Getting around Iowa City


Whether students need to get from the West Side to the East Side or from the dorms to downtown, there are plenty of transportation options provided by the UI. Routes covered by Cambus and other services will get students almost anywhere on campus. 


Cambus is the UI’s main bus system. It runs various routes among all residence halls and most campus buildings.

The Interdorm bus runs a route among all residence halls except for Parklawn, which has its own route. 

The Red and Blue Routes are some of the most convenient, making a circuit of the main campus every 10 minutes. The Red Route runs south and west from the Pentacrest, and the Blue runs north from the Pentacrest.

The Mayflower route is appropriately named; it runs between main campus and Mayflower.

BONGO, a free app available for both Android and iPhone, allows students to see what buses are running and when their bus will arrive.

NiteRide and SafeRide

NiteRide is a free bus service run by the UI police. It provides free rides to women.

After purchasing two new buses, the vehicles are driven by a full-time UI security officer, and they are available by phone. NiteRide provides a safe option for women who SafeRide started in 2012, when of the UI Student Government and the Graduate & Professional Student Government worked with an Iowa City cab company to provide free transportation to students in case of emergencies. 

It is available for students on and off campus during the academic year from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. SafeRide may only be used once a semester.

Parking and Other Options

If students choose to bring vehicles with them to campus, there are numerous parking and storage options available. 

The Hawk Lot is available to provide year-round car storage for students living in the dorms. The lot is located by the UI recreation fields. Students have the option of paying $39 a month, $189 per semester, or $378 for the entire year.

Iowa City has many hourly parking facilities for which students living off-campus may purchase parking passes. 

In addition, there are many racks and places to lock up bicycles on campus and around Iowa City.

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