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Parking & Commuting to Campus

Parking On-Campus

All campus-based College of Nursing students are eligible to purchase parking permits for “M” lot. Permits are sold to students just prior to the beginning of the fall semester through the Department of Parking & Transportation Services (PATS).When you have purchased a permit please print out a temporary permit and be sure to have it displayed in your windshield until receiving your permanent permit in the mail – typically within two weeks of purchase.

Map of UNM Campus Transportation System

Other Parking Information

Vehicles that display a state handicapped placard may park in designated handicapped spaces or regular spaces in any university zone/lot. Students with temporary disabilities should consult Parking & Transportation Services for information about possible accommodations.

Always make sure your permit is displayed according to the diagram printed on the back of the permit.

Fall and Spring permit hours are from 7 a.m. - 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 7 a.m.-6 p.m. on Fridays.

On weekends and after 3:45 pm on weekdays, all UNM parking lots, with the exception of Residential zones D, R, E, Structure, and Vassar, become generic - you may park at any regular lot with a valid parking permit.

Regulations are enforced during academic breaks (Fall, Spring, Summer, and Winter), but are not enforced on days when UNM is officially closed, such as Dec. 25 and July 4. During the summer session and academic breaks, parking regulations are enforced from 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Zone parking permits are never valid in residential, reserved, official, service, safety, or handicapped spaces.

For driving directions to campus, please click here.

UNM Shuttle Service

The Parking & Transportation Services (PATS) Transportation system is a comprehensive transit network designed for rapid and convenient campus travel. The UNM Transportation system is offered free of charge and transports students, staff, faculty, and visitors from UNM Park and Ride lots onto campus and connects the north, main, and south campus areas. UNM transportation also offers free shuttle service to and from the New Mexico Rail Runner Station (also known as the Alvarado Transportation Center) Monday through Friday once in the morning and two trips in the afternoon for convenience. The most convenient shuttle service for Nursing students is the Redondo Shuttle. Shuttles typically run every 15 minutes during the standard academic year and pick up on along Tucker Avenue near the Law School and the NM State Court of Appeals building.

For shuttle operation times, please click here.

For more information on parking and transportation resources here at the University of New Mexico, please visit the PATS website.

Alternative Transportation at UNM and Around Albuquerque

Bike to UNM

The University of New Mexico is a Bicycle Friendly University, recently recognized with a Bronze level Bicycle Friendly University (BFU) award from the League of American Bicyclists, joining 100 other visionary colleges and universities from across the county. There are currently 37 BFUs in the country. As a BFU, UNM has access to a variety of free tools and technical assistance from the League to become even more bicycle-friendly. When colleges and universities invest in bicycling, great things happen including a decreased carbon footprint, reduced healthcare costs, community connectedness and a fun and healthy campus culture. To learn more about the free BFU program, please visit the League of American Bicyclists.

Bike Racks & Lockers

The College of Nursing has free-to-use bike racks on campus outside of the main entrance of the College of Nursing/ College of Pharmacy building. For added security, there are also seventy (70) bike lockers placed throughout Main and North campuses and are available to rent on an annual basis from PATS. Contact Parking & Transportation Services at 505-277-1938 or stop by their office at 2401 Redondo Dr. NE to inquire or get on the waitlist.

To learn more about biking to campus, click here.

Bike Maintenance

UNM Rec Services Outdoor & Bike Shop is a complete bicycle repair facility, servicing all makes of bicycles. The Bike Shop is located at the East Entrance to Johnson Center Gymnasium and is open Monday through Friday from 8am – 5pm. The shop also rents bicycles, recreational, and camping equipment to University community members with a valid University ID.

ABQ Ride

One of the benefits of being a UNM student is that you are eligible for a free monthly pass for the ABQ Ride (City of Albuquerque transit system).

Eligible UNM students, faculty, and staff can ride ABQ Ride for free with a bus pass sticker. Students must be registered for at least 3 credit hours. Staff/Faculty must meet the eligibility requirements (former staff/faculty, retirees, and temporary staff/faculty are currently not eligible). Stickers must be renewed every academic year. Students must provide a printout of their current class schedule and faculty and staff must provide an expanded online directory record and a sticker will be placed on their Lobo ID by going to the following locations:

  • UNM Student Union Building - Transportation Information Center (Plaza Level)
  • UNM Student Union Building Welcome Desk (Mall Level)
  • UNM Medical/Legal Bookstore
  • UNM Parking and Transportation Services (on the NW corner of University & Central)
  • UNM Hospital Parking and Transportation Services

The closest bus stops are Lomas @ Yale, Lomas @ Central, and Lomas @ Campus.

Routes & Schedules

Utilize ABQ Ride's website and apps for more information on schedules, routes, and trip planning.

Where's My Bus?

Download the UNM LoboMobile app today to track your ride!

Users can track the locations of ABQ RIDE buses and UNM shuttles in near-real time using a computer or smartphone.
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Commuter Rail

The Rail Runner is a commuter line serving Albuquerque and its surrounding communities. Currently, there are twelve Rail Runner stations; Santa Fe Depot, South Capitol, Santa Fe County/NM 599, Kewa Pueblo, Sandoval County/US 550, Sandia Pueblo, Downtown Bernalillo, Los Ranchos/Journal Center, Downtown Albuquerque, Bernalillo County/International Sunport, Isleta Pueblo, Los Lunas, and Belen.
All stations have connections to the ABQ Ride bus system. The Downtown Rapid Ride Red Line will take you directly to UNM via Central Avenue.
For more information on the Rail Runner, including prices and detailed schedules, go to:

New Mexico Park and Ride

Through the New Mexico Department of Transportation, New Mexico Park and Ride provides express bus service to Albuquerque from the Santa Fe and the East Mountain areas. Many of the buses go directly to the Downtown Alvarado Center. There, you can connect to the Rapid Ride Red Line that will take you directly to UNM via Central Avenue. For more information, including fare rates and detailed schedules, go to: