Traveling to Campus
Whether you're traveling to campus by public transportation, driving, or riding a Divvy bike, be sure to check out the resources below to plan your trip and learn about possible discounts.
When riding the bus or train, visit the CTA and Metra websites for up-to-date information regarding safety precautions, schedules, as well as various travel tips and tools.
If you're using the CTA to commute to/from campus, check out what the CTA is doing to ensure a safe, clean ride through the CTA When You're Ready, We're Ready website. For more information on using the Metra safely, visit the Metra website to commute with confidence.
Divvy Bike Share
The college is dedicated to helping its students live a balanced and healthy lifestyle by contributing to the cost of student Divvy annual membership. The standard $119 annual membership is being offered to students for $83 with the Columbia student discount.
How to sign up:
- Go to divvybikes.com and log in or sign up with your phone number
- Choose Annual Membership
- Enter or choose payment option and Select Student or Corporate Discount
- Enter program code Columbia2014 into popup
- Finish checkout
For students who are already Divvy members, keep riding with your current subscription. When you’re ready to renew, simply follow the steps above. Your membership will not automatically renew under the Divvy for Business program. The first 45 minutes of each ride are included in the annual membership price. If you keep a bike out for longer than 45 minutes at a time, extra time fees apply. Divvy for Business membership expires 12 months from activation unless renewed using your program passcode. For more information about Divvy, visit divvybikes.com.
Those who drive to campus will need to park in a lot or use meter parking around the South Loop campus. The parking meters in Chicago are owned and operated by a private company. Hourly rates will vary by location and typically, meters are in operation from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., including weekends and holidays. Parking in the area can range from $10 to $25+, and weekend rates may vary. We do not recommend parking on the street.
There are several parking lots and garages around the South Loop, especially along South Wabash Avenue and State Street. Daily parking rates are seasonal and tend to spike during peak holiday and festival times.
Students may shop around for the best bargain and ask about monthly plans and student discounts. Some security desks in campus buildings have a stamp to validate parking for many of the area’s participating lots.
Employees can visit the Intranet for discounted parking information at the Chicago Hilton and Towers.