Oberlin, OH
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1 College Freshman

Transportation: There is no public transit in the town of Oberlin. The only option for getting to the airport is the $15 each way shuttle provided by a private company that has some kind of concession with the college. The college only provides transportation at night for students to get back to their dorms; there is no other transit to speak of.

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3 College Sophomore

Transportation: There is no on campus transportation provided besides what students call "the drunk bus" on weekends. I've personally never used it. There also isn't much need for it considering how small the campus is, though for some students who live in places like J house way south the schools transportation can be useful. Most kids do just fine on bikes. Personally I've never had a problem with airport shuttles and find them quite convenient and cheap.

2 College Freshman

Transportation: DO NOT DEPEND ON THE AIRPORT SHUTTLE TO PICK YOU UP. Repeat: do not depend on the airport shuttle to come. I've had it not come, I've had it be twenty minutes early, I've had it be fifty minutes late. I've had it charge me anywhere from five to twenty dollars. Don't trust it.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: The only way to get around is to have a friend with a car, but people don't leave campus often

2 College Junior

Transportation: There really isn't any public transportation. You don't really need it because most people get around fine with bikes and walking! There is a great airport shuttle that takes people to the airport and train stations during break times, but besides that there isn't really any transportation. There are programs that allow you to rent a car, and if you are doing a volunteer program you can rent a car through the Bonner Center, but I recommend getting a friend with a car.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 11th
    Most Easily Accessible Town
  • 839th
    Best Campus Transit
  • 1140th
    Best Car Campuses

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Veronica Colegrove
Cincinnati, Ohio
Latin/Computer science
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Students at Oberlin don't think transportation is an issue-that is, until they want to get out of town. So long as they can get what they need in Oberlin-be it shampoo, groceries, stamps, or beer-there is little need to leave town. Then again, Oberlin only has one small movie theater, two bars, and no malls, so students looking for different forms of entertainment, versus those readily available, are best off taking the Lorain County Transit into Elyria, or to the airport near Cleveland. And it is nearly a consensus that to get out of town, public transportation is not the way to go. Hopefully, you will have a friend with a car.

Besides public transportation, students also rely on their peers to give them rides into Cleveland or other surrounding towns, to go to concerts and bars, or just to get away from Oberlin for an afternoon at the Cleveland Art Museum or the Botanical Gardens. For the most part, though, students tend to be so busy with academics and social engagements at Oberlin, that the desire to get out of town is often undermined by sheer lack of time. Students who spend most of their days in Oberlin-meaning just about everyone-are happy simply using a bicycle or their own two feet to get around town. The bike co-op offers students affordable, recycled bicycles. For those who don't feel safe walking around at night, the Safety and Security shuttle is convenient and free of charge.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • In the passenger seat of a friend's car
  • On a rusty bike
  • On a skateboard
  • Walking
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
  • A cab ride to the airport costs around $45.
  • Hopkins Transportation Services Inc. (800) 543-9912
  • Limousine service, prices vary.
  • Lorain County Transit (440) 329-5545 Free with Student ID. Check schedule in advance for departure times.

Campus ShuttleWhat's This?

Safety and Security Shuttle

(440) 775-RIDE

Daily 9 p.m.-2 a.m.

Public TransitWhat's This?

Lorain County Transit (LCT)

Pick up schedules from Wilder Information Desk.

(440) 329-5545

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Cleveland Hopkins International Airport

The Cleveland Hopkins International Airport is 20 miles and approximately 30 minutes driving time from Oberlin College.

(216) 898-5220

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?

Greyhound First Express

The Greyhound Bus Terminal is in Elyria, approximately 20 minutes from campus. There is also a bus terminal in Cleveland, approximately 40 minutes from Oberlin.

401 Lake Ave., Elyria

(440) 322-0000

Cleveland Greyhound

1465 Chester Ave., Cleveland

(216) 781-05204

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?


The nearest Amtrak station is in Elyria, approximately a 30-minute drive from Oberlin.

410 E. River Road, Elyria

(800) 872-7245

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 22 responses

  • 36% Nonexistent.
  • 14% Extremely difficult to utilize-it's not reliable nor is it convenient for a student's schedule.
  • 18% Moderately difficult to utilize, the pick-up times and locations are far and few between.
  • 14% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 18% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 23 responses

  • 0% You can't have a car here.
  • 52% Cars are totally pointless. Everything you need is within walking distance.
  • 17% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 13% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 17% 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 23 responses

  • 0% Very difficult.
  • 4% Fairly difficult.
  • 4% Fairly easy.
  • 91% Very easy.

Rate the cost of the following transit options    Based on 19 responses

  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 18 responses

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

Rate the convenience of long-distance transportation to travel between home and school    Based on 18 responses

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