Going to a small college has its parking perks. The best one: All students are allowed to have a car on campus, free of charge. Wesleyan policy requires students to register their cars with campus police. By doing so, students get a parking decal (also free), which must be seen on their car at all times in order to avoid getting a ticket. Also, unless there is a big event happening on campus, availability is usually high. Dorms and apartment buildings have their own parking lots, so residents don't have to worry about walking across campus in order to get to their car. In regard to enforcement, the campus police take parking violations seriously. They allow students and staff to temporarily park in unauthorized areas, as long as they inform them in advance and leave their hazard lights on.
The only parking issue students encounter is limited space when Wesleyan hosts a local event, such as the Cherry Blossom Festival. In order to better regulate traffic, campus police close off certain roads and/or parking lots to accommodate visitors. This can be frustrating to residents because they risk losing a parking space if they leave campus. Off campus, however, there is never a parking issue. Some restaurants and businesses have small parking lots, but students always find a place to park.