Students

Getting to Wake Downtown and Current Shuttle Schedule

Students are able to travel between Reynolda Campus and Wake Downtown using the University’s Shuttle system. Wake Downtown Shuttles run Monday through Friday from 7:25 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., and leave Benson Circle (Lot C) every 15 minutes on the following schedule: xx:10, xx:25, xx:40, xx:55. On Saturday and Sunday, service runs from 10:00 a.m.-6:25.p.m. on the following schedule: Benson departure xx:10, xx:40, Downtown departure: xx:25, xx:55. Download the Transloc app for your phone so that you can be up-to-date with shuttle schedules and routes. Additional information can be found here.

The average travel time is 15 minutes. Students should set aside 30 minutes between the end of one class and the beginning of another when traveling between the two locations. After-hours shuttles will be available on demand as well.

Parking Policy for students at Wake Downtown

  • On-site parking may be granted to select undergraduate students. Those students who are living-off campus and have a majority of their classes at Wake Downtown are eligible to apply. Please complete the form found here to submit a request for approval. 
  • Students living on campus who feel they need drive to Wake Downtown are welcome to park in one of the parking decks located nearby, Church Street Parking,  Patterson Ave. Parking 

When at Wake Downtown, all students are required to visibly display their Deacon OneCard in badge holders (available at the Security Desk in the lobby.)

Service & Support Animal Policy 

  • Pets, including emotional support animals, are not permitted on the premises of Wake Downtown.  However, Wake Downtown follows the University’s policy on service animals. Therefore, if it is determined, in accordance with applicable laws and regulations, that having such an animal is a reasonable accommodation, service animals may be permitted in classrooms, conference rooms, and other lecture spaces.  Due to safety concerns, service animals cannot be accommodated in any of the lab facilities at Wake Downtown.
    Those seeking to bring a service animal to Wake Downtown are encouraged to read the University’s Service Animal Agreement.

Study Spaces @ Wake Downtown

Numerous student gathering and study spaces, all with lots of natural light during the day, are located throughout Wake Downtown:

Student Commons (0904): a gathering area with variety of seating options, collaboration stations, digital screens, printing, kitchen, vending, charging stations, and access to Quiet Study (0906) and Lower Courtyard.

Quiet Study Room (0906): a traditional study room with individual workspaces, a whiteboard, and a stunning view of downtown Winston-Salem.
Main Lobby: a bright, spacious lobby with soft seating.

1st Floor Student Gathering (1802): a smaller gathering area with raised individual workspaces, bistro table, whiteboard, kitchen, and a view of downtown Winston-Salem.

2nd Floor Atrium (2502): a multipurpose gathering area with booth-style seating, dry erase tabletops, large couch (seats 12), raised individual workspaces overlooking the main lobby, and charging stations.

2nd Floor Student Gathering (2810): a gathering area with raised individual workspaces, bistro tables, kitchen, and a view of downtown Winston-Salem.

3rd Floor Student Gathering (3809): a gathering area with raised individual workspaces, bistro table, kitchen, and a view of downtown Winston-Salem.

4th Floor Student Gathering (4804): a gathering area with raised individual workspaces, bistro tables, kitchen, and a view of downtown Winston-Salem.
Courtyard

Printing

Printing resources for students are available in the Student Commons (0904) of Wake Downtown and ​​​​at the resource center on the 3rd floor of the School of Medicine​. The process is the same as one students follow in the Z. Smith Reynolds Library, where you swipe your WFU ID and select a job from the touch screen mounted by the printer.​ ​Students can also scan to email using their full email address.

Bowman Gray Center for Medical  Education

Wake Downtown and the BGCME share Building 60, and are open to each other on every floor except the 3rd.  The School of Medicine is located in the north end, and Wake Downtown is located in the south end of Building 60 (see map for reference.) Undergraduates at Wake Forest University are able to use common spaces at the School of Medicine.  

Be advised, many study spaces at the School of Medicine are restricted by card access, and can only be used by specific graduate populations housed in the School of Medicine. Undergraduate students are prohibited from attempting to enter badge-access restricted rooms at BGCME. Students who attempt to do so may face disciplinary action.  

Wake Forest University undergraduate students are encouraged to reserve rooms in and use the study spaces of Wake Downtown, by using deacon space.  During exam periods, all Wake Downtown first-floor classrooms are unlocked and available 24-hours a day for student use, and therefore are not reservable for this time period.  Undergraduates are not permitted to use BGCME classrooms or study spaces during exams.

Food Options

Food Dollars can be used with certain vendors within the Innovation Quarter, including Medical Grounds in the BGCME  and Chef’s Palate in Biotech Place.  Vending options, including snacks, drinks and coffee, are available on the lower level of Wake Downtown in the Student Commons (room 0904).

There are numerous local options within walking distance, such as food trucks at Bailey Park (schedule available here) and Krankies Coffee.