Getting Around NIU

There are many ways to get around campus and the community. With a focus on convenience and safety, our transportation options will get you where you need to go.

Cars and Parking

If you drive to NIU, you can get a permit to park on campus. Since it can be hard to find a spot, give yourself time to check a few parking locations. Have some time before class? Several classroom buildings have lounge areas, or head to the Holmes Student Center or our lounge in the Campus Life Building.

You can also check out Carpool Connections to coordinate rides with fellow Huskies.

Bus Services

The City of DeKalb operates public transit service throughout campus and the DeKalb/Sycamore area. Access bus routes and schedules.

One of the routes goes to the Metra train station in Elburn, the nearest station from which to travel to Chicago and the western suburbs. Get bus tickets to/from the Elburn station.

You can also take a Greyhound bus from the Holmes Student Center to many destinations.

Safety Services

Route 11 of the Huskie Bus Line, known as the Huskie Safe Line, operates seven days a week, from midnight to 7 a.m. On Sundays, service starts at 10 p.m.

You can also use NIU Safe Walk, a service provided by the students of the Huskie Patrol. Upon request, a patrol member will walk with you across campus at night. Patrol members receive training and carry radios to communicate directly with NIU police.

Contact Us

Commuter and Off-Campus Programs
Center for Student Assistance
Main office: Peters Campus Life Building, room 150
Student lounge: Peters Campus Life Building, room 170
815-752-9999 (fax)

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