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Know Before You Go: Parking Tips

Simple tips to avoid the crowds during the busy start of the spring 2018 semester at UNLV.

The spring 2018 semester kicks off at UNLV Jan. 16, and the first few weeks of classes are always the busiest for parking on campus.

UNLV offers the following parking and transportation tips to navigate increased traffic in and around campus and to ensure everyone arrives safely and efficiently:

Purchase Parking Permit. Purchase your UNLV parking permit. All vehicles on campus are required to have a permit to park in either student or staff marked spaces. Don’t have a permit? Pay for hourly or daily metered parking through the PayByPhone app or online. Look for the PaybyPhone signage in most student parking lots or on qualifying meters. Learn more and sign up at

Know before you go. Check out the interactive Google campus map with building and parking lot details to keep up with changes on campus and find out the best place to park.

Arrive early. Plan to arrive well before class time, particularly during the first few weeks of school when campus parking lots will be most crowded.

Be patient. There are enough parking spaces to accommodate the needs of all. Patience and cooperation are appreciated as the campus begins the new semester.

Park smart. The best bet during busy times is to head straight to these areas:

  • Thomas & Mack Center lots (access from Tropicana or Swenson)
  • Cottage Grove parking garage (access from Cottage Grove or Claymont)
  • Tropicana parking garage (in the Thomas & Mack Center lot near the Cox Pavilion)
  • University Gateway parking garage (access from Dorothy Avenue and Maryland Parkway)

Carpool. Carpooling frees up parking spaces and it’s good for the environment – but it can also save you money. Sign up for the Regional Transportation Commission’s (RTC) Club Ride program with permits easily transferrable between vehicles registered with UNLV Parking Services.

Ride the bus and save. Avoid the hassle of parking altogether by riding the bus. The RTC UNLV Transit Center improves connectivity to public transit at UNLV. It directly links to the RTC’s main transit hub, the Bonneville Transit Center downtown, for connections across the valley. The RTC offers discounted transit passes for UNLV students, faculty and staff for use on all RTC routes.

Charge it. Five charging stations for electric vehicles are available on campus through a partnership with NV Energy, with more to come. Look for stations at the Cottage Grove parking garage, west of Greenspun Hall, the Tropicana parking garage, and east of the Campus Services Building in the White Lot.

Car sharing. The car sharing service Zipcar is on campus and gives members access anytime to vehicles parked near Greenspun Hall and the Recreation and Wellness Center. Low hourly and daily rates include gas, insurance, and 180 miles per day to go wherever you want to go. Learn more at

Electronic message boards will be posted at major entry points to campus during the first week of school. UNLV staff will also assist with traffic flow, directions and pedestrian safety. For more info, visit Parking Services website or call 702-895-1300.

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