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Parking on Campus

Wisconsin Lutheran College is a residential campus in a suburban setting. Parking on campus is limited; permits are required in most lots. When parking on area streets, please follow the posted parking regulations. 


    WLC visitor parking is located on the Front Circle (8800 W. Bluemound Rd.) and in the Recreation Complex surface lot (8725 W. Wisconsin Ave.). Visitors should either park in their designated reserved parking spot on the Front Circle or obtain a visitor parking permit from the front-desk receptionist in the Greenfield Administration Building, from the Public Safety Office (lower level of the Recreation Complex), or by calling Public Safety at 414.443.8500.

    Visitors may also use street parking; please follow the posted parking regulations.

    During regular business hours, please see the front-desk receptionist in the Greenfield Administration Building if you need specific directions on campus or check the campus map.

    For some special events on campus, the Parking Center (8701 W. Wisconsin Ave.) may be open for visitor parking.

    Campus visitors who park legally but receive a parking citation from WLC should immediately present the citation to the faculty/staff member or WLC student they were visiting. The faculty/staff member or student will forward the citation with an explanation to Public Safety.


    Wisconsin Lutheran College students, faculty, and staff are asked to support and help enforce the following parking policy to ensure that all vehicles are being used and parked properly. WLC's parking policies are administered by Trinity Home Group and WLC Public Safety; their offices are located in the lower level of the Recreation Complex. Wisconsin Lutheran College reserves the right to ticket, boot, and tow violators in an attempt to enforce these policies.

    Student Parking Policy

    • WLC parking policies are in effect for the entire calendar year, 24 hours a day.
    • ALL MOTOR VEHICLES  (including motorcycles, mopeds and scooters) must be registered with Public Safety and display a current parking permit. Parking permits are assigned to a specific vehicle and are only transferable by contacting the Trinity Home Group Office Manager and following the procedures they specify prior to transferring the permit. 
    • Parking areas are assigned to students, staff, faculty, and visitors. Vehicles must be parked only in areas designated by the type of permit displayed.
    • All drivers must operate and park their vehicles in a responsible manner. Failure to do so may result in revocation or denial of current and/or future parking privileges on campus.
    • All vehicles must be removed from campus during winter and summer breaks unless otherwise arranged with the Trinity Home Group Office Manager.
    • Parking permits must be obtained from the Trinity Home Group Office and must be affixed as provided in the instructions accompanying the permit.

    Students shall be aware of and adhere to the entire Wisconsin Lutheran College student parking policy and parking permit policy. The Wisconsin Lutheran campus is a residential campus and as such the number of student parking permits issued must be regulated.

    • Subject to the availability of parking spaces, students with documented and verifiable commuter, medical, academic, or work-related needs will be given preference in parking a car on campus.
    • When spaces are exhausted, no additional permits can be issued. 
    • Please note that most freshmen WILL NOT BE ELIGIBLE for parking, with the exception of extenuating circumstances. 


    The 2022-2023 online parking permit application is available online. To apply, you will need to complete the application and upload a PDF or JPG file of your vehicle registration as well as other documentation; see the Resident Student Qualification Categories listed below.


    Students in the Adult and Graduate Studies program may apply for parking here.

    Student Parking Permit Policies

    • Parking assignments are designated by the type of permit issued.
    • The Trinity Office Manager may modify the lot assignments each term as space availability dictates.
    • Permits may be purchased for the entire academic year or by semester.
    • All parking permit charges are posted to WLC student accounts. Students do not send any payment when they apply for a permit.
    • Revocation of a parking permit for violations of the parking policy will not entitle the student to a refund of the permit cost.
    • Students with a history of violating the WLC parking policy may have their current and/or future parking privileges revoked.
    • Falsifying information on the permit application will automatically result in denial or revocation of the permit.
    • When all parking spaces have been allocated, no more permits will be issued.

