Air Travel/Ground Transportation

We asked parents of rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors to think back to their student’s freshmen year and what they wish they had known.  Their advice is below.



Since many freshman don’t have cars, suggest to your Freshman that they find an upperclassman with a car to carpool to the airport for holiday travel home.

There are also holiday break shuttles run by campus.

My son does not have a car on campus and has not really needed one which is good, because parking is not really convenient until your junior year. Also the Wake Line provides transportation to the athletic games and even makes runs to local stores periodically. Of course our children are big fans of Uber as well.

Getting to and from the airport can be stressful, there are some web sites or car shares – this seems to be the most stressful part for my son. All the kids wear their Wake sweat shirts when they travel so they can spot one another and inquire about rides as they depart the plane and try to head back to campus. Many come together and go in on an Uber.

Travel: students utilize Uber a lot, be prepared to see that as a weekly expense. My student wanted to fly home for breaks more than I had anticipated , so factor that into overall student costs

If you can’t get a non-stop to Greensboro, travel to Charlotte really is just as efficient (and cheaper in most cases).  Ground transportation can be expensive from Charlotte though.


[Editorial note: The comments have been minimally edited and grouped together for coherence.  In come cases, comments were combined with others.  When we had parents responding with the same advice, we repeated it for emphasis.  In the event a parent offered advice that ran counter to what Wake Forest advises, it was not included.  These comments represent the views of the parent commentators, not the views of the Office of Family Engagement (formerly Parent Programs office) or Wake Forest. ]