Get around

Most students live within a couple miles of campus, making it easy to walk, bike or bus. You can drive to school, but parking — a fact of life on most campuses — is expensive and a hassle.


It’s easy enough to walk to campus if you live in the neighborhoods immediately to the west, south and east of campus. From there, it’s within a 20-minute walk to the edge of campus. Once you’re on campus, it takes about 30 minutes to walk from one end to the other.

For people who live across the railroad tracks by E.A. Diddle Arena off Old Morgantown Rd., it’s probably the furthest to walk most days. Students who live in that area usually bike or bus. (More on bikes and bus below.)


Bowling Green is a great biking town and it’s easy to get to and through campus on a bike. Bowling Green is considered a bicycling-friendly community. (click for more information on BFC)The city has a useful bike map.


WKU Big Red Bike program seeks to make bicycling more accessible at WKU by providing free, refurbished bicycles at no cost to WKU students, staff, and faculty.


Big Red Bikes have installed two bike fix-it stands on the WKU campus.  One is located at south campus off Campbell Lane, and the other is located at the Creason Lot.  Both stations are near BG Greenways and are ready for use.  The bike stations were made possible with funds from the Paula Nye Memorial Grant.


But beware and be safe if you ride. Bike thefts do occur on campus and car, bike, pedestrian confrontations are common. Be sure toregister your bike with the BG police department to protect it from theft.

Biking is an easy, fast option for people who several blocks away or across the tracks by E.A. Diddle Arena. You can make it to campus within 10 minutes from almost any neighborhood surrounding campus. Some main streets around campus are well marked with bike lanes.



You can drive to campus. But it’s not the simplest option. Getting onto campus is a little tricky because there’s only a couple of streets that go through to the heart of the campus.

If you do drive, you can park at campus parking meters that are available throughout campus for a fee of $0.25/15 minutes. Parking length and enforcement hours vary by location. Check the sticker on the meter for details. If no sticker is present, assume the meter is being enforced.  See the SHORT-TERM METERED PARKING MAP.


Or, you can get a permit to park on campus. Check out thecampus parking zone map. For all the details and permit applications, check out the WKU Parking and Transportation page.

Remember: A parking permit does not guarantee you a place to park on campus. It merely allows you to park if you find an open space in the appropriate zone.


For WKU students, it's free to ride the Topper Transit Shuttle with your student ID. WKU Transportation Services provides safe, courteous, and efficient transportation for students, faculty, staff, and the general public to the WKU campus.  A variety of transit services are provided for the WKU community.  Service is FREE to all students, faculty, staff, and visitors. 

Two fixed day service routes (White Line and Red Line) move passengers from point to point around campus.

Two off-campus routes (Green Line and Purple Line) are used to transport passengers to and from area shopping, recreation, and housing centers. 

Para-transit service is provided for disabled passengers and requires an ADA boarding pass, which is available at the PTS office at no charge.  All Topper Transit buses are wheelchair lift equipped.

Here’s a few common bus routes that students use:

White Line (South Campus Park and Ride Route)

Route map

Full Route Schedule 

NEXTbus Stop Codes

Days of Service:  Monday - Friday during Spring & Fall semesters.  Summer Service:  Monday - Friday 7:15 AM - 4:30 PM

Hours of Service:  7:10 AM - 6:00 PM

Service Frequency:  6 minute frequency 7:10 AM - 3:00 PM.  
                                 12 minute frequency 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Please refer to NEXTbus for exact times.

Service Area:  Travels between main and south campus.  It covers the central part of main campus, traveling up Normal Street and down College Heights Blvd.

Points of Interest: Campbell Lane Lot; Parking & Transportation Services (PTS); South Campus; Campus Evolution Villages; Creason Lot; Jones-Jaggers; Gary Ransdell Hall; MMTH; Helm Library; Grise Hall; EST; COHH; Cherry Hall; The Valley; DSU; Parking Structure 1; Parking Structure 2; and Keen Hall.

Red Line (North Campus Circulator Route)

Route map

Full Route Schedule

NEXTbus Stop Codes

Days of Service:  Monday - Friday during Spring and Fall semesters.
                             No service during Intersession Service & Holidays.

Hours of Service:  7:25 AM - 6:00 PM

Service Frequency:  10 minute frequency 7:25 AM - 3:00 PM.
                                  15 minute frequency 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM.

Service Area:  Provides service to the main academic corridor on Normal and State Streets.  It covers the northern edge of campus toward downtown. 

