Freshmen aren’t allowed to have cars on campus, which isn’t entirely a bad thing, as they get to wait a whole year before dealing with Public Safety officers. These officers, the Wheaton College police, are notorious for handing out an obscene number of parking tickets to the most unsuspecting of victims. Students ticketed unfairly can raise a defense under the appeal panel, but that process is both a challenge and a hassle. If you stay within the confines of your allotted parking permit, however, you shouldn't have any problems. Guest parking on campus is limited, but if nothing else you'll be able to find a spot in the Billy Graham Center. Just be sure to wear good walking shoes.
Wheaton’s campus is fairly small, and walking to all your classes is the norm. Really, the select students who opt to bring their cars to campus use them solely to get off campus, in which case students really only need one parking spot close to their residence hall. Parking registration is scheduled for the first week of classes. After that, if you park without displaying a permit, you’ll get hit with a $30 per day fine. To obtain a permit, simply go to the Public Safety Office, fill out a form, show proof of insurance and registration, pay $175, and you’re good to go! Parking is based on a first-come, first-served basis, so hopefully you’ll get a spot in the lot nearest your home.