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Transportation: I haven't used the transportation enough to make an accurate review.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Transportation is available to students in the form of campus shuttles, zip cars, taxis, and public safety if need be.

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3 College Freshman

Transportation: There's a shuttle to and from campus and zip cars available. Most students have cars that you can get a ride with.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: there's a shuttle that takes you to the airport

3 College Freshman

Transportation: pretty bad we should have shuttles, you dont need a car but those who have them say they couldn't imagine being here without one. you pretty much need one for grocery shopping and such if you dont wanna be a burden on your friends with cars


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 122nd
    Best Car Campuses
  • 948th
    Most Easily Accessible Town
  • 1311st
    Best Campus Transit

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Emily Esposito
Seattle, Wash.
Public Relations/Advertising & French Language
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There is no easy public transportation in Orange County. Students would have to take multiple buses to reach a destination a mere 10-minute drive away, and the only place Chapman students can walk to is the Orange Circle. The majority of students bring a car to Chapman, either by shipping it to California or taking a road trip from their hometown. Students who don't have a car cling to their friends who do. Luckily, students are very willing to offer rides to others.

Instead of buying/bringing a car, many students own a bike. They can’t bike to the mall or Disneyland, but they can easily bike to Albertsons to stock up on food and supplies. Almost all film students studying at Dodge College own a bike as well, since the film school is a couple blocks from the main campus and even farther from the dorms. Although students can survive with only a bike, a car is necessary to explore and really appreciate Southern California.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • Drive
  • Get a ride from a friend
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
  • Most students get a ride from a friend to the airport.
  • SuperShuttle is the best alternative to a free ride to the airport. Students share a van with a couple other people and pay a flat fee of around $20.

Safety Escort ServicesWhat's This?

Safe Ride
(714) 997-6763
Monday-Friday 7 p.m.-12 a.m.

Public TransitWhat's This?

Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA)

This is the Orange County-wide bus system.

(714) 560-6282


This is the Southern California commuter train system. The Orange County Line runs between LA and Oceanside, with a station in Orange.

(800) 371-5465

Orange Station: 194 N. Atchison St.

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)

The airport is about 40 miles from campus.

1 World Way, Los Angeles

(310) 646-5252

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?


The station is less than 3 miles from campus.

1000 E. Santa Ana Blvd., Santa Ana

(714) 542-2215

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?


The station is only a few blocks from campus.

194 N. Atchison St., Orange

(800) 872-7245

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 72 responses

  • 51% Nonexistent.
  • 6% Extremely difficult to utilize-it's not reliable nor is it convenient for a student's schedule.
  • 11% 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.
  • 18% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 72 responses

  • 0% You can't have a car here.
  • 8% Cars are totally pointless. Everything you need is within walking distance.
  • 40% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 19% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 32% 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 71 responses

  • 1% Very difficult.
  • 11% Fairly difficult.
  • 55% Fairly easy.
  • 32% Very easy.

Rate the cost of the following transit options    Based on 64 responses

  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 64 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 64 responses

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


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