Transportation & Parking

There are several forms of alternative transportation that CSU students have access to in place of a personal vehicle, including bicycles, ZipCars,  e-Scooters/bikes, and the robust bus system. For those who choose to bring a vehicle, a permit is required and may not be located in the lot nearest to a resident’s hall or apartment. Permit holders may be asked to move their vehicles from specific lots on gamedays and other special events.

Transportation Options


City of Fort Collins’ Public Transportation System with options to get to campus and around Fort Collins. All students receive a transit pass on their Ramcard (included in student fees).

Around the Horn

Free cross-campus shuttle system that runs every ten minutes from 7:00 a.m.-6:40 p.m.


A regional bus route operated by Transfort, serving stops between Fort Collins, Loveland, Berthoud, Longmont, and Boulder.


Direct bus that travels from Fort Collins to Union Station in Denver with connections to Colorado Springs and I-70 mountain communities.  Bus arrives 6 times daily at the Downtown Transit Center M-F and twice daily Sat/Sun/Holidays. The RamsRoute leaves campus (Plum and Meridian) at 4 p.m. on Friday and returns at 4 p.m. on Sunday to campus.

Spin E-Scooters & E-Bikes

Spin electronic scooters and bikes are a great way to travel short distances around campus. 500 e-scooters and 400 e-bikes are available on CSU’s campuses and throughout Fort Collins. Rent easily through the app.


Need a car? Borrow a Zipcar! Colorado State University has partnered with Zipcar to bring self-service, on-demand car sharing to the area. To use Zipcars, students and employees should register as a Zipcar member, reserve a car online or by phone, use your Zipcard to enter the car, and drive away.


Electronic bird scooters are now on campus! Sign up via the Bird app and use them to quickly commute to your class, room, or even downtown! Remember that e- scooters are not allowed in the residence halls.

Bicycle Registration

80% of CSU students bring a bike to campus and 60% use a bike as their primary mode of transportation.

  • CSU is a Platinum level Bicycle Friendly University
  • All bikes on campus must be registered for a small fee of $10
  • The Spoke, located in Laurel Village offers low-cost bike repair services
  • Register your bike at the CSU Police Station or at The Spoke

CSU Bicycle Rental

Rental service for CSU Students, Faculty & Staff
Annual bike rental includes:

  • Bike
  • Bell
  • Cable Lock
  • Rear Carrier Rack
  • Annual Tune Up
  • One Free Flat Repair
  • Major Maintenance Covered
The Spoke Bike Shop

Bicycle Repair, Products & Services

The Spoke, a bike repair and education shop operated by student mechanics, is located in Laurel Village and offers bike registration and low-cost educational bike repair services to the campus community.  Stop by The Spoke for all your campus biking essentials like a U-Lock, light, fender and bell.  If you opt to ship your bike to campus, The Spoke can build it for you and have it ready when you arrive.  Click on the button below to fill out our convenient online form if you are interested.

Academic Year Parking

Parking Permits

Parking permits are available for students bringing a vehicle to campus. Permits are required holiday, winter, spring and summer breaks. Students can purchase permits using their student account.

There are remote parking options available at a reduced rate for students who are willing to park a short distance away from their residence halls. Some campus apartment permits are limited and available on a first-come, first-serve basis. To learn more about available permit options, parking locations for your residence hall, or to purchase your parking permit, follow the link below.

Game Day Repark Program

Residence hall parking permit holders are impacted by six home football games. To learn more about your residence hall parking lot impact and your repark requirements during the home game please visit Athletics Football gameday site.


SafeWalk is offered from dusk to dawn, 7 days a week, as a free service to students by CSUPD. CSUPD provides a safe escort from any point on campus to another campus location or a location within a 3 block radius of campus, including the Research Blvd. lot.

City Residential Parking Permit Program

Students parking in neighborhoods surrounding CSU risk receiving a citation, due to the City of Fort Collins Residential Permit Parking Program (RP3).