Commuter Alternatives Program
The Commuter Alternatives Program (CAP) is available to students who do not have a permit to park on campus. CAP encourages all forms of alternative transportation, including bicycling, walking, transit, park and ride, carpool and vanpool. For information about park and ride lots and fees for the 2015-2016 school year, see this announcement.
Chapel Hill Buses
Most first-year law students choose to commute to and from school using the Chapel Hill Transit System and/or one of the town's Park and Ride lots with bus service to the University. The transit system offers FARE-FREE BUS SERVICE for all routes.
Satellite Lots and Park & Ride
The lots with the most convenient bus service to the law school are the NC 54 lot and the Friday Center lot. These two lots are nearly adjacent to one another and off NC 54. Please note that these lots fill up quickly in the mornings during the school year. If you are coming from south of Chapel Hill, there are two park and ride lots: the Southern Village Park and Ride lot which is located in the Southern Village subdivision off US 15-501, and the Chatham Park and Ride lot further south off US 15-501, near the Cole Park Plaza shopping center.
Please note that there are two types of Park and Ride lots served by Chapel Hill Transit: those operated by the University and those operated by the town of Chapel Hill. Both types of Park and Ride lots require drivers to purchase a permit. The Friday Center, NC 54, and Chatham lots are all operated by the University and require a permit through the CAP program. Read more information about CAP fees for 2015-2016. The Southern Village lot is operated by the town of Chapel Hill, but CAP park and ride permits will be accepted there. For those without a permit, there is a $2 daily rate at the Southern Village lot.
Student registration for CAP begins in mid-summer. There is no limit on the permits given. In order to register, you will need your PID (Personal ID Number) and a local address. Please visit the home page of the Department of Public Safety to register for a permit.
We understand that the Park and Ride system is rather confusing to the uninitiated. Be assured that we are trying to assist you in finding the most convenient way to commute to campus. If you have any additional questions or concerns about commuting, please contact the Department of Public Safety at 919.962.3951/3952 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Zipcar offers self-service cars on demand 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for rent by the hour or for the day. Rates include gas, maintenance, insurance, and designated parking. UNC-Chapel Hill faculty, staff, and students can pay the UNC-Chapel Hill rate of $8.50 an hour or $69 a day, plus 18 cents per mile after 125 free miles. There is a $25 one-time application fee and a $50 annual fee to join. For more information, visit the UNC-Chapel Hill Zipcar website.
Bicycling is one the fastest, healthiest, most affordable, and most fun ways to get around campus and Chapel Hill. We recommend that you register your bike with the Department of Public Safety. It’s easy and free, and it really helps if your bike is ever missing or stolen. They also give you a coupon for 50% off a U-lock so you can secure your bike wherever you go.
The law school offers covered bike racks, as well as showers and changing rooms. There is a free tire pump for public use located on the side of the Student Union, facing South Road, available 24 hours a day.
You can get local biking updates from by following the Carolina Bicycle Coalition on Facebook, and learn state bicycling laws with the official N.C. Department of Transportation guide ().