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3 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: Most students do not need to use public transportation because most of what you need is at SLU. When you live off campus most students like to have their cars to get groceries. The most expensive part about transportation is the cost of parking and taking taxis to bars in other parts of town.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: It's easy to make friends who live close to you. Usually someone you know or more than one person will have a car that will let you borrow it if you need one.

3 College Junior

Transportation: It's hard to get to Target without a car. Going to the grocery store is a close walk but you cant buy too much if you walk because your arms will get tired.

2 College Senior

Transportation: It's not just the campus the city needs a good transportation system, like a metro.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Campus transportation is great but it just takes them a little bit long to get to you. about 10 mins at the most.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 201st
    Best Campus Transit
  • 1115th
    Most Easily Accessible Town
  • 1138th
    Best Car Campuses

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Katie Kuemmel
Waukesha, WI
Occupational Therapy
Grad Year
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SLU offers students a variety of free transportation options for getting around campus. Each weekday, a shuttle runs around the perimeter of the main campus, between the main and medical campus, and to the flight field in Cahokia, Ill. Although they run continuously throughout the day, using the shuttles does add a significant amount of transportation and waiting time, so many students prefer to drive their cars. On Saturdays, a shuttle runs from campus to key locations for students, such as St. Louis Public Library (in the Central West End shopping district), Target, Walmart, Schnucks (grocery store), Bed Bath & Beyond, and the St. Louis Galleria (mall and movie theater). Every night, the Department of Public Safety offers SLU Ride, a free van service that transports students in between campuses and from an on-campus location to a location within one block of campus. DPS also offers free student walking or driving escorts when SLU Ride is not in service.

Public buses run routes around campus, but they are not widely used by students. The MetroLink is a light-rail system with a station located a block off the main campus. The MetroLink has several stops near downtown locations, as well as popular locations west of campus, including Forest Park, the Loop, Central West End, and the Galleria. MetroLink also has stops at the Greyhound and Amtrak stations, as well as the airport. Taxis are easily accessible, and there are a variety of bars within a 10-minute cab ride.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • MetroLink
  • Taxi
  • Walking
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
  • A cab ride to the airport costs about $30.
  • Driving to the airport takes about 20 minutes without traffic and up to 30 minutes with traffic. The best route is I-64 to I-170.
  • The MetroLink light-rail system has a stop at both East and West terminals. There is also a MetroLink stop along Grand Boulevard, about two blocks from the east end of campus. A one-way ride is $2.25.
Local Taxi Services
SLU students tend to use Lacelde Cab Company because their dispatch center is close to campus. Other companies include Harris Cab, ABC, and County Cab.

Safety Escort ServicesWhat's This?

SLU Ride
(314) 977-7433
Monday-Wednesday 6 p.m.-1 a.m., Thursday 6 p.m.-2 a.m., Friday 6 p.m.-3 a.m., Saturday 7 a.m.-3 a.m., Sunday 7 a.m.-1 a.m.

Campus ShuttleWhat's This?

Parks CAS Shuttle

Runs to and from Parks Airport hourly

(314) 977-9569

Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday 7 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday on demand

Recreation Stadium Shuttle

Runs weeknight evenings from Frost Campus to the Medical Center's Recreation Stadium every 15 minutes

Monday-Friday 6 p.m.-10:30 p.m.

Weekend Shuttle

Runs to mall and grocery store every 30 minutes

(314) 977-3042

(314) 977-3000 (emergencies)

Saturday-Sunday 12 p.m.-1 a.m.

Saturday-Sunday 2:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m.

Billiken Loop Shuttle

Runs the outer loop of campus every 15 minutes. Boundaries are Compton, Laclede, Vandeventer, and Lindell/Olive.

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

Express Shuttle

Runs between Frost Campus and the Medical Center every 15 minutes.

Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-6:50 p.m.

Grand Shuttle

Runs to and from the University, Medical Center, and Salus Center every 20 minutes.

Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-7:10 p.m.

Public TransitWhat's This?


Call for schedules for MetroBus and MetroLink light-rail systems

(314) 231-2345

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Lambert-St. Louis International Airport

The airport is about 10 miles northwest of campus.

10701 Lambert International Blvd.

(314) 426-8000

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?

St. Louis Greyhound Station

The Greyhound station is about 2 miles southeast of campus.

430 S. 15th St., St. Louis

(314) 231-4485

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?

Amtrak - St. Louis

The Amtrak station is about 2 miles southeast of campus.

430 S. 15th St., St. Louis

(800) 872-7245

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 65 responses

  • 0% Nonexistent.
  • 0% Extremely difficult to utilize-it's not reliable nor is it convenient for a student's schedule.
  • 25% Moderately difficult to utilize, the pick-up times and locations are far and few between.
  • 45% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 31% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 65 responses

  • 0% You can't have a car here.
  • 9% Cars are totally pointless. Everything you need is within walking distance.
  • 72% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 14% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 5% 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 65 responses

  • 3% Very difficult.
  • 8% Fairly difficult.
  • 63% Fairly easy.
  • 26% Very easy.

Rate the cost of the following transit options    Based on 65 responses

  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 64 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 64 responses

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