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Undergraduate Catalog | 2020-2021 
Undergraduate Catalog | 2020-2021 Previous Edition

Auxiliary Services

In support of the University’s educational mission, Auxiliary Services is responsible for providing goods and services the campus community needs.  This includes:

  • Multi-function 49er ID Card system
  • Dining venues and meal plans
  • On-campus bookstore
  • Printers and copiers
  • Parking and transportation services
  • Mail delivery
  • ATM stations and vending machines

49er ID Card

Every student’s 49er ID Card displays a photo, name, a unique student ID number (different from a Social Security number for privacy reasons) and a 16-digit ISO number that links the card to the student. 

The 49er ID Card proves that the student is a member of the campus community and entitled to certain services. 

A 49er ID card allows access to:

  • Campus housing
  • Campus activities and programs
  • Athletic events and recreational facilities (i.e., student activity center, belk gym)
  • Computer labs
  • Student Health Center

The 49er ID card also serves as a:

  • Meal plan card
  • Library card
  • Back-up credential for permitted parking privileges

And holds funds for:

  • Optional Dining Account
  • 49er Account

To get a 49er ID card, students need:

  • One valid proof of identification such as a driver’s license, State Issued ID or Passport
  • Proof of university status such as acceptance letter, class schedule, proof of registration or tuition bill
  • Student ID number that begins with 800 (assigned at acceptance; appears on the acceptance letter).

Entering freshmen and transfer students will pick up their 49er Card during SOAR.  They may submit their photo in advance at aux.uncc.edu/cardphoto.  A card may also be obtained at:

49er Card Office
Auxiliary Services Building
Hours: Monday -Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
704-687-7337 or 1-877-497-4949


ID Card Office
Student Union, Room 127
Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

The 49er ID card can only be used by the student to whom it is issued.  Misuse of the identification card will result in disciplinary action.  There is a $20 fee to replace lost/stolen identification cards.  For additional details, visit aux.uncc.edu/49er.

49er Account

The 49er Account automatically resides on the UNC Charlotte 49er ID Card.  Students simply make a deposit and the account is instantly activated.  The 49er Account is accepted in campus vending machines, for printing and copying (including services from the Copy Center), residence hall laundry machines, Barnes & Noble at UNC Charlotte bookstore, and purchases from the Mail & Package Services, NinerTech computer store, Campus Salon, Union Station, dining venues, campus convenience stores and game/event concessions.

The 49er Account spends like cash for products and services all over campus but can’t be used for cash advances or purchases off-campus.  A 49er Account is safe, secure, can’t go into negative balance, and won’t incur fees like overdraft charges.

There are four ways to deposit funds onto the 49er account; online at aux.uncc.edu, in person at one of our two locations, the 49er Card Office located in the Auxiliary Services Building or the ID Card office located in the Student Union, by mail, or via one of four campus VTS (value transfer) machines. VTS machines are located on the first and second floors of the Atkins Library, Room 005 of the College of Education building and at the 11th floor library of Center City Building.


Located in the Student Union, Barnes & Noble at UNC Charlotte offers:  new and used textbooks and textbook rental (with online ordering and pre-pack services); general interest and children’s books; school supplies; computer software; greeting cards and gifts; and the largest selection of UNC Charlotte apparel, gear and merchandise available.  More information is available online at aux.uncc.edu/bookstore and uncc.bncollege.com.

Copy Center

UNC Charlotte has a pay-for-print system in most computer labs and in the Atkins Library.  A 49er Account is required to pay for print jobs in these areas.  The 49er Account may also be used at the REPROS Copy Center for other copying services such as binding, wide-format printing and other copying and presentation services.  REPROS offers full-service and self-service reprographics, and is located on the lower level of the Prospector building.  For details, visit aux.uncc.edu/copy.

Dining on Campus

UNC Charlotte offers a variety of dining locations across campus.  Students with meal plans enjoy the all-you-care-to-eat variety of food served in SoVi dining hall in South Village Crossing, and Crown Commons in the Student Union. 

