It’s the beginning of another great year! Our students have arrived and classes have begun. If you’ve been on campus at all this summer, you’ve noticed that parking was a breeze. But as usual, the start of the fall semester requires patience with the process until things settle down a bit.
It’s normal for faculty to have more office hours and for students to take additional trips to campus to take care of business and participate in the many events that promote involvement and getting to know their community. We have also seen a surge in student parking permit registrations. The good news is more students are ordering online and more students are getting into compliance early in the semester. One of the outcomes of the increased registration is that there will be more assignments in the parking deck, thus creating higher utilization of the deck throughout the day. Faculty and staff will have the same allocation of spaces in the deck, but students will use more spaces on the top level.
Enforcement staff has begun ticketing, and they are also positioned around lots and taking lot counts at peak times. There are available spaces in most lots throughout the day, but we have designated overflow by the track as needed, and we are fully utilizing the visitor lot on Riegel Road.
New faculty and staff should stop by Parking and Transportation Services in the Warwick Center Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to pick up their temporary parking permits if they have not already received them.
A few parking tips for the first few weeks of the semester:
- If you do not use a lot that is gated, arrive early (best times are between 8 and 10 am) until things settle down and try not to move your car. Once you find a space, try to leave your car there for the remainder of the day. Use the campus loop shuttle or walk for trips around campus.
- Park in a yellow space. Please help us by parking in yellow spaces whenever possible so white spaces are available for students. You may park in white spaces if necessary.
- We enforce all handicapped parking spaces and fire lanes. If you need a handicap accommodation, please contact the Parking and Transportation Services Office at 910-962-3178 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
- Try and be flexible. It will take a few weeks to assess needs and patterns. Just hang in there!
- Take advantage of public transportation where possible. Faculty and staff may ride the Seahawk Shuttle and all other WAVE Transit buses and routes for free at any time using their UNCW One Cards. Carpooling, walking and biking are also good alternatives.
As a reminder, Parking and Transportation is always working on improvements and solutions. This year we expanded shuttle services to CMS and to new apartment complexes. We are continually improving signage and enforcement to keep students from parking in faculty/staff lots. We have also improved our event registration processes, so please let us know if you have special visitors coming to campus.
If you have any questions and concerns please contact the Parking & Transportation Office:
Campus Location ... Warwick Center – Monday thru Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.