Syracuse, NY
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5 College Freshman

Transportation: No where else has transportation been so available.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: I tend to walk everywhere. The university does however off free shuttle services via bus line for students, which run all day and till night. Most students live within walking distance, either in dorms or off campus apartments.

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3 College Freshman

Transportation: I live in Georgia, and although the airport is close to school it is still very hard for transportation because it is very small and expensive.

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4 College Sophomore

Transportation: I live on South Campus which requires the 344 Bus. During the weekdays, there are buses every 10 minutes and every 20 minutes on weekends. It's very manageable with your schedule. Getting to and from anywhere in Syracuse is possible as well if you know how to read bus maps.

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4 College Freshman

Transportation: Transportation is really great at SU. I think they should have a bike rental option to reduce the amount of cars present on campus. There bus system at SU is really convenient and puntual as well. After 5PM on weekends, all bus shuttles to shopping areas and downtown are free.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 78th
    Best Campus Transit
  • 1193rd
    Best Car Campuses
  • 1312nd
    Most Easily Accessible Town

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Marshal Yong
New York City
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Getting around campus is fairly easy if you pay attention to the many schedules and signs provided for students. Syracuse University has a convenient bus service that shuttles students to and from South Campus, as well as around main campus. There are also three bus stops on campus for trips to such places as downtown Syracuse and the Carousel Mall. As long as you know the schedule, you will certainly do fine getting around campus.

Also, taxis are always readily available. Some students hail a cab to go to the airport, which can be fairly inexpensive. Other students like to use cabs as their designated driver when they go to bars and frats on campus, and they are always available late at night. Buses, trains, and planes are also convenient, as long as you can make your way to either Hancock Airport or the Transportation Center. Both are within a 10-minute drive from the SU campus. Although the airport is small, there are flights that leave from Hancock to almost every destination an SU student would need to go.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • Take Centro Bus
  • Take a taxi
  • Walk (depending on the weather)
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
Take I-81 North to Exit 27 Continue on Airport Boulevard/Colonel Eileen Collins Boulevard Follow signs to parking and terminal.

Campus ShuttleWhat's This?

SU Shuttle U Home

There is a shuttle service that runs routes around campus. Unfortunately, these buses make very infrequent trips around SU.

(315) 443-2224

Public TransitWhat's This?


The CENTRO buses are free, and run to Carousel Mall, downtown Syracuse, and the train station, as well as across the entire campus.

(315) 442-3400

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Hancock International Airport

1000 Colonel Eileen Collins Blvd., Syracuse

(315) 454-3263

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?


131 P and C Pkwy, Syracuse

(315) 472-5339 or (800) 231-2222

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?


131 P & C Pkwy, Syracuse

(315) 477-1152

Student Polls

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 98 responses

  • 1% You can't have a car here.
  • 3% Cars are totally pointless. Everything you need is within walking distance.
  • 85% 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.
  • 4% 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 99 responses

  • 1% 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.
  • 37% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 55% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.

Rate the cost of the following transit options    Based on 92 responses

  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of long-distance transportation to travel between home and school    Based on 91 responses

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

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 98 responses

  • 0% Very difficult.
  • 15% Fairly difficult.
  • 66% Fairly easy.
  • 18% Very easy.

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 92 responses

Very convenient
  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars


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