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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
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 tohttp://www.casoky.org/transportation.
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.
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
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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:
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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:
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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.
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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:
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
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-
Time of Occupancy
Right of Entry/Inspections
Other important things to consider:
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
Moving out is just as busy as moving in. Here’s a few things to keep in mind: