Transportation

Location
St. Petersburg, FL
Undergrads
2,064
Tuition
$35,926
Admission Difficulty
Average
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4 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: I never used it, but everyone else did. Great for going downtown on the weekends.

1 College Senior

Transportation: You NEED a car. Do not come here if you do not have a car. Just don't. You'll have to rely on people or anything and everything. Zip cars and expensive and unavailable.

1 College Senior

Transportation: You need a car here. Even if you know people with cars, most people are not very generous with them and you have to grovel to get a ride somewhere. Eckerd has two priuses and a pick-up truck students can rent, however these are way too popular so they're never available, tend to get very expensive and sometimes the cars don't unlock and you have to spend hours on the phone with customer service.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: The school has a number of different transportation options. There is a car-share, rental program where you can pay a monthly fee to be able to use one of the two Priuses the school has. There will also be bus transportation for events on weekends and the such. These are not very reliable, seeing as you can only use them for scheduled events. If you do not have a car, or a friend with a car (and its likely that you will), it is very difficult to be spontaneous.

2 College Freshman

Transportation: You need a car to comfortably get out of campus. There are some shuttles that take you to malls which are very convenient. Taking the public bus is convenient to those daring students who don't mind riding with interesting people, aka scary and creepy.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 81st
    Best Car Campuses
  • 983rd
    Best Campus Transit
  • 1124th
    Most Easily Accessible Town

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Elise Luce
Hometown
Los Alamos, N.M./Decatur, Ga.
Major
Environmental Studies
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The transportation at Eckerd is mediocre. Technically, you don’t need a car because the campus is pretty self-contained, and there are groceries and a pharmacy within walking distance, but many students opt to bring one so they can easily take advantage of the great activities that abound in St. Petersburg. Unfortunately, the city itself does not have efficient or convenient public transportation. The public bus does stop on campus, but the service leaves much to be desired. Eckerd provides some shuttles to the mall, Saturday Market downtown, and special events, but they're not very popular. However, most upperclassmen take advantage of the buses that go from campus to downtown on First Friday, a monthly St. Pete nightlife event. There is also a shuttle service on College Night to the heavily frequented Sloppy Pelican.

On a different note, Eckerd is semi-famous for its Yellow Bike Program. The idea is to have yellow bikes around campus that are accessible to anyone, unlocked and ready to go. So, if you’re running late to class or want to get out to Kappa field, you can just go outside and hop on a yellow bike. Unfortunately, though, the program is having trouble despite its best efforts, and the number of bikes is dwindling. The students need to take better care of the bikes and keep them from disappearing off campus if the program is going to continue.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • Yellow Bike
  • Your own bike (Yellow Bikes can be scarce)
  • Car (your own, your friend's, your neighbor's)
  • Eckerd campus shuttle
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
Talk to your friends because you can usually find someone who is going to the airport around the same time. After doing this and checking the ride-share site Zipride (eckerd.zipride.com/ride share), the next best option is SuperShuttle, which is easy to reserve and usually costs about $25. The only drawback is you're usually not the only one on the pick-up list, so you may have to leave a bit earlier than desired and travel around a bit more than the usually quick 25-minute ride to the airport.

Safety Escort ServicesWhat's This?

Campus Safety Escort Program
(727) 864-8260
Daily 24 hours

Public TransitWhat's This?

Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority

There is a bus stop at the main entrance of the College.

(727) 540-1900

www.psta.net

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Tampa International Airport

The airport is approximately 19 miles from campus.

4100 George J. Bean Pkwy, Tampa

(813) 870-8700

www.tampaairport.com

St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport

The airport is approximately 16 miles from campus.

14700 Terminal Blvd., Clearwater

(727) 453-7800

www.fly2pie.com

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?

St. Petersburg Greyhound Station

The station is approximately 6 miles from campus.

180 9th St. N, St. Petersburg

(727) 898-1496

www.greyhound.com

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?

Clearwater-St. Petersburg Amtrak Station

The station is approximately 12 miles from campus.

5251 110th Ave. N, Pinellas Park Square, Clearwater

www.amtrak.com

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 29 responses

  • 38% Nonexistent.
  • 10% Extremely difficult to utilize-it's not reliable nor is it convenient for a student's schedule.
  • 24% Moderately difficult to utilize, the pick-up times and locations are far and few between.
  • 17% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 10% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 29 responses

  • 0% You can't have a car here.
  • 3% 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.
  • 21% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 45% 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 28 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 27 responses

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

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 27 responses

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

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 30 responses

  • 3% Very difficult.
  • 13% Fairly difficult.
  • 60% Fairly easy.
  • 23% Very easy.
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