Transportation Logistics

Public Transportation: Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA)

The Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA) services the Northeast Florida region and has various routes throughout the city. Line #19 – Arlington has the closest stops for students to hop on and transfer to other lines, depending on their destination. 
JTA offers a College Student Annual Pass Program wherein local students attending an accredited college or university can ride any JTA fixed route bus or First Coast Flyer route free of charge once your enrollment is confirmed. You must use an email address associated with a local accredited college or university. 
We recommend you plan your trip ahead using the JTA Plan Your Trip tool if using their services. Students can review their Fares/Passes here.

Greyhound Bus & Amtrak Train 

When visiting other countries in the U.S., students have the option of traveling by plane, train, or bus. The Greyhound Bus is currently the main bus line in America, and often services smaller towns which are not accessible by train. 
In comparison, trains are usually faster, more comfortable, and about the same price as buses. However, the passenger train system is limited in the U.S., and depending on the destination may require usage of bus and train. Amtrak is aware of this complication, and when planning a trip to a destination in which you must take the bus for a limited distance Amtrak will schedule and include this in your reservation. 
For more information about times and routes visit their websites linked above.

Greyhound Bus Station
1111 W Forsyth St.  
Jacksonville, FL 32204 
+1 (904) 356-9976 
                       Amtrak Station 
3570 Clifford Lane 
Jacksonville, FL 32209 
+1 (800) 872-7245 


Buying a Car

As an international student you will have the ability to purchase a car from a car dealership or a private individual who has advertised a car for sale. In any case you should have with you a U.S. American acquaintance that is both knowledgeable about cars and skeptical by nature. Such person could help you evaluate both the condition of the car and the claims made by the person who is trying to sell it.  These evaluations are essential because buying a car, especially a used one, can be very difficult to understand. When you buy a car, the “Certificate of Ownership” or “Certificate of Title” must be transferred from previous owner to the current car buyer.

All cars in the State of Florida must be registered. If you buy a car, you must register it and obtain a license plate for the car. Information about this process is available on the Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles website.

The law requires automobile insurance. Check with the Division of Motor Vehicles regarding minimum insurance requirements and contact automobile insurance agency regarding differences in insurance costs and coverage in order to make the most informed decision. 


You can choose from a variety of insurance companies, some of which have agents in the Jacksonville area. We recommend students ask a friend or visit an online search engine for auto insurance companies that provide service to drivers in the NE Florida region. 

  • The cost for the insurance is called the “premium”. The amount that you must pay yourself if you get into an accident is called the “deductible." If you want insurance coverage for damage to your car, you will need to purchase "collision" coverage as well.
  • If you have a bad driving record or are a new driver, your premium will be higher.

JU Parking Permit

Students who choose to purchase a vehicle must register it with Campus Safety & Security and pick up a permit tag for their vehicle. The permit is free and required. 
To register your vehicle: 

  1. Log in to your MyJU Portal.
  2. Go to the "Student" tab and expand the "Campus Safety" drop down.
  3. Click on "Online Vehicle Registration" and complete the form.

JU Vehicle Registration Image

Make = Subaru, Toyota, Ford, etc.
Model = Forester, Camry, F-150, etc.
Year: If you're unsure, check your car's manual or registration paperwork.
State: State that your vehicle is registered in.

Reminders from Campus Safety & Security

  • Peak parking demands occurs from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM when the majority of classes are scheduled. 
    The speed limit is 15 mph for all roadways.
  • The speed limit in all parking lots is 5 mph or less depending on traffic conditions.
  • Always park "legally" 
    • Parked vehicles must not obstruct access ramps, loading zones or traffic, or obstruct access by any emergency vehicle such as fire department, emergency medical services, or police. Parked vehicles cannot interfere with normal University operations or create a hazard. Vehicles parked in such a manner are subject to being issued a citation and towed.  
    • Fire lanes and emergency vehicle parking: Red-lined areas (includes red curbing). Parking in designated fire lanes is prohibited at all times.
    • No Parking Areas: Yellow-lined areas (includes yellow curbing)
    • It is the driver’s responsibility to find a legal parking space. Lack of an approved or convenient space is not a valid excuse for violating parking regulations.
    • Do not park within 15ft. of a fire hydrant per Florida State Statue 316.1945.
    • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)-accessible parking is controlled by Florida law (Florida State Statue 316.1955, 316.1957 and 316.1959) and requires a valid placard or license plate issued by the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. Campus Safety and Security cannot issue ADA permits and is not authorized to give anyone permission to park in these spaces without the state-issued placard or license plate.  
    • Don’t park in access aisle of disabled parking space (striped area) (Fine for parking in access aisle is $250 even with a permit)
    • The City of Jacksonville Parking Enforcement Division and Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office (JSO)  may also enforce parking regulations on campus such as; handicapped parking, fire lane, and expired state license plate violations.
  • Parking lots I and K are designated overflow parking lots.
  • All parking lots on the JU Interactive Parking Map are Color Coded: 
    • NEON GREEN – Employee (Faculty and Staff)
    • PURPLE  – Commuter Students
    • GREEN –  Resident South Students
    • YELLOW – Resident Village Apartment Students
    • BLUE – Resident North Students
  • Most violated offenses: 
    • Parking along yellow curbs (roadway)  
    • Parking on the grass
    • Parking in Handicap Spaces (Without the Proper permit)
    • Parking in Reserved Spaces
    • Parking along fire lanes (red curbs)
    • Parking in loading zones 

Any questions about the parking pass and/or vehicle safety and regulations on campus, please contact Campus Safety & Secuirty.

Howard Administration Building
2800 University Blvd N
Jacksonville, FL 32211
Phone: +1 (904) 256-7585