In special cases, freshman may purchase a parking permit but those permits are in a limited supply and require approval. Only 190 spaces are available so once those permits are release, there is no more freshman parking.
All first year students (including some transfer and all early college students) are not permitted to park in on campus. This includes students who have enough credits to be considered sophomores/juniors at any time during their first academic year at UNC Asheville. 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 has decided to restrict freshman parking as one strategy to reduce the need for building additional parking facilities.
Freshmen are required to live in residence halls with board 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, and will think twice about the need to bring their cars in subsequent years.
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.
Interpretation and Enforcement
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.
In addition, we ask 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.
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.
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 restriction on freshman parking can request a waiver by filling out the online Freshman Parking Waiver Request. Freshmen 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 do not normally 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).