Transportation

Location
Wilmington, NC
Undergrads
10,457
Tuition (in-state)
$17,472 ($5,672)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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2 College Freshman

Transportation: There isn't a direct route to Wrightsville which is one of the biggest problems that we have! There are a ton of students without cars and even if the students do have cars, college students don't have enough money to pay $10 at the beach every weekend. Another problem is the fact that the busses do not take you directly to walmart or other shopping areas.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: The campus shuttles are very efficient and free for students, they work great, I just haven't had need for them really yet.

3 College Junior

Transportation: I just highly suggest getting a car. The shuttle is nice and sometimes convenient but other times they don't even completely stop even when they see students outside.

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3 College Sophomore

Transportation: i have a personal car

3 College Junior

Transportation: There are a lot of buses but they don't always come at the right time

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 163rd
    Best Campus Transit
  • 754th
    Best Car Campuses
  • 1102nd
    Most Easily Accessible Town

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Chloe Miller
Hometown
Cary, NC
Major
English Literature
Grad Year
2013
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Bike, car, wheels, foot, shuttle—a variety of transportation methods can be seen at UNCW and in the Wilmington, N.C. community. UNCW is an extremely flat, pedestrian-friendly campus, so having a bike proves to be a quick and efficient way of getting to class, nearby locations close to campus, and even to the beach (though that won't be quite as quick, but is still possible). A lot of Seahawk students also use longboards and skateboards. Sometimes you may even observe the unique choice of a tandem bicycle, roller skates, scooters, or motorized skateboards. Of course, walking is also a popular mode of transportation around campus.

Freshmen are allowed to have cars on campus, but it's not necessary to have one. A lot of students don't bring their cars to UNCW until they obtain an off-campus job or internship and actually need a car. The Seahawk Shuttle runs on a fixed schedule around campus, and is a great option, especially if it's raining. Wave transit shuttles also run around Wilmington, and are also a viable option for students in nearby off-campus apartments. Shuttles are free with student ID! There is a park and ride system in place for those who live farther off campus. Schedules for the shuttles are all listed online.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • Car—either your own car, or it's easy to find other students driving any place you want to go around Wilmington
  • Bike
  • UNCW shuttle system
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
Finding someone with a car (if you do not already have one on campus) is the best and cheapest way to get to the Wilmington International Airport. It's really easy to find a friend or fellow student to do you the favor. But taxis are also very available, even if rates vary.
Local Taxi Services
The following are a few taxi services in the area: Coastal Yellow Cab at (910) 762-3322, Port City Taxi at (910) 762-1165, Lett's at (910) 343-3335, and Katt's at (910) 763-5003.

Safety Escort ServicesWhat's This?

Escorts
(910) 962-2222
Daily 24 hours

Campus ShuttleWhat's This?

Seahawk Shuttle

The shuttle operates along fixed routes, with round trips running every 15 to 20 minutes.

(910) 367-0106 wave transit

(910) 962-7062 parking and transportation manager

Monday–Thursday 7 a.m.–9:30 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.–6:30 p.m.

Public TransitWhat's This?

Cape Fear Public Transportation Authority

Students ride Wave free with their UNCW One Card.

(910) 343-0106

1110 Castle St.

www.wavetransit.com

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Wilmington NC International Airport (ILM)

This airport is about a 10-minute drive from campus, approximately 6.5 miles.

1740 Airport Blvd., Suite 12

(910) 341-4125

www.flyilm.com

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?

Greyhound

This station is about 2 miles from campus.

505 Cando St.

(910) 791-8040

www.greyhound.com

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?

Amtrak

This station is about a two-hour drive from campus.

472 Hay St., Fayetteville

(800) 872-7245

www.amtrak.com

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 48 responses

  • 0% Nonexistent.
  • 2% Extremely difficult to utilize-it's not reliable nor is it convenient for a student's schedule.
  • 10% Moderately difficult to utilize, the pick-up times and locations are far and few between.
  • 38% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 50% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 48 responses

  • 0% You can't have a car here.
  • 2% Cars are totally pointless. Everything you need is within walking distance.
  • 71% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 19% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 8% Campus is isolated, so students rely mostly on cars to get them where they need to go.

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 41 responses

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

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 41 responses

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

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 48 responses

  • 2% Very difficult.
  • 10% Fairly difficult.
  • 65% Fairly easy.
  • 23% Very easy.

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