Cars, Buses & Planes
Getting around Eugene is easy. You can bring a car if you really need to, but we recommend going car-free. Try it; you'll reduce your carbon footprint, and it's kind of liberating!
Eugene is a very walk- and bike-friendly city. There are a ton of restaurants, shops, grocery stores, and other necessities within walking distance of campus, and almost anything else is within a 10-minute bike ride from campus. If you do bring a bike (we recommend an inexpensive one), make sure you get a U-lock, and make sure you lock it in a well-lit place; bike theft is an unfortunate issue on campus.
You are required to register your bike with the University of Oregon Police Department (UOPD) upon arrival on campus. The registration will help UOPD return stolen bikes to their rightful owners if they are recovered. Make sure you write down the serial number for your bike so it may be identified. Bikes parked at the bike racks and not registered will be impounded. UOPD will provide bike registration throughout check-in at various locations on campus. Check your Week of Welcome schedule, call 541‑346‑5444, or stop by UOPD for times and locations.
All UO students also have free use of the Lane Transit District (LTD), which is the bus system for the Eugene and Springfield areas. Simply bring your student ID card and hop on. Buses run every day all over the place, and you can bring your bike!
When you want to get away from Eugene, it's pretty easy. The Eugene Airport has flights all across the United States, and getting to Portland is as easy as one train or shuttle ride. There are shuttles that will pick up on campus and take you directly to the airport.
For information about cars on campus that you can rent visit the ASUO website. Cars are rentable by the hour or by the day.
Locking Up Your Bike
- Lock to a U-shaped bike rack, which should be strong, sturdy and immovable.
- Use a secure lock around the bike frame and a wheel if possible.
- Lock your wheels by wrapping a cable around wheels and attaching this cable to a U-lock for added security.
- Take bags, lights, electronic devices, and other valuables you may have off your bike.
- Use a cable lock to lock your bike. A thief could cut the cable.
- Lock a bike underneath the handlebars. A thief could remove the handlebars.
- Lock to weak objects, such as a fence. A thief could easily cut the fence.
- Lock up by the seat post of your bike. Your bike could be stolen by removing the seat.
- Lock up by the wheel only. A thief could remove the wheel.
- Lock your bike to an uncapped post. Your bike could be lifted above and over the post.
Parking On Campus
Parking on campus is very limited, and to park your car on campus you need to purchase both a student parking pass and an overnight parking pass. Also, having a parking pass does not guarantee you a parking space. Visit the Parking and Transportation website for more information or to purchase your permit(s).