Public transportation around San Diego is extremely convenient, though unpopular and unappealing to students because of the interesting and unusual crowd typically on board. The bus station is located on the south side of campus, and the trolley passes through San Diego State’s campus. The MTS Trolley system is perfect for students without a car. Routes go as far south to the border, east to Santee, and as far west as downtown. Stops include major shopping districts like Mission Valley and Fashion Valley, the city’s major land mark (Old Town), and Qualcomm Stadium—home of the San Diego Chargers. The main downfall of the trolley system is that the service ends fairly early during both the weekend and weeknights. On the other hand, an all day pass with unlimited rides costs $5. If you get stuck downtown because the trolley service ended for the night, avoid taxi cabs—their fees are outrageous.
If you have a car, it makes it that much easier as everything in San Diego is no more than a 35-minute drive in all directions. However, if you drink, know that there are random sobriety check points scattered through the college area. Always take precaution, and never drink and drive.