    Resident Student Qualification Categories

    Resident parking permits will be distributed based on the following criteria. They are ranked in order of importance from one (1) to five (5). When applying for a parking permit online, be prepared to upload a PDF or JPG file of supporting documentation for the category below that applies to you.

    * Please note that most freshmen WILL NOT BE ELIGIBLE for parking, with the exception of extenuating circumstances. *

    1. MEDICAL REASONS: Medical permits will be issued on an as-needed basis. Application for a medical permit requires a letter on official stationery signed by the attending physician explaining the disability and length of time a permit will be needed. Final approval of all medical qualifications lies with the Director of Student Support and Disability Services.
    2. ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS: Applications made under this criterion will be based on the verification of the academic need. Examples include: internship with a letter of confirmation from the company, clinicals, etc. 
    3. EMPLOYMENT: Students must be employed off-campus during the academic year. You will be asked to supply a copy of your most recent paycheck stub to verify current employment and amount of hours worked. If most recent paycheck stub does not display typical hours worked, a letter from your direct manager will be required to verify this information. In most cases, freshmen will be expected to work on campus and will not qualify for a work-related permit.
    4. CLASS STATUS: Class status (seniors over juniors, etc.) will be considered when assigning parking permits. 
    5. DISTANCE: Priority will be provided within above criteria based on the distance between a student's home residence and the Wisconsin Lutheran College campus (the greater the distance, the higher the priority). Distance will be calculated based on address as documented on vehicle registration. If vehicle registration doesn't display current address, student is required to submit other documentation that can be used as proof of current address. 

    Student Parking Areas and Permit Costs

    COMMUTER STUDENT PARKING: Parking is available for all commuters from 6:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. on a first-come, first-served basis in the Parking Center on Wisconsin Avenue. No overnight parking is permitted in the Parking Center. The cost to register for an annual commuter parking permit is $5.00.

    RESIDENT STUDENT PARKING: The parking areas available to resident students and permit costs for 2022-2023 are listed below. Note that permit costs are tentative until the final 2022-2023 budget has been approved.

    Stimac Hall: Underground Garage

    • Cost:  $500 per academic year; $310 per semester

    Fischer Hall: Underground Garage

    • Cost:  $500 per academic year; $310 per semester

    Aspire Hall:  Indoor Garage

    • Cost:  $590 per academic year; $355 per semester

    Aspire Hall: Surface Lot

    • Cost:  $385 per academic year; $230 per semester

    540 Apartments: Surface Lot

    • Cost:  $340 per academic year; $195 per semester

    541 Apartments: Surface Lot

    • Cost:  $340 per academic year; $195 per semester

    630 Apartments: Surface Lot

    • Cost:  $340 per academic year; $195 per semester

    9128/9112 Round Apartments: Surface Lot

    • Cost:  $340 per academic year; $195 per semester

    Residential Houses

    • Cost:  $50 per academic year; $30 per semester

    Outdoor Athletic Complex: Surface Lot (not on main campus)

    • Cost: $25 per academic year; $15 per semester

    TEMPORARY PARKING PERMITS for students may be obtained from the Public Safety Office 24/7 and are subject to the following rules and regulations:

    • Students/vehicles are only permitted five days of temporary parking per academic year; abuse of this policy will result in a charge. 
    • Temporary permits are only valid for the Exterior Parking Center Lot (located directly to the east of the Parking Center, 8701 W. Wisconsin Ave.); exceptions to this rule must be authorized by the Trinity Home Group Office Manager. 
    • Temporary permits are only valid for one day unless needed for a WLC-related function (exceptions to this rule must be authorized by the Trinity Home Group Office Manager).
    • Temporary permits are subject to availability; inclement weather, WLC events, etc., may result in temporary permits not being available.
    • A copy of ALL temporary permits must remain on file in the Public Safety Office.

