Illinois State's campus is safe, extremely compact, and very convenient. Your student doesn't need a car on our campus. One can get nearly anywhere needed on foot in just a few minutes.
If your student wants a bicycle when he or she comes to campus, one can be bought new or used at local stores or from other students. The Illinois State campus is easily navigated by bike and a 14 mile hard-surface trail connects the campus to the Bloomington-Normal community.
In an effort to reduce campus congestion and promote healthier lifestyles among students, faculty, and staff, Illinois State provides a free bike borrowing service called Reggie Ride. There are a limited number of bikes, so they are available to rent on a first come, first serve basis. Bikes are available in a variety of sizes and all are equipped with a bike lock. Bicycle helmets are not provided but are recommended. Bikers must follow all state and local bicycle laws.
Parking on campus is quite limited. Students at Illinois State may apply to have a car or motorcycle on campus, but students who have them and live on campus sometimes must park far away from where they live or go to class. For off-campus students, parking is available a short walk from most academic buildings. Learn more about campus parking and transportation.
Students can ride buses on campus and off for free. The Redbird Express campus shuttle goes all over campus, Monday through Friday, from 7:30am to 7:00pm, during the Fall and Spring semesters, on all regular scheduled class days. NiteRide will take your student off campus and back until the early morning hours. Learn more about the student transportation system. The city bus system operates far beyond the Illinois State campus. Buses connect from campus to local shopping, nightlife and attractions, and the local airport.
There are many services around town that will help your student get away from campus for the weekend or longer. It is especially easy to get to Chicago from Illinois State on a charter bus. For a small fee (typically around $60 round-trip), students can ride the bus from the Bone Student Center to the Chicago area and back.
From the Amtrak passenger train station in Uptown Normal located just two blocks from the University, one can travel to destinations throughout the United States. The Central Illinois Regional Airport is just minutes from campus with direct flights to dozens of U.S. cities.