Points of Interest:  Alumni Square Garage; The Columns; 11th Avenue; COHH; EST; Helm Library; Grise Hall; MMTH; Gary Ransdell Hall; PFT; University Blvd Lot; Jones Jaggers; and Creason Lot.

Evening Service Fixed Routes

Green Line

Route map

Full Route Schedule

NEXTbus Stop Codes

Days of Service:  Monday - Saturday during Spring and Fall   
Reduced Service during Intersession Service and Holidays.

Hours of Service:  6:00 PM - 10:00 PM Weekdays.  
                             4:00 PM - 8:00 PM Saturdays

Service Frequency:  20 minute frequency Weekdays.  
                                 60 minute frequency Saturdays.

Service Area:  The Green Line provides shuttle service from the main campus to south campus and then shopping destinations along Campbell Lane.

Points of Interest:  Campbell Lane Lot; South Campus; Campus Evolution Villages; Creason Lot; Gary Ransdell Hall; MMTH; Helm Library; Grise Hall; EST; COHH; 11th Avenue; The Columns; Alumni Square Garage; The Valley; DSU; Keen Hall; Big Lots; Kroger; Barnes & Noble; Walmart; Target; and Greenwood Mall.

Purple Line

Route Map

Full Route Schedule

NEXTbus Stop Codes

Days of Service:  Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights during Fall and Spring Semesters.
No Service during Intersession Service and Holidays.

Hours of Service:  10:00 PM - 2:00 AM

Service Frequency:  20 minute frequency.

Service Area:  The Purple Line provides late evening shuttle service from the main campus to downtown along Chestnut and College Street and to off campus housing on Creason Drive and Campbell Lane.

Points of Interest:  Pointe at Western Apartments; Daystar Village Apartments; Campus Pointe Apartments; College Suites; Overtime Sports Bar & Grill; Regents Drive and Normal Street; Chestnut Street and Ogden Drive; Tidball's; 8th Avenue and State Street; College Street and Park Row; 13th Avenue and College Street; The Valley; and Keen Hall.


Topper Transit utilizes the latest in tracking technology in conjuction with the WKU HERALD APP. Once you have downloaded the app you can access the NEXTbus system that uses a geo-positioning system to track the location of each bus, on each route, and relay that information, in real-time, back to the information center. The system takes the guesswork out of the arrival times of the buses to particular stops.

Riders can simply call (270) 392-3193, enter the bus stop code, and listen to the arrival time of the next bus to that location. Download the WKU HERALD APP today to get plugged in!

The bus stop codes needed to operate the system can be found at each campus stop on all four routes: White Line, Red Line, Green Line, and Purple Line. 

Note: Off campus Shopping Shuttle stops may not be currently identified with a sign.  Each bus is supplied with a ride guide. 

South Campus Park and Ride Lots

(Campbell Lane Lot and South Campus Lot)

A convenient alternative to trying to find a parking space on campus is to use the South Campus Park and Ride Lots. This is a cost effective, time saving service.  Free transit service is provided from the Campbell Lane Lot or the South Campus Lot to main campus.

South Campus parking permits are only $50 per year.  South Campus permits are honored in the Campbell Lane Lot and the South Campus Lot.  In addition, South Campus permits are honored on the main campus in lots zoned "All Permits (AP)  and Commuter Lots (except PS2) after 2:00 PM. They are also honored in all zones (except Housing) after 4:30 PM.

The White Line routes provide transit service approximately every 6 minutes during peak service.  Bus stops are conveniently located around the perimeter of campus and provide near "front door" service to many academic and residential buildings.

The South Campus Park and Ride service is recommended for commuting students who arrive to campus between 9:00 AM and 12:00 PM. 

Note:  It is the only permit available to students enrolled in the Gatton Academy of Math and Science.  This permit is not recommended for other Housing residents.


Para-transit Service

Para-transit service is an on-call service available to faculty, staff, and students with a temporary or permanent disability who do not have reasonable access to shuttle services. All Topper Transit buses are wheelchair lift equipped.  This option is determined on a case by case basis through the Parking & Transportation Department. Registration is required.  For more information, call 270-745-2361. 

GObg, Bowling Green's public transit system, provides paratransit service throughout the City of Bowling Green. For more information, contact the GObg Office at 270-782-3162 or e-mail them at

GObg Public Transit

The City of Bowling Green offers public transit service to its citizens as GObg. The GObg routes extend to the WKU campus with several popular stops. The GObg purple line includes transportation to area supermarkets and local apartment complexes. To learn more about the service, go to  

Unlimited ride bus passes, for a full semester, are available at the PTS office for only $10.00. Get yours today and see just how easy it is to be car-free on campus.


