Getting Around NIU

From transportation to parking, this page has resources to help you when you're on-the-go around NIU.

Huskie Line

The Huskie Line is a free bus service to all active NIU students with a valid NIU OneCard. It serves the main campus, including classroom buildings, parking lots, offices and residence halls as well as routes heading off campus to local apartments, shopping centers and food establishments. One route serves the Sycamore shopping areas as well.

Huskie buses run beginning between 7 and 7:30 a.m. and run until 1-2 a.m. These times vary depending on the route and season. However, this is the regular schedule for class days.

Huskie Safe Line

During late night hours, NIU also offers the Huskie Safe Line. The free service is available to NIU students, faculty and staff as well as community members with disabilities. Riders must present a valid NIU OneCard or Illinois Person with a Disability Identification Card to use the service and are allowed to bring a guest with them. The shuttle service, which runs from 11 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. daily, travels a fixed route with 35 convenient pick-up and drop-off locations over two distinct routes. In addition, the Huskie Patrol provides a "Walk Safe" service to those who do not wish to walk alone between 6 p.m. and 2 a.m. Call 815-753-9658 to arrange a "Walk Safe" escort.

Elburn Shuttle (to Elburn Metra Station)

Huskie Line operates a shuttle to and from the Elburn Metra station on Friday and Sunday afternoons and early evenings. The Elburn Shuttle charges a rate of $6.25 for all current NIU students who carry an NIU OneCard. To purchase a ticket, visit the box office in the Holmes Student Center.

Sycamore Shuttle

Route 17 serves the Sycamore shopping areas. The route is free to students and runs once per hour, leaving from the bus shelter just across from the bus turnaround at the Holmes Student Center.

NIU Carpool Connections

Carpool Connections is a free carpool service for commuting NIU students, faculty and staff to connect and share rides. A valid Z-ID is required in order to join the group and can be submitted by filling out our intake form.


NIU Parking Services issues a variety of parking permit types, depending on your specific needs. Since parking is often hard to come by, we recommend allowing yourself enough time to check 1-2 alternative parking locations, catch the Huskie Line to the area of campus where you need to be and spend some time relaxing before class. There are several classroom buildings that have lounge areas, as well as the Holmes Student Center and Commuter and Off-campus programs.

Contact Us

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

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