SoVi and Crown Commons are designed to serve satisfying meals with lots of variety. Made-to-order choices include: pizza, deli, grilling station, and soup and salad stations. Regularly featured are International/ethnic dishes, vegan/vegetarian and gluten-avoiding entrées, homestyle favorites, waffle bar, dessert station, and cereal bar. Also enjoy themed dinners and premium dining events throughout the academic year.

From late afternoon until midnight, The Den serves breakfast, burgers and other Denny’s favorites. Located on the upper level of South Village Crossing.

Bistro 49 in the Student Union offers a sit-down, table service luncheon experience.  Bright ambience, an open-kitchen and a nouvelle cuisine menu are just the beginning.  Menu changes seasonally.

Main Street Market in the Cone University Center is a weekday lunchtime spot with Panda Express, sushi by Panda Express and Subway.

Campus convenience stores are Outtakes in the Student Union (with a deli counter for made-to-order sandwiches) and SoVi Market + Bakery in South Village Crossing.

Library Café and Fretwell Café, located in Atkins Library and Fretwell respectively, proudly brew Peet’s Gourmet coffees and teas, serving all your favorite coffee-shop drinks along with fresh bakery goods, Fresh2U sandwiches and salads, smoothies, soups-of-the-day, and a large selection of bottled specialty juices, energy, and soft drinks.

The Student Union main level is home to these popular, national brands: Wendy’s, Einstein Bros. Bagels, Starbucks, and Bojangles’ Chicken ‘n Biscuits.

Prospector building (near the McEniry/Friday/Kennedy/Smith academic core) is where you’ll find favorites such as Chick-fil-A, Feisty’s franks + fries, Salsarita’s, Za’tar (Mediterranean-style gyros and salads), Mondo Subs, and Mamma Leone’s (pizza and pasta) along with a large selection of Fresh2U grab-and-go foods, yogurt, fresh fruit, and snacks.

Orbis Grille at PORTAL (CRI campus in PORTAL building) offers an extensive menu of fresh foods and hot, healthy cooking on an Evo grill. Grab-and-go items, snacks, and beverages are also available.

Papa John’s pizza is located in the Barhardt Student Activity Center.

For additional details, visit aux.uncc.edu/dining.

Mail & Package Services

Mail & Package Services is located on the lower level of Prospector and offers a full range of services, including:

  • Express Mail-Domestic and International
  • Priority Mail-Domestic and International
  • Registered Mail and Certified Mail
  • Money Orders
  • Certificates of Mailings
  • Signature/Confirmation Delivery
  • Campus mail box rental
  • Post Cards
  • Bulk Mail Services
  • Delivery to residence halls and package pick-up for resident students

For additional details, visit aux.uncc.edu/mail.

Union Station

UNC Charlotte’s address for shipping, U.S. Passport processing, and graphics services.  At Union Station, you’ll find:

  • Multi-carrier Package Shipping Service
  • Shipping Supplies
  • Official U.S. Passport Acceptance Station
  • Money Orders
  • Campus Box Rental
  • Kodak® Photo Kiosk
  • Self-service Copier
  • Fax Services
  • Graphic Services (vinyl banners, signs, wide-format printing)

Parking and Transportation Services

Parking and Transportation Services (PaTS) is charged with the responsibility of providing parking management and transportation service for UNC Charlotte students, faculty, staff, and visitors.

Parking Permits

The PaTS office is located in the Facilities Operations/Parking and Transportation Services Building. All campus parking requires the purchase of a University virtual parking permit or payment at meters or in the visitor decks. Virtual parking permits may be purchased online. Permits do not guarantee proximity parking, nor do they reserve a specific parking space in any lot or deck. 

