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4 College Freshman

Parking: Because the campus is so small there really is not a huge need to have a car. But, students who do own cars enjoy good parking and service.

4 College Freshman

Parking: Permits are really expensive, but you don't really need a car on campus. Take the train! Walk! Bike! Its easy to get around.

4 College Sophomore

Parking: I always have a spot in my dorm parking lot, however it's hard to park outside of your dorm parking lot.

3 Recent Alumnus

Parking: Parking at Wheaton was never a huge issue for me, the campus is small enough and most students live on or super close to campus so walking or biking is enough. I had plenty of friends who got nailed with a bunch of tickets for abusing the 30 minute parking spots though!

2 College Junior

Parking: Parking on Campus is pretty terrible. There are not a plethora of spots to park in on campus, and they ticket very strictly. There aren't even limited timed slots, making it a pain to park as you must park off campus if you want to drive in.


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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.


Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
Every dorm has its own parking lot, and parking permits are given out dependent on where you live.
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
$175 per year for full-time students
Common Parking Tickets
  • Fire lane: $30
  • "No parking" zone: $30
  • Parking without a permit: $30 per day
  • Handicapped-accessible space violation: $250
Best Places to Find a Spot
  • In your permitted parking lot, adjacent to your residence hall
  • Billy Graham Center
  • Edman Memorial Chapel parking lot
  • President Street along the chapel's side of campus
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
  • Blanchard Hall parking lot
  • Todd Beamer Student Center parking lot
  • Surrounding neighborhood streets (Word to the wise: Although the multitude of neighborhood streets surrounding campus look like prime parking opportunities, do not park there! If you leave your car for any extended duration, you WILL get a ticket!)
Getting a Parking Permit
Parking permits are seniority based, but basically everyone can get one with the exception of freshmen, who are not allowed to park on campus. You will need proof of insurance and registration when filling out the paperwork.
Parking Services
Wheaton Parking Services
(630) 752-5558

Student Polls

What are the best places to find a parking spot on campus?    Based on 11 responses

  • 33% I don't have a car, so I wouldn't know
  • 27% Wherever you're living
  • 20% Edman Memorial Chapel parking lot
  • 13% Billy Graham Center
  • 7% Student Rec Center parking lot
  • 0% President Street along the chapel's side of campus

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 53 responses

  • 21% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 36% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 21% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 21% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 0% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 2% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 45 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 10 responses

  • 33% I don't have a car, so I wouldn't know
  • 33% Blanchard Hall parking lot
  • 17% Todd Beamer Student Center parking lot
  • 8% I park behind Traber.
  • 8% I always park in the Fischer lot
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