Rent safe

Be sure you find a place that’s safe to live in. The City of Bowling Green has minimum rental standards that each property is required to meet. Keep these requirements in mind when you’re looking for a place:

If you have problems, write to your landlord with a detailed description of what’s happening and keep a copy for yourself. If you don’t hear back within 10 days, contact thecity of Bowling Green code enforcement department at 270-393-3102

For more information


Party smart

Don’t party stupid. No one wants to spend a night in the county jail or the emergency room after a small function turns into Project X. Here’s how to avoid that:

  • Control the guest list and the door: Who wants random people walking through your house? It’s dangerous and a buzzkill.
  • Tell your neighbors: They’ll want to know that you may be rocking out after midnight. Give them your phone number so they can call you during the night.
  • Keep it down: Close the doors and windows to contain the noise, discourage uninvited guests and keep your neighbors happy. Oh, also, it will help avoid having someone call the police, too.
  • Watch your friends: Keep an eye on people who get sick. Alcohol poisoning can be fatal. If necessary, call 911 for help. Also, make sure your friends have a safe way to get home.
  • Adults only: Don’t serve friends who are under 21. If you do, the police can cite you for a $1,000 fine.
  • Make friends with the police: They spend the weekend breaking up college parties. The last thing they want is to confront an uncooperative student. Interfering with a police officer could also get you sent to jail and a $6,250 fine.

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Be a good neighbor

The neighborhoods around campus are packed with students who are short-term renters. That makes it hard to get to know your neighbors. But a little effort early in fall term can help make the rest of your year go smoother. Here’s how:

  • Knock on the door: Go introduce yourself to the people who live next door and across the street. Put their name and number in your phone. Offer your name and number in return.
  • Call to solve problems: Don’t wait for things to solve themselves. They won’t.
  • Plan ahead: Let neighbors know the dates and times of upcoming parties. Give them your number to call if they have concerns.
  • Watch your noise: If your neighbors don’t know you and you throw a loud party, they will call the police first. If they know you, they are more likely to come to you first.
  • Cleanup: No one likes to see their neighborhood trashed after a party.

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Protect yourself

Neighborhoods around campus have the highest property crime rates in Bowling Green. Why? Criminals know students have bikes, laptops, stereos and clothes that are easy to steal.

Property safety

  • Lock up — always: Doors, windows, cars and bikes. If it’s not locked, it will be gone. For bikes, use a U-lock.
  • Don’t leave stuff: Wallets, laptops, cell phones and bags shouldn’t be left unattended in visible places, including your car or at the library.
  • Park smart: Find a light and park your car and bike under it.
  • Keep records: Register your bike and laptop with the Bowling Green Police Department
  • Get a steering-wheel lock: Bowling Green police offer them at wholesale prices.

Personal safety

  • Walk the neighborhood: Check out your block during the daylight so know you all the alleys and streets around you.
  • Be alert: Use common sense. Don’t walk down dark alleys.
  • Know whom to call: Add these numbers into your phone: WKU Police Department (270) 745-2548; and Bowling Green Police Department (270) 393-2473. Call to report a crime or threatening situation. For emergencies, call 911.
  • Don’t walk alone: Always find a friend to walk with you in the dark. If you can’t avoid being along, make sure to tell someone where you’re going and when you’ll be back.
  • Call for an escort: WKU police may be available to escort you across campusin the dark. Call (270) 745-3333.

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Know the law

Make sure you know the law before you decide if you want to break the law. The consequences can be serious. You can spend a night — or more — in jail and a crime becomes part of your permanent record and could be discovered by future employers. Here are some common violations and the potential consequences:

  • MIP (Minor in Possession): Holding, buying or consuming alcohol when you are under 21.
  • Open container or consumption in public: Holding or drinking alcohol in public.
  • Prohibited noise: Making enough noise by screaming, playing loud music or creating other noise that “annoys or disturbs a reasonable person of normal sensitivities.”
  • Minor falsely representing age: Saying you’re 21 when you’re really not.
  • Giving false information to a police officer: Providing police with a fake birthdate to make it look like you’re 21 or the wrong name or address to avoid getting in trouble.
  • Furnishing alcohol to a minor: Selling or giving alcohol to someone under 21.
  • Allowing alcohol consumption by minors: Allowing a minor to drink alcohol in your house or apartment.
  • Interfering with a police officer: Getting in a police officer’s way or refusing to follow a police order.
  • Rioting: Joining with four or more people to “intentionally and recklessly create a grave risk of causing public alarm.”


