Beloit, WI
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3 College Junior

Transportation: Bus routes run through Beloit that go to major hubs like Chicago, O'Hare, St. Paul, Madison etc

2 College Junior

Transportation: Not really an issue if you have a car or know someone who does. For breaks there are vans between campus and the bus station.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: The Megabus is cheap and fairly well-run, with only one coach bus connection between Beloit and the pick-up stop. The airport is the same way.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: There are free shuttles going from campus to the nearest bus station for buses to Chicago, but the times must be set up in advance and not always are the shuttles available (like in the early morning). There is no train connecting Beloit to other towns which is horrendous. Few students use the local bus system, and I'm not even sure if it is existent in Beloit. Plenty of students live in the Chicago-area and so finding a ride home for each break is no issue if you are trying to get to Chicago's airports.

3 College Junior

Transportation: You don't need transportation around campus because it's small, and really if you have more than like, 3 friends you'll know someone with a car who will be willing to give you a ride to the grocery store or whatever. Transportation off campus is fine. There are buses to Madison and Chicago that go every day, so getting to O'Hare to fly home isn't tough--but it does cost you about $20. The City of Beloit has a public bus system, but students don't use it much. There is a car-sharing system on campus, and I know students have used it to go see concerts in Milwaukee, but it's not terribly popular. And the campus organizes shuttles to Walmart almost every Wednesday.

In general, getting around without a car can take a bit of effort, but it's never too tough.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 471st
    Best Car Campuses
  • 901st
    Best Campus Transit
  • 1309th
    Most Easily Accessible Town

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Judging by the lack of wordy, detailed comments, it's safe to say that public transportation in Beloit is a flop. Some people don't even realize it exists. Really, everything is within walking distance, with the exception of Wal-Mart (though it is rumored some people have ventured so far). And with the college driving you all over the place once a week, you don't have any room to complain.

The lack of an efficient public transportation system reflects the lack of need for one. You'll make friends with a car-owner and make him or her drive you to Wal-Mart or the movies when it's convenient for the both of you. If you are aching to get the H out of town, Van Galder will help you out with that, offering services to and from Madison and Chicago. And those bus drivers are the nicest people in the world. The bus stop is a bit of a walk, but if you ask nicely, security will grudgingly give you a ride.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
Find someone who has a car or walk. The school will take you anywhere you need to go on Wednesday nights.
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
  • (608) 752-5407
  • (800) 747-0994
  • 715 S Pearl St.
  • A cab ride to the airport costs $200.
  • Janesville, Wisconsin 53545
  • Van Galder Coach USA bus lines run from Madison to O'Hare, Union Station-Chicago, and Midway Airport.
  • Van Galder Main Office

Campus ShuttleWhat's This?

Student Activities vans

Public TransitWhat's This?

Beloit Transit System

(608) 365-7433

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

O'Hare International

Midway Airport is also an option.

1000 W. O'Hare, Chicago

(773) 686-2200

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?

Boston Greyhound Terminal

The Greyhound Trailways Bus Terminal is at South Station in Boston.

700 Atlantic Ave.

(617) 526-1800

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?


Hwy. 75 & Hwy. 251, Ramada Inn, South Beloit

(800) 872-7245

Student Polls

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 15 responses

  • 0% You can't have a car here.
  • 7% Cars are totally pointless. Everything you need is within walking distance.
  • 53% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 27% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 13% Campus is isolated, so students rely mostly on cars to get them where they need to go.

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 16 responses

  • 38% Nonexistent.
  • 0% Extremely difficult to utilize-it's not reliable nor is it convenient for a student's schedule.
  • 19% Moderately difficult to utilize, the pick-up times and locations are far and few between.
  • 44% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 0% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.

Rate the cost of the following transit options    Based on 17 responses

  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of long-distance transportation to travel between home and school    Based on 15 responses

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

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 16 responses

  • 12% Very difficult.
  • 19% Fairly difficult.
  • 50% Fairly easy.
  • 19% Very easy.

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 16 responses

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