First-Year Residential Student Parking

Only a limited number of spaces are available so once those permits are release, no additional freshman permtis are issued.

All freshman (first year students and those with less than 30 credit hours) are not permitted to park in Resident and Non-Resident parking spaces. A handicap parking placard is required for any change in parking options, including those for temporary injuries or any other reason. 


Limited by campus size, financial restrictions, and a campus plan that values classrooms and green space over parking lots, UNC Asheville has decided to restrict freshman parking locations as one strategy to reduce the need for building additional parking facilities over natural greenspace and woodlands near the core of campus.

Unlike many universities, upperclassman students at UNC Asheville have enjoyed the privilege of being able to park as close as possible to their classes/residence halls. By restricting car usage in the freshman year, we hope to better protect this privilege for other resident students and promote walking/transit options in your first year.

Interpretation and Enforcement

Parking Locations

All freshman must park in designated freshman locations. This includes P1, P2, P3, P29 and P31. All freshman lots are on-campus, do not require students exiting campus, and are no more than 1/3 of a mile from the center of the Quad. All freshman lots are less than 1/4 of a mile from the most common freshman residence halls. 


Your academic status is determined by the Office of the Registrar. The transportation office does not edit nor review your academic status for parking options.


All freshman and freshman parking permits carry higher fines associated with non-compliance of parking policy and infractions. Freshman students parked illegally will recieve a $50 freshman violation and/or higher fines for blocking roadway access, fire lanes, handicap infractions and/or addition citations. 

Falsifying Information

Freshmen who obtain a resident/non-resident 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.

Requesting a different lot for mobility needs

Anyone classified as a freshman (first yeat students, transfers, or those with less than 30 credit hours) are only permitted to park in freshman lots. Those that might need accomodation due to a mobility impairment can park in resident/non-resident and faculty/staff lots if they have a valid DMV issued handicap placard or tag. 

UNCA Transportation is NOT legally able to provide handicap placards and access is stictly controlled by the DMV. Most medical providers can assist with navigating the placard process and assess the need for accomindation.

UNCA Transportation does NOT determine or review the need for accomodation, thus a Handicap placard is the only mechanism for a change in a parking lot and those placards are honored across campus for any reason.