Waco, TX
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3 College Freshman

Transportation: Transportation could be improved for out-of-state students. The closest airport that students use is in Dallas which can be incredibly inconvenient.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: Not as many students use the available transportation

College Freshman

Transportation: I have my own car so I don't need any of the other transportation services.

3 College Senior

Transportation: I have never used a ZipCar, but I know that they are available on campus. The parking passes are $300 per year, I don't know how people afford that, especially because there are not nearly enough parking spaces for all of the students. So essentially, your $300 does not even guarantee you a spot.

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4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Can walk everywhere on campus and even to a good portion of fast food places nearby.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 59th
    Best Campus Transit
  • 973rd
    Best Car Campuses
  • 1209th
    Most Easily Accessible Town

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Teni Odunsi
San Antonio, TX
Environmental Studies
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There is a joke on the Baylor campus that you don't have to ask anyone where they're from, because the answer will inevitably be Houston, Dallas, Austin, or San Antonio. Granted, it's a pretty lame joke, but with few exceptions it is very appropriate, which is a huge perk when it comes to traveling. If you're from out of state, it isn't hard at all to find or make some friends that live in the town your airport is in. There's no need to live like a vagabond and thumb a ride. It's also great to go home with said friends for a change of scenery and to get out of Waco. If all of the above fails, in the SUB there is a "ride board," a paper version of hitchhiking, where people seeking and offering rides post where they are going and the date they need to go. If that still fails, there is always the Waco Streak. It runs seven days a week, but check with the Streak before you book your ticket, because if you fly a red-eye, you might spend the night in the airport.

It's cheaper to fly straight out of DFW and get wherever you need to go. The Waco Airport has two flight lines: one to Dallas and the other to Houston, so if you're stuck here without a car you can still get where you're going. That's the biggest drawback to living in a medium-sized town, but on the plus side, with the majority of student calling any of the large towns home, it's never very difficult to call a friend for a ride.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • Bike
  • Foot
  • Hitch a ride with a friend
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
  • DFW: Waco Streak (254) 772-0430 or (800) 460-0430. $45 one-way, $85 roundtrip. A cab ride to DFW costs $166 one-way, cash-in-advance.
  • It's not hard to find a ride to the airport since many Baylor students are from the area, but if you can't get a lift, the Waco Streak will take you from your dorm to the airport and back.
  • Waco Airport: Exit #339 Lake Shore Dr. west and follow the airport signs.

Campus ShuttleWhat's This?

The Ride

(254) 710-3211

Sunday-Thursday 5 p.m.-12 a.m.

Baylor University Shuttle (BUS)

(254) 710-6672

7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

Public TransitWhat's This?

Waco Transit

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Waco Regional Airport

Waco airport is ten minutes away, but most students fly out of DFW (Dallas/Ft. Worth), because the flights are cheaper and the airport is a major hub.

(866) FLY-WACO

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?

Greyhound Bus Terminal

The bus terminal is located five minutes from campus.

301 S. Eighth St., Waco

(254) 753-4534

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 109 responses

  • 0% Nonexistent.
  • 1% Extremely difficult to utilize-it's not reliable nor is it convenient for a student's schedule.
  • 6% Moderately difficult to utilize, the pick-up times and locations are far and few between.
  • 36% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 57% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 109 responses

  • 0% You can't have a car here.
  • 8% Cars are totally pointless. Everything you need is within walking distance.
  • 65% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 17% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 9% Campus is isolated, so students rely mostly on cars to get them where they need to go.

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 109 responses

  • 0% Very difficult.
  • 13% Fairly difficult.
  • 62% Fairly easy.
  • 25% Very easy.

Rate the cost of the following transit options    Based on 108 responses

  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 108 responses

Very convenient
  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of long-distance transportation to travel between home and school    Based on 108 responses

Very convenient
  • Airport
  • Passenger bus
  • Passenger train
  • Ride sharing
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