Life at Wes - Practical Matters


Your WesCard, which is your Wesleyan University identification card, is your key to all things Wesleyan. It provides you access to buildings, allows you to check-out books from the library, and access your meal plan. While at Wes, you will also be frequently asked for your WesID number, which is printed on the front of your WesCard. The WesCard website has important information about topics like adding money to your WesCard (Middletown Cash), accessing your online WesCard account, and replacing a lost card.

Middletown Cash

If you do not want to carry cash or use a debit card while at Wesleyan, consider adding money to your WesCard. You can use Middletown Cash almost everywhere at Wesleyan including dining facilities (when you have used all of your meals and meal points), vending machines, and laundry facilities. Many Middletown stores and restaurants also accept Middletown Cash.

The Ride

Wesleyan’s free campus shuttle, The Ride, is a convenient way to get back home after a long night of studying or socializing. The service runs nightly, from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. Sunday through Thursday and from 7 p.m. to 4 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. The Ride also has an app you can download on your phone to know exactly where the shuttle is on its route.

For information on transportation within campus and beyond, visit Transportation Services.

Cultural Adjustment and Transition

Studying and living in another culture can often be filled with challenging situations. The transition into life at Wesleyan is not always smooth, with cultural differences adding to the pressures that international students are experiencing from their coursework. Adjustment takes time and is rarely a linear process. Visit the U.S. Cultural Adjustment and Transition page for more information about these topics.

If you would like to meet with a counselor to talk about your experiences, Wesleyan Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) offers both individual and group counseling sessions. CAPS also frequently holds Workshops and Drop In Spaces that address topics of interest to Wesleyan students.

Grocery Shopping

Wesleyan’s Transportation Department offers a grocery shuttle to two Middletown grocery stores, Aldi and Price Chopper. This free service operates twice a week: every Sunday from 12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m., and every Wednesday from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. The van leaves from the Usdan University Center to Aldi and Price Chopper and returns.


During the summer months or while you are studying abroad, you may want to leave things in storage in Connecticut. Wesleyan does not provide a service for this. There are private companies, however, that can help. 

As of summer 2023, Wesleyan offers limited summer storage on campus for continuing students whose financial aid package qualifies them for this benefit. Students who qualify for this free storage program will be notified by the Financial Aid Office.