Before You Arrive

Step-by-Step - Follow These Links

It's never too early to get ready for your academic life on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.  To start, follow our helpful links below which offer the new student a number of important resources before coming to campus. 

Niner Net & Student ID

Your NinerNET account is the gateway to your university email, class registration, student account and more.  Be sure to set it up at the NinerNET website. Remember to keep your NinerNET account password confidential.  Also, a Student ID gives you numerous privledges on and off campus.  Apply for yours at the ID office located in the Student Union. You will be required to show a photo ID and a university document with your student ID number.

Campus Maps

Campus maps and directions may be printed to locate classrooms, student parking and campus support offices.  Learn more about our campus with the University Virtual Tour and navigate your way around with the University interactive map. Visit UNC Charlotte's Center City website for directions and parking information for the uptown campus.

Parking & Transportation

Parking on campus requires the purchase and display of a University parking permit or payment at meters or in the visitor decks. Permits do not guarantee a parking space, nor do they reserve a specific parking space, lot or deck. UNC Charlotte offers a FREE campus shuttle service. The best place to purchase a permit is online at Parking & Transportation. Once purchased, it may be picked up in the Parking & Transportation office, across from McMillan Greenhouse).

Download NextRide, PaTS mobile app providing users with real time transit feeds for the Campus Shuttles and SafeRide transports.  Available at the App Store and Google Play.

Also visit the Charlotte Area Transportation System (CATS) website for information on bus and light rail routes.  NCRail offers information about train travel throughout the Carolinas including service from Charlotte to Raleigh.


The Housing and Residence Life Office can help you locate on campus accommodations including the limited number of apartment spaces have been set aside for specifically for graduate students.  Need a place to rent or sublet? Search University of North Carolina Charlotte's official off-campus housing database. Simply click, register, and find what place best fits you.

Immunization-Insurance Requirements

The Student Health Center provides primary medical care, disease prevention, health education, wellness promotion, and various specialty services, including allergy injections, immunizations, gynecology, physical therapy, and HIV screening to all registered UNC Charlotte students. Students need to meet immunization and health insurance requirements before classes start.  Make sure you're compliant and can demonstrate proof of insurance.

Class Registration and Advising

At the graduate level, academic advising is different than the advising you may have experienced as an undergraduate. Graduate programs may be highly individualized. To make sure the advice you get is relevant to your program, you should start by talking to the faculty member listed on your admissions letter for academic advising prior to registering for classes. Make sure you are enrolled in the proper sequence of courses for your program. Check to ensure that you meet any prerequisite requirements. For a complete listing of faculty visit UNC Charlotte's People Finder.

Registration can be completed online. Be sure to follow the process and be aware of deadlines. For questions about registration and how to register for classes via the web visit the Office of the Registrar.

NC Residency Determination Office

For questions regarding North Carolina Residency for Tuition Purposes, visit theResidency Determination Office website, phone at 704‑687‑2505 or meet them in Denny 114. The due date for receipt of the NC Residence and Tuition Status Application along with all required documentation, is due in the RDO office on the 5th day of classes by 5:00 pm.

Tuition Payment Deadlines

Full payment of student tuition, fees and changes is due BEFORE the first day of class.  Full payment of additional charges is due by the end of the add/drop period.  Class schedules for students who have not made full payment, are subject to cancellation. Students should contact Student Accounts for additional information on deadlines.

Financial Aid

If you have applied for financial aid, please be sure to check your award status by logging into your account. Financial aid counselors are available in theOffice of Student Financial Aid during normal business hours to meet with you one-on-one if you have any questions. No appointment is needed.


Located in the Student Union, the Bookstore is your place to purchase textbooks and supplies for your upcoming classes.

Campus Police & Public Safety

The Campus Police work to ensure the overall safety of the students, faculty and staff at UNC Charlotte. Blue light phones, which connect to the Campus Police Department, are available throughout the campus. In addition, the University offers a Campus Escort Service.

Campus Accessibility and Accommodations

The Office of Disability Services ensures access to academic programs and the campus facilities of UNC Charlotte for all individuals.  Students needing accommodations must register with the office.  For more information, access these disability documentation forms. In addition, SafeRide is a disability and safety campus transport service providing transportation on the inner campus core for individuals with mobility disabilities during daytime hours and across the campus for everyone during the evening hours.

Child Care Near Campus

Looking for childcare facilities near campus?  This list will help you get started.

The listing of child care facilities on this site is a service to local child care operators and UNC Charlotte students, faculty, and staff. UNC Charlotte cannot guarantee the completeness or accuracy of such information. Inclusion of any child care facility on this website does not constitute, and shall not be construed or reported as (1) an endorsement or approval by UNC Charlotte, or (2) a warranty or representation by UNC Charlotte as to the quality, safety or other features of such child care facility and/or its owners or management agent(s). UNC Charlotte expressly disclaims any and all responsibility for any problems that may arise with regard to such child care facility. All prospective clients are encouraged to exercise their own good judgment when evaluating a prospective child care facility.

International Students

The International Student Scholars Office is available to help international students become familiar with campus, fellow students and the community through various networking events and programs.  The Office of International Programs (OIP) strives to strengthen international education at the University as well as in the Charlotte community.  In addition, the English Language Training Institute (ELTI) provides intensive English instruction for international students planning to attend U.S. American universities or colleges as well as for those pursuing professional training in the United States. All new international students are encouraged to attend the International Graduate Student Orientation presented by ISSO.  Check the ISSO website for upcoming events of interest to international students.