Life on and off Campus

Lincoln has all the joys of small town life in addition to city living. There are many activities to experience like: food, music, Husker Football, nature and so much more. 


Campus Map

Find yourself lost? Online campus maps can help you get where you need to be. 

Lincoln Map

The Lincoln Convention and Visitors Bureau has easy online maps to help you find you way around Lincoln.

Transportation in Lincoln

Students often use Lincoln's city bus system for their transportation needs. Many students also choose to walk, bike, or purchase an automobile. To drive a car, you will need a valid driver's license. A Nebraska driver's license can be obtained through the Department of Motor Vehicles. Licensing fees can range from $4.75 to $23.75. All cars also must be registered with the County Clerk's Office. When registering your car, bring your car's title, proof of auto insurance, and sales tax receipt. Learn more about securing auto insurance. If necessary, seek advice from Student Legal Services.

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln operates three bus routes Monday through Friday during the fall and spring semesters: the Innovation Route (buses #22 and #23), which serves the perimeter parking areas to the north of City Campus, and the Intercampus Routes #24 and #25, which circulates bi-directionally around City Campus and also provides service to East Campus.

Bus Pass

Both students and faculty/staff will need both the following to use transit services:
  1. UNL/StarTran Bus Pass
  2. NCard

Students are issued a pass paid by student fees.

Faculty/Staff are issued a pass upon request for no charge (for holders of annual, nine month, or semester parking permits) or for the rates listed.

Transit Tips

  • Print a route map and time schedule from our website
  • Decide which route you must take and the closest stop to you
  • Wait for the bus at a designated UNL bus stop
  • Bus does not stop at all stops - Must be waiting at stop - Must let driver know you need off

Office Location & Contact Information

UNL Parking & Transit Services Office StarTran City Bus Office                           
1931 Antelope Valley Parkway
Room #106A
Lincoln, NE 68588-0681
Phone: (402) 472-8436
710 J Street
Lincoln, NE 68508
Phone: (402) 441-7185

                                                              Transportation Information


Dial 2-2222 from any campus phone or 402-472-2222 for a cell phone to contact the UNL Police Department. Dial 911 from any phone in the United States to reach the local police department in case of an emergency. An emergency is any situation that requires immediate assistance from the police, fire department or ambulance. Examples include:

  • A fire
  • A crime, especially if in progress
  • A car crash, especially if someone is injured
  • A medical emergency, such as someone who is unconscious, gasping for air or not breathing, experiencing an allergic reaction, having chest pain, having uncontrollable bleeding, or any other symptoms that require immediate medical attention

When you call 911, be prepared to answer the call-taker’s questions, which may include:

  • The location of the emergency, including the street address
  • The phone number you are calling from
  • The nature of the emergency
  • Details about the emergency, such as a physical description of a person who may have committed a crime, a description of any fire that may be burning, or a description of injuries or symptoms being experienced by a person having a medical emergency
  • Remember, the call-taker’s questions are important to get the right kind of help to you quickly.

Cell Phone and Plan

The UNL Phone Shop Marketplace offers UNL faculty, staff, and students discounted plans and equipment on cell phones. Contracts are shorter, locations are convenient and billing is easy. The Phone Shop offers Verizon and Sprint services.

Winter Weather Tips

Wear a stocking cap, gloves, water/wind resistant coat, boots, and wool socks instead of cotton.
To find affordable, quality winter clothing, try these stores that are recommended by UNL students:
Goodwill | TJ Maxx | Target | JCPenney | Walmart
Or these websites: | |

Eat fruits & vegetables for health promoting vitamins and minerals. Limit alcohol & caffeinated beverages—they cause your body to lose heat more rapidly.

Use a moisturizing lip balm with an SPF of 15+. Take short, warm (not hot) showers and apply lotion to avoid dry skin.
Visit the University Health Center Pharmacy for low-cost, high-quality lip balms and lotions. Hours: Monday-Thursday 8AM to 6pm, Friday 8AM to 5PM, Saturday 9AM to 12:30PM

Shoes with deep tracks on the bottom give you more traction when walking on ice & snow. TIP: Wearing rubber bands on your shoes can increase traction!

Keep a supply kit in your vehicle that includes an emergency blanket, flashlight, small shovel, battery-operated radio, matches, bandages, and antiseptic wipes.

Use flannel sheets and add a blanket. TIP: Fill a cotton sock with rice, microwave for 3-5 minutes, and place at the foot of your bed for extra warmth.

Download a weather app and check it daily. Be sure to pay attention to wind chills and look out for icy conditions.
UNL students recommend:
The Weather Channel | Weatherbug | Weather Underground

Ethnic Resturants in Lincoln 

Halal Restaurants:
Thai Restaurants:
Brazilian Restaurants:
Indian Restaurants:
Chinese Restaurants:
Japanese Restaurants:
Additional Restaurants:
Grocery Stores and Food Markets:
  • Asian City Mart
  • African Home Food Supply (African)
  • Lincoln African Market
  • Figueroa Market (Hispanic)
  • Harvest European Market
  • Karen Asian Market
  • Little Saigon Oriental Market (Asian)
  • Hong Kong Market Inc (Asian)
  • Nguyen Market (Vietnamese/Asian)
  • Jung's Oriental Food Store (Asian)
  • Suji's Indian Grocery

Events & Entertainment

The Lincoln Convention and Visitors Bureau offers easy online access to lists of community-based events and entertainment opportunities.

Nebraska State Capitol
Location: ‪1445 K St, Lincoln, NE 68508-2731
Beautiful mosaic ceilings and floors, paintings and sculptures inside the 400-foot high capitol building are as impressive as its marble, bronze and gold leaf exterior and white tower topped by a bronze statue. Free-guided tours are available.

Sunken Gardens
Location: ‪27th & Capitol Pkwy, Lincoln, NE 68502
Sunken Gardens features an annual floral display that consists of over 30,000 individual annual plants, which are redesigned to a different theme each year. 

Pioneer Park Nature Center
Location: ‪3201 S Coddington Ave, Lincoln, NE 68522
A 900-acre wildlife area that features hiking trails and other outdoor pleasures, such as picnic, and running.

Henry Doorly Zoo
Location: ‪3701 S 10th St, Omaha, NE 68107-2200
This world-class zoo is famous for its involvement with breeding endangered species from around the world. 

Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum
Location: ‪28210 W Park Hwy, Ashland, NE 68003-3525
The Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum is a museum focusing on aircraft and nuclear missiles of the U. S. Air Force. The objective of the Museum is to preserve and display historic aircraft, missiles, and space vehicles and provide STEM education sessions to the young generation. The Museum hosts regular travel exhibitions and several special events throughout the year. The Museum's Education Department is committed to fueling the curiosity of children across the Midwest and to educating them in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).

Eugene T. Mahoney State Park
Location: ‪28500 W Park Hwy, Ashland, NE 68003-3508
Offers camping, picnics, and hiking.

Branched Oak Parks
Location: 12000 W Branched Oak Rd, Raymond, NE 68428
Offers Marine activities such as boating, fishing & swimming, plus a campground & picnic facilities. 

Haymarket District

The historic Haymarket District is located less than a mile from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln City Campus. The Haymarket offers  many restaurants, coffee shops, and puts on various events throughout the year. Please click below to read about the Haymarket District.