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Directions, Parking, Travel & Accommodations

Important Information: Campus and Road Construction During Orientation

There currently is a significant amount of construction in and around the Storrs campus as renovations are made to campus and the surrounding roadways.  For this reason we ask that you allow more than enough time for your arrival because you may be delayed getting to your campus destination on the day of your session.  We are sorry about this inconvenience but campus and state road repair and construction are totally out of our control.

The best entrance into the University is our newest entrance known as “Discovery Drive.”  Discovery Drive is  located off of Route 44 in Mansfield, CT.  The speed limit on Discovery Drive is 25 miles per hour which is strictly enforced by the UConn Police Department.

Driving Directions

Based on where you have been directed to park for your Orientation program, look up driving directions from your location to the South Parking Garage or North Parking Garage on the Storrs campus.  (See below for where to park on campus based on your Orientation program.)

From the Northeast (Boston):

  • Take Interstate 84 West to Exit 68.
  • From the exit, turn left onto Route 195, 7 miles to UConn.
  • At the traffic light intersection of Route 195 (Storrs Road) and Route 44, turn right onto Route 44 and take the “Discovery Drive” entrance into campus.  The Discovery Drive entrance is on the left side of Route 44 at the next traffic light. NOTE:  It is important to know that the speed limit on Discovery Drive is 25 miles per hour which is strictly enforced by the UConn Police Department.

From the South and West (New York):

  • Take Interstate 84 East to Exit 68.
  • From the exit, turn right onto Route 195, 7 miles to UConn.
  • At the traffic light intersection of Route 195 (Storrs Road) and Route 44, turn right onto Route 44 and take the “Discovery Drive” entrance into campus.  The Discovery Drive entrance is on the left side of Route 44 at the next traffic light. NOTE:  It is important to know that the speed limit on Discovery Drive is 25 miles per hour which is strictly enforced by the UConn Police Department.

From the Southeast (Rhode Island):

  • Take Interstate 95 to 395 North.
  • Take Exit 81 West to Route 32 North.
  • Follow Route 32 North to Willimantic.
  • In town, turn right and go over the Frog Bridge.
  • Continue straight through the light and follow 195 North for 8 miles to campus.
  • The closest entrance into the University campus will be on the left immediately after the School of Fine Arts.

Route 44: 

  • An alternate route to campus is to use Route 44.  From your home location determine how to get on Route 44 and take it to Connecticut; then enter the University using the Discovery Drive entrance located in Mansfield, CT.

Traveling on Major Highways – If you are traveling on major highways to reach the UConn, Storrs campus, (Interstate 95, Interstate 84, Interstate 90, etc.) please check each state’s day and evening road construction schedule located at their Department of Transportation websites to avoid delays.  Information about Connecticut highway construction delays can be found at the Connecticut Department of Transportation website.

Drop-Off Locations for Orientation Programs

To avoid receiving a campus parking ticket, we recommend that parents/guardians drop their students off at the following locations based on the student’s Orientation session.  Please note that there is no parking around university buildings for visitors.
Freshman Two-Day Orientation Program (Mid-May to Mid-July)  The location for student check-in and luggage drop off for the freshmen 2-day Orientation program is Brien McMahon Residence Hall, 2011 Hillside Road, Storrs CT 06269
Transfer One-Day Orientation Program (Mid-May to Mid-July)  The location and check-in for the Transfer Orientation program is in the Student Union Building, 2110 Hillside Rd, Storrs, CT 06268
Campus Change Orientation (May, June & January) The location of the Campus Change Orientation program is in Laurel Hall which is behind the Student Union Building. The closest building for drop off is the Student Union.
Spring Freshman and Transfer Orientation Programs (December & January) The location of the Orientation program is in Laurel Hall which is behind the Student Union Building. The closest building for drop off is the Student Union.

Parking on Campus (Park in the Garages ONLY)

ALL Orientation attendees (freshman, transfer, campus change & parents/guardians) must park in either the North or South garage to avoid getting a parking ticket.  Parents who made a reservation for the freshman or transfer Parent Orientation programs offered from mid-May to Mid-July will have parking covered in the parent Orientation program charge of $40.00 per person.  Parents not attending Orientation but wish to park their car on campus will pay for their own parking in either the North or South Parking garage.

Unfortunately you will risk getting a parking ticket if you do not park in a garage unless you are a university student or employee that has a parking permit for a specific campus parking lot.

The Orientation office is not responsible for anyone who receives a parking ticket because they parked in the wrong location.

