West Lafayette, IN
Tuition (in-state)
$28,702 ($9,900)
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3 College Freshman

Transportation: Some people use the buses nearly every day but the campus is pretty small so you don't necessarily need to.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: The buses are convenient and free, but definitely not enough on weekends.

4 College Junior

Transportation: Great bus system for the size of the city and the uni.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: The bus schedules run pretty flawlessly most of the time. Parking is not bad. There is a $100 fee for a parking permit each year that is a little annoying to pay for, but considering at live at home, it is a necessary evil.

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3 College Sophomore

Transportation: City bus sometimes are not on time when tracking them.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 13th
    Best Campus Transit
  • 1192nd
    Most Easily Accessible Town
  • 1278th
    Best Car Campuses

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Reema Siddiqui
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CityBus provides transportation both for Purdue’s campus and the Greater Lafayette area. Students find it to be modern and easily accessible. Students will tell you that it is usually quicker to walk where you need to go on campus instead of taking a bus, but on swelteringly hot or bitterly freezing days, the miniscule amount of time you lose by taking the bus is worth it for the air conditioned or heated comfort. The transportation system is especially stellar for students living off campus who don’t want to deal with the hassle of parking on campus. The major apartment complexes have shuttles that will ferry students for free, while others have CityBus stops relatively nearby. For those who want to have a fun time at the bars and not have to worry about driving home, the late-night bus route, called the "Night Rider," starts at 10 p.m. and runs until 4 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights.

While going to the mall or Wal-Mart on public transportation takes an absurdly long time, the system works amazingly well for the campus and the areas close by. If you’re going to the opposite end of the town and have pressing time restraints, it may be in your best interest to snag a friend to drive you. But, otherwise, Purdue’s transportation provides a definite relief from the hassles of walking or parking on campus.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • Bum a ride with an upperclassman friend.
  • The CityBus Lafayette/West Lafayette loops. They're extremely accessible, and they're free with a valid
  • There are nice little bike paths everywhere on Purdue's sidewalks, and there are many racks outside buildings where you can chain them up.
  • Walking around the beautiful campus and West Lafayette is a great free work out.
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
  • A cab ride to the airport costs around $10-$15, which is too much. Take the CityBus route to the airport, it's free.
  • By bus (highly recommended): Take CityBus route 4B Purdue West/Airport. It should take approximately 15 to 20 minutes from campus.
  • By car: From I-65, take SR 26 east through Lafayette and West Lafayette. Take a left onto Newman Road, which becomes U.S. Hwy. 200, taking you directly to the airport.

Campus ShuttleWhat's This?

CityBus campus loops

7 a.m.-6:30 p.m.

Friday and Saturday late nights, 10 p.m.-3 a.m.

Public TransitWhat's This?


(765) 742-RIDE (7433)

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Purdue University Airport

The Purdue University Airport is rather small, so flights to and from the Greater Lafayette area might be slightly limited. For a broader selection of flights, you'll have to head to Indianapolis or one of Chicago's airports.

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?


200 N. Second St.

(765) 742-8836

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?


Daily routes run between Indianapolis and Chicago for cheap. Some of the more popular routes (#3l7and #51 northbound) are scheduled to leave Lafayette at 7:22 a.m. The returning trains #3l8 and #52 both arrive back at Lafayette station at 10:43 p.m.

Student Polls

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 146 responses

  • 1% You can't have a car here.
  • 5% Cars are totally pointless. Everything you need is within walking distance.
  • 86% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 5% 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 convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 146 responses

  • 0% Nonexistent.
  • 1% Extremely difficult to utilize-it's not reliable nor is it convenient for a student's schedule.
  • 4% Moderately difficult to utilize, the pick-up times and locations are far and few between.
  • 27% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 68% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.

Rate the cost of the following transit options    Based on 130 responses

  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of long-distance transportation to travel between home and school    Based on 129 responses

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

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 146 responses

  • 0% Very difficult.
  • 7% Fairly difficult.
  • 73% Fairly easy.
  • 21% Very easy.

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 130 responses

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


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