Transportation

Location
Rochester Hills, MI
Undergrads
696
Tuition
$20,010
Admission Difficulty
Very Easy
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2 College Sophomore

Transportation: The one problem Rochester College has is transportation. The location does not provide students without a car with any form of public transportation, so the only option for students living on campus is to find someone with a car. Commuters have parking problems as well. With the enrollment increasing each year, this becomes a larger and larger problem. If there is an all-campus event, there may not be enough parking spots for everyone depending on how many people show up.

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1 College Junior

Transportation: Rochester College's campus is only about 1 mile long entirely. This means that transportation services are not necessary, and are non existent, to get around our campus grounds.

College Freshman

Transportation: The campus does not have a shuttle or transportation system because it is so small. You can walk at a leisurely pace from one end of campus to the other in around 7 minutes. The trail behind campus leads to downtown which is really nice. There is a grocery and small strip mall directly across the street. Most things are within easy walking distance, but nearly everything you could need is within biking distance.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: They have transports for classes that meet off campus or for sports, but most of the classes are on the main campus.

4 College Senior

Transportation: I do not have any issues getting to and from school.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 132nd
    Best Car Campuses
  • 464th
    Most Easily Accessible Town
  • 1281st
    Best Campus Transit

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Christopher Currie
Hometown
Gary, Indiana
Major
Mass Communications/Broadcasting
Grad Year
2012
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Being as the campus is relatively small, transportation on campus is not particularly an issue. Most of the Detroit suburbs are serviced by SMART (Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation), but there are currently no buses that run into Rochester Hills. Bus routes are available at the SMART website (www.smartbus.org), or you can call their information center at (866) 962-5515.

Students should bear in mind that, if they live on campus, Rochester College has a curfew, and any off-campus excursions should be completed earlier in the evening if possible. Students who travel by bus should make sure that they are able to get back on campus on time.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
SMART buses
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
  • Really, the best way to get to the Detroit Metropolitan Airport from campus would be to catch a taxi. The cost may be around $35. Trying to get there (or back) by coordinating SMART buses would be too unwieldy for most to tolerate.
  • The other option is to have a friend/relative drop you off in their vehicle. You may want to offer them some gas money, but you won't have to pay a taxi fee (which may be elevated depending on traffic conditions).
Local Taxi Services
An assortment of taxi services can be found in the local Yellow Pages and through the Internet.
Did You Know?
Metropolitan Detroit does not have a comprehensive, region-wide transportation system. As of 2012, there exists a proposal by Michigan Governor Rick Snyder to create a network of "rapid transit" buses that would serve four of Southeast Michigan's counties, including Oakland County, where Rochester College is. The proposal would be to have such buses travel expedited routes to get people cross-town and cross-county in a much faster manner. Currently, any practical legislation has yet to be passed to legislate the proposal. Rochester residents are, by default, dependent on SMART buses or taxis as far as paid transit.

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport

The Detroit airport is about 30 miles south of campus.

2596 Worldgateway Place, Detroit

(734) 942-3550

www.metroairport.com

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?

Greyhound - Pontiac

This station is located about 8 miles west of campus.

51000 Woodward Ave., Pontiac

(248) 333-2499

www.greyhound.com

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?

Amtrak - Pontiac

This station is located about 8 miles west of campus.

51000 Woodward Ave., Pontiac

(248) 334-6016

www.amtrak.com

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 13 responses

  • 92% Nonexistent.
  • 0% Extremely difficult to utilize-it's not reliable nor is it convenient for a student's schedule.
  • 0% Moderately difficult to utilize, the pick-up times and locations are far and few between.
  • 8% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 0% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 14 responses

  • 0% You can't have a car here.
  • 14% Cars are totally pointless. Everything you need is within walking distance.
  • 14% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 7% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 64% 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 14 responses

  • 0% Very difficult.
  • 14% Fairly difficult.
  • 29% Fairly easy.
  • 57% Very easy.

Rate the cost of the following transit options    Based on 14 responses

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

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 14 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 15 responses

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