Transportation

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Santa Clara, CA
Undergrads
5,141
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$39,048
Admission Difficulty
Average
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3 College Freshman

Transportation: I know that the bus and train are often used.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: It's pretty expensive to take Caltrain to San Francisco, but it is very convenient. The bus system is good, especially for getting to the local malls. But you must pay attention to the schedule as buses run less frequently after 9:00 p.m., and you can get stranded.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: The best thing about transportation is that the transit center is directly across the street from the school, which makes riding the bus to the airport or nearby city, as well as taking the train very accessible.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: The Caltrain station is right next to campus! Doesn't get much better than that!

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3 College Junior

Transportation: We can use our bikes, feet, buses, and the CALtrain to get around. However, public transportation is sufficient. Downtown Sanjose is about a 2 mile walk, and everything is nearby.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 1001st
    Best Car Campuses
  • 1265th
    Most Easily Accessible Town
  • 1358th
    Best Campus Transit

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Lauren Silk
Hometown
Bainbridge Island, WA
Major
English and French
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Transportation around the area can be difficult if you don't have a car of your own. Luckily, Silicon Valley provides plenty of ways to get around through public transportation. The Santa Clara Caltrain station is right across the street from campus, and the Caltrain can take you to nearby towns like Palo Alto or even up to San Francisco. A free airport shuttle also leaves from this station, which makes flying home a breeze.

Campus is small, so many students choose to walk; however, many other students choose to longboard or bike to class, especially those who live off campus. A bike is handy for getting around Santa Clara, but to go anywhere else, you need to drive or take a bus.  

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • Bike
  • Buses
  • Drive
  • Find friends with cars
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
  • A cab ride to the airport costs between $10 and $15.
  • The free SJC Airport Flyer shuttle runs every 15 minutes between the Santa Clara Caltrain station, light rail station, and the San Jose Airport.
Did You Know?
Santa Clara established a Zipcar program on campus that allows students between ages 18 and 25 to rent cars for a $35 membership fee; hourly rates vary between $8 and $9 per hour, while day rates range between $66 and $72 for the whole day.

Safety Escort ServicesWhat's This?

SCU Campus Safety Services
(408) 554-4441
Daily 24 hours

Public TransitWhat's This?

Valley Transportation Authority

Buses run efficiently, although not as frequently as a visitor might like. Operators can help you plan routes.

(408) 321-2300

(800) 894-9908

3331 N. First St., San Jose

www.vta.org

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Mineta San Jose International Airport

San Jose International is practically right on top of campus. There is a shuttle that stops directly across the street from the main entrance that can get you there in about 15 minutes, but if you have your own car, you can be there in as little as five.

1701 Airport Blvd., San Jose

(408) 392-3600

www.sjc.org

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?

San Jose Greyhound Station

The Greyhound bus terminal is in downtown San Jose, approximately three miles from campus.

70 S. Almaden Ave., San Jose

(408) 295-4151

www.greyhound.com

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?

Amtrak

The Amtrak train station is in downtown San Jose, approximately three miles from campus.

65 Cahill St., San Jose

(408) 872-7245

www.amtrak.com

Student Polls

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 46 responses

  • 2% You can't have a car here.
  • 15% Cars are totally pointless. Everything you need is within walking distance.
  • 59% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 13% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 11% 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 46 responses

  • 72% Nonexistent.
  • 0% Extremely difficult to utilize-it's not reliable nor is it convenient for a student's schedule.
  • 7% Moderately difficult to utilize, the pick-up times and locations are far and few between.
  • 13% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 9% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.

Rate the cost of the following transit options     Based on 42 responses

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

Rate the convenience of long-distance transportation to travel between home and school    Based on 42 responses

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

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 46 responses

  • 0% Very difficult.
  • 22% Fairly difficult.
  • 54% Fairly easy.
  • 24% Very easy.

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 42 responses

Non-applicable
Very convenient
  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars
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