Hillsborough Street features many different types of parking, ranging from free temporary parking to long-term paid parking.
The guide below provides an introduction to the options. For a visual alternative, visit the Interactive Parking & Transportation Map.
Paid On-Street Parking (Commercial Areas)
The most heavily trafficked areas of Hillsborough Street offer paid on-street parking spaces with 2-hour time limits. These spaces are free after 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and all day Saturday and Sunday. Visitors can use coins or credit cards at pay stations after entering their parking spot numbers, located on the curb beside their parking spaces. Visitors can also use the Passport Parking Mobile App for an easier, more convenient option for drivers. For more information, visit the City of Raleigh Website.
Free On-Street Parking (Neighborhoods)
Visitors can find FREE on-street parking after 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and all day Saturday and Sunday. Free parking is also available on N.C. State's campus after 5:00 p.m. during the week and from 5:00 p.m. Friday to 6:00 a.m. Monday. The neighborhoods surrounding the Hillsborough Street area offer parking permits to residents and free spaces in less heavily trafficed areas. We recommend you use the free Hillsborough Street app to track your parking meter and pay your parking meter with the Passport app.
Patron Parking (Businesses)
Many businesses along the street offer free parking for their patrons. These spaces are located in front of businesses, beside them, and in front of them, so take a few moments to scout out the possibilities if you are visiting a business. Please pay close attention to which spots are reserved for which businesses, and do not stay parked in a patron parking space once you have finished your visit to the business. A vehicles parked in a patron space is subject to being towed if its driver is not visiting the respective business.
NC State Parking Lots
NC State maintains many parking lots in the Hillsborough Street area on both sides of the street. These lots have differing guidelines as to which university permits are required throughout the day. Many of the lots offer FREE parking to visitors in the evening hours. Pay close attention to permit requirements and permitted visitor parking hours in these lots. For more information, visit NC State Transportation.
NC State Parking Decks
NC State maintains two parking decks on Main Campus providing paid parking for visitors. The Dan Allen Deck provides approximately 200 spaces available to visitors. The Dan Allen deck ONLY accepts credit card payment and does NOT accept cash payment. The Coliseum Deck accepts cash payment. Parking rates for both decks are as follow: $2 for the first hour, $1 for each consecutive hour, $6 daily maximum per visit. For more information, visit NC State Transportation.
Private Paid Parking Lots
Spaces are available for lease in the Hillsborough Street area from private companies. The contact information for these companies is located on signs posted at each lot.