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3 College Student

Parking: No one really needs a car on campus because of the very compact nature of the campus, but those who have cars are happy with them and are more than willing to help out their friends who don't have cars.

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2 College Freshman

Parking: Parking lots are scarce and fairly far from dorms, but it's easy for anyone (freshman included) to get parking permits.

3 College Senior

Parking: Parking. Wow. Well lets say that when i'm out in the real world, with a real job and Wesleyan comes along and calls me asking for a donation I won't donate a dime since I've accumulated over $400 in parking tickets. But there is a lot of parking available.

2 College Junior

Parking: Parking permits and any fines are not cheap, and finding a convenient spot can be a hassle, but there is no need for a car on campus unless you intend to leave every weekend.

4 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking on campus is quite good. There are enough parking slots for all the cars.


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There is ample parking at Wesleyan. As a freshman, you get the short end of the stick—but it's not that bad. Vine Street is the main parking lot freshmen are allowed to park in, and it is a short walk away from most freshman dorms. If you live in the Butts, a program house, an apartment, or a senior house, you will most likely have your own parking lot or open street/driveway parking.

You have to buy a parking pass, which costs $50 per semester, but it's really best to buy it—Wesleyan cracks down on illegal parking, and you can get stuck with some pretty hefty fines. As to whether you should bring your car to Wesleyan or not, it is useful to know someone with a car, but if it is yours, then lots of people will ask you for rides. Thus, it's definitely better just to make friends with people who have cars and then mooch off of them.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
$50 per semester
Common Parking Tickets
  • No parking permit: $20
  • Expired meter: $30
  • Parking in a staff lot: $30
  • Fire lane: $100
Best Places to Find a Spot
Vine Street
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
  • Main Street and High Street during campus sporting events
  • Wyllys Avenue (at any time)
  • Any street during a winter parking ban
Getting a Parking Permit
Wesleyan is very car-friendly, which is a good thing, as Middletown isn't exactly in the thick of things. Student permits are available from Public Safety for $50 a semester. Really, it's much cheaper to get the parking permit than to pay Public Safety's incessant tickets on unregistered vehicles. Freshmen are forced to park a little out of the way, but after freshman year, parking gets easier. The Butts, High Rise, and Low Rise apartments have their own parking lots, and there's plenty of street and driveway parking outside program or wood-frame houses.
Parking Services
Office of Public Safety
208 High St.
(860) 685-2345

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 35 responses

  • 17% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 40% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 20% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 17% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 3% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 3% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 35 responses

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

What are the worst places to look for a parking spot on campus?    Based on 11 responses

  • 36% Any street during a winter parking ban
  • 36% Wyllys Avenue (at any time)
  • 27% Any of the center campus lots

What are the best places to find a parking spot on campus?    Based on 9 responses

  • 89% Vine Street
  • 11% Brainerd
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