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3 College Senior

Transportation: There are many types of transportation available to students such as the Greyhound, Suburban Express or Amtrak which are all very accessible on campus but they are pretty pricey. They are very needed on campus though because a lot of people go home weekly and it is around a 2 hour bus ride for most people who live in or around Chicago.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: the buses are always busy and are used often so they are popular but are very helpful i had a bike on campus and that was super awesome but everything is walking distance that you would need so a car is only if you need to go somewhere off campus or far away

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4 College Junior

Transportation: Transportation at UIUC is never an issue. Your Icard gives you access to all MTD buses. MTD buses run all over campus and also to popular offcampus paces like the mall, walmart, movie theatre etc. A lot of people also have cars so getting to less popular places, like the corn maze, is fairly easy as well. Parking is ridiculous on campus though as every spot it metered, and enforced. Parking police are frequently going around so make sure your meter is fed.

Most students walk or bike to classes. around campus as well. CU is one of the most bike friendly colleges and there are many bike racks and bike lanes. Walking is also easy as most places are within a 15 min walk and there aren't any sketchy areas you would have to walk by.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: A bus arrives every ten minutes. Fairly easy to get around.

4 College Senior

Transportation: All buses on campus are very accessible and free with your UIUC student card.

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Transportation around campus is pretty accessible. The MTD buses run all over campus, including downtown Urbana. They run regularly to the Quad and the main part of town, so you never have to wait for a ride. This is great if you are out late at night and are worried about returning to the dorms safely. As one student said, understand that the bus that will be coming in the next five minutes might not necessarily be the bus you need. However, if you are trying to make it to a distant location, you might have a wait, but usually no more than 15 or 20 minutes. Walking and biking are also good options, and if the weather is nice, most people don’t mind burning off a few calories while going to class.

As for leaving town, the Suburban Express and Greyhound are great options. If you want to go home for a weekend or up to Chicago for a night or two, both are inexpensive and accessible means of transportation. Of course, it is nice to have your own car, or to at least to share a ride with friends, since this gives you more control and freedom. It's not a necessity, though, because the transportation around here is A-OK. But to make it better than A-OK, hop on the bus as early as possible in your college career and familiarize yourself with the routes and the schedules.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • Campus MTD
  • Catch a ride with a friend
  • Walk
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
A cab or car service is your best bet; a cab ride to the airport costs $25.

Campus ShuttleWhat's This?

Student Patrol Walking Escorts

(217) 333-1216

9 p.m.-2 a.m. Sunday-Thursday, 9 p.m.-3 a.m. Friday-Saturday

Safe Rides

(217) 265-7433

9 p.m. to 6 a.m.,

Public TransitWhat's This?

Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Willard Airport

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?

Champaign Greyhound Terminal

The Greyhound service is in downtown Champaign, which is about two miles from the center of campus. For schedule information, call (800) 231-2222.

45 E. University Avenue, Champaign

(217) 352-4150

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 275 responses

  • 78% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.
  • 21% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 1% Moderately difficult to utilize, the pick-up times and locations are far and few between.
  • 0% 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 274 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.
  • 85% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 12% Cars are totally pointless. Everything you need is within walking distance.
  • 0% You can't have a car here.

Rate the cost of the following transit options    Based on 148 responses

  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 148 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 148 responses

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

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 274 responses

  • 36% Very easy.
  • 61% Fairly easy.
  • 3% Fairly difficult.
  • 0% Very difficult.
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