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1 College Junior

Parking: I don't know much about the situation personally, but everyone is always complaining how tickets are given out for pretty much anything.

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3 College Junior

Parking: Parking's pretty expensive, but you'll usually be able to find a spot (Freshman have to park off campus, not worth it for them). Park where you're supposed to though or else risk the 99% chance that you'll get ticketed

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3 Recent Alumnus

Parking: I occasionally had to put my way over to Q lot after failing to find a spot in Collins, but I survived. The cost is absolutely ridiculous.

4 College Freshman

Parking: A little pricey, but there are practically unlimited spots. Wake is very strict, however.

1 College Sophomore

Parking: The parking police basically live in the bushes... watch out


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Parking is a sore issue with most Wake Forest students. The problem is that there are limited spots, too many cars, and overzealous parking officers, which is like the perfect storm of parking. Also, any attempts to argue your tickets will be lost, so you get used to adding these extra fees to your budget. The best you can usually do is find a decent spot and just leave your car there as long as you can (before you have to use it or get a ticket). However, by far, the freshmen get the worst deal, as they have to park in the Student Drive lot across from Polo Road.

However, Wake Forest has made other options available, including a shuttle that goes downtown Thursday through Saturday. There are also shuttle options to take you to and from the most isolated parking lots. And although it is common sense, students should be careful and go with a friend to remote parking lots at night, as cars are occasionally broken into.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
Resident students can park in Lot Q, Lot W1 (by Poteat Field), Lot J (behind Collins), or Lot R2/R3 (by Polo Residence Hall). Commuter students can park near First Assembly Baptist Church or in Reynolda Village with a permit or near the football stadium for free.
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Freshmen have to park at the Student Drive lot across from campus on Polo Road.
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
$150 (commuters), $300 (freshmen), or $500 (upperclassmen) per year
Common Parking Tickets
  • Parking in a faculty lot: $20
  • Fire lane: $50
  • Handicapped zone: $250
Best Places to Find a Spot
  • Lot Q
  • Lots R2/R3 (by Polo Residence Hall)
  • Quad lots on weekends and between 5 pm-7:30 am
  • Lot W1 (by Poteat Field)
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
  • Quad lots (that is why they are the best)
  • Pretty much everywhere
Parking Services
Parking Management Office
University Services Building, Room 131
(336) 758-6123

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 65 responses

  • 8% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 9% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 12% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 26% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 26% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 18% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 51 responses

Very poor
  • Distance from class
  • Distance from dorms
  • Ease of finding a spot
  • Parking enforcement
  • Permit cost
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