Tuscaloosa, AL
Tuition (in-state)
$22,950 ($9,200)
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3 College Student

Transportation: enormous campus. best to walk or ride bike. parking is a disaster.

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3 College Sophomore

Transportation: The campus has multiple bus systems that operate during the day and at night. The airport is about an hour away. The train is located in Tuscaloosa.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Transportation: 348-Ride is a great idea. You call the number and a bus comes to pick you up. However, they are normally busy. I never really use the buses. I am fine with walking anywhere on campus.

3 College Student

Transportation: The crimson ride is a lot of times unreliable, but overall the transportation is very good.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: As long as the weather is good

1 person found this useful Report

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 79th
    Best Campus Transit
  • 959th
    Most Easily Accessible Town
  • 1108th
    Best Car Campuses

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Josh Morris
Bath, Maine
Public Relations
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Public transportation is not widely used in Tuscaloosa. Everything is mostly in walking distance, and since most students bring their own cars, there is not much need for other transportation. Off-campus residents can take advantage of the trolley system if they don't bring a car, which makes stops on and off campus. Also, the trolley goes down the Strip at night, so students have a ride home from the bars. If students are on campus at night and need a ride, 348-RIDE is the safest and fastest way to get you where you need to be. Although most students choose not to use the public transportation systems, they still believe they are conveniently located around town.

Getting around town is not a problem for UA students since all the basic needs are located on campus or on the Strip. However, if students do need to get around town, the trolley is their best bet. For rides around campus, 348-RIDE is convenient. If students don't have a car and need to travel beyond the trolley's route, then cabs are the most popular way to get around.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • Drive yourself
  • Ride a bike
  • Ride with a friend
  • Trolley
  • Walk
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
  • A cab ride to the airport costs $70.
  • Ambassador Limousine Service. One way for 1-6 passengers is $80. (205) 556-5466.
  • Birmingham Door-to-Door Shuttle Service. (888) 349-1544.
  • Crown Limousine Service. One-way Sedan for 1-3 passengers is $86 one way; a limousine for up to 8 passengers is $150; and a one-way van for up to 12 passengers is $175. (205) 339-5466.

Campus ShuttleWhat's This?


Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

The Night Trolley

Thursday-Saturday 6:30 p.m.-2 a.m.

Bama Escort Service

(205) 348-RIDE

Daily 6 p.m.-6 a.m.

Public TransitWhat's This?

Tuscaloosa Transit Authority

(205) 556-3876

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

The Birmingham International Airport

Tuscaloosa does not have an airport, so students fly in and out of Birmingham, which is less then an hour away.

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?


Greyhound is only one mile away from UA's campus.

2520 Stillman Blvd.

(205) 758-6651

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?


Amtrak is only two miles away from UA's campus.

2105 Greenboro Ave.

(205) 758-3578

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 116 responses

  • 0% Nonexistent.
  • 3% Extremely difficult to utilize-it's not reliable nor is it convenient for a student's schedule.
  • 12% Moderately difficult to utilize, the pick-up times and locations are far and few between.
  • 30% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 55% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 116 responses

  • 1% You can't have a car here.
  • 3% Cars are totally pointless. Everything you need is within walking distance.
  • 79% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 15% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 2% 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 116 responses

  • 3% Very difficult.
  • 6% Fairly difficult.
  • 57% Fairly easy.
  • 34% Very easy.

Rate the cost of the following transit options    Based on 111 responses

  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 110 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 110 responses

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


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