Chicago, IL
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5 College Junior

Transportation: IT'S FREE. We can take the bus or the L and we don't have to pay. And the red line runs 24/7. So that's great.

4 College Student

Transportation: Living in the city makes it easy to get around especially if you are a full time student and have a U-pass.

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3 College Freshman

Transportation: It is convenient, somewhat reliable and easy to take.

5 College Freshman

Transportation: Being enrolled as a full time student at Columbia College allows us access to public transportation systems for free (we pay a one time fee of 135 at the beginning of the year and are presented with a U-PASS for the entire school year, to which we can use as many times as we like without being charged anything else). The bus and trains systems are a fast and efficient way to get to and from a place, especially on in-class field trips or meets.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: I love that within the tuition cost there is a U-Pass. I've learned how to get all over the city and it really comes in handy I don't think I could survive without it.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 31st
    Most Easily Accessible Town
  • 465th
    Best Campus Transit
  • 1380th
    Best Car Campuses

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Whitney Fox
Topeka, Kansas
Television Writing and Producing
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Columbia College Chicago has transportation down to a science. It's simple. Everything you'll ever need is your U-Pass. A U-Pass is a reusable CTA ticket that every student can use to take any train anywhere. The U-Pass also works on the buses and does not ever charge (even for transfers).

The U-Pass is included in the tuition cost of attending Columbia, and it's in effect from the day the semester starts to the day the semester ends. Each full-time student is allowed a U-Pass. They just need to go pick it up! Parking is atrocious, and driving can be kind of a hassle. Luckily, because of this sparkling, beautiful U-Pass, complete with your picture on it, you won't ever need a car in Chicago!

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
Chicago Public Transit (CTA)
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
Orange line (CTA) to Midway and Blue line (CTA) to O'Hare
Local Taxi Services
Call Yellow Cab at (800) TAXI-CAB.
Did You Know?
The Chicago CTA bus and train system is student friendly, well maintained, and safe. The trains get crowded around 8 a.m. and 5 pm, and aren't the safest at 3 a.m.

Safety Escort ServicesWhat's This?

Campus Security
(312) 369-1111
Daily 24 hours

Public TransitWhat's This?

Chicago Transit Authority

(312) 836-7000

(888) YOUR-CTA

567 W. Lake St.

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Midway International Airport

5700 South Cicero Ave.

(773) 838-0600

Chicago O'Hare International Airport

10000 W. O'Hare

(773) 686-2200

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?


630 W. Harrison St.

(312) 408-5821

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?

Chicago - Union Station

225 S. Canal St.

(800) USA-RAIL

Student Polls

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 89 responses

  • 6% You can't have a car here.
  • 61% Cars are totally pointless. Everything you need is within walking distance.
  • 33% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 0% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 1% 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 90 responses

  • 32% Nonexistent.
  • 0% Extremely difficult to utilize-it's not reliable nor is it convenient for a student's schedule.
  • 1% Moderately difficult to utilize, the pick-up times and locations are far and few between.
  • 10% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 57% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.

Rate the cost of the following transit options    Based on 88 responses

  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of long-distance transportation to travel between home and school    Based on 88 responses

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

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 89 responses

  • 0% Very difficult.
  • 3% Fairly difficult.
  • 36% Fairly easy.
  • 61% Very easy.

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 88 responses

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