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

The Huskie Safe Line operates as a late night public transportation service offered by the City of DeKalb Public Transit System. The overnight service provides safe, secure transportation to those who travel around town between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m.

The service follows the Huskie Bus Line Route 11. Originating at the Holmes Student Center, the line allows passengers to access downtown DeKalb, Taylor St., Schnucks, West Lincoln Highway, NIU Residence Halls, Eco Park, Twombly Rd., Ridge Dr., and the DuSable Turnaround. 

The bus leaves the Holmes Student Center at the top of each hour, completing its route in 60 minutes. It can be tracked using the same ETA Spot mobile application that currently tracks Huskie Buses.

Huskie Patrol - Safe Walk

NIU Safe Walk is a service provided by the Huskie Patrol so you can get to your destination safely. The Huskie Patrol is made up of trusted NIU students who accompany you while you walk on campus. They are trained by our police department and equipped with radios to communicate directly with the NIU Police. The Huskie Patrol walks around campus reporting any suspicious activity to the NIU Police.

Safe walk is available from 11:30 p.m. until 3 a.m. every night. To request a safe walk please call 815-753-1212.

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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