    • Temporary Overnight Permit:  $0 (abuse of this policy will result in a charge)
    • Temporary Permit for 2-7 Days: $0 (only available for WLC-related functions)

    PARKING DURING BREAKS: Contact the Trinity Home Group Office Manager to inquire about the availability of vehicle storage during Summer and Winter Breaks.

    • Summer Break Vehicle Storage: $50 (if available)
    • Winter Break Vehicle Storage: $25 (if available)

    MILWAUKEE PARKING PERMITS: The City of Milwaukee offers annual and temporary overnight parking permits. Learn more.


    Parking Center (8701 W. Wisconsin Ave.)

    • First-come, first-served parking is reserved for registered and permitted commuters, faculty, staff, and college vehicles.
    • First-come, first-served parking may be available for visitors during special events.
    • The Parking Center is closed from 2:00 to 6:00 a.m.; no overnight parking is allowed.
    • The college will accommodate snow emergencies by asking students, faculty, and staff to move vehicles off the street or college surface lots and into the Parking Center. 

    Front Circle (8800 W. Bluemound Rd.)

    • Visitor parking ONLY: 6:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. weekdays
    • Open parking: 3:30 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. weekdays; 6:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. weekends
    • Please do not park in spaces that are reserved for others.
    • There is no parking on the Front Circle from 2:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m.
    • Parking for visitors can be arranged through Trinity Home Group/Public Safety (414.443.8500).


    The following permit or parking violations will result in a parking citation being issued.

    1. Failure to have permit visibly affixed parking permit at all times.
    2. Failure to clear outstanding parking fines shall be grounds to deny future parking permits; registration and transcripts may be withheld.
    3. Failure to park only in the area designated by the parking permit.
    4. Parking in a handicap stall without a proper handicap permit and valid lot permit.
    5. Parking on or over a stall line (parking in two spaces).
    6. No vehicle shall be driven on sidewalks, grass, or in fire lanes.
    7. Any vehicle parked on campus that is not displaying a current parking permit.

    Citation Payment

    The registered permit holder shall be held responsible for all citations written on the vehicle whether or not the permit holder parked the vehicle. All parking fines shall be paid to the Business Office within seven school days (cash or check only). After seven days the fine will increase to $30 and the right to appeal will be forfeited. If a citation is not paid within seven school days, the citation will be automatically added to the student's bill.

    Right to Appeal

    An appeal of a citation must be filed with Public Safety within seven days from the date the citation was issued, or the right to appeal will be forfeited and the amount of the fine will increase and be billed. A parking violation appeal form may be picked up at the Public Safety Office or the Office of Student Life. This form should be filled out and returned to the Public Safety Office. The decision on the Appeals Committee is final and there are no further appeal options.


    City ticketing/towing can occur due to:

    1. Any vehicle that is illegally parked that poses a traffic hazard.
    2. Any vehicle that is illegally parked in an area designated "no parking" or "fire lane."
    3. Any vehicle that is not registered or is parked without a permit.
    4. Any vehicle that is left on a campus surface lot during snow emergencies.
    5. Any vehicle that is parked in a spot reserved for another guest.


    Parking Regulations of Milwaukee and Wauwatosa

    The City of Milwaukee and the City of Wauwatosa have a variety of parking regulations; please see their websites for up-to-date regulations. 

    Milwaukee: To obtain the posted parking regulations for a specific street go to Street Parking Regulations. This site only includes parking regulations that are posted. Note: Most residential streets have alternate side night parking throughout the year with a valid night parking permit or night parking permission. These streets are not posted. However, there are a number of streets that are exceptions to the night parking rule. Please go to Winter Parking for more information on these exceptions or go to Winter Parking Regulations page for a list of streets. These streets are not posted.

    Wauwatosa: There is no overnight parking on any street between 3:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m., including holidays and weekends. Overnight Parking Permission is limited to guests, stalled vehicles, and vehicles affected by a construction project that makes off-street parking impossible. In a Snow Emergency, no overnight parking permission will be granted, and all existing overnight parking permissions shall also be null and void.