SOUTH PARKING GARAGE  – Attendees of the following  programs are recommended to park in the South Parking Garage.  The South Parking Garage is located at 505 Stadium Road, Unit 3204, Storrs CT 06269

    • Freshman Two-Day Orientation Program (Mid-May to Mid-July)  Students who are attending a two-day Freshman Orientation program and keeping a car on campus for the overnight should park in the South Parking Garage.
      • Students who are driving themselves to Orientation should have completed the parking permit section on their online Orientation reservation form and received an overnight-parking permit with their emailed Orientation session confirmation. Students should place the permit on the dashboard of their car after parking in the South Garage.   When exiting the garage on the second day of the program, give the parking permit to the parking attendant on your way out.  Giving the attendant the parking permit on your way out will pay for your two-day parking in the South Garage.  If you did not receive an overnight parking permit or decided to take a car to Orientation after you registered for the program, you can pick up an overnight parking permit from your Orientation leader at Orientation check-in and then go back to your car in the South Garage to put the permit in it. 
    • Freshman Parent/Guardian Orientation Program (Mid-May to Mid-July)  Parents/Guardians attending the Parent/Guardian Orientation program while their student is attending the freshman two-day Orientation program should also park in the South Parking Garage.  At Parent Orientation check-in parents will receive a coupon to be given to the parking attendant with the parking receipt when exiting the garage at the end of the day.  The parking coupon will pay for your one-day parking in the garage and is covered under the $40.00 per person parent/guardian Orientation charge.

 

NORTH PARKING GARAGE – Attendees of these programs should park in the North Parking Garage.  The North Parking Garage is located at 103 N. Eagleville Road, Storrs CT 06269.

        • New Student One-Day Orientation Program (December & January Orientation Programs Only)  Students attending the one-day December or January Orientation programs should park in the North Parking Garage.  Students will receive a coupon at check-in  to be given to the parking attendant with the parking receipt when exiting the garage at the end of the day.  NOTE:  Parent Orientation is not offered during the December & January Orientation programs.
        • Transfer One-Day Orientation (Mid-May to Mid-July )  Students attending the one-day Transfer Orientation Program should park in the North Parking Garage.  Transfer students will be given a parking coupon at Orientation check-in.  This coupon should be given to the parking attendant with the parking receipt when exiting the garage at the end of the day.
        • Transfer Parent/Guardian Orientation Program (Mid-May to Mid-July)  Parents/Guardians attending Parent/Guardian Orientation while their student is attending the one-day Transfer Orientation program should park in the North Garage.    Parents will be given a parking coupon at parent Orientation check-in.  This coupon should be given to the parking attendant with the parking receipt when exiting the garage at the end of the day.  The parking coupon will pay for your one-day parking in the garage and is covered under the $40.00 per person parent/guardian Orientation charge.
        • Campus Change Orientation Program (June & January)  Students attending the Campus Change Orientation program should park in the North Parking Garage to avoid ticketing. The charge for parking during the Campus Change Orientation program will be approximately $10.00 (covers 6-7 hours), payable when you exit the garage.  NOTE:  Parent Orientation is not offered during the Campus Change Orientation program.  The Campus Change Orientation program is for students only.
        • International Orientation Program (End of August) Students attending the International Orientation program should park in the North Parking Garage to avoid ticketing unless they have a university parking permit for a specific area on campus. NOTE: Parent Orientation is not offered during the late August International Orientation program. The International Orientation program is for students only.
        • Oversized Vehicles & Where To Park

        • The North and South Parking Garages cannot accommodate oversized vehicles.
        • An oversize vehicle is one that exceeds any of the following size limits: Height exceeds 8 feet; Length exceeds 16 feet; Width exceeds 8 feet.
        • We recommend that you do not bring an oversized vehicle to Orientation.
        • If you must bring an oversized vehicle to campus you cannot park in either the North or South Parking Garages so please complete the “Oversize Vehicle Parking Request Form” to park your vehicle on campus.  You can also stop by the Department of Parking Services to complete the form and be directed on where to park your vehicle on campus before the start of the Orientation program.  If you stop at the Department of Parking Services on the day of your Orientation session you most likely will be late for the start of the Orientation program.  We recommend that you complete the form online to expedite matters.   The Department of Parking Services opens at 8:00 a.m. Monday through Friday.  They are located in the Warehouse building which is behind the UConn Police Department.  The address is 3 Discovery Drive, Storrs, Connecticut 06269-6199.

          By Air

          The closest airport is Bradley International Airport (airport code: BDL). You can arrange transportation to and from Bradley International Airport (reservations are required) through the University’s airport shuttle provided by Transportation Services. Connecticut Limo also provides transportation.

          UCONN SHUTTLE FROM BRADLEY AIRPORT  – Students can make a reservation to take the university shuttle to and from Bradley International airport by making a reservation for the shuttle at the UConn Shuttle webpage.  There is a fee for taking the shuttle and payment is only by credit card.  Advanced reservations are required at least one week before your arrival and/or departure.

