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5 College Sophomore

Transportation: The university has a shuttle program that runs from 5pm to 3am daily. In addition, they just added a day-time shuttle for students to get to class quicker. Also, the CTA has two free buses for UChicago students. On and around campus, there are many Zipcars that are affordable and often available. About 10 minutes from campus, the Metra will take you to the Loop and back for $6 and the CTA has buses that take you to and from CTA trains and of course around Chicago. Union station will also take you to Indiana (say you want to visit Notre Dame) or around Chicago.

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5 College Freshman

Transportation: The long-running shuttles are fantastic, consistent, frequent, and cover all your possible options. They're also incredibly easy to understand. Everyone complains about the CTA, but it's actually relatively cheap, and if you ACTUALLY LOOK AT A MAP it's remarkably easy as well. Starting from your dorm, you'll seldom have to walk more than a total of 4 blocks to get to your destination anywhere in the city.

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4 College Freshman

Transportation: There are public buses that run throughout the day that can get you around campus which are free to students. There are school shuttles that run at night, which serve the same purpose. It's pretty reasonable to get downtown, there are a lot of buses and trains that pick up near campus.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: To be honest, I don't really use shuttles because I think its faster to walk most places. To get downtown, I just take a cab, it's super easy.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: There are night time shuttles around campus that help

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The transportation options at the University of Chicago are endless. On the campus itself, there are several shuttle routes that drive all over Hyde Park. They start running in the early evening to incredibly late and are great for late-night cram sessions at the library. There is also Safe Ride, which is available pretty much until dawn. Both options run all week, but the shuttle routes end earlier than Safe Ride. Because of this, Safe Ride can get pretty backed up late at night, and it takes forever to get picked up. There are also two CTA routes on campus that run during the day that will let students ride for free if they show their University ID.

Outside of the campus, it’s incredibly easy to access the city of Chicago. Because the University is still within city limits, students get to take advantage of the CTA and Metra systems. The CTA buses and trains are pretty cheap, usually $2.25 a ride. The Metra system is about $2 a ride and runs on a specific schedule. You can also call taxi services to come and pick you up in Hyde Park. To get downtown, using a taxi is roughly $30. Whenever you need to go home, you can get to the airports or bus stations without too much hassle. Both O’Hare and Midway airports and Union Station are accessible by public transportation or taxi. During popular flying times, like Christmas break or the end of the year, the school provides shuttles to get to the two airports. The one downside about public transportation is that students do not have a U-Pass, which is a bus pass provided by a University to use all of the CTA system for free.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • Bike
  • CTA
  • Friends with cars
  • Walk
  • Metra
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
  • Hail a cab. This will cost approximately $30 to $45, depending on whether you're going to O'Hare or Midway. It will save you about an hour to an hour and a half if you're going to O'Hare and about a half hour if you're going to Midway.
  • Walk to 55th Street. Get on the 55-Garfield CTA bus ($2.25). Take to the end of the line at Midway.
  • Walk to 55th Street. Get on the 55-Garfield CTA bus ($2.25). Take to the Red Line (Transfer: $.25). Take Red Line North to Blue Line transfer. Get on Blue Line. Take until O'Hare.
  • Walk to the Quadrangle Club (57th and University). Wait for Omega Shuttle. Cost: $25. It will save you about a half-hour during non-peak hours. During rush hour, it will take approximately as long as CTA. You can see the schedule at
Did You Know?
The term "L" or "El," used to describe all of the train lines controlled by the CTA, comes from the late 1880s. Newspapers called the proposed system of elevated railroads in Chicago "L" roads.

Safety Escort ServicesWhat's This?

Safe Ride Program
(773) 702-2022
Sunday-Wednesday 5 p.m.-4 a.m., Thursday-Saturday 5 p.m.-6 a.m.

Campus ShuttleWhat's This?

University of Chicago Police Department "Umbrella Coverage"

This is a part of the late-night transportation services, which includes the Evening Bus Service and Safe Ride.

(773) 702-8181

Daily 12 a.m.-5 p.m.

Evening Bus Service

This campus bus system operates on four routes: North, East, South, and Central. It goes throughout the Hyde Park-Kenwood neighborhood and operates on 20-minute schedules, departing from the Regenstein Library.

(773) 702-8181

Sunday-Wednesday 5 p.m.-4 a.m., Thursday-Saturday 5 p.m.-6 a.m.

Public TransitWhat's This?


Metra is an electric train.

(312) 322-6777

(312) 322-6774 hearing impaired

(312) 542-8397 ticket services

547 W. Jackson Blvd.

Chicago Transit Authority (CTA)

(312) 836-7000

(888) 968-7282 customer service

(888) 282-8891 hearing impaired

567 W. Lake St.

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

O'Hare International Airport

O'Hare is approximately 30 miles away and 30 minutes to an hour away from the University of Chicago.

Bessie Coleman Dr.

(773) 686-3700

Chicago Midway International Airport

Midway is 12 miles and approximately 25 minutes' driving time from the University of Chicago.

5700 S. Cicero Ave.

(773) 838-0600

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?


The Greyhound bus terminal is in downtown Chicago, approximately four miles from campus.

630 W. Harrison St.

(312) 408-5821

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?


The Amtrak station is in downtown Chicago, approximately seven miles from campus.

225 S. Canal St.

(800) 872-7245

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 79 responses

  • 54% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.
  • 37% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 8% Moderately difficult to utilize, the pick-up times and locations are far and few between.
  • 1% Extremely difficult to utilize-it's not reliable nor is it convenient for a student's schedule.
  • 0% Nonexistent.

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 78 responses

  • 1% Campus is isolated, so students rely mostly on cars to get them where they need to go.
  • 1% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 58% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 33% Cars are totally pointless. Everything you need is within walking distance.
  • 6% You can't have a car here.

Rate the cost of the following transit options    Based on 47 responses

  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 45 responses

Very convenient
  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of long-distance transportation to travel between home and school    Based on 45 responses

Very convenient
  • Airport
  • Passenger bus
  • Passenger train
  • Ride sharing

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 78 responses

  • 31% Very easy.
  • 63% Fairly easy.
  • 5% Fairly difficult.
  • 1% Very difficult.
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