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. The primary role of the Parking and Transportation Department is to administer the parking permit process and to enforce the parking regulations of the University. In addition to overseeing all on-campus parking, the office operates CAT-TRAN, WCU's on-campus bus service. For specific questions or concerns please contact the Parking Operations office at 828.227.7275. 


Graduation Parking

Use the map below to find available parking, drop-off locations and routes for the Spring 2018 Commencement Ceremonies.


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.

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Student, Faculty and Staff 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.

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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!

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