Safety and Security

Parking at Acadia

To park on-campus, you will need to use a parking pass or parking meter. A variety of affordable temporary or annual parking permits are available, and meters are compatible with coins and the HotSpot parking app. A limited number of free parking spaces are available at the Crowell Tower free parking lot and the Athletics Complex drop-off area.

Acadia's parking regulations relieve traffic congestion and ensure ready access to buildings for firefighting equipment, emergency services, maintenance, and snow removal.

Annual Parking Permits

Most parking spaces at Acadia University require a valid parking permit for the current year from the Safety and Security office. Annual permits are ideal for full-time students, faculty, and staff. Permits are not valid at parking meters.

Purchase your permit online 


September 1st — August 31st
January 1st — August 31st
May 1st — August 31st


  • All annual permits expire on August 31.
  • Secondary Parking Permits can be purchased for $15. This option is available for those who hold an annual permit and own more than one vehicle. Note: both vehicles are not permitted on campus at the same time.

Facility Pass

Acadia University offers a special parking permit valid only at the Acadia Athletics Complex parking lot. The pass costs $50 annually and is available through the Acadia Box Office or through the Security Office in room 519 of the Students' Union Building.

  • Your facility pass is valid for 1 year from the month issued and has a 3-hour time limit.
  • You must have a valid Acadia Athletics Complex Facility Membership to purchase this pass.
  • This pass is not valid at parking meters.

Temporary Parking Permits

Most parking spaces at Acadia University require a parking permit. Temporary parking permits are available to those who do not require long-term parking, for as little as $6 (one-day pass). Permits are for use in any permit parking lot on campus but are not valid at parking meters.

Purchase your permit online 


Special Programs
(includes any paid program at the Athletics Complex)


Parking Meters

There are various parking meters on campus for your parking convenience; please refer to the Campus Map for locations.

  • Parking meters cost $1.50/hr.
  • You can pay for metered spaces using coins or the HotSpot mobile parking app.
  • Parking permits are not valid at meters.

HotSpot is an Atlantic Canadian company that provides a mobile parking solution. HotSpot members are able to create and top-up parking sessions using their Apple or Android device, as well as refund unused time back to their account. HotSpot members can receive reminders when sessions are approaching expiry, pay parking infractions, and receive itemized receipts for each parking session. HotSpot requires a small membership fee.


Parking Enforcement

The Department of Safety and Security is responsible for the enforcement of parking guidelines. The control of traffic on campus is a necessary part of the efficient and safe operation of Acadia University.


Parking tickets are issued to vehicles that are parked on campus in violation of the Parking Guidelines. This includes, but is not limited to, unauthorized parking, no permit, fire lane, no parking zone, meter violations, etc. Ticket fees are $20 - $30. A $5 fee is applied for 'failure to display'. 

Fees are applied to the person whose name the vehicle is registered in or the person who is the registered user of the vehicle on campus.  For more information on tickets, see the Parking Guidelines or contact the security desk at 585-1103.

Towing and Immobilizing ("Booting")

The "Boot" is a vehicle immobilization device placed on vehicles that have 3 or more outstanding unpaid tickets. Information pertaining to this device as well as the contact number to the Department of Safety and Security is placed on the driver side window of the vehicle. The registered owner shall contact Security and pay a $50 boot removal fee and make arrangements to pay the outstanding tickets. Any damage caused by tampering with the boot will be charged to the owner of the vehicle.

If a vehicle that is in violation of parking guidelines is obstructing vehicular movement, blocking fire hydrants, service roads, loading docks, or any other risk, the vehicle may be towed without warning at owner's risk and expense. In addition, if the boot is left on the vehicle for more than 12 hours, the vehicle may be towed without warning at the owner’s expense.


Shift Supervisor Chad Schrader provides directions to a student next to University Hall.


In an emergency, call 911

Safety and Security

Open 24/7

(902) 585-1103
or dial 88 from a campus phone (general inquiries)

Room 519, Acadia Students' Union Building
30 Highland Ave
Wolfville, NS
B4P 2R6

Access Control (Keys and ID cards)

Open Monday - Friday, 8am - 4pm

(902) 585-1736

Whitman House, Northeast Wing
18 Crowell Dr
Wolfville, NS
B4P 2R6