Permit Types

  • Annual Full-time Commuter (C), on-campus Resident (R), and Faculty/Staff (FS)
  • Two-day permits are available by the semester to commuters whose class schedule requires them to be on campus just two days per week. Two-day permits are only valid on specified weekdays.
  • Night permits are valid only after 3 p.m. and are available by the semester

A limited number of reduced fee permits are available for commuter students and staff who are willing to park in a remote lot. Discount Lot 27 is a “walk-in lot” with no bus service within 1/10 mile. Additionally, there is a discounted North Deck Only permit available to commuter students and is served by Niner Transit.

Complete permit information including prices, permit types, and where each permit allows you to park; parking rules and regulations; and a PDF of the Campus Parking Information Guide are available online.  For information on fees for motor vehicle registration and parking, see the section on Financial Information  in this Catalog.

Parking Availability

The Parking Availability web parking planner allows commuters to see parking deck capacity in real time. Save time by using parkingavailability.uncc.edu to create your parking plan prior to heading to campus. Data for surface lots is coming soon.

Niner Transit Campus Bus Service

Buses operate seven days a week 6:30 am - 2:30 am Weekdays and 9:00 am - 2:30 am Weekends:, except holidays when the campus is closed.  Niner Transit maintains three fare-free bus lines that serve the main areas of campus and provide safe, reliable, and ADA-compliant transportation. For route maps and schedules, visit pats.uncc.edu


UNCC NextRide is a free smartphone app that provides real-time transportation tracking information for campus buses and ADA Paratransit vehicles. The app is compatible with Android and iOS operating systems, phones, or tablets, and is available online at nextride.uncc.edu.

Niner Paratransit Service

PaTS offers disability transportation service Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 2 a.m. year-round. This service is limited to those with temporary and permanent mobility impairments.  Riders must register for the service through the Office of Disability Services at 704-687-4355. Forms are available on the PaTS website and at the Office of Disability Services or the PaTS Office.  For additional information, contact PaTS at 704-687-0161.

Charlotte Wheels Bike Sharing

UNC Charlotte has 100 bikes at ten campus locations for all to use and enjoy. Find more information about how to join the program and use the bikes at pats.uncc.edu/bike.

Car Sharing

Zipcar® has four cars parked on campus for qualified drivers 18+ to use.  Gas, insurance, and 180 miles/day are included in every reservation.  Details on the program and link to join at zipcar.com/uncc.

Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS)

The Miscellaneous Transportation Service Charge entitles students to ride on Charlotte Area Transit Systems LYNX light rail, CATS buses, CATS airport sprinter service and STS service (requires individual to sign up for Special Transportation Service) without having to pay a fare.  An RFID chip in the 49er ID Card has an embedded app for CATS systems.

To ride LYNX light rail, students simply tap (if reader is present when boarding) or show a 49er ID Card (if requested by a fare inspector).  LYNX light rail services the Main Campus, Center City, Pineville, and many locations in between. Routes and schedules are online at charlottenc.gov/cats/rail/routes/Pages/default.aspx.

For CATS buses, students just tap their 49er ID Card on the contactless card reader on the fare box upon entering a bus.

Student Union

The Student Union is designed to be the epicenter of campus activity, serving students, faculty, staff, alumni, and visitors.  The Union provides services, programs, events, meeting spaces, informal gathering spots and a large variety of convenient services.

UNC Charlotte’s Student Union is a 196,000 square ft., three-story “living room” that includes: a retail food court (with Wendy’s, Starbucks, Bojangles, and Einstein Bagels); Bistro 49 (table-service restaurant), Crown Commons dining (an all-you-care-to-eat variety-fare venue), Norm’s game room lounge; a 210-seat movie theater; a multi-purpose area that converts from several soft-walled meeting rooms to a ballroom to a banquet hall that can seat over 600; Barnes & Noble at UNC Charlotte bookstore, Outtakes convenience store, NinerTech store (providing educational pricing on Apple products and PC-compatible software); a hair salon; Union Station (shipping, U.S. Passport processing, and graphic services); student organization and activity offices and meeting space; a piano lounge; art gallery; and study spaces with Wi-Fi. “Discover the riches within” at studentunion.uncc.edu.