New Student Information


Find out how Luther provides you with a variety of options for getting around campus and around Decorah with our bike share program, on-campus parking, and shuttle services.

  • Can I bring a car to campus?

    All students who own or operate a car or motorcycle in the Decorah area are required to register it with Campus Safety and Security; permits may be purchased at the Welcome Desk in the Dahl Centennial Union.

    Students living in campus housing are permitted to park vehicles in designated lots on campus. There is adequate parking on campus, however, the lots are not necessarily close to all of the residence halls. A parking permit is required for all parking areas, including the remote "free parking" lot.

  • How can I get around Decorah if I don't have a car?

    The Decorah shopping shuttle provides a bi-monthly service for students to complete their shopping needs without having to use a personal vehicle. Each month, one weekday evening and one weekend afternoon shuttle will take students to downtown Decorah and Wal-Mart and return to Luther approximately one hour later.

    For complete information, including shuttle schedule and on-line registration, visit the Decorah shopping shuttle page.

  • Where can I store my bike?

    Bicycles may be kept in the bicycle racks located outside of each hall; bicycles should not be stored in student rooms.  It is suggested that students always secure their bike to a bike rack when it is not being used.  Students are encouraged to register their bikes online with the City of Decorah Police Department.

    To help promote the use of bicycles as an alternative forms of transportation, Luther offers free winter storage for bicycles.  Bikes are placed in secure, dry storage in the Ashmore-Jewell Barn. The barn will be open for two days in November to accept bikes; students can retrieve bikes on two days in spring.  Students will be notified of the dates each year.

  • How does the bike share program work?

    The Luther College Bike Share Program provides 5, single-speed coaster brake bikes and 3 multiple-speed bikes free to the Luther community. Bikes and helmets may be checked out at the circulation desk in Preus Library for up to four hours per day.  Bikes must be returned to the library by closing time; the regular operational hours for the library vary.