Driving and Parking

For increased pedestrian safety, the university encourages you to leave your personal vehicles at home when you come to campus. There are a number of alternative commuting options, including walking, biking, taking public transit, or ride-sharing with your neighbors. Once you are on campus, Zipcars can be used for off-campus meetings or personal appointments.


Zipcar Logo that shows a Z, in the style of a car, in a green circle

The university partnered with the City of Champaign, the City of Urbana, and MTD to bring Zipcar to the area. To use these self-service and on-demand car sharing vehicles, register as a member, reserve a car online or by phone, use your Zipcar app to enter the car, and drive away. Return the car to the exact location where you picked it up.

Students and staff can join for only $35 a year, and receive $35 in driving credit the first month. University alums also receive savings on an annual membership ($55 yearly).

As a member, you get the following:

  • Access to Zipcars 24/7
  • Discounted hourly rates for university members, as low as $12 per hour ($73.25 per day)
  • Gas, secondary insurance, and maintenance/roadside assistance are included
  • Nearby fleet options in convenient locations around the city
Campus Zipcar Locations
  • Bousfield Hall
  • Illinois Street Residence Halls
  • Lot D1 (Near the intersection of Goodwin Avenue and Illinois Street)
  • Pennsylvania Avenue Residence Halls/Florida Avenue Residence Halls


For information about campus parking options and eligibility requirements, visit the following websites:

Driving Safety

There are numerous crosswalks on campus, and it is vital to understand drivers’ rights and responsibilities at these key crossings. Illinois State Law requires vehicles to stop for pedestrians in crosswalks. On the University of Illinois campus, it is important to take that a step further and watch for pedestrians stepping into the path of your vehicle. Drive defensively on campus. Do not let someone else’s mistake involve you in a fatal accident.

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Transportation Demand Management

Transportation demand managment represents and coordinates all campus modes of transportation with an emphasis on safety and sustainability. The department works cooperatively with a number of university and regional partners to integrate multiple transportation modes.

Biker and MTD bus on Goodwin Ave.

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