Transportation

Location
Radford, VA
Undergrads
8,023
Tuition (in-state)
$20,160 ($8,590)
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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3 College Sophomore

Transportation: Students mainly take the bus but if one needed to get to some where such as the Roanoke mall, then they would have to get a taxi and that is fairly expensive

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3 College Freshman

Transportation: dont really use campus transportation. would like to have my car on campus but parking pass prices are ridiculous

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Radford has a transit that takes students where they need to go.

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5 College Freshman

Transportation: buses will take you anywhere you need to go at pretty much any time

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4 College Freshman

Transportation: Buses come every ten minutes to take you to many different places.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 331st
    Best Campus Transit
  • 795th
    Best Car Campuses
  • 875th
    Most Easily Accessible Town

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Kerith Rae
Hometown
South Africa
Major
Business Management/Public Relations
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For a college town, Radford offers very little in terms of public transportation—in fact, the city has none. You might think that this isn't a huge problem since the town is small, but stores that students need for food and living supplies are a good 45-minute walk away. University-provided transit does run to Walmart and Food Lion and can make stops along the way by student request, but this system is incredibly unreliable, and students often complain about being stranded for several hours due to "shift changes." The best ways to get around include walking or bringing a car, the latter of which most students do. If you don't have a car, try to become good friends with someone who has one. Radford is working to improve its transit system, but don't hold your breath. For now, the best way to get around Radford is a car.

In terms of long-distance travel, the closest airport is 45 minutes away, and you will definitely need a car or gracious ride from a friend to get there. There are no shuttle runs from the school to the airport or the Greyhound station in Roanoke. There is a home ride program offered for students who live along a certain route, but the timing is inconvenient and the tickets are often expensive.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • Drive
  • RU Transit
  • Walk
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
Get a friend with a car to drive you

Safety Escort ServicesWhat's This?

Safety Escorts
(540) 831-5500
"From dusk to dawn" or when the campus shuttle is not in operation

Campus ShuttleWhat's This?

Radford Transit

Check the website for route times: radfordtransit.com. Students, faculty, and staff ride for free. General public fares are only $1, though.

(540) 831-5911

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Roanoke Regional Airport

The Roanoke Regional Airport is 41.9 miles and approximately 45 minutes' driving time from Radford University. Traffic around Roanoke can be an issue, so leaving at least 30 minutes earlier than usual is encouraged in order to avert any issues.

5202 Aviation Dr., Roanoke

(540) 362-1999

www.roanokeairport.com

Charlotte-Douglas International Airport

Charlotte-Douglas International Airport is 162 miles and approximately two hours and 45 minutes away. The airport is located in Charlotte, N.C.

5501 Josh Birmingham Pkwy., Charlotte

(704) 359-4910

www.charmeck.org/Departments/Airport/home.htm

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?

Greyhound

The Greyhound bus terminal is in downtown Roanoke, approximately 45 miles from campus.

26 Salem Ave., Roanoke

(540) 343-5436

www.greyhound.com

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?

Amtrak

This station is about an hour and 40 minutes from campus, approximately 84 miles.

307 E. Ridgeway St., Clifton Forge

(800) 872-7245

www.amtrak.com

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 34 responses

  • 3% Nonexistent.
  • 3% Extremely difficult to utilize-it's not reliable nor is it convenient for a student's schedule.
  • 15% Moderately difficult to utilize, the pick-up times and locations are far and few between.
  • 38% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 41% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 34 responses

  • 0% You can't have a car here.
  • 12% Cars are totally pointless. Everything you need is within walking distance.
  • 62% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 15% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 12% 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 34 responses

  • 0% Very difficult.
  • 3% Fairly difficult.
  • 62% Fairly easy.
  • 35% Very easy.

Rate the cost of the following transit options    Based on 33 responses

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

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 33 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 32 responses

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