          For more information on traveling to the University of Connecticut at Storrs from other airports in New York City or Boston, please visit the International Students & Scholar Services website. If you do not land at Bradley International Airport, you are responsible for finding your own transportation to the University.

          Accommodations/Lodging

          The Parent Orientation charge of $40 per person DOES NOT include lodging for parents.  Parents who wish to stay overnight must make their own separate lodging arrangements.  The freshman two-day Orientation charge covers lodging for the student only for the night between the first and second day.

          The Nathan Hale Inn – closest lodging to campus

          Sometimes students and their families choose to arrive in the Storrs area the night before their scheduled Orientation session because the Orientation program begins with check- starting at 7:15 a.m. If you’re looking to stay on-campus, the Nathan Hale Inn is a convenient destination and offers a full-service restaurant, high-speed Internet access, a heated indoor pool, and a fitness center.

          A special rate is offered to Orientation attendees (based on available space) at the Nathan Hale Inn from mid-May to mid-July. This rate is only valid from May 18-July 14, 2017. Upon hotel check-in, you must provide the hotel front desk with your student’s printed Orientation confirmation; otherwise you will be charged the standard rate.

          To secure the special Orientation rate:  (Mid-May to  Mid-July only)

            • If making reservations in person or by phone (860-427-7888 ): Inform the hotel staff that you qualify for the reduced rate when making a reservation.
            • Make a reservation online, the corporate/promotion code: ORI will already be populated.

          Please be advised that the Parent Orientation charge of $40.00 does not include overnight accommodations for parents. Parents need to secure their own overnight accommodations at a separate cost.  The Freshman Orientation program provides overnight on-campus accommodations for the student the night between the two days of the session only.  It does not accommodate students before or after their session. The Transfer Orientation program is a one-day event that does not include an overnight stay on campus.

          What if I Don’t Want to Stay at the Nathan Hale Inn or it is Full? –  For more information on lodging in the area, visit the Lodging Listing.  This listing details other area accommodations besides the Nathan Hale Inn.  Please note that there are no Orientation special rates at any of the area hotels/motels but the Nathan Hale Inn.

          Students Only:  If You are Traveling Alone and Need to Stay on Campus the Night Before or After your Orientation Session (May to July program only)

          (Also known as Pre-Orientation or Post-Orientation Accommodations.  These accommodations are available at an additional cost.  May to July ONLY and only for the student who may be traveling alone to Orientation.)

          Pre-Orientation and Post-Orientation accommodations are available from May 21st to July 6, 2017 for new students who are traveling alone to Orientation and need to arrive the day before their session begins or stay a day after due to logistics.  Pre and Post Accommodations are not offered to parents/guardians.

          Note: This option is not available to students confirmed for the Transfer, May 19th session (Session A)  or any of the Campus Change Orientation sessions.

          If you are eligible, (Freshman or Transfer student Only,  between May 21-July 6, 2017) to reserve pre or post accommodations please follow the directions below.

          • You can reserve a room on-campus in a residence hall for the following cost:
            • $42.00 per night for a double room. This cost includes the additional overnight parking (This is non-refundable even if you decide not to stay and are pre-paid.) 
          • Reservations are taken on a first-come, first-reserved basis through your Orientation reservation form. You must pay the per night charge as part of your Orientation reservation. All these arrangements are coordinated by the Department of Residential Life-Conference Services. If you have any questions or concerns you may contact Rachel Arpin, Residential Life, rachel.arpin@uconn.edu or call (860) 486-2697.
          • Students should park in the South Parking Garage.  Your Orientation parking permit or validation you receive at check-in will cover the cost of your parking for the additional day.
          • After your reservation is received you will be sent a confirmation email stating that UConn’s Department of Residential Life has received your request.  Approximately, 3 days before your scheduled Orientation session you will be sent an email confirmation reminder with pre or post Orientation check-in location details.  All of these emails will be sent from this email address: rachel.arpin@uconn.edu.
          • Pre or Post accommodations are typically suite-style; a Double room means there are two bedrooms with a shared common area and bathroom. All of these rooms include bed and bath linen packet. Rooms have internet access via Wi-Fi and either NetID or Guest ID.
            • For students attending the two-day freshmen Orientation program, remember to bring a pillow and twin bed sheets or a sleeping bag. For more details review the What to Bring page.

          Storrs Center

          Adjacent to campus is Storrs Center – a vibrant retail and residential college town featuring eateries such as Dog Lane Café, Mooyah Burgers & Fries, Moe’s Southwest Grill,  Froyoworld, Blaze Pizza, Bruegger’s Bagels,  Geno’s Grille,  Kathmandu Kitchen, Gansett Wraps, Tea More Cafe,  Sweet Emotions candy store, Insomnia Cookies, The Flower Pot along with  many other places to investigate and conduct business with. For more information about Storrs Center visit the Storrs Center website.