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. Please note that parking permits are not refundable or transferable.

Rates:

Full Year (Sept 1 - Aug 30)
$140
Fall Term (Sept 1 - Dec 31)
$75
Winter Term (Jan 1 - Apr 30)
$75
Intersession (May 1 - Apr 30)
$75

 

Purchase your permit online 

How to use HotSpot to buy your parking pass online

Students, staff and faculty can now use HotSpot parking to purchase and manage permits.

Do I need to create a HotSpot account?

If you want to purchase a permit through HotSpot, you will need a HotSpot account. However, you do not need to purchase your permit through HotSpot. You can still purchase a permit in-person at the campus security office.

Do I need a membership?

If you are only using the app to buy and manage your parking permit, you do not need to select a membership. If you want to use HotSpot for street parking at a meter, you will need to purchase a membership. Make sure you pick the right membership for you: we offer a $20 yearly membership for consistent parkers, a $2 monthly membership for monthly parkers, and a $0.25 pay-per-use membership for infrequent parkers. If you need assistance, please call HotSpot support at 1-855-712-5888 or email support@htsp.ca

How do I get a permit?

Once you have created your HotSpot account, in the app tap the menu option and select "my permits". All your active permits will appear here. To buy a permit, press “Purchase a Permit”. To purchase online, go to htsp.ca and log in. Go to the permits tab and select the permit you would like to buy.

You will still need to pick up your hangtag at the Safety & Security office after your purchase.

Option 1: use the HotSpot app to buy a permit

Download the HotSpot app on your smartphone from the App Store or GooglePlay.

  1. Open the app.
  2. Press Get Started.
  3. Enter your details.
  4. Type your full name and press Next.
  5. Type your email address and press Next.
  6. Enter a password and press Next. A code is texted to your phone.
  7. Enter the code and press Next.
  8. Select your province.
  9. Select your city.
  10. Select Parking as your user preference and press Next.

Add a payment method:

  1. Press the menu icon (top left).
  2. Press Manage My Account.
  3. Press Add/Manage Funds.
  4. To add a credit card, press Add Card and follow the instructions to add a card.
  5. If you have more than one credit card, you can select Default for the card you want to use.
  6. To remove a credit card, press Remove under the tile for the card you want removed.

Add your vehicle:

  1. Click Add Vehicle.
  2. Enter your car’s details and press Add Vehicle.
  3. Verify that you entered your plate correctly and press Yes.
Option 2: sign up for HotSpot online

Go to htsp.ca and select Login (top right corner)

  1. Under the “Sign In” button find the “Click Here” text beside “New Parker?”
  2. Fill out the required information to create your account.
  3. Login to your account.

Add a Payment Method:

  1. Go to the wallet tab:
    • Under billing options click: “add Payment Option”.
    • Enter your card information and click Save.

Add a vehicle:

  1. Go to  the vehicles tab:
  2. Enter your vehicle information
  3. Click Save Vehicle when done.

Remember, permits can be purchased online through HotSpot or in-person at the Department of Safety and Security  Operations Desk. Please remember to pick your permit and hang it in your vehicle. The Department is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Please wear your mask when visiting.

Secondary Parking Permits can be purchased for $20. 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 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.
  • Please note that parking permits are not refundable or transferable.

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. Please note that parking permits are not refundable or transferable.

Rates

Daily
$6
 
Weekend
$6
 
Weekly
$20
 
Bi-Weekly
$35
 
Monthly
$40
 
Motorcycle
$75
*Valid from April 1- October 31. If you pay for an annual permit you can add a motorcycle for no additional fee.

 

Purchase your permit online 

How to use HotSpot to buy your parking pass online

Students, staff and faculty can now use HotSpot parking to purchase and manage permits.

Do I need to create a HotSpot account?

If you want to purchase a permit through HotSpot, you will need a HotSpot account. However, you do not need to purchase your permit through HotSpot. You can still purchase a permit in-person at the campus security office.

Do I need a membership?

If you are only using the app to buy and manage your parking permit, you do not need to select a membership. If you want to use HotSpot for street parking at a meter, you will need to purchase a membership. Make sure you pick the right membership for you: we offer a $20 yearly membership for consistent parkers, a $2 monthly membership for monthly parkers, and a $0.25 pay-per-use membership for infrequent parkers. If you need assistance, please call HotSpot support at 1-855-712-5888 or email support@htsp.ca

How do I get a permit?

Once you have created your HotSpot account, in the app tap the menu option and select "my permits". All your active permits will appear here. To buy a permit, press “Purchase a Permit”. To purchase online, go to htsp.ca and log in. Go to the permits tab and select the permit you would like to buy.

You will still need to pick up your hangtag at the Safety & Security office after your purchase.

Option 1: use the HotSpot app to buy a permit

Download the HotSpot app on your smartphone from the App Store or GooglePlay.

  1. Open the app.
  2. Press Get Started.
  3. Enter your details.
  4. Type your full name and press Next.
  5. Type your email address and press Next.
  6. Enter a password and press Next. A code is texted to your phone.
  7. Enter the code and press Next.
  8. Select your province.
  9. Select your city.
  10. Select Parking as your user preference and press Next.

Add a payment method:

  1. Press the menu icon (top left).
  2. Press Manage My Account.
  3. Press Add/Manage Funds.
  4. To add a credit card, press Add Card and follow the instructions to add a card.
  5. If you have more than one credit card, you can select Default for the card you want to use.
  6. To remove a credit card, press Remove under the tile for the card you want removed.

Add your vehicle:

  1. Click Add Vehicle.
  2. Enter your car’s details and press Add Vehicle.
  3. Verify that you entered your plate correctly and press Yes.
Option 2: sign up for HotSpot online

Go to htsp.ca and select Login (top right corner)

  1. Under the “Sign In” button find the “Click Here” text beside “New Parker?”
  2. Fill out the required information to create your account.
  3. Login to your account.

Add a Payment Method:

  1. Go to the wallet tab:
    • Under billing options click: “add Payment Option”.
    • Enter your card information and click Save.

Add a vehicle:

  1. Go to  the vehicles tab:
  2. Enter your vehicle information
  3. Click Save Vehicle when done.

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.

Ticketing

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.

Contact

In an emergency, call 911

Safety and Security

Open 24/7

(902) 585-1103
or dial 88 from a campus phone
security@acadiau.ca (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
accesscontrol@acadiau.ca

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