Most Wake Forest University campus facilities and neighboring communities are either within walking distance or accessible by public transportation. Owning a car is not necessary while you are here, although many students chose to purchase a bicycle, new or used.
Transporation in and around Winston Salem
Ride the Wake - Wake Forest University offers a free weekday shuttle service to and from campus for all students who live in nearby apartment complexes to include Crowne Polo, Crowne Park, Corners at Crystal Lake, Alaris Village, Deacon Ridge, and Crowne Oaks. In addtion, the WFU Shuttle system also offers free service shuttle to downtown Winston-Salem and Hanes Mall, Fresh Market, and River Birch. More information on times and locations can be found at Ride the Wake.
City of Winston-Salem Public Transportation - Winston Salem does offer a limited public bus transit system. The Winston-Salem Transit Authority (WSTA) offers service between campus and the downtown area (Route 5) and from downtown to the Hanes Mall area (Route 18). The cost is $1 per ride and additional schedules can be found here.
Airport Shuttle – An airport shuttle leaves from the Benson University Center. For more information on the schedule and to reserve a ride, please visit their website.
Wake Forest- Zipcar - Students who chose not to purchase a vehicle may wish to consider the zipcar service, although you will still need to obtain a NC driver’s license to use this service. Zipcar charges a yearly fee of $25 to join, which enables members to reserve cars throughout the year. Actual costs for renting cars depends on total number of hours or days rented.
Owning a Car
Some LL.M. students choose to purchase inexpensive used automobiles when they arrive in the U.S. to make their stay more convenient. More information on owning, registering and driving automobiles in North Carolina can be found at Center for International Studies website.
Purchasing a WFU parking permit - If you plan on purchasing a vehicle while you are here and plan to park on campus, you must purchase a permit or else you risk receiving a parking citation. For more information on how to purchase an on campus parking permit, please visit WFU’s Parking & Transportation website.
Obtaining a driver’s license - If you plan on driving a car while you are in the U.S., you will need to obtain a North Carolina driving license. If you are not a licensed driver in the U.S., you will be required to take both the written and the road tests. If you are licensed to drive in another state, in most instances you will only be required to take the written portion of the test. Please note that the license will contain an expiration date that corresponds with the end date listed on your I-20/DS-2019 form.
Information as it pertains to obtaining a N.C. driver’s license can be found on the Department of Motor Vehicles website, where you can also download a copy of the 2012 North Carolina Driver’s Handbook. For additional details as regards fees, insurance requirement, documentation requirements please visit the Center for International Studies website.
Public Transportation throughout NC and the U.S.
PART shuttle - The PART shuttle travels throughout the Piedmont Triad, Boone, Chapel Hill and Durham. To view a shuttle map, please visit: http://www.partnc.org/systemmap.html. Please note that although the PART shuttle #4 does travel to the Greensboro PTI airport, it does require shuttle changes, so we would recommend traveling light.
Megabus - The Megabus travels from Charlotte or Durham to several major U.S. cities to include Washington D.C., Atlanta, and Richmond. the Megabus is usually a much cheaper option than flying.
Greyhound - One of the largest bus companies in the U.S., Greyhound travels to most major cities in the States. The Greyhound station is located in downtown Winston-Salem on Trade Street.
Amtrak Train - The Amtrak train service in Winston-Salem, travels to many major cities such as Washington D.C., New York, etc.