Transportation

Location
Bloomington, IN
Undergrads
30,949
Tuition (in-state)
$31,483 ($10,033)
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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3 College Freshman

Transportation: The buses are really easy to understand

3 College Senior

Transportation: I lived off campus my Sophomore year and it was okay then but could've been a lot better.

4 College Junior

Transportation: Transportation on campus is great because there are so many buses constantly running. We have an app on the Iphone where we can track the buses, so that is also very helpful. Buses are free so that's convenient.

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3 College Sophomore

Transportation: The buses are nice but a lot of the times they are running late or are overcrowded. The bus line also doesn't venture into many places either.

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4 College Freshman

Transportation: Campus bus is a popular and easy way to get around, but can be crowded at "afternoon rush hour

during the colder months. The infamous Night Owl (aka "Party Bus") runs late on weekends.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 38th
    Best Campus Transit
  • 505th
    Most Easily Accessible Town
  • 1257th
    Best Car Campuses

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Andrew Belsky/Chelsea Demarris
Hometown
Highland Park, Ill./Unknown
Major
Public finance/Unknown
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Not everybody can bring a car when they come to college, although that may be the easiest way to get around. IU and the Bloomington community understand the difficulties with transportation and makes things less of a pain for those who can't drive. It may take a little practice if you've never ridden the bus before, but campus and the surrounding area is covered with bus stops that can take you all over town. If you're patient and don't mind taking a little longer-or a lot longer-to get where you're going, then the bus system is the best thing for you. There is also an extensive bus system that only serves campus, but unlike the Bloomington Transit buses, it costs everyone money. You can buy a pass for about $100, but most people just get used to walking to class, no matter how far away their dorms are.

If you are trying to get away, there are ways to do that, too. There are online boards for ride exchanges; often, you can find someone headed where you want to go and can catch a ride in exchange for some gas money. If sharing a car with a stranger doesn't appeal to you, there's always the shuttle to the airport (if you are flying out of state), which is reliable but slow. The shuttle runs on a set schedule, and you may have to get to the airport a few hours before your flight is scheduled to leave. Taxis are great for getting around on the weekends (especially if your designated driver has accidentally gotten drunk), but they can be expensive. There are options for everyone, whether you're supplied with a car or not, but the best route may be to make friends with someone who owns a car (and mooch a little) and save yourself some hassle.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • Buy a car
  • Find friends with cars
  • Go by bike, but be careful of the ice in winter.
  • Take the Bloomington Transit buses (free with your ID).
  • Walk - everything's pretty close together; get some exercise!
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
  • Bloomington Shuttle Service - $25 each way
  • Star of America charter coaches - $15 each way

Campus ShuttleWhat's This?

IUSA Safety Escort

(812) 855-SAFE

Hours: Early fall and spring, Sunday-Thursday 8 p.m.-2 a.m. - Friday-Saturday 8 p.m.-12 a.m.

Late fall and winter, Sunday-Thursday 8 p.m.-2 a.m. - Friday and Saturday 7 p.m.12 a.m. - Summer, daily 8 p.m.-12 a.m.

Campus Bus Service

www.iubus.indiana.edu

Monday -Friday 7:30 a.m.-12 a.m

Saturday 8:40 a.m.-11:30 p.m., and Sunday 10:30 a.m.-11:30 p.m.

Public TransitWhat's This?

Bloomington Transit (BT)

(812) 336-7430

130 West Grimes Ln. - Bloomington, IN 47403

www.bloomingtontransit.com

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Indianapolis International Airport

Depending on traffic, the Indianapolis International Airport is about a 50-minute drive from IU.

(317) 487-9594

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?

Greyhound

The station is less than a mile off campus.

217 West 6th St.

(812) 332-1522

Student Polls

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 114 responses

  • 0% You can't have a car here.
  • 8% Cars are totally pointless. Everything you need is within walking distance.
  • 88% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 4% 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 114 responses

  • 0% Nonexistent.
  • 0% Extremely difficult to utilize-it's not reliable nor is it convenient for a student's schedule.
  • 6% Moderately difficult to utilize, the pick-up times and locations are far and few between.
  • 32% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 62% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.

Rate the cost of the following transit options    Based on 113 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 112 responses

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

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 113 responses

  • 1% Very difficult.
  • 2% Fairly difficult.
  • 61% Fairly easy.
  • 36% Very easy.

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 112 responses

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