The University offers a wide variety of alternative forms of transportation for staff, faculty, and students. Save money, avoid traffic, and protect the environment — take advantage of these transportation options and stop driving alone.
If you live close to campus, walking is the easiest way to get around. It’s a great way to see the area, have fun, and stay healthy.
Bicycling is a also a good way of getting exercise and having fun. It can also save you money on your commute to campus. See Bicycling for bike maps, information, route planning information, safety tips, and other resources.
If walking or biking isn’t feasible, public transit can be a useful option. The University offers a tax benefit (the Qualified Transportation Program) that can help Faculty and Staff members save money on transit every day, as well as a free local transit system. CTA and Metra provide many options for getting here.
We realize that sometimes you need to drive to campus. That’s why the University offers the Occasional Parking program. This program gives you the flexibility to bring your car to campus occasionally and park for free, but use alternative transportation most of the time.
Don’t have access to a car but think you might need to use one temporarily? The University of Chicago has three car sharing providers on campus. If you sign up for I-GO, ZipCar, or Connect by Hertz service, you can borrow a car whenever you want, for a low hourly fee.
The University runs a car pool program you can use to match up with others who live in your neighborhood. Car pools save money on gas and car maintenance, and are just as fast as driving alone. Plus, car pools are eligible for discounted and even free parking!