Transportation

Location
Malibu, CA
Undergrads
3,086
Tuition
$42,772
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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3 College Sophomore

Transportation: If you don't have a car don't worry one of your friends will. the good thing is Pepperdine has an on campus shuttle service that not only can get you around school but can take you to Ralphs (grocery store). If you are worried about getting to the beach its down an hill, across the street and a short hike away, if you don't have a car (the hike is beautiful and easy). If you want to go somewhere farther out than Ralphs then makes sure you know someone with a car.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: Shuttles are really nice for the CCB but otherwise you need a car.

3 College Junior

Transportation: There is not much in Malibu, you must drive either to Santa Monica on PCH or go through the canyon. It is way more convenient to have a car on campus. Pepperdine does offer free shuttles to Ralphs, Starbucks, main shopping area. They also provide students with Hertz- Rental cars.

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2 College Sophomore

Transportation: They really need a shuttle or something, especially on the weekends

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: The only real way to be sure you can get where you want to go is to have a car

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 10th
    Best Car Campuses
  • 423rd
    Best Campus Transit
  • 1378th
    Most Easily Accessible Town

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Jackie Fetzer
Hometown
Huntersville, NC
Major
English Writing and Rhetoric
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Public transportation at Pepperdine is about as popular as that high-pitched squirrelly guy on Saved by the Bell. The resounding opinion of Pep students is that the school’s off-campus shuttles are inconvenient and unreliable, and most car-deprived students find themselves stranded far from the convenience of LA’s bus and metro stations. Their resounding advice, therefore, is to bring a car. If that’s just not possible, plan to make friends with vehicle-equipped students as quickly as possible.

 

The drama surrounding Pepperdine’s transportation situation is a bit dramatized. As with parking, getting around is only as much of a problem as you make it out to be. An abundance of California natives with their own cars means that everyone knows someone to bum a ride from. As far as getting yourself to and from the airport, a lot of students rely on the Primetime Shuttles, or “Red Vans.” Yet the Malibu Cab company charges only a few bucks more, and can be for a group of four travelers. Just don’t count exclusively—or much at all, for that matter—on public transportation to get you out and about during your time at Pepperdine.

 

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • Borrow your buddy's car
  • Bum a ride
  • Drive! It's LA! (Well, the LA area)
  • Use the off-campus shuttle provided by SGA, (310) 506-4360
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
  • A cab ride to the airport costs $35 for up to four people with Malibu Cab.
  • Airport Shuttle (310) 317-1992 $45, plus $7 for each additional passenger.
  • Primetime Shuttles (800) 733-8267.
  • Road Runner Shuttle (805) 389-8196 $35
  • With the Pepperdine discount, Primetime (Red Vans) costs $27, plus $11 for each additional passenger.
Did You Know?
Pepperdine partnered with Hertz to bring a car-sharing program onto campus. Students who join this program can rent one of a handful of cars by the hour or day.

Campus ShuttleWhat's This?

Waves Shuttle Service

(310) 506-4802

8:00 a.m.-10:30 p.m.

Student Service Officer Escort Program

(310) 506-4442

8:00 p.m.-2:30 a.m. or anytime by request through Public Safety

Public TransitWhat's This?

CalTrans

(213) 897-4867

www.dot.ca.gov

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Los Angeles International Airport

LAX is about 40 miles away, and, depending on traffic, it can take anywhere from 50 to 90 minutes to get there.

(310) 642-7008

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?

Greyhound Trailways Bus Terminal

The closest Greyhound bus terminal is through Malibu Canyon in Thousand Oaks, about 13 miles from campus.

707 E. Thousand Oaks, Blvd. 11, Thousand Oaks, CA

(805) 449-7265

www.greyhound.com

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?

LA Amtrak Train Station

The nearest Amtrak station is in LA, about 25 miles away.

1605 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles

(213) 624-0171

www.amtrak.com

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 36 responses

  • 3% Nonexistent.
  • 3% Extremely difficult to utilize-it's not reliable nor is it convenient for a student's schedule.
  • 17% Moderately difficult to utilize, the pick-up times and locations are far and few between.
  • 53% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 25% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 36 responses

  • 0% You can't have a car here.
  • 0% 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.
  • 25% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 58% 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 35 responses

  • 3% Very difficult.
  • 34% Fairly difficult.
  • 51% Fairly easy.
  • 11% Very easy.

Rate the cost of the following transit options    Based on 34 responses

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

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 34 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 34 responses

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