Northridge, CA
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$10,984 ($6,520)
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3 College Freshman

Transportation: It's not bad but parking gets crazy

College Freshman

Transportation: i really don't know. i haven't had transportation but my friends have and they say the shuttle is the best.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Great thing about public transportation is leaves you right on campus no hassle on having to walk a large distance to reach school form the nearest bus stop.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: I use our tram busses almost everyday!

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2 College Junior

Transportation: The first two years at CSUN I had to use the metro and it was always full of people. I had to get up really early to get the bus because sometimes it was either late or it was too full.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 400th
    Best Campus Transit
  • 708th
    Best Car Campuses
  • 1041st
    Most Easily Accessible Town

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Julie Ritchie
English/Liberal Studies
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Since most freshmen bring their cars when they live in the dorms, not many people resort to public transportation. The majority of these students, however, does use the CSUN shuttle that takes students from the dorms to the heart of campus. Since it can be a 20-minute walk to campus, depending on which building you live in, many students find the shuttle an awesome alternative to walking in the blazing heat. However, there is no other form of transportation for students once you are on campus, which is a bit of a downer, considering that buildings can be very spread out.

If you want to head off campus, then public transportation is a poor alternative because everything is too far to walk, but too close to drive to—especially if you have to wait for a bus you are hoping shows up on time. The best way to get around to the grocery stores, malls, or drug stores is to befriend your roommate and ask if you can go with him or her the next time they run errands. Don't forget to pay gas money because even if your roommates refuse the money, they'll appreciate the offer and be more likely to take you with them next time they go somewhere. If you don't live in the dorms and believe that public transportation will be your only method of getting to school, then plan that it will probably take you three times longer to get to school. Don't be discouraged: Despite this warning, many people find that busses serve them well.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • Car
  • Friends with cars
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
  • A cab ride to the airport
  • Super Shuttle – (818) 558-3177

Campus ShuttleWhat's This?

Housing Bus Shuttle

This shuttle makes stops at Parking Lot F10, West of UPA #4, south side F8 parking lot by UPA #9, Lindley Avenue, east of the practice soccer field, and south of Redwood Hall.

(818) 677-3946

Monday–Thursday 7 a.m.–10 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.–2:30 p.m.

Public TransitWhat's This?

Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA)

To use the local bus systems, go to the ticket office at CSUN and apply for a monthly bus pass, which has discounted rates.

(323) GO-METRO

(323) 466-3876

One Gateway Plaza, Los Angeles

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)

LAX is about 20 miles south of campus.

1 World Way, Los Angeles

(310) 646-5252

Bob Hope Airport

The Bob Hope Airport is 10 miles east of campus.

2627 N. Hollywood Way, Burbank

(818) 840-8840

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?

Greyhound – San Fernando

This station is only about 5 miles from campus.

14729 Rinaldi St., San Fernando

(818) 898-3416

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?

Amtrak – Van Nuys

There are many Amtrak stations around Northridge, but the closest one is in Van Nuys, about 5 miles from campus.

7724 Van Nuys Blvd., Van Nuys

(800) 872-7245

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 133 responses

  • 13% Nonexistent.
  • 5% Extremely difficult to utilize-it's not reliable nor is it convenient for a student's schedule.
  • 17% Moderately difficult to utilize, the pick-up times and locations are far and few between.
  • 40% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 26% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 133 responses

  • 1% You can't have a car here.
  • 7% Cars are totally pointless. Everything you need is within walking distance.
  • 63% 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.
  • 12% 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 132 responses

  • 1% Very difficult.
  • 8% Fairly difficult.
  • 64% Fairly easy.
  • 28% Very easy.

Rate the cost of the following transit options    Based on 124 responses

  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 124 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 124 responses

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