With approximately 20,000 students plus faculty and not nearly enough spaces to park, finding a spot often proves to be chaotic. Parking permit policies are strictly enforced from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding official University holidays. The resident parking lots are marked DE, DW, and N, and they have different permit enforcements. Anyone may park in these residential lots from midnight to 7 a.m. There are not any real visitor parking spots on campus. All visitors must have a visitor parking pass displayed, which can be obtained at Transportation Services. However, if visitors are parking for a short period of time, there are pay lots and meter spaces throughout campus.
NCSU has a one-hour meter lot on West Campus called Harris Lot, a pay deck at Dan Allen located also on West Campus, and one on Central Campus in the Coliseum Deck. Parking on campus is tight, and commuters will see how it truly is first-come, first-served in commuter lots. Students will come across the most trouble when trying to park on campus in their designated lot at midday. Just remember to keep your parking pass displayed at all times, park in the designated lot, read signs located at the entrance of the lot to ensure you are parked legally at the right times of the day to avoid a ticket, and do not sell or trade parking passes.