Parking and Transportation

Whether you are visiting Western Carolina for the first time or live on campus full time, WCU's Office of Parking and Transportation strives to provide you safe, convenient access to Western Carolina University and its many resources and events. For specific questions or concerns please contact the Parking Operations office at 828.227.7275. To see all of our available parking, explore our CAMPUS MAP

Every motorist desiring to park on campus is required to register with the WCU Parking Operations Office. A parking permit is required to secure parking privileges. While a permit does not guarantee a parking space in a specific space or area, it authorizes the permit holder to seek a parking space in an area designated by the Regulations. Western Carolina University is able to provide ample parking on campus for all registered vehicles, although spaces will not always be available at desired locations. 

Please Note: Parking and operating a vehicle on campus is a privilege extended by the University subject to ordinances adopted by the Board of Trustees. This privilege may be revoked if a person seriously or habitually violates the regulations.

Parking Updates

Beginning in the Fall 2018 academic year parking operations will begin utilizing License Plate Recognition (LPR). LPR is a system that is widely used across the US and can assist our department in becoming more fair and efficient. 

LEARN MORE ABOUT LPR

Where to Park 

Generally, yellow stripes denote spaces for faculty and staff members; white striped spaces are for students. White striped spaces near the residence halls are for on-campus resident students. Freshmen are not permitted to park at the residence halls. Freshmen must park in freshmen Catamount Lot #73, Walker A Lot #19A, South Baseball Lot #8B or HHS Overflow Lot# 76B. 

Be sure to observe parking control signs designating other restrictions in these categories. All faculty/staff areas are designated as wheel-lock/tow zones during normal business hours Monday through Friday 8:00am-5:00pm, during the Fall, Spring, and Summer semester and including Advising Day.

Commuter students are permitted to park in faculty/staff spaces after 5:00pm Monday-Friday and weekends.  

Visitor Parking

As much of the on-campus parking is reserved for faculty, staff and students, visitors are encouraged park in the metered parking lots. Use Whoosh! to pay from anywhere online, receive notifications before a meter expires and extend time to avoid parking tickets. Guests may also utilize the marked visitor parking spaces which are available in many lots or stop by the Camp Building for a visitor pass.

More on Visitor Parking

Student Parking

Students, faculty and staff must display their parking pass at all times and utilize parking designated for their permit type on campus. Specific parking areas are designated for students by class status. Students should apply for a parking pass at the beginning of each academic year.

More on Student parking

Faculty and Staff 

Students, faculty and staff must display their parking pass at all times and utilize parking designated for their permit type on campus. Specific parking areas are designated for students by class status. Students should apply for a parking pass at the beginning of each academic year.

MORE ON FACULTY AND STAFF PARKING

Cat-Tran Services

A Cat-Tran bus on campus.

  

Cat-Tran, the Catamount On-Campus Transportation System, is a student-supported service offered through Parking and Transportation.

With CAT-TRAN, you're never more than a few minutes away from the center of campus!

More on CAT-TRAN routes

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