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2 College Freshman

Parking: We have options we can $40 to park a mile off campus and get a ride from the shuttle, or we can pay $120 to park in the garage which is still a good 600 yards from the dorms. It is very inconvenient to always have to take a shuttle to get to your car.

2 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking is ridiculous, its hard to find a spot especially if your commuting and your class starts past 9am

1 College Junior

Parking: They give out more passes than spots available and parking is always an issue. You need to get to class early to find a spot and you are not guaranteed a spot. It can be very frustrating.

5 College Sophomore

Parking: Unlike almost all other universities, Wilkes actually allows freshmen students to have a car on campus which is extremely convenient. The parking garage is close to campus as well, so the walk is never an issue. There is also additional parking available in Ralston Fields, which is just a parking lot across the bridge next to the football field, but it is inconvenient to access since it's about a mile off campus. However, they do have shuttles that transport students to and from the parking lot. There is also free parking anywhere on campus on weekends, which is great for visiting friends and family. Prices for Ralston Fields runs about $40 and the UCOM Parking Garage at about $120, which gets charged directly to your account, so there is no upfront charge. Apply for a space early though, because they do run out fast!

3 College Sophomore

Parking: If you drive, you better be in campus early, if you want to find a good spot.


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There is literally nowhere for everyone to park in the vicinity of the school, even with the right permit. But some neighboring businesses are sympathetic to students and rent out their extra spaces. Being an urban school, one can sympathize with Wilkes that we are suffering growing pains. The campus tries to offer adequate parking and still maintain a campus with lots of green space. Still, there is just too much fiberglass on wheels for the available asphalt.

Residents are given passes to park at a lot across the river, which a shuttle can be taken to. Commuters must fill out an application, and passes are given on a point system which takes in to consideration miles from campus, internships and employment, carpooling, campus involvement, and so on. The good thing about this is that the parking passes are assigned by the student-run Commuter Council. For students who do not get a permit, there are about six city lots that are available. Street parking is limited as there is only parking on one side of the street and one of the major streets has no parking. Parking meters hold change for up to four hours only, and feeding the meters every day can really add up. It is highly recommended to get a Wilkes permit, or if not, pay a little more to get a permit from a city garage. If living on campus, it's best not to have a car. Students will learn quickly to avoid meters at all costs.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
There are more than 10 student lots on campus.
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
$240 per year
Common Parking Tickets
  • Expired meter:
  • Handicapped zone:
  • No parking zone:
  • Wrong lot:
Best Places to Find a Spot
A city lot-meaning that your parking permit is useless if you get to campus late. The Blasi lot is usually open. Also, Ralston Field across the river accommodates a lot of commuters-but give yourself time as you have to take a shuttle to campus.
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
Wilkes University. Okay, specifically, the real problem areas are South Franklin Street meters, the lot behind UCOM, and the SUB.
Getting a Parking Permit
Permits are distributed by Public Safety's University Service Center, but students must apply for the following semester at the end of each semester. Commuter students do this through the commuter council, and resident students do this through Campus Housing. A number of factors, including your major requirements (internship or nursing rotation requirements, for example), positions held in clubs and organizations, and the distance a student must drive to and from campus may be taken into account for the following semester's permit distribution.
Parking Services
University Service Center
(570) 408-2349

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 20 responses

  • 0% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 5% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 30% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 30% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 5% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 30% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 20 responses

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

What are the best places to find a parking spot on campus?    Based on 5 responses

  • 80% The parking is horrible.
  • 20% The parking garage
  • 0% I can't really say because i don't have a car

What are the worst places to look for a parking spot on campus?    Based on 6 responses

  • 67% Anywhere. Unless you like feeding a meter every hr
  • 33% Way far away from campus
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