Transportation

Location
Saint Peter, MN
Undergrads
2,484
Tuition
$37,660
Admission Difficulty
Average
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College Freshman

Transportation: I don't know about transportation to or from the campus really other than on campus transportation (which is excellent) or when there are buses to college affiliated events such as President's Ball. I'm not the best to answer this due to a lack of information.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: There is a city transit, it is not too costly. There is some transportation that the school provides for free.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: There is free transportation on campus from 6 pm to 2 am but it gets backed up since there is only one mini van available for all the students but when it's not busy it's great.

4 College Junior

Transportation: An hour away from the Twin Cities and the airport, but many people have cars on campus. There is also a public transportation straight to the airport

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: On the weekends the GusBus runs and will bring you around St. Peter. It is a sober ride and also a warm ride for when students want to party in the winter. Other than that there is not a lot of public transportation. You can call the GusBus during the day that acts as public transport for all St. Peter residents. It costs you $1 each way. So if you need to go to the pharmacy and don't feel like walking it is a convenient and cheap way.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 38th
    Most Easily Accessible Town
  • 442nd
    Best Campus Transit
  • 1047th
    Best Car Campuses

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Steven Olson
Hometown
Moorhead, MN
Major
History and Scandinavian Studies
Grad Year
2012
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Here’s a rule to live by: Either own a car or know somebody that does. Being a small town located an hour south of a major metropolitan area, St. Peter lacks any form of convenient public transportation. The city offers St. Peter Transit, which will take students anywhere in town for $1, and the Student Senate managed to arrange free operation on weekend nights (e.g., the "Gus Bus") for students heading to “key drop-off points” (e.g., the bars). The only other way to get around town is by car, foot, or bike. For necessary trips into Mankato, find a ride or simply hope they have what you need at the grocery store down the hill. The College generally sponsors bus trips to the Twin Cities, where students can go shopping, check out a sporting event, or attend a play, but these usually only occur monthly.

Generally, St. Peter is small enough with businesses close to the College that walking usually isn't an issue for most students. For a ride to the airport, pick up a ticket at the Office of Student Activities or find a friend that is headed in the same direction as you. Also, check out the Ride Board located online, where students can make posts if they need a ride or if they would be willing to give one. Luckily, there is no restriction on which students can bring cars to campus, so if you are far away from home and can afford a parking permit, it would definitely be worth any hassle of having a car on campus.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • Bicycle
  • Foot
  • Car
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
The Mankato Land-Air Shuttle will take you to the airport for about $35; otherwise, you need to find a willing friend or check out the Ride Board in the Campus Center to see if anyone is headed in that direction.
Local Taxi Services
There are Minneapolis and St. Paul airport taxis that can take students to the airport. Call (952) 974-9999 for more information.

Safety Escort ServicesWhat's This?

Gustavus "Safe Rides" Program
(507) 933-8888 or ext. 8888
Daily 6 p.m.-1:30 a.m.

Public TransitWhat's This?

St. Peter Transit

This transit operates Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-8 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

(507) 934-0068

(507) 934-6070 dial-a-ride

227 S. Front St.

www.ci.st-peter.mn.us/transit

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (Terminal 1)

There are two terminals: one in St. Paul and the other (Terminal 2 - Humphrey) in Minneapolis.

4300 Glumack Dr., St. Paul

(612) 726-5555

mspairport.com

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?

Greyhound

Mankato is about 15 minutes away from St. Peter.

50 Sibley Parkway, Mankato

(507) 625-3977

www.greyhound.com

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?

Amtrak

St. Paul is about an hour and 20 minutes away from St. Peter.

730 Transfer Road, St. Paul

(800) 872-7245

www.amtrak.com

Student Polls

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

  • 14% Nonexistent.
  • 3% Extremely difficult to utilize-it's not reliable nor is it convenient for a student's schedule.
  • 7% Moderately difficult to utilize, the pick-up times and locations are far and few between.
  • 28% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 48% 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.
  • 24% Cars are totally pointless. Everything you need is within walking distance.
  • 55% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 7% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 14% 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 29 responses

  • 0% Very difficult.
  • 0% Fairly difficult.
  • 31% Fairly easy.
  • 69% Very easy.

Rate the cost of the following transit options    Based on 25 responses

Non-applicable
Free
  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 25 responses

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

Rate the convenience of long-distance transportation to travel between home and school    Based on 25 responses

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