Frequently Asked Questions

Listed below are common questions asked by commuters.

Transit Questions

Q. What bus stops are best for getting to UIC?

  • The answer to that question largely depends on where you going on campus! We utilize Google Maps and Goroo to assist students in planning their transit in Chicago. Each of these resources allow you to provide where you are coming from and going to get multiple options for public transit. It will provide you with the best stop information for exactly where you need to go on campus.

Q. What is the U-PASS and where can I get more information?

  • The UPass, which is available to all full-time students, provides unlimited travel on the CTA buses and trains during the semester. The UPass at UIC is administered by the ID Office, and more information can be obtained from the UIC U-Pass website.

Q. How do I get from Ogilvie or Union Station to UIC?

  • Web mapping software like Google Maps and Goroo can provide detailed information and the best response. Multiple buses come from each of these stations to UIC, but depending on where you are traveling to on campus could determine your best bus option. That being said, the 7, 60, and 157 all travel from the area of these stations to UIC.

Q. What are the UIC bus routes?

  • UIC operates a number of bus routes for faculty, staff, and students. They are free, but you must show an ICard to get on board.UIC bus map and information lists the hours of each route.

Q. Does Metra offer a college student discount?

  • At this time Metra does not offer a discount for college students. Metra does offer monthly passes that can save money though. Get more information at a Metra Station or from the Metra website.

Q. What information is available for students who drive and want to share their ride?

  • The Commuter Student Resource Center and Office of Sustainability operate the UIC-iCarpool program. Register with the site and browse matches that exist in the system. UIC-iCarpool is only open to UIC faculty, staff, and students, so your match will be an existing UIC member.

Commuter Student Resource Center (CSRC) Questions

Q. What are the features of the CSRC kitchen? Is it open to everyone?

  • The CSRC contains a mini kitchenette that is publicly available to users of the CSRC. It contains microwaves, a large refrigerator, and a large freezer. Students can store their lunch and potentially save money by bringing their own lunch each day. Items stored are stored at their own risk. The CSRC encourages all users to label food. All items in the kitchen must be emptied each Friday by 3p.m.

Q. Can other clubs or organizations reserve the CSRC?

  • The Commuter Student Resource (CSRC) has two unique spaces for student organizations to utilize for on-campus events.

    Quiet Room (Located in the Back End of the CSRC Space–Past Main Lounge)
    This room comes equipped with tables and chairs. This room is available for reservation for the following types of events:

    • Special events open to the UIC Student Body (i.e. student or club events)
    • Events lasting no more than 2 hours total
    • Due to high usage of this space, we cannot serve as a location for closed repeated student meetings or trainings or events lasting more than 2 hours.
    • Please note, the Quiet Room is unavailable for reservation during Wednesdays and Thursdays 12:30PM-4:30PM.

    Multi-Purpose Room (Located near Front Entrance of CSRC)
    The Multi-purpose Room comes equipped with tables, chairs, and a permanent projector and screen. A laptop is not provided. As this space houses several lockers, the door to this room must remain open during your reservation. This room is available for reservation for the following types of events

    • Special events open to the UIC Student Body (i.e. student or club events)
    • Events lasting no more than 2 hours total
    • Due to high usage of this space, we cannot serve as a location for closed repeated student meetings or trainings or events lasting more than 2 hours

    To submit a request for one of these spaces during the semester,click here

Q. How do I gain access to the private lactation rooms?

  • The CSRC has two private lactation rooms adjacent to the Women’s restrooms and locker room area. Keys can be checked out through the CSRC front desk by presenting a valid ID.

Q. Can I advertise in the CSRC?

  • Organizations and departments at UIC can submit up to 2 posters for display around the CSRC suite. Outside groups or companies must submit their posters to the CSRC Front Desk for approval. Students wishing to post housing needs (roommates, apartments for sublet, etc.) can feel free to post these items on the Off Campus Housing board. Outside companies wishing to table or promote in the CSRC should contact staff at 312-413-8026 or email commuter@uic.edu.