Getting Around NC State

A Wolfline bus heads for the next stop on Centennial Campus at the College of Textiles. 

Whether you’re a student, faculty or staff member who comes to campus regularly, an alumnus coming back to campus, or a prospective student or parent visiting for the first time, NC State offers several transportation options to help you navigate campus.

For students and employees, parking on campus requires the appropriate permit for a given space or lot. Visitors to campus may purchase a daily permit online up to two weeks before a visit or from two visitor information centers – located at Stinson Drive on Main Campus and Varsity Drive on Centennial Campus – or from the NC State Transportation office. Visitors may also park in any metered space or in the hourly pay lots, located in the Dan Allen and Coliseum parking decks.

Upon arrival, campus is best negotiated on foot, by bike or via the university’s own free and convenient Wolfline bus system. Transportation’s Pedestrian Walk Times Map can help you plan a route and estimate the time it takes to get across campus. Wolfline buses are free to students, faculty, staff and the general public and follow designated routes on and around campus. NC State students and employees may also ride free on Raleigh’s Capital Area Transit buses by showing their campus ID badge and on the Triangle Transit Authority buses through the U-PASS program.

If you want a non-motorized transportation alternative, NC State welcomes cyclists. The campus is an urban one, so most bike routes are on-road. Plan ahead and know your route and you can bike to and from class, your dorm or apartment with ease.

First stop? Visitor Center

Whether it’s your first time at NC State or return trip, let the helpful, knowledgeable staff at the E. Carroll Joyner Visitor Center help you make the most of your visit. The center includes interactive kiosks and information about the university. The Joyner Visitor Center is located at 1210 Varsity Drive. The center is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., as well as during special event weekends.

Must-see stop: Centennial Campus

Centennial Campus is NC State’s national model of government, industry and university partnerships. Working alongside faculty and staff, these industry leaders and experts create solutions that impact not only the citizens of North Carolina but the world as well. Centennial Campus visitors can obtain a one-day parking permit at the Centennial Campus Information Booth located on Varsity Drive. Campus maps, brochures and parking maps are also available. Anchored by the College of Veterinary Medicine, Centennial Biomedical Campus, focuses on biomedical applications for animals and humans. Getting there is easy.