All UNH Visitors are subject to campus parking rules and regulations.
Parking for Visitors is available at the Visitor Information Center. Map. The Visitor Lot is the metered lot adjacent to the Visitor Center. The visitor lot is restricted to individuals who are neither students nor faculty/staff. Daytime parking requires a paid meter or permit! Please take careful note of the following options and restrictions:
All-day and overnight parking for visitors is available at the Visitor Information Center, 295 Mast Road. Parking here requires the payment of the meters (up to 12 hours) or display of a valid visitor permit ($8/day). The meter/permit requirement is enforced 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., Monday - Friday. Weekends and university holidays are free. Depending on when you arrive, paying the hourly rate at the meter may be cheaper than purchasing a permit for the full day. A change machine is available inside the Visitor Center when the building is open. Overnight special: $10 buys you twelve hours (see "overnight parking", below). Day passes are available to anyone that would be here for multiple days. Day passes are sold M-F 7:30 am to 4:00 pm, so you may have to have your host arrange a permit for you in advance if you arrive after 4pm, or use the meters. Day permit sales require the license plate number, the arrival and departure dates, and the full daily rate of $8.00.
Lot C (off Mill Road) and Main Street Visitor (corner of Main and Edgewood) are available for short-term parking, at an hourly rate of $1, up to four hours maximum. Buy a permit from the lot attendant. The permit requirement in this lot is enforced from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. These lots have overnight parking restrictions (see "overnight parking", below).
Visitors are welcome to use any available (vacant and unreserved) parking meters around campus. These meters are enforced from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm. (Note, these other meters start earlier than the Visitor Center meters). The rate is $1/hour (no 12 hour special). Meters are available for just ONE fully-paid cycle of time; you may not return and feed the meter for more time, you must depart the meter for someone else to use.
Overnight guests should normally park at the Visitor Information Center, 295 Mast Road. This lot is free from 6p.m. to 8a.m., and all day on Saturdays and Sundays, and is exempt from the Winter Parking Ban (see below). Normal permit requirements resume at 8:00 a.m. each weekday; passes can be purchased in advance at the $8/day rate. Also, if 8a.m. is "too early", a visitor may purchase up to 12 hours the evening before so that the time is still counting down the next morning. For instance, put in $10 at midnight the previous night, and the meter won't expire until 12:00 noon the next day.
Lot C and the Main Street Visitor Lot may be used for overnight parking, but the daytime permit requirement in these lots resumes at 7:00 a.m. each weekday.
Winter Parking Ban restrictions apply to Lot C and the Main Street Visitor Lot. Lot C is "weather conditional" (subject to close based upon snow-emergency decisions), and the Main Street Visitor Lot is un-exempt (closes every night during the WPB, regardless of weather conditions). See "Winter Parking Ban" below.
Limited free parking is available in designated faculty/staff and commuter lots from 6:00 pm to 7:00 am the following weekday morning. HOWEVER: from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm, faculty/staff and commuter lots have a strictly enforced permit requirement. Visitors may not park there during the permit requirement hours.
From December 1 to April 1, most faculty/staff and commuter lots close at midnight, because of the Winter Parking Ban (WPB). During the WPB, after-midnight parking for visitors available at any of the "exempt" parking lots (Visitor Center Lot, West Edge Lot, Section 4 of Lot A). Normal permit requirements in these lots resume the next weekday morning at 7am. Please see the Winter Parking Ban "FAQ" page for a fuller description of WPB policy and parking options.
Visitors are NOT allowed to park at designated Resident Lots (Gables, Woodside, E/E1, Strafford, West Edge, Mast Road lots). These lots are sold to capacity, have a strict 24/7 permit policy, and can not accommodate visitors. Violators risk ticketing and towing, so please beware! You may NOT use these lots, even for short-term visits, loading/unloading, etc.
Short-term loading zones are available for quick loading/unloading use. Please do not linger in these areas longer than you need to...they are in very high demand!
Note: Upon advance request to the parking office, circumstantial (e.g. move-out) short-term loading permits may be issued to parents for brief use in resident/other lots (conditions apply, e.g. time of day, space availability, etc.).
Note 2: "Move-in Day" loading procedures at the start of the semester are a special event and not a reflection of normal parking restrictions & procedures. Do not park throughout the year based on how you parked on move-in day...even at move-out!
Obviously, parking is not permitted in any area that is not specifically designated as a parking space. You can not park in undesignated areas, in hash-mark areas, lanes, fire or safety zones, etc., or anywhere off the paved surface!