CSRC staff are available to answer any questions you may have about your commute. We recommend the following resources to help you navigate your travel to campus. Visit the links below for helpful commuting resources in Chicago grouped by transportation type.
- Pace RideShare – https://www.pacerideshare.com/
- ZipCar – http://www.zipcar.com/universities/university-of-illinois-at-chicago
- Enterprise Car Share – https://www.enterprisecarshare.com/us/en/programs/university.html
Student Travel Discounts
- CTA U-Pass http://idcenter.uic.edu/cta-u-pass/
- Pace Campus Connection – http://www.pacebus.com/sub/programs/campus_connection.asp
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?
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
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.
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.
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