Get along

Living with friends and next door to strangers isn’t always easy. You’re likely to have some tensions or conflicts at some point. Here are some tips about how to resolve common problems with roommates or neighbors.

How to resolve conflicts

  • Make friends: The best way to prevent a major conflict is to first build a good relationship with roommates and friends. Offer to help out when they need,
  • Talk often: Find ways to share concerns as they come up and before it escalates into a larger conflict.
  • Be open: You may feel like someone else is to blame, but usually both sides contributed.
  • Be honest: It is always easier to remember the truth. Plus, it’s just the right thing to do.


Move in

Moving in to a new place is a big, stressful job. But it’s important to slow down a little bit to make things go a little smoother.

Ask questions: Don’t be afraid to ask your landlord questions.

Here’s a list of common questions you’ll want to get explained-


  • Must you submit one
  • Is there a fee
  • Is the fee refundable
  • Do you need a reference
  • Does your guardian need to be involved

Security Deposit

  • Amount
  • Date due
  • Conditions for return
  • Date for return

Time of Occupancy

  • Move-in date
  • Move-out date
  • Time required to renew lease
  • Time required for notice of moving out

Right of Entry/Inspections

  • How much notice will be given
  • Who else may enter


  • Where
  • How many spaces are available
  • Decal/permits required
  • Limitations
  • Where do guests park


  • Amount
  • Monthly due-date
  • Firstpayment due-date
  • Penalty for late rent
  • Amount of First payment prorated

Additional Costs

  • Utilities
  • Pets (deposit, additional rent)
  • Parking
  • Other fees
  • Laundry


  • Maximum # roommates
  • Do they sign separate lease
  • Can you sublet
  • Must landlord approve sublease
  • Is there a fee to sublet


  • Have you completed a move-in check-list
  • Are needed repairs promised in writing


  • Machines provided
  • May tenants install


Other important things to consider:

  • Do a walkthrough: Many disputes between tenants and landlords center around damages to the apartment or house. Ask your landlord for a checklist, or create your own, to record the condition of your place. This is the best way to make sure you get your full security deposit back.
  • Consider a roommate contract: A lot of roommate conflicts focus on money: security deposits, rent and utilities.
  • Change your address: It’s easy to do. They’ll take care of forwarding mail from your old address.
  • Set up your utilities: This is a bigger job than you think and it takes time. You may be responsible for calling to setup service or put your name on the bill. Here’s a list of common utility providers around campus

Energy Providers

Warren Rural Elec Co-Op Corporation, (270) 842-6541

Atmos Energy Corporation, (270) 901-1677


Garbage & Recycling

Scotts Waste Management, (877) 558-2579

Southern Recycling, (270) 781-3265


Move out

Moving out is just as busy as moving in. Here’s a few things to keep in mind:

  • Check your lease: Find out how much notice you need to give your landlord. Policies generally vary from 30 to 60 days.
  • Tell your landlord: Let them know you are moving out and do it in writing.
  • Call the utilities: Tell them you’re moving out and the date when you want the utilities turned off. That way you won’t be billed for days when you aren’t there.
  • Change your address: It’s easy to do. They’ll take care of forwarding mail from your old address.
  • Find boxes: You can usually ask for extra boxes at restaurants, grocery stores or retail shops.
  • Clean up: It’s your job as the renter to leave your place in the same condition as the day you moved in. The more clean your place, the better chance you have of getting your security deposit back. To save time, ask your landlord in advance what they expect to be done to qualify you for a full security deposit refund.
  • Do the easy fixes: Replace light bulbs and other basic maintenance. This will help you with the security deposit.
  • Ask for a walkthrough: Ask your landlord for a walkthrough so you can talk about any remaining cleaning or repairs.
  • Return all keys: Make sure they go back to the landlord. If not, you could be charged.
  • Follow-up: By state law, landlords must provide a written explanation within 31 days of what they will do with your deposit.
  • Be aware: If you trash your place, you may owe your landlord even more than your security deposit. They can hold you liable for repairs or cleaning if it exceeds the amount of the deposit. They can even ask a judge to force you to pay. You don’t want to deal with all that. So don’t trash your place.