First-Year Students

All first year students (including transfer and early college students) are not permitted to bring cars to campus for the duration of their freshman year (fall through spring semesters). This includes students who have enough credits to be considered sophomores/juniors at any time during their first academic year at UNC Asheville. This policy does not apply to non-traditional freshmen or those with a housing waiver. Non-traditional freshmen are students who are 21 years of age or older, or who have completed at least one full year (consecutive fall and spring semesters) of post-secondary education.


Limited by campus size, financial restrictions, and a campus plan that values classrooms and green space over parking lots, UNC Asheville restricts freshman parking as a strategy to reduce the need for building additional parking facilities.

Freshmen are required to live in residence halls with meal plans, and any freshman who needs a job may obtain one on campus. Freshmen are also supported by a wide array of special social activities in their residence halls and elsewhere on campus. It is our hope that by restricting cars in the freshman year, students will take advantage of the many alternative transportation options available to them. Unlike many universities, resident students at UNC Asheville have enjoyed the privilege of being able to park as close as possible to their residence halls. By restricting car usage in the freshman year, we hope to better protect this privilege for other resident students.


Parking and Transportation Services will not sell parking permits to any first-year students (including transfer and early college students), and other members of the community who are eligible for a parking permit will not be permitted to purchase one for a freshman. Attempts to do so will result in having any future parking privileges of both parties revoked. Freshmen who obtain a parking permit by providing falsified information, as well as upperclassmen who attempt to purchase a permit for a freshman, will have future parking privileges revoked and may face campus judicial action.

We also that students comply with the spirit of this policy by not bringing cars to campus with the expectation that they can be parked on the streets or public areas of our neighboring communities. UNC Asheville works with its neighbors to reduce traffic flow and parking in nearby off-campus neighborhoods, and students are expected to help us be a good neighbor.

Students entering their second year (i.e. third semester) at the university are eligible to register a vehicle on campus even if they have not completed enough credits to obtain sophomore standing. They are no longer considered first year college students but may be restricted to freshman lots. Students who begin as freshman in the spring semester of an academic year are permitted to register a vehicle on campus for the coming fall semester, even though they may not have accumulated sufficient credits to attain sophomore standing.

Alternative Transportation Programs

In order to meet the needs of students without cars, UNC Asheville has developed transportation programs to assist students in getting around the local area and going away for the weekend.

Requesting a Waiver

Students who can demonstrate a compelling need or who would suffer undue hardship due to the freshman parking restriction can request a waiver by filling out the online Freshman Parking Waiver RequestFreshmen are only allowed to park on campus when they receive approval for a waiver. Incomplete waiver applications are not automatically dismissed and will remain as “pending” (but not approved) until the student provides adequate documentation. It is the student’s responsibility to provide all documentation to/from the appropriate offices. If a waiver application is denied, a student may re-apply if their situation changes.

Common explanations that don’t typically meet the criteria for a parking waiver:

  • I need a car to get home on breaks/weekends (or back to campus from home). Distance of the journey does not affect this outcome nor does in-state/out-of-state status.
  • I have a job that is not served by the bus system
  • I have a sick grandparent/extended family member that I need to visit.
  • I cannot afford not to have a vehicle.
  • My family cannot afford the wear-and-tear on a vehicle driving back and forth from home/campus.
  • My family does not have the time to drive me to campus (or vice-versa).
  • I have medical appointments (without proper documentation).
  • I plan to get a job during the semester.
  • I have a job but it is outside the Asheville metro area (Buncombe, Henderson, and Madison County)
  • The bus/flight/train travel time takes too long or is too expensive.
  • I do not like to use public transit.
  • I need a place to store my car while attending UNC Asheville.

Common criteria for a parking waiver:

  • I have approval for an off-campus housing waiver (with documentation) – this will make you eligible for a freshman parking permit.
  • I must provide daily/regular tasks/care (includes medical care) for an immediate family member at my home address within the immediate Asheville Metro Area.
  • I have regular standing medical appointments outside the transit service area that is not covered by Medcab (waiver must be supported by either University Accessibility Office or the Health Center).

Only those with First-Year Parking waivers with completed documentation will be notified by UNC Asheville Transportation. If you have not been approved for a waiver, do not bring personal vehicle to be stored on campus. Those that bring an unauthorized vehicle to campus without a waiver may harm their chances for a waiver. We consider parking citations/bootings/towings as evidence that the applicant is unable or unwilling to use a vehicle in a responsible manner on campus.

Other Students

All students must register for a permit online at student parking. To register a vehicle you will need the following information:

  • Vehicle year
  • Vehicle make/model (e.g., Toyota Prius)
  • Vehicle color
  • License plate number and state
  • Insurance provider name
  • Vehicle owner information (name, street address, and phone number)

You will receive an email confirmation of your registration and will be mailed a permit to the address of your choice. You will also receive a two-week temporary permit while the permit is in route. You are responsible for being able to receive your mailed permit to the mailing address. UNC Asheville does not replace permits mailed to the wrong address.

Permit Cost

  • $150
  • $35 for motorcycles over 50cc
  • $35 for Mopeds under 50cc (not prorated or returnable)

Permit fees are paid through our online vender via credit card. If you have an payment issue, contact us immediately as we can only address transactions within three business days.

Permit Types

Student lots are separated into three primary categories:

  1. Resident (R)
  2. Non-Resident (NR) or Pharmacy (P)
  3. Freshman (F)

Resident/Non-Resident indicates if a student resides on campus or off campus.

Osher Life Long Learning Institute (OLLI) students receive permits at the Reuter Center only. Permit registration and payment is bundled with the membership fee. However, you may choose to purchase the Community Member pass if you wish to do so. Please contact the OLLI center at 828.251.6140 with any questions.

Parking Locations

  • Resident lots include: P4 (Ridges Parking Deck), P29 (WT Weaver Gravel Lot), and P31 (WT Weaver Lower Lot) Resident students must park in Resident lots at all times, even after hours and weekends. Why? All residential spaces are “protected” and special events or other users can never park in residential lots. Residential students parking in other spaces is akin to parking in two spaces.
  • Non-Resident & Pharmacy Students lots include: P1, P2, P8, P9 (top level only), P10, P11, P12, P26, & P28. Non-Resident students may park in Faculty/Staff lots from 5pm – 7:00am Monday through Friday, on weekends, and official holidays. (Note: Parking is enforced when class is not in session!)
  • First-Year or “Freshman” who have been granted a waiver are required to park in Residential parking lots located at WT Weaver. Freshman are not allowed to park in the Ridges Deck or any other lot. Unpermitted freshmen found parking on campus are subject to immediate immobilizatin (boot) or towing. Permitted freshman parking illegally carry an additional financial penalty and can have their parking privilages revoked.
  • Permitted motorcycles/mopeds must park in motorcycle designated spaces located in P7, P14, P15, P19, P24, P27, and P28

You can explore parking locations using the interactive campus map.

Temporary Permits

Vehicle in the shop? Driving another car because of bad weather? You can pick up a temporary parking permit at Weizenblatt Hall 24/7. Park in the 30-minute spaces along University Heights and ask for a temporary permit at the front desk window. No fees apply, but temporary permits cannot be issued for more than two weeks at a time.