Columbus, OH
Tuition (in-state)
$25,445 ($10,037)
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3 College Sophomore

Transportation: It's okay while on campus.

2 College Freshman

Transportation: Could be better. The campus busses are usually packed and are late very often.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: The CABS buses are very convenient and I like that we can ride the COTA for free but they aren't as reliable.

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5 College Freshman

Transportation: Campus buses are free for everyone and public buses are free for students.

3 College Junior

Transportation: I am from the Cleveland area, and there are quite a few students here from the general area, so it is easy hitching a ride home,


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 3rd
    Best Campus Transit
  • 425th
    Most Easily Accessible Town
  • 1332nd
    Best Car Campuses

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Gilburt L. Chiang
Marietta, Ga.
Electrical engineering
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The general feeling is that the bus lines (COTA and CABS) are dependable. Some students have negative attitudes toward these services, perhaps because of the occasional delays that do happen; overall, though, the buses are reliable if you allow enough extra time. The COTA buses are one of the most useful transit options available to students. While you can usually walk anywhere on campus, making CABS service somewhat redundant, the COTA buses can open up areas of Columbus that you may otherwise not get to explore.

At first, the city buses can seem a little intimidating. Some students are afraid of the "scary" sorts of people that frequently use the system, and there's no denying that this element takes some getting used to. Where else will you meet these great, larger-than-life characters, though? Once you've ridden enough to get past the initial jitters, you'll be fine; the usefulness of the bus system makes it worthwhile. The #2 bus is the main line used to move students back and forth through Columbus, and the #84 takes students back to the Lennox and is also frequented by students. Make sure you catch the correct bus back to OSU, however; if you take the wrong one, it will loop far west before it gets to campus, and your trip will take well over an hour. Until you're sure of the schedules, stay in an area that you can walk back from-it's not hard to do around campus.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • CABS buses
  • COTA buses
  • Walk
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
COTA bus

Campus ShuttleWhat's This?

Campus Area Bus System (CABS)

The OSU busing system, CABS, offers routes for students and visitors while on campus. For a list of what routes are run and when, check:

(614) 292-6122

Public TransitWhat's This?

Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA)

(614) 228-1776

60 E. Broad St.

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Port Columbus International Airport

The Columbus Airport is 10 miles and approximately a 15-minute drive from campus, depending on traffic.

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 157 responses

  • 1% Nonexistent.
  • 0% Extremely difficult to utilize-it's not reliable nor is it convenient for a student's schedule.
  • 3% 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.
  • 82% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 157 responses

  • 4% You can't have a car here.
  • 15% 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.
  • 3% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 3% 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 157 responses

  • 1% Very difficult.
  • 3% Fairly difficult.
  • 58% Fairly easy.
  • 38% Very easy.

Rate the cost of the following transit options    Based on 147 responses

  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 146 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 146 responses

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


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