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Parking Options

Parking Options

The Parking Division of the Iowa City Transportation Services Department oversees the operation of parking garages, parking lots, and on-street (metered) parking. Parking Services enforces parking regulation in the central business district, while the Police Department enforces parking regulations in residential areas.

Recognizing that there is a high demand for parking in downtown Iowa City, Parking Services promotes turnover of on-street (metered) parking spaces in the core of the downtown. Customers with longer-term needs are encouraged to use the garages or on streets in outlying areas.

Some of the resources on the parking website include: 

To learn more about parking, visit the website

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Biking on Campus

Biking on Campus

The University of Iowa encourages bicycling as a safe, healthy and viable form of transportation. In an effort to protect pedestrians, bicyclists and property, the University has established a few common sense rules for operating and parking bicycles on campus. Please take a moment to browse through our web site to make yourself familiar with bicycling as an efficient and fun transportation option.

To learn more about biking on campus, visit the website

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Nite Ride

Nite Ride

NITE RIDE transports people of all genders. This service is powered by a mobile application that allows users to request rides from their smartphones.

  • Persons of All Genders will be welcome on NITE RIDE
  • NITE Ride employs an app-based service using the NITE RIDE app so rides can be scheduled at the click of a button
  • NITE Ride will pick up and drop off at any location within our boundaries.
  • NITE Ride’s phone number will remain 319-384-1111 
  • NITE Ride service will be limited to the east side of the river for the duration of football games and other high profile events at Kinnick Stadium due to excessive traffic.

To learn more about nite ride, visit the website

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Safe Ride

About Safe Ride

The University of Iowa Student Government has paired with Yellow Cab of Iowa City to provide FREE and safe transportation for all University of Iowa Students in an emergency situation. This cab service is meant to offer UI students emergency transport home to distance themselves from potentially dangerous situations.

Safe Ride is now providing unlimited, free transport after a hospital discharge for students. These rides will not count against the one ride per semester. 

To learn more about Safe Ride, visit UISG's website

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Hawk Watch

The University of Iowa Department of Public Safety is giving students, faculty, and staff another layer of protection with the help of a mobile application called Hawk Watch.

Hawk Watch, which is powered by the campus safety app Rave Guardian, allows users to invite friends, family, or UI DPS to act as a virtual safety escort, or “guardian,” when they travel from one location to another.

To activate the “guardian” feature, users are prompted to enter an estimated travel time and destination into the app and select a guardian. If the user does not check in or deactivate the safety timer upon arrival at their final destination, the app notifies their guardian and shares their GPS location so the guardian can check on them.

Should a user run in to trouble during their trip, Hawk Watch also includes a panic button feature that gives the user direct access to 9-1-1 or the UI Department of Public Safety depending on their location and proximity to campus.

For more information about the app, visit the website

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Common Parking Violations & Regulations

Parking Violations and Regulations

The Parking Division of the Iowa City Transportation Services Department oversees the operation of parking garages, parking lots, and on-street (metered) parking. Parking Services enforces parking regulation in the central business district, while the Police Department enforces parking regulations in residential areas.

Recognizing that there is a high demand for parking in downtown Iowa City, Parking Services promotes turnover of on-street (metered) parking spaces in the core of the downtown. Customers with longer-term needs are encouraged to use the garages or on streets in outlying areas.

Some of the resources on the parking website include information on: 

To find this information, visit the website

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Students Helping OUT (SHOUT)

The SHOUT program provides trained student ambassadors to patrol during student sponsored events, student gatherings, and in downtown Iowa City during high traffic, weekend hours with a focus on bystander intervention and overall safety.

The mission of the SHOUT program is to provide a community service to students and other patrons by helping a lost person find their group, arranging safe transportation via Nite Ride, and providing public education about the Rave Guardian app and other safety services the department offers. 

This program is focused on community service as opposed to law enforcement and compliance. Police will not be requested for minor infractions (such as jaywalking, riding bikes in unauthorized areas, tobacco compliance, or loitering) unless there is an immediate concern for someone's safety. 

The SHOUT program is another layer of the department’s community policing strategy, and aims to create an avenue for students to play an active role in making their campus safe.

For more information on the program, visit the website

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UIPD

About the University of Iowa Police Department (UIPD)

UIPD's mission is to provide each member of the University of Iowa community with a sense of security throughout campus by creating a safe learning environment at all times and educating students, faculty and staff in matters of protection and personal responsibility. 

To learn more about UIPD and the Department of Public Safety, visit the website.

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Bike Safety & Maintenance

Bike Safety:

Bicycle riders should follow the rules of the road along with motor vehicles. Adhering to the laws protects you and other motorists. Remember these tips for everyone’s safety:

  • Wear a bicycle helmet
  • Respect the pedestrian right of way
  • Anticipate conflict
  • Follow the traffic laws
  • Share the road and walkways

To find more information on biking, including regulations and registration, click here

Bike Maintenance: 

University Parking and Transportation has installed several bicycle repair stations and air pumps on the main campus.  These stations and pumps are free to use and provide tools necessary to perform basic repairs and maintenance; from changing a flat tire to adjusting brakes.  For help with repairs use the Quick Read (QR) code on the front of the Repair Station to view detailed instructions on your smart phone. 

Locations can be found here.  

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Fall Break: Tips, Safety, Parking

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48 Hour Parking Rule

If you're heading away, but your vehicle will stay, refresh yourself on the details of this rule and avoid being towed and fines.

Frozen Pipes

As temperatures take a nose dive, take precautions to keep household pipes from freezing and avoid damage to your home and belongings. 

When the Snow Falls

Ready or not, it'll be here before we know it.  Know what your responsibilities are so that all people have access to your neighborhood's sidewalks for getting around.  Also, learn what to do when the City declares a snow emergency, as on-street parking will be limited to allow plows to fully clear the streets after an extreme winter storm.

SourceIowa City Update - Your source for Iowa City news and information.

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UI Rideshare

UI RideShare Network uses state-of-the-art technology and software to help university employees and students find commuting partners who also work or study at the University of Iowa.  The system can also be used for single-trip matching to athletic, performance, or community events plus options for finding walking, biking, and transit buddies.

For more information, please visit the UI Rideshare website

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Bus Routes & Transit

Jump To:

Iowa City

Coralville

University of Iowa

Iowa City (Mon-Fri): 

For additional times and routes, visit the website.

Coralville:

For more information, visit the Coralville website

University of Iowa CAMBUS (Update on routes will be posted soon):

For more information on updated COVID-19 CAMBUS routes and news, visit the website

Undergraduate Student Government (USG) supports free rides on Thursday and Friday nights for UI students to and from the Coral Ridge Mall in Coralville. To ride, board Coralville Transit’s Night route and show the driver your current University of Iowa student ID card.

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Click on the the Apple Store or Google Play icon below to download. 

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