Getting Around

The University of Iowa Campus is accessible on foot, bicycle, and by car or bus. There are numerous pedestrian and bike paths throughout campus. The campus can be crossed in approximately 20 minutes when walking or 10 minutes on a bicycle. Parking brochures with helpful information and a campus map can be obtained at either Parking and Transportation Department Office. 

Bicycles

There are thousands of free bicycle parking spaces throughout campus. Bicycle registration is free through both the University of Iowa and the city of Iowa City. It is a good idea to bring a secure lock and remember to park bicycles only in designated bicycle parking spaces. Bicycle regulations can be obtained on-line and at either Parking and Transportation Department Office. 

Cambus

Cambus is the University’s public transit system. It provides frequent on-campus service to most University facilities and commuter parking lots. The service is free and available to the general public. Cambus transports over 4 million riders every year and covers 850,000 miles annually. Anyone can ride! 

View more information including current routes and schedules at www.uiowa.edu/cambus. “Bongo” (http://ebongo.org/) is the real-time passenger information system. It provides current bus locations as well as predictions for upcoming bus arrivals-via text, voice or the web. 

Bus Route Service Areas

  • Red & Blue routes—circle the entire campus in opposite directions
  • Interdorm route—all residence halls to the main campus/downtown
  • Mayflower shuttle—Mayflower to main campus/downtown
  • Hawkeye routes—Hawkeye Apartments to the main campus/downtown
  • Pentacrest route—north hospital area and west commuter lots to the main campus/downtown
  • Hospital routes—all commuter lots to the hospital
  • UI Research Park—Research Park to the north hospital area
  • East Campus shuttle—south Madison Street area (lot 11) to the main campus/downtown
  • Studio Arts shuttle—main campus/downtown to the studio arts building
  • Music/Theatre shuttle—arts campus to Clinton Street music facilities to main campus/downtown
  • SafeRide—Cambus service on the red and blue routes is extended until 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights during the academic year.

Parking on Campus 

All students are required to register any vehicle used on campus whether it is a car, motorcycle or moped. Students are eligible to registration online for storage permits, basic vehicle registration, commuter permits and motorcycle permits. Permit fees will be billed to the students Ubill or may be paid by credit card (MasterCard, Visa & Discover) at the time of purchase, and are available for the nine-month academic year. 

Registration can be done in person at either Parking and Transportation Department Office or online at www.uiowa.edu/parking by selecting online services.  Students can also order bus passes for the Iowa City or Coralville transit lines, pay a parking citation or appeal a parking citation through this online application. 

Parking Violations 

Fines for University of Iowa parking violations are charged to the registered owner of the vehicle unless the student has registered the vehicle with the Parking Services Office. If the student has registered the vehicle with the Parking Services Office and/or obtained a parking permit, the fines will go to the student’s University bill. The University of Iowa motor vehicle regulations are available online at www.uiowa.edu/parking

Vehicle Parking & Storage 

Students that have a contract with a Residence Hall may purchase Hawkeye Storage permits (Lot 39), otherwise known as the Hawk Lot. This lot is intended for long-term storage and is located approximately 2 miles West of the campus and accessible by Cambus. 

Students that reside outside of the Iowa City/Coralville city limits may purchase a Student Commuter permit in the Hancher (Lot 55), Finkbine (Lot 65) or Hawkeye (Lot 85) on an as-available basis.

Students that operate either a motorcycle or moped are required to purchase a motorcycle parking permit that allows them parking in designated motorcycle parking areas located throughout campus. Motorcycles or mopeds cannot be parked in bicycle parking areas, parking ramps or parking meters. Please see the online regulations for full information or speak with any of our Customer Service representatives.

Students that reside within Iowa City/Coralville city limits, but not on campus, may obtain a Day Permit for free. However, they are required to pay a discounted hourly rate when parking in the Library Lot.

All permits can be obtained online once the student has a valid class registration. Students that will be living in a residence hall must also have a valid dorm contract. To apply online students can access www.uiowa.edu/parking  and select online services. 

Parking and Transportation Department Office Locations

Iowa Memorial Union Ramp                            West Campus Transportation Center
120 North Madison Street                              840 Evashevski Drive
319-335-1473                                               319-335-1475
Office Email: parking-office@uiowa.edu
Website: www.uiowa.edu/parking

Public Transit

The Iowa City Transit bus routes cover most of Iowa City and University Heights, with all routes departing from downtown near the Pentacrest. Visit http://icgov.org for details. The Coralville Transit System, connecting the cities of Coralville and Iowa City, operates full bus service on weekdays with reduced service on Saturdays. Go to www.coralville.org. For real- time bus information, go to ebongo.org

Iowa City Transit and Coralville Transit offer a student semester bus pass at a discounted rate, available at the parking office, IMU Ramp.

Getting Home and Back

Bus service to and from Iowa City is offered by Burlington Trailways and Greyhound bus lines. The depot is located at 170 E. Court Street. For information, call the depot at 319-337-2127.

The Eastern Iowa Airport is approximately 25 miles from campus. The Airport Shuttle Service picks up and delivers passengers to their residences for a one-way fee of $38 or round-trip fare of $70. There is a $5 fee for each additional passenger picked up at the same address. The service must be reserved a minimum of one day in advance by calling 319-337-2340 or 800-725-8460.

Suburban Express
Suburban Express offers weekend bus service during the academic year from the Iowa Memorial Union to the Oakbrook and Woodfield shopping malls in the Chicago area. Call 800-642-7388 or visit http://suburbanexpress.com for more information. Suburban Express is not university sponsored.