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2 College Freshman

Transportation: Difficult to get around without a car, most people use Uber, I generally stick to using public transportation which isn't very reliable

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: The public transportation is not very reliable but I like that the campus offers bengal busses that take you to local places like pasadena and glendale so that's enough to venture out a little.

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2 College Sophomore

Transportation: You really need a car if you want to go anywhere outside of Eagle Rock. I often take the bus, and it's possible to get places using public transportation, but it's highly inconvenient, very slow, and poorly funded. There is a "Bengal Bus" shuttle that takes students around the general area, but it is inconsistent and unreliable. Basically, it is absolutely possible to go here and not have a car, but it's still a struggle.

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3 College Freshman

Transportation: If you get ont the list in time, the bengal bus takes you to cool places like the beach, or mountains on saturday mornings. Late night rides are also convenient on weekends, taking or picking students from a far range. If you plan on getting off campus regularly though, get a car. It's necessary.

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3 College Freshman

Transportation: Though existant, it isnt easy to book the transportation system. It is there for you when you absolutely need it like possibly on a Saturday night at 2am if you are close, but not before 10pm. The campus security is very nice and picks you up from anywhere within a two mile radius, no questions asked and drops you off, even within the campus. The Los Angeles Metro System is easy to access and understand and fairly cheap.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 119th
    Best Car Campuses
  • 505th
    Best Campus Transit
  • 1369th
    Most Easily Accessible Town

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

As has been said before, it is definitely a lot simpler to have a car in Los Angeles. Unfortunately, the public transportation system in LA is not the best, but many students have been able to use it very well and get around anywhere they need to. Cabs are options, but only when you can't get a ride from anyone else. Trains are great for a cheap and simple way to go to San Diego or Santa Barbara, too. For those who look hard enough, transportation to just about anywhere in LA is possible, although it might take a long time.

Those students that do not have a car should not worry, though, as there truly are many options available to get around. You should take the LA Metro buses as much as possible and get to know the system. While it can take a while to get around, those that know how to use the bus system in conjunction with the rail lines and other forms of transportation can often have an easier time getting around, especially when they don't have to find parking at a busy area. Most students that felt a car was essential had done very little on the bus, and many students that did have a car still used the bus quite often for trips into areas such as Chinatown, Pasadena, or Glendale. While the mass transit options and cab services are not as glamorous as certain other places in the world, Occidental students still certainly have many ways to get around if they are open to trying new things. Use the bus and rail lines when possible.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
The best way to get around LA is certainly to have a car, but if not, public transportation is quite accessible. Cabs are an option, but most places are so far away, it can easily cost $50 - $60 simply to get around to dinner and clubs in one night.
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
  • A cab ride to the airport costs $50 to go to LAX, and $25 if you're going to Burbank airport.
  • Airport Shuttle 930 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90017 (800) 201-1777
  • Super Shuttle Airport Shuttles 531 Van Ness Ave. Torrance, CA (323) 775-6600

Campus ShuttleWhat's This?

Campus Safety

(323) 259-2599

The Bengal Bus Shuttle

This shuttle is availible to students and guests. It is a good way to get to the closest restaurants, stores, grocery outlets, which are also within walking distance.

Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday evenings every half-hour.

Public TransitWhat's This?

Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA)

LA Metro Rail

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)

Los Angeles International Airport is about 15 minutes from Oxy, depending on traffic.

1 World Way, Los Angeles

(310) 646-5252

Burbank International Airport (BUR)

Approximately 15-45 minutes from Oxy, depending on traffic.

2627 N. Hollywood Way, Burbank

(818) 843-8311

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?

Amtrak Glendale

Direct Distance: 2.57 miles

400 W. Cerritos Ave., Glendale

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 20 responses

  • 0% Nonexistent.
  • 5% Extremely difficult to utilize-it's not reliable nor is it convenient for a student's schedule.
  • 30% Moderately difficult to utilize, the pick-up times and locations are far and few between.
  • 50% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 15% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 19 responses

  • 0% You can't have a car here.
  • 0% Cars are totally pointless. Everything you need is within walking distance.
  • 26% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 47% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 26% 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 19 responses

  • 5% Very difficult.
  • 37% Fairly difficult.
  • 47% Fairly easy.
  • 11% Very easy.

Rate the cost of the following transit options    Based on 15 responses

  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 15 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 17 responses

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