Our top tips for getting to campus
Well, we’re reactivating campus. That means more Uni Bros, more one-on-one time with UTS Central, and, of course, a longer commute than most of us have had in months – unless your desk is reaaally far away from your bed. Plus, if you’re new to UTS and don’t even know where the food court is, it means you get to experience all this for the first time!
So, here are some tips to help you stay as safe as possible while getting to and from campus.
Take a hike or ride a bike
This one’s for you, inner city types (or anyone fit enough to make it across the city)! One of the safest and most energy-efficient way to get anywhere is on foot or bicycle, so dust off your runners if you’re lucky enough to live close to UTS.
If your sense of direction is not-so-great, plan your route before you set off for your first trip in. City of Sydney have a great set of cycle routes mapped out, and there’s some handy info and maps on apps like MapMyRide and CyclewayFinder.
Worried about where to leave your bike while you’re in classes? Chuck it (gently) into our secure bike cages! Just contact security in the UTS Tower, level 4, to get access via your swipecard beforehand.
Hop into the car
License? Check. Access to a car? Check. Now, all you need is parking, which, as you might know, is pretty scarce around campus!
If you’re arriving early, you might be lucky enough to nab a spot with two-hours of paid parking on Thomas St,. For later arrivals, try the InterPark below Building 10 or the Wilson carparks in the Novotel or under Market City. These can get pricey, though, so check fees before you leave.
On campus for less than two hours? Park in the Broadway shopping centre carpark for free! If you’re staying longer, check out their student parking deals (at the bottom of their webpage) and save yourself some cash.
Buses, trains and light rails, oh my!
Many of us have no choice but to rely on trusty PT (aka public transport) to get us to uni and back. There are plenty of social distancing measures in place, to make it as safe as possible, including reduced capacity so you can spread out.
If you can travel outside peak times (6.30–10am, 3–7pm), you should! It’ll make your trip lower-risk AND you’ll save money – all fares outside of peak time are now half-price. There are also extra off-peak trains and buses running, to make!
Regardless when you’re coming in, make sure you always follow social distancing protocols. This includes using marked seats and standing spots only, waiting for the next train or bus if the first one is too busy, using hand sanitiser during your trip and washing your hands with soap as soon as you can. Face masks are encouraged where social distancing isn't possible and you might want to download the COVIDSafe app, too.