:
- Park & Ride
- Chapel Hill Transit
- GoTriangle/PART (free GoPass)
- Chatham Transit (free bus pass)
- Vanpool ($20/month discount)
The lots with the most convenient bus service to the law school are the NC 54 lot and the Friday Center lot. These two lots are nearly adjacent to one another and are located off of NC 54, near the Friday Center.
If you commute from south of Chapel Hill via US 15-501, the Southern Village Park & Ride (Southern Village subdivision) and the Chatham Park & Ride (near Cole Park Plaza shopping center) are conveniently located south of town.
Bicycling is one the fastest, healthiest, most affordable, and most fun ways to get around campus and Chapel Hill. We recommend that you register your bike with the Department of Public Safety. It’s easy, free, and helps if your bike is ever missing or stolen. You will also receive a 50% off coupon towards a U-lock so you can secure your bike wherever you go.
You can also rent a Tar Heel Bike with stations across campus including the law school.
The law school offers covered bike racks, as well as showers and changing rooms. There is a free tire pump for public use located on the side of the Student Union, facing South Road, available 24 hours a day.
Learn about state bicycling laws.
Don’t forget your helmet!
Zipcar is a flexible and convenient car sharing service which allows employees, students and visitors to access a vehicle on campus at any time, so there is no need to bring a car to campus.
- Cars located conveniently throughout campus
- Reserve cars online or by phone 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
- Gas, maintenance, insurance and 180 free miles per day included in hourly rate
There are many options for off-campus housing. This resource shows those options.