Webster Bank pulls ATMs from UConn campuses


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Photo by Sabine Peters on Unsplash

As of June, Webster Bank is no longer providing ATM services at UConn Storrs, UConn Law or the regional campuses. 

Webster Bank will continue to provide an ATM at UConn Health for another year, according to Stephanie Reitz, university spokesperson.  

The ATMs in South dining hall and the Student Union have been gone since this past summer, leaving People’s United Bank in the UConn Bookstore as the only on-campus ATM service.  

Some students find this development to be quite troublesome.  

“I feel that it is an inconvenience to those who already have an account with Webster and feel almost blindsided by [Webster Bank’s] sudden withdrawal,” Carly Malesky, fifth-semester physiology and neurobiology and psychology double major, said.  

It is not yet certain whether or when there will be a replacement for Webster Bank’s ATMs. 

“The University is working to create new financial and banking relationship(s) that will include ATM services, but will not have one in place until later this calendar year,” Reitz said.  

As for the remaining ATMs at the People’s United Bank in the UConn Bookstore, students and others should be able to get into the ATM area by swiping their debit card in the indicated place by the door.  

Other nearby ATMs include those in the Storrs Center Webster Bank next to the Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry, in the other People’s United Bank location next to the Storrs Center Starbucks and in CVS.  

Alternative methods of obtaining cash include getting cash back when checking out at grocery stores and CVS. This comes without an ATM fee, but usually requires a purchase first. 

While there are many instances in which a physical ATM is needed for transactions, in the age of Venmo, Apple Pay and Android Pay, students think cash is being used less and less.  

“Most transactions are just done on cards,” Noah Picarelli-Kombert, third-semester computer science and engineering double major, said. “Cash is far less common than it used to be.”  

Keely Greiner is a campus correspondent for The Daily Campus. She can be reached via email at keely.greiner@uconn.edu

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