Parking on and off campus is at a premium; therefore, the University and the Borough of West Chester have instituted strict parking regulations. Resident first-year students are not allowed to bring their cars to campus. Students are encouraged to leave their vehicles at home unless they have a specific need for them.
All University parking lots require a current University parking permit or pass to be properly displayed on all vehicles. All employees, eligible students, and visitors desiring to use designated parking lots must register their vehicle with the Department of Public Safety and purchase a permit or obtain a temporary pass. Parking permits are nonrefundable and may only be used by the registered purchaser. Permits are not transferable between individuals nor may they be resold. All West Chester University parking permits are the property of West Chester University.
Resident students with 60 credits or more and commuter students with 30 credits or more are eligible to purchase a North Campus permit. Residents of the South Campus apartments are eligible to purchase a permit for that area only. Resident freshmen (students who have fewer than 30 credits prior to the fall semester) are not permitted to bring cars to campus. All other students must park at South Campus Q and R Lots. Shuttle bus service is provided between South and North campuses. Specific registration procedures will be announced yearly. A valid student ID, non-suspended operator's license, and vehicle registration card must be presented at the time the vehicle is registered. Any change in the vehicle registration number must be reported to the Department of Public Safety immediately.
Persons in violation of the parking rules and regulations are subject to ticketing and towing. Parking fines are assessed from $10 up to $40 depending on the violation.
A permit must be purchased from the West Chester Borough Parking Enforcement Office located in the Borough Hall in order to park on most streets bordering the University.
A courteous welcome is extended to visitors on campus. Visitors to the University during regular business hours are asked to park in the Sharpless Street Parking Garage, located at the intersection of Sharpless Street and Church Street. The garage charges $1.50 an hour or $9.00 for the day. Temporary visitors passes are available under special circumstances at the parking services window in the People's Building, located at 690 South Church Street. Temporary visitor passes should be displayed on the dashboard of the driver's side. These passes are only valid in the designated areas noted on the pass. All visitors must obey posted signs. University personnel and students having visitors to campus should advise them of the parking regulations. For further parking information, copies of the Motor Vehicle Regulations are available at Public Safety or on the Public Safety website from the WCU homepage.