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4 College Sophomore

Transportation: It's Chicago, a city with a very established transit system. Columbia is located on the South Loop so the L is very close. Multiple bus lines, including some 24-hour buses, connect the campus with other parts of town. There are heat lamps at every L station, too!

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3 College Freshman

Transportation: You live in Chicago so you're taking actual public transportation. Uber is awesome and cheap though if you're going out and don't want to take the train/bus.

5 College Junior

Transportation: Chicago a public transportation system is awesome. It's easily accessible. It's pretty affordable especially with the unlimited ventra student pass. I take metra which sucks because there's no student discount and metra is expensive. I don't know any student who doesn't rely on the cta train system to get the places so this truly is the heart of transportation for students.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: Buses come as they please.

4 College Junior

Transportation: You get an u-pass included in the fees.


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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 convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 97 responses

  • 33% 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.
  • 56% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 97 responses

  • 5% You can't have a car here.
  • 63% Cars are totally pointless. Everything you need is within walking distance.
  • 31% 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.

Rate the cost of the following transit options    Based on 90 responses

  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of long-distance transportation to travel between home and school    Based on 89 responses

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

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 90 responses

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

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 98 responses

  • 0% Very difficult.
  • 3% Fairly difficult.
  • 33% Fairly easy.
  • 64% Very easy.
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