Transportation

Location
Kent, OH
Undergrads
18,378
Tuition (in-state)
$17,632 ($9,672)
Admission Difficulty
Very Easy
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4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Transportation with the bus system i heard is really good can get you where you need to go quickly for your classes.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: I don't have a car on campus, but you don't really need one. The campus is walkable and there are plenty of buses that can take you where you need to go.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: The bus system is usually on time

5 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: PARTA is excellent about getting the students around campus!

3 College Freshman

Transportation: I usually use my car, so i wouldnt know about other transportation. Parking is horrible is most cases though

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 80th
    Best Campus Transit
  • 620th
    Most Easily Accessible Town
  • 1105th
    Best Car Campuses

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Andrew Rasner
Hometown
Sagamore Hills
Major
Architecture
Grad Year
2014
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Kent State's campus lends itself to foot traffic. All academic buildings, residence halls, and facilities are no more than a 10-minute walk apart. The SRWC (Student Recreation and Wellness Center) is the one exception to this rule; depending on where you are coming from, it can take 15 or 20 minutes to walk there. During the warmer months, many choose to begin their workouts with a warm-up run to the SRWC, but the distance poses a minor inconvenience during the snow-ridden winters. The city of Kent is especially bicycle-friendly, and pedaling is arguably the most enjoyable means of transportation. There are bike racks everywhere, and though the roadway has no dedicated bike lanes, sidewalks abound. In addition, the University offers a service dubbed "Flashfleet," which allows students to check out city bikes for the day from various locations around campus. Oftentimes, biking is more accessible and efficient than car travel, and the environmentally-minded will certainly appreciate your efforts. 

The Portage Area Regional Transportation Authority (PARTA) provides busing options for those wishing to get around campus (free for students) or to neighboring cities (Cleveland or Akron only cost a couple of dollars). During football games, PARTA buses run continuously between the main part of campus and the football stadium. The buses are generally clean and safe, and interested students can even become bus drivers. For its size, Kent State is very accessible and easy to navigate. Having a car on campus can be convenient for longer ventures, but local excursions are best made on foot or by bike, and the surrounding town and nearby cities are equally as accessible thanks to readily available public transportation.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • Bicycle
  • Walking
  • Flashfleet (bicycle sharing system)
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
Have a friend drive you
Local Taxi Services
Go2Go Taxi provides a variety of options for persons or groups traveling within or outside of the city of Kent.
Did You Know?
Flashfleet is a second-generation bike share system where students can sign out bikes from one of six locations on campus.

Safety Escort ServicesWhat's This?

Escort service
(330) 672-7004
Daily 8 p.m.-4 a.m.

Campus ShuttleWhat's This?

PARTA/Campus Bus Service

PARTS has three campus routes: the Campus Loop, Allerton, and Stadium/Front Campus.

(330) 672-RIDE

Monday-Friday 6:15 a.m.-11 p.m.

Public TransitWhat's This?

Portage Area Regional Transportation Authority (PARTA)

Bus schedules are available at the main bus stop by the student center and at the Music & Speech Building.

(330) 678-1287 (1BUS)

(877) RIDE-RTA (7433-782)

(330) 672-7433 (RIDE)

2000 Summit Road

www.partaonline.org

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Akron-Canton Airport

The Akron-Canton Airport is about 26 miles (a 35-minute drive) from Kent State University.

5400 Lauby Road, North Canton

(888) 433-2359

www.akroncantonairport.com

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?

Greyhound

This station is about 45 minutes from campus.

112 Cherry Ave. SE, Canton

(330) 456-7323

www.greyhound.com

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?

Amtrak

This station is about 35 minutes from campus.

820 E. Main St., Alliance

(800) 872-7245

www.amtrak.com

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 131 responses

  • 2% Nonexistent.
  • 3% Extremely difficult to utilize-it's not reliable nor is it convenient for a student's schedule.
  • 11% Moderately difficult to utilize, the pick-up times and locations are far and few between.
  • 27% 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 131 responses

  • 1% You can't have a car here.
  • 5% Cars are totally pointless. Everything you need is within walking distance.
  • 76% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 12% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 6% 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 131 responses

  • 0% Very difficult.
  • 6% Fairly difficult.
  • 56% Fairly easy.
  • 37% Very easy.

Rate the cost of the following transit options    Based on 126 responses

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

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 126 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 126 responses

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