Getting around the UO

For those coming to campus and living in the residence halls in the fall, you may be wondering about how you can get around Eugene, whether or not you should bring a car, and if people ride bikes! Here are a few fun facts you should know about Eugene before we dive in to how you can get around:

  • It is walkable, bikeable, and skateable.
  • It is a top 3 city for bicycling in the United States.
  • It is the #1 green city in the US for air quality, recycling, transportation, and green space

There are many ways you can navigate campus and the community. One of the most common modes of transportation you will see on campus (aside from walking), and in Eugene, is by bike! The UO is a Gold-level Bicycle Friendly University. There are a large number of bicycle lockers, cages, and racks throughout campus. We recommend bringing an inexpensive bike, secure bike lock (U-Lock), bike helmet, and bike lights and reflectors. Important! Bicycle registration with the UO is required for everyone who bikes on campus. Along with a good lock and proper locking technique, it is also the easiest way to keep your bicycle safe.

Student on bicycle

As a UO student, you can choose to bring a car to park on campus. If you are living in the residence halls, you will need to purchase both a day permit and an overnight permit. Learn more information from Transportation Services.

Don’t plan to bring a car? No worries! All UO faculty, staff, and students receive a free bus pass to most Lane Transit District (LTD) lines. One of LTD’s services is the Emerald Express (EmX)–Eugene’s rapid transit system. Running on Franklin Blvd by the university, the EmX is a useful route to get between on-and-off campus destinations and throughout Eugene and Springfield.

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