Athens, OH
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$19,246 ($10,282)
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4 College Freshman

Transportation: Personally, I live 3 hours away from Ohio University and every time I go home, I take the GoBus. GoBus runs to either Columbus or Cincinnati to bring kids closer to their homes and not making parents drive so far to get them. The convenience and cost are reasonable as well. The small transportation buses that run uptown are only a dollar and that makes it easier for students to travel faster.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: The CATS bus is a great option, but they minimized the stops it makes, so it's useless for some people unless you are close to the stops.

5 College Freshman

Transportation: We have so many options to get around campus from the cat cab, shuttles, and different buses. Thst can also take us to Walmart, which is almost too far to walk.

3 College Student

Transportation: Having a car on campus isn't very realistic (parking is a hassle, and you can't actually have a car until Junior year anyway), so services like the GoBus are really great to have. This makes traveling to Cincinnati and Columbus relatively cheap and easy, which is awesome for visiting friends at other colleges or for catching flights at some of the bigger airports.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Very easy to get around. Most things are in walking distance. If you ever need to take the shuttle, it is very cheap to ride.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 18th
    Most Easily Accessible Town
  • 310th
    Best Campus Transit
  • 1348th
    Best Car Campuses

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Nash Bober
Berlin Heights, Ohio
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Transportation is available on campus, but not really necessary. Most students get around campus just fine and rarely rely on taxis or buses to get anywhere (thankfully, the bars are so close to housing that there's little drunk driving). Walking is the best way to get around campus, and students really only use their cars for groceries, quick errands, and so on. The campus is not very big, and even for students who live off campus, you are never that far from where you need to go. But, if transportation is needed, it's available, which can be nice, especially the bus to and from Columbus. While it may not be needed to get around campus, public transportation is available and convenient.

Getting outside of the city can require a little more planning. It's not impossible, but you'll have to call some service, most likely. Make sure to book reservations early and check online for full listings of all transportation services in and out of Athens.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
Walk, walk, walk, and walk! (Driving is honestly a pain unless you need to get to the Ridges or Wal-Mart; in that case, just hop on the shuttle.)
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
  • A cab ride to the airport costs approximately $90 per person.
  • All Points Transportation provides transportation to and from the airport 24 hours a day. Call (740) 927-9778 for information and reservations.

Campus ShuttleWhat's This?


(740) 597-1909

Monday-Friday 7:45 a.m.-7:30 p.m.

Bobcat Express Shuttle

(740) 593-1611

Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

Public TransitWhat's This?

Athens Community Transit (ACT)

(740) 592-2727

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Port Columbus International

(Approximately 70 miles to Columbus, OH)

4600 International Gateway, Columbus

(614) 239-4000

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?

Lakefront Lines, Inc.

Has a bus that stops at the Oasis (70 University Terrace) at 12:15 p.m., seven days a week, on its way to the Columbus Greyhound Terminal.

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 84 responses

  • 10% Nonexistent.
  • 4% Extremely difficult to utilize-it's not reliable nor is it convenient for a student's schedule.
  • 13% Moderately difficult to utilize, the pick-up times and locations are far and few between.
  • 40% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 33% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 84 responses

  • 1% You can't have a car here.
  • 31% Cars are totally pointless. Everything you need is within walking distance.
  • 64% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 2% 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 easy is it to get around town?    Based on 83 responses

  • 0% Very difficult.
  • 2% Fairly difficult.
  • 30% Fairly easy.
  • 67% Very easy.

Rate the cost of the following transit options    Based on 76 responses

  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 76 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 76 responses

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