Visitor parking options:
Visitor Center Lot, Pay & Display
($1/hour paystation payment required M-F, 7 a.m. - 6 p.m., no limit)
295 Mast Road: next to Parking & Transit Services. Free evening/overnight parking; meter requirement resumes at 7 a.m. the following weekday morning. Exempt from the winter parking ban unless otherwise declared.
Main Street Visitor Lot, Pay & Display
($1.25/hour paystation payment required M-F, 7 a.m. – 6 p.m., up to 4 hours)
The corner of Edgewood Road and Main Street, near the Whittemore Center. Free evening/overnight parking EXCEPT from Dec. 1 through April 1, when lot closes at midnight. Otherwise the meter requirement resumes at 7 a.m. the following weekday morning.
Mill Road Visitor Lot (C-lot), Pay & Display
($1.25/hour paystation payment required M-F, 7 a.m. - 6 p.m., up to 4 hours)
Mill Road across from the Durham Market Place plaza. Free evening/overnight parking EXCEPT when winter parking ban snow emergency is declared; lot closes at midnight. Otherwise, meter requirement resumes at 7 a.m. the following weekday morning.
Other Campus Paystation & Meters
($1/25/hour payment required M - F, 7 a.m. - 6 p.m., limits posted)
Visitors are welcome to use any available (vacant/unreserved) Pay & Display or traditional meter around campus. Payment is required Monday – Friday, 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. Meters are available for one fully-paid cycle, after which you must move your vehicle.
Short-term loading zones are available for quick loading/unloading use. Time limits are strictly enforced.
Undesignated areas near campus buildings are considered fire lanes—do not park there.
Open Evening Parking in Commuter & Fac/Staff Lots
Limited free parking is available in designated faculty/staff and commuter lots after 6 p.m. weekdays or all day on Saturday/Sunday. Permit requirements resume at 7 a.m. the following weekday morning, and from Dec. 1 – April 1, most lots close at midnight (see winter parking ban below).
- Resident Lots Excluded 24/7: Visitors parking is not allowed at any time in resident lots.
- Faculty/Staff & Commuter lots excluded weekdays: Visitor parking is not allowed in faculty/staff or commuter lots, Monday – Friday, 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.
- No Parking Areas: Parking is not permitted in any area that is not a designated parking space.
- Beware the Winter Parking Ban (WPB): From Dec. 1 to April 1, most faculty/staff and commuter lots close at midnight. During the WPB after midnight parking for visitors is limited to exempted areas only. Please visit the winter parking ban page for details.