Philadelphia, PA
Tuition (in-state)
$23,422 ($13,596)
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4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Subway and regional rail you will probably use most.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: SEPTA as well as a cab can be expensive but the free shuttles are pretty good.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Since I live in northeast Philadelphia, it is very easy for me to commute from home to campus by public transportation. Also I am very close to traveling buses for whenever I want to visit friends that go to State college or Pitt.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Next to plenty of public trans. Not needed though

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4 College Freshman

Transportation: The times i have taken it, its pretty good.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 37th
    Most Easily Accessible Town
  • 117th
    Best Campus Transit
  • 1374th
    Best Car Campuses

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

There are many different options for transportation in Philly, as well as on campus. The escort service picks students up from parties and local streets. Even those that live off campus find that there are shuttles that routinely pick up and drop off around school. They run on a strict schedule, so students have to give themselves plenty of time. The main problems are that it only runs in a loop and doesn’t have many drivers. For travel specifically around the city, there are two subways: one going from north to south, and the other from east to west. There are also trolleys and buses, but experienced students caution only to use them if you have a good sense of direction. Always have a back-up plan with Philly’s transportation; there is constant construction on weekends. Students say that the SEPTA rails can also be worth trying if you want to spend the extra money.

If you’re out for the night, be aware that the city shuts down at midnight, so you must depend on a cab or a friend’s car. The best advice? Avoid taking a cab! The drivers always overcharge; they sometimes even try to charge a fee for every person in the car. They will also try to pull a fast one by taking the longest route possible. Temple is very accessible by public transportation, except if coming from Delaware Avenue. A cab ride from campus to Delaware Avenue should only cost $7; students learn the routes in order to make sure they aren’t getting ripped off. For those not so familiar with the city, they say the best thing to do is to remember 13th Street, which is the fastest way to get back to Temple.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • Owl Loop
  • PhillyCarShare
  • ZipCar
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
  • A cab ride to the airport costs $25.
  • SEPTA regional rail system
Local Taxi Services
Liberty Cab Co., Philly Taxi, and City Cab are some popular taxi services in the area.

Campus ShuttleWhat's This?

Owl Loop

The Owl Loop is free and runs daily.

(215) 204-7188

Daily 5 p.m.-6:30 a.m.

Public TransitWhat's This?


Buses, subways, trolleys

(215) 580-7800

1234 Market St.

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Philadelphia International Airport

Approximately 20 minutes away from Temple University

8401 Executive Ave.

(215) 937-6800

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?


1001 Filbert St.

(215) 931-4075

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?


2955 Market St.

(800) 872-7245

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 150 responses

  • 4% Nonexistent.
  • 3% Extremely difficult to utilize-it's not reliable nor is it convenient for a student's schedule.
  • 13% Moderately difficult to utilize, the pick-up times and locations are far and few between.
  • 40% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 40% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 150 responses

  • 0% You can't have a car here.
  • 47% Cars are totally pointless. Everything you need is within walking distance.
  • 51% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 1% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 1% 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 149 responses

  • 0% Very difficult.
  • 3% Fairly difficult.
  • 45% Fairly easy.
  • 52% Very easy.

Rate the cost of the following transit options    Based on 149 responses

  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 149 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 148 responses

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