UCM is located outside of town, so a mode of transportation is a must to get off campus and to run errands. Having a car is by far the best option, but there are a couple of other options for those who do not have a car. The school provides a bus system known as CatTracks, which consists of buses that take different routes into town. Students can take CatTracks an unlimited number of times and it is free of charge, since all students pay $87 per semester as part of their tuition to have CatTracks running.
If students want to go back home, they often take the train. CatTracks stops by the Amtrak train station in the evening. During the day, CatTracks will drop students off at the local community college to transfer to Merced’s public buses that take them to the train station. There is a taxi company in Merced, but it is not commonly used by students, perhaps because they find cheaper options to get around. There is also an airport in town, but there are not too many international or out-of-state students at UCM, so there usually is not much of an issue of getting transportation to the airport.