Getting to and from campus is a big consideration when you are a commuter student. Things to consider are your transportation options – how you will be getting to campus, the route you take, where/if you park, and getting around campus. For students who live within the 2.5 mile radius of campus walking or biking to campus is a way to not only save money but get some exercise as well. Students who live further away will need to factor additional commuting time into their daily schedules and possible vehicle expenses and a parking permit into their budgets.
Green Commuting: area Buses, Shuttles, AMTRAK, NC Rail, Greyhound, PART, and Zimride
UNCG has won several awards for its green efforts. We are asking our commuter students to think about how they get to campus. Not only will you contribute to UNCG’s sustainability efforts, but students can save money on fuel and parking expenses.
Through paid student fees students have access to ride the Greensboro Transit Authority (GTA) without fare when they present their UNCG Spartan Card ID. Students also have access to HEAT, sponsored by the GTA, a free shuttle bus for students with a valid SpartanCard ID. HEAT routes run in student oriented housing areas to the east and west of campus, as well as to major shopping areas where students can park for free and ride the shuttle to campus. Students can also take a HEAT shuttle from campus to the Greensboro Downtown Depot where they can catch AMTRAK, Greyhound, and the North Carolina train system.
UNCG students in the piedmont can ride the PART – Piedmont Authority for Regional Transportation for free – there are monthly ride passes that can save some money. PART serves the 10 county North Carolina Piedmont region.
Students interested in carpooling should check out Zimride. Once you create an account you can see who around you is looking to share a ride.
Parking – City Streets, Commuter Permits, Commuter Park & Ride
City Streets – UNCG has a number of city streets running through and around campus. The city of Greensboro monitors parking on these streets. If students park on a city street on the campus and do not follow the city parking ordinances, they can face tickets, fines, and being towed.
Campus Streets – UNCG tickets and tows for violations on UNCG property. Please remember fire lanes, handicap parking, and metered spaces are monitored at all times.
Commuter Permits – There are a number of Commuter Parking options please visit Parking Operations and Campus Access Management at http://parking.uncg.edu/ for more information.
- The “C” permit entitles commuter students to park in any parking lot on campus that is designated for commuting students. When you purchase your permit you will receive a map which outlines the different designations. Be sure to check the signs at the entrance to the lots as the designation may change depending on time of day. There may be a waiting list by fall to purchase a C permit. Please be aware that lots tend to be full Monday – Friday between peak class periods between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. You may not be able to park next to your classrooms. Please arrive before your classes in plenty of time to allow a little searching for parking spaces. If the on-campus lots are full, C-permit holders can park at the Park ‘n Ride lot on Lee Street near the Coliseum. There is a shuttle that will take you to campus.
- E-permit – Park & Ride
- The “E” permit entitles students to park in a lot located at 1720 West Lee Street (located at the intersection of Chapman and West Lee Street). The lot is open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Fridays. It is a gated and locked when closed. Free shuttle service by the Park & Ride shuttles are provided to and from campus on a 15 minute cycle with three stops on campus along Spring Garden Street:
- Lot 8 near the Office of Financial Aid; Forest Street near McNutt and Moore Humanities (MHRA) Buildings; andSpring Garden Street in front of Graham Building
- When commuting, students must consider the time it will take for the shuttle to get to campus and the walk from the Shuttle to the classroom. The Park & Ride Shuttles begin running at 7:30 a.m. Monday – Thursday the last shuttle pick up from campus is 9:40 p.m. On Fridays the last shuttle pick up is at 6:40 p.m. Students should keep the shuttle schedule in mind when scheduling evening classes. Some students might have to return to the Park & Ride lot to move their car to campus if they have a class or are attending a program or event that goes past the last pick up time. After 3 p.m. “E” permit holders are allowed to park on campus in designated lots until 7 a.m. The 7 South Lot on Oakland and Tate (behind the Weatherspoon) is open to anyone after 5 p.m Monday-Thursday until 7 a.m. and from 5 p.m. Friday through 7 a.m. on Monday.
- Parking Decks
- Students can buy a deck card D-permit. Instead of buying a D-permit, they can also park in the deck and pay per hour or per day. Walker and McIver decks currently have a one year waiting list. Check with Parking Services about waiting lists.
- Parking Meters
- You may also park at the parking meters on campus. These are at Loading Zones (15-minute parking), Walker/Aycock & Stone lots (2-hour meters).
For additional information on parking, including prices and maps, visit Parking Operations & Campus Access Management.
College Park Baptist Church– across from UNCG on Aycock Street sells permits to park in its lot.
Where to Park Without A Parking Permit
7 South Lot, behind Weatherspoon Art Museum, Graham, and Studio Arts Building, corner of Tate and Oakland – Students and guest can park without a permit (or with any permit) after 5 p.m. Monday – Thursday, and from 5 p.m. Friday through 7 a.m. Monday morning.
Whatever a student’s primary mode of transportation is, they should have a plan B worked out early on in the semester. Students should check out the bus routes and shuttle routes and look at available carpools in their area. They should try the alternative method at least once each semester so if the unthinkable happens, the student won’t miss classes.