You might be wondering the best way for your student to get around at BYU. Here are the basics:
BYU campus has been designed to be pedestrian friendly. It takes 10-15 minutes to walk from one end of main campus to the other. Plus, with all the services offered on campus like a grocery store, food court, post office, health center, and dry cleaning, your student won’t have to go very far to get things done.
Many students ride bikes. Bikes need to be registered with the parking office. It costs $1 (which covers the cost of the Provo City license and is valid as long as your student owns the bike) and then your student is good to park their bike at any rack on campus. Be aware that students cannot ride bikes on sidewalks during class breaks. There are also bike fixing stations near most bike racks on campus with bike pumps and tools that students can use.
$45/semester ($25/term); only open to on-campus housing students during fall/winter semesters; open to all students during spring/summer termsBike Share is BYU’s bike rental program, which provides students with their own bike for a minimum of one semester (or term). The cruiser-style bikes are great for moving around town and getting to and from campus. The cost includes basic bike maintenance and a bike lock. Students can register or find more information at bikesharing.byu.edu.
The Ryde offers a free shuttle service to campus at no cost for students from several locations. The shuttle runs every 15-20 minutes during high demand times (7:30-10:00am, 3:00-6:00pm). Three routes cover the south end of campus, one covers the west end, and the other covers the north end by Wyview. For more details and a map of stops, click here.
Students can purchase a UTA (Utah Transit Authority) bus pass. There are bus stops just off campus and other stops close to destinations like grocery stores and shopping malls. You can find info on UTA student passes here.
A car is not necessary for a student living on campus or for many students living off campus. All students must register their vehicles and park in designated parking lots. Students may choose to pay $60 for Fall and $60 for Winter semester to park in the ‘Y’ and ‘U’ lots. There are three free lots that are located about 15-20 walking distance from campus. Be aware that there is NO on-site parking at Heritage Halls, but there is some at Helaman and Wyview. Residents living in Wyview will be given complimentary 'Y' lot parking privileges. (However, Wyview is a 19+ community.) You can find more details here.
$9.50/hour; $70/day plus tax (depending on car type; includes gas and insurance)
BYU has partnered with EnterpriseCarShare to give member students 24-hour access to a rental car with as little as 15 minutes’ notice for hourly, daily, and overnight rentals. It’s a deal that’s hard to beat! Your students will have access to a car whenever they need one, without all the expense and hassle that comes with owning a car. It’s perfect for a quick trip to the grocery store or an evening out with friends. BYU Car Sharing currently operates 4 cars, parked at differnt locations on campus. Since there is no on-site parking available at the new Heritage Halls dorms, this car sharing program presents a great transportation option for your students. Before using the CarShare program for the first time, your student will need to fill out the online application and wait for their key card to arrive in the mail. You can find more information here.
Cost varies with destination
ZimRide is like an electronic ride board, but better: First, BYU students create a secure profile that can only be seen by other students registered with BYU; they then post where they’re driving, when, and how much it would cost for anyone that wanted to come with them. Other students can also see the ride and, if they’re headed in the same direction, can offer to go with them for the listed cost (usually the price of gas). The program is free and payments are all done through PayPal, so it offers a less expensive way for your students to head home for the holidays or on longer car trips! More information about ZimRide can be found on their website zimride.byu.edu.
Pro Tip: BYU doesn't allow long boards, skate boards, razor scooters, or rollerblades on campus. Feel free to ride them to campus and then carry them to class.