Visitors are always welcome at UNCW! A Visitor is any person on campus who is neither a student nor a faculty/staff member.
Visitor Parking Quick Links:
- Visitor Parking Rules and Regulations
- FREE Visitor Parking in Lot M
- Admissions Campus Tours
- Solar Powered Meters and Pay Stations
- Visitor Parking in the Deck
- Extended/Special Visitor Parking Passes
- Visitor Parking Citation
Anyone operating a vehicle on the UNCW campus is responsible for abiding by UNCW parking regulations. Parents or any other visitors driving on campus in a student's vehicle must abide by the rules governing the student's permit. Parking spaces for visitors are outlined by teal lines and identified by appropriate signs. Visitors may park in designated visitor spaces only.
Visitors with passes may also park in many non-gated parking lots, in either white-lined or yellow-lined spaces, unless the space is otherwise reserved. Parking lots designated as 24-hour faculty/staff parking, reserved spaces and residential parking areas remain off limits.
Visitors requiring handicap accommodations must display a state-issued handicap placard or license plate and may park in any designated handicap spaces.
UNCW offers free visitor parking in parking lot M (located just off Riegel Road and Price Drive). We encourage all visitors to begin their visit at the visitor information booth located at the entrance to Lot M so they can be informed of their parking options and, if necessary, be directed to the preferred parking area by our helpful attendant.
Directions to Parking Lot M:
- From College Road (NC 132), turn onto Hurst Drive at the traffic light to enter the UNCW campus.
- Continue on Hurst Drive to the next traffic light. Turn left onto Hamilton Drive.
- Continue on Hamilton Drive to the intersection of Riegel Road. Turn right onto Riegel Road.
- Continue on Riegel Road past the Warwick Center. After passing the Riegel Road/Price Drive intersection, turn left into the Parking Lot M entrance.
The GPS address for parking lot M is 4941 Riegel Road, Wilmington, NC.
Admissions campus tour visitors are required to park in the designated locations indicated on the campus visit information. Parking in any other location results in a parking citation, unless parking in an area clearly marked for visitors: visitor parking meters, visitor Lot M, etc.
Solar Powered Meters: Teal and Gray
Teal single space meters are designated as visitor meters, intended primarily for casual visitors rather than invited departmental guests, admissions tour visitors, etc. Gray single space meters are designated as student, and faculty/staff meters. Meters have a two-hour limit and will accept credit/debit cards (Visa, MasterCard, and American Express) in addition to quarters, dimes, and nickels. Metered visitor parking spaces are located in various campus locations, including:
- Bluethenthal Wildflower Preserve entrance
- Eaton Plaza (near James Hall)
- Lot D (near Randall Library)
- Lot E (near the Fisher Student Center)
- Education Building
Solar Powered Pay Stations
Four pay stations are available for visitors, students, faculty and staff with or without a current permit.
The pay station will accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express and $1 bills only. Rates are $1.00 per hour with a two hour limit (no change or refunds are given). The new solar powered pay stations are located at:
- Price Drive Circle (near the Student Recreation Center)
- FF Lot (near Wagoner Hall)
- Schwartz Lot (near Schwartz Hall)
- Q Lot (near the Cultural Arts Building)
The 106 visitor parking spaces, located on the main level of the parking deck located at the corner of Reynolds and Cahill Drives, are accessible 24/7. The rate for visitor parking is $2.00 per hour. The walk-up pay station accepts $1 bills (exact change only) and credit cards (Visa, MasterCard and American Express). Visitors may park in designated visitor parking only on the main level.
Visitors who intend to park on campus in areas other than the visitor parking lot, metered spaces or the parking deck will need to purchase a daily or weekly parking pass. All-day parking passes may be purchased for $5 or a weekly parking pass may be purchased for $10. Visitor parking passes may be obtained in advance at the Parking & Transportation Services Office in the Warwick Center.
UNCW Invited Guest Parking
Invited departmental guests must receive a parking pass from the department extending the invitation to park in any area other than visitor designated spaces. Please contact the inviting department to obtain your parking pass prior to arrival on campus.
Special Event Attendees
Additional visitor parking spaces may be designated for special events. When attending a special event on campus, please park in the area designated by the event information. If the event information does not designate a preferred parking area, please park in the visitor parking lot.
Visitors receiving a "no decal" citation may:
1.) Pay a $5 daily late day visitor rate.
Complete the back of the citation and sign it. Pay $5 in person at Parking & Transportation Services, or mail a check payable to UNCW to the address indicated on the citation.
2.) Pay the citation as issued within seven days.
3.) Appeal the citation within seven days (the appeal form is on the back of the citation).
Appeals are granted only for citations written in error and must have supporting documentation. Appeals received after seven business days will not be allowed, and the full parking fine is due.