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. 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. 

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.

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 5:00 pm Monday-Friday and weekends.  

Orientation Parking

Use the map below to find available parking, drop-off locations and routes for New Student Orientation.

 

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 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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 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.

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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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