Transportation

Location
Brunswick, ME
Undergrads
1,831
Tuition
$44,118
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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3 College Freshman

Transportation: You really want your own car, I promise

4 College Freshman

Transportation: I think the transportation service here is absolutely great. You can get anywhere you want relatively easily.

4 College Junior

Transportation: Shuttle services is great, you can call at almost any time and be picked up almost anywhere. Taxis are free within one mile of campus on weekends and there are about six zip cars available for use on campus.

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3 College Sophomore

Transportation: There isn't much need for transportation, as the campus is close to downtown Brunswick, and there are both bus and train stations nearby. However, transportation after hours can be hard to come by, with a typical 45 minute to an hour wait for a shuttle to take you around campus at night. The shuttle service also recently did away with transportation to off-campus houses, which makes going to parties on the weekends somewhat of a hassle, especially if you choose to drink.

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3 College Junior

Transportation: Bowdoin is a very walkable campus, and Maine Street offers most necessities within walking distance (supermarket, restaurants, some shopping). Additionally, the school does what it can to make navigating the city easier and safer at night. We have a shuttle service (SafeRide) that will take you anywhere within a 1.0 mile radius from 6pm-2am (and the drivers of this service are all beautiful people who will offer you fantastic conversation to boot). Additionally the student government has an arrangement for free late night service with Brunswick Taxi on certain days of the week within (I believe) 3 miles of campus.
However, Brunswick lacks a great public transportation system. We have the Brunswick Explorer, but its hours are limited and it doesn't run on weekends. It can get you where you need to go for cheap, but anyone coming from a city with halfway decent public transportation won't be too impressed.
The school also runs a shuttle service from campus to Freeport and Portland on the weekends, and it's pretty cheap. Your only real limit is the time the shuttles run.
Additionally, Brunswick is now connected to Portland and Freeport via Amtrak as of this year.
Transportation here is steadily improving, but at times can leave a lot to be desired.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 78th
    Most Easily Accessible Town
  • 365th
    Best Campus Transit
  • 1117th
    Best Car Campuses

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Danica Loucks
Hometown
Hamilton, Mont.
Major
Probably Sociology and German
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The Bowdoin Bubble is not hard to navigate by foot. Maine Street runs right past campus, and conveniences, like a grocery store, are less than a mile away. There is also a plethora of restaurants within walking distance, including German, Indian, Italian, Japanese, and Thai cuisines. However, a car will add to the convenience of life outside Maine Street. Brunswick is not a large city, so there's no public transportation system, but Vermont Transit (Greyhound) has a stop not far from campus, and Concord Coach Lines has an on-campus stop. These buses offer easy travel to Montreal, Boston, New York City, and more. Bowdoin’s Safe Ride provides an easy, safe way for students to travel around campus at night, and the Bowdoin Student Government provides taxi services on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings to prevent drunk driving. The Bowdoin Shuttle runs to various spots in the local area, and on Friday afternoons and Saturdays, the Bowdoin Student Government runs a shuttle service to Freeport and Portland.

At times, the Bowdoin Bubble can feel suffocating, but there are enough low-cost travel options for students to get around if they do not bring a vehicle to campus. The possibility of leaving campus is much better than at rival Maine schools, and with little effort, it is easy to get off campus. There are also many students on campus with cars, and most do not mind taking friends places.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • Bike
  • Get a ride from a friend
  • Good pair of running shoes
  • Taxi
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
  • A cab ride to the airport costs $50.
  • Around breaks, the College offers a shuttle service to the airport. You can reserve a spot on a shuttle through the Bowdoin Student Government.
Did You Know?
Bowdoin is home to three Zipcars (a Toyota Tacoma, Honda Civic Hybrid, and Honda CRV), which can be used after paying a $35 student membership fee (the $25 application fee is waived by the College). Hourly or daily rate apply.

Safety Escort ServicesWhat's This?

Safe Ride Shuttle Service
Daily 5 p.m.-3 a.m.

Campus ShuttleWhat's This?

Bowdoin Student Government Shuttle Service

BSG has shuttles that run to Cook's Corner, Freeport, Maine Mall, and Old Port on Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $3.

Various times on Friday and Saturday

The Bowdoin Shuttle

The shuttle runs from campus to various spots around town, including apartment complexes and a grocery store.

(207) 725-3337

Sunday-Wednesday 6 p.m.-2 a.m., Thursday-Saturday 6 p.m.-3 a.m.

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Portland International Jetport

The airport is 30 miles (about 40 minutes) from the Bowdoin campus.

1001 Westbrook St., Portland

(207) 874-8877

www.portlandjetport.org

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?

Concord Coach Lines Bowdoin College Stop

The bus stops on campus at Druckenmiller Hall; tickets may be purchased in advance or en route. Bowdoin students are eligible for a $5 discount off a round-trip ticket to Portland, Bangor, Boston, or Logan International Airport (Boston) with their college ID. Student round-trip discount tickets are good for 60 days.

Brunswick Greyhound Station

The station is less than a mile from campus.

206 Maine St., Brunswick (7-Eleven store)

(800) 537-3330

www.greyhound.com

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?

Portland Amtrak Station

The station is in downtown Portland, approximately 30 miles from campus.

100 Thompson Point Rd., Portland

(800) USA-RAIL

www.amtrak.com

Student Polls

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 21 responses

  • 0% You can't have a car here.
  • 24% Cars are totally pointless. Everything you need is within walking distance.
  • 62% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 10% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 5% 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 22 responses

  • 9% Nonexistent.
  • 0% Extremely difficult to utilize-it's not reliable nor is it convenient for a student's schedule.
  • 14% Moderately difficult to utilize, the pick-up times and locations are far and few between.
  • 14% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 64% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.

Rate the cost of the following transit options    Based on 20 responses

Non-applicable
Free
  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of long-distance transportation to travel between home and school    Based on 20 responses

Non-applicable
Very convenient
  • Airport
  • Passenger bus
  • Passenger train
  • Ride sharing

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 25 responses

  • 0% Very difficult.
  • 0% Fairly difficult.
  • 36% Fairly easy.
  • 64% Very easy.

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 19 responses

Non-applicable
Very convenient
  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars
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