Parking and Vehicles

Personal Vehicles and Parking at PandA

There is no free parking on the UNM campus.

  • There are a few spaces with parking meters available for thirty minutes at a time, on the west side of the Physics and Astronomy building
  • You can park in the Yale parking structure just south of the Physics and Astronomy building across Lomas. For rates, please visit Parking and Transportation
  • There is also parking at the Cornell Parking Structure on Redondo, just east of Stanford on the south side of UNM main campus. For rates, please visit Parking and Transportation
  • If you are here as an invited Departmental guest, please check at the Physics and Astronomy front desk for a temporary pass
  • Do not park in the UNM Hospital parking garage. You will be ticketed or towed, and it is a $100 fine

Driving Directions:  click map to enlarge
Map of Driving Directions

University Vehicles

ALL VEHICLES REQUIRE A SPECIAL STATE OF NEW MEXICO OPERATORS PERMIT AS WELL AS YOUR REGULAR STATE OF NEW MEXICO DRIVERS LICENSE. To obtain this permit you must sign up, take, and complete, the Defensive Driving Class at UNM or their acceptable equivalent. These are two four-hour session classes.

When you sign up for the driver classes, you must attend; if you fail to do so without the SHEA specified notice, the department will be charged a $25.00 no-show fee.

Go to https://srs.unm.edu/training/self-training/defensive-driving-online-form.php

To be allowed to drive a UNM 15 passenger van you must also take two classes for van drivers. You must have the Defensive Driving Operators Permit in-hand before you will be allowed to take the 15 passenger Van classes. The Physics and Astronomy Department no longer has a 15 passenger van, but arrangements for rental can be made through UNM Automotive. There are no exceptions or temporary use permits for this policy.

Signing out a UNM vehicle

All department vehicles must be signed out from our Facilities Service Tech in Room 163 (Shipping and Receiving Room). You must sign out and sign in on the clipboard in this office. You must also fill out the black book for each vehicle with mileages at the start and end of your use. Please request your use of the vehicle by as much time as possible to avoid conflicts of needs. Reservations will be posted on the board opposite the double doors just outside of Room 163.

You must provide the Facilities Services Tech, Steve Portillo, or Gary Harrison, with your driving permit on every occasion of use, since we will be held responsible for your having your permit with you every time you use one of our vehicles. No exceptions! This includes having both permits when driving a UNM van.