Transportation Information

On a walk in basis, the CSRC Commuter Assistants can help you plan your commuter by showing you tech tools, links, maps, and schedules that can provide all the information you need.

Helpful links to many commuting information sources in Chicago can be found below, grouped by type of transportation.

Realtime Bus Travel Information
Student Travel Discounts

Green Commuting Information

While UIC has many parking lots and is bordered by two major highways, it is also one of the best transit-served higher education institutions in the nation. As part of the City of Chicago, UIC is also connected to an internationally-recognized system of bike lanes.

Before you choose to travel to campus in a single-occupancy automobile, consider these options, and plan your route using a service like Google Maps, which allows you to compare routes and times by transportation mode.

Take Public Transit

All full-time UIC students receive a U-Pass granting unlimited access to Chicago Transit Authority services during the semester. Students are assessed a one-time, per-semester fee, so why not take advantage of it?

Staff and Faculty at UIC are eligible for the Transit Benefit Program, which allows individuals to pay for transit services using pre-tax dollars. The benefit can be applied to the CTAMetra, or Pace transit systems.

UIC currently runs free intra-campus and commuter shuttles to connect both sides of campus to the Metra and Amtrak stations in the West Loop of Chicago.

Ride a Bike

Bicycles are the most efficient means of transportation on the planet, providing some of the best cost-savings and health benefits for commuters. UIC currently has over 800 outdoor rack spaces to park bicycles, as well as racks and rooms to park bikes in certain buildings. Bike theft is a reality on many college campuses, especially those in large urban areas like Chicago. As a safety precaution, be sure to register your bicycle with UIC Police. If your bike is stolen, and then recovered later, this will help you get it back.

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Car-Share

Car-sharing is an excellent complement to someone who solely uses public transit or bicycles, but may need to use a larger vehicle from time to time. This is a membership system in which users set up on-demand short-term car rentals based on a set rate. That rate includes all transportation costs like fuel, insurance and overnight parking fees.

Enterprise CarShare allows for 24/7 access to a vehicle so that Chicagoans can live well without having to own a car – including UIC students and staff – through the university discount program. Enterprise vehicles are conveniently located at 501 S Morgan & 901 S Ashland

UIC students, staff and faculty can also become Zipcar members at a special discounted rate, and take advantage of Zipcar vehicles parked on the campus. Zipcars are available throughout Chicago and in many other cities.

Carpool (Ride-Share)

If you’ve already own a car and have purchased a parking pass on campus, consider finding a fellow student or colleague to share your commute. For the driver, this can save a lot of annual costs on fuel or parking. For the passenger, this is another way to get to campus (along with Public Transit or Bicycling), and might be the only option, depending on where you live.

To facilitate safer carpooling within the community, UIC has partnered with a ride-matching service, iCarpool, to allow anyone with a UIC email address to either find or offer a ride to and from campus.


Commuter Advocacy 

As a UIC commuter student, we want you to be safe, secure, and attended to while you’re with us. It is important for you to feel well-informed of and empowered by your rights as a commuter student. If you have any commuting issues or concerns, please email or visit us at the CSRC and we will work together with you and other campus departments, when necessary, to address your issues.

If legal action is in order, please visit the Student Legal Service website to take advantage of their free legal services.

Advocate Organizations
The ITU serves those who rent in apartment buildings, condos, or houses in the City of Chicago, Cook County, or elsewhere in the suburban metropolitan area. If you need to move because you are leaving school permanently or temporarily: They can help you terminate a lease legally. The law has provisions which allow a tenant to move before the expiration of the lease and not owe the landlord any more rent. The process of breaking your lease legally requires that you follow proper procedures. The ITU can assist you in properly executing these procedures. You should NOT act on your own because it is very easy to make a mistake. Although you do not need an attorney to get out of your lease, the ITU’s executive director is a licensed Illinois attorney. Get their professional experienced assistance. Whether a tenant has a problem with a landlord who does not make repairs or has been served a summons to go to court, tenants need to know their legal rights. And, it is best if you consult or hire an attorney. Call 773-769-7880. Check out ITU at tenant.org.

The Commuter Guide
Check out our Commuter Guide! It is highly recommended for all UIC Students.