Transportation

Location
San Diego, CA
Undergrads
5,269
Tuition
$39,970
Admission Difficulty
Average
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3 College Sophomore

Transportation: The fact that we have on campus transportation is an added bonus that I wasn't expecting. It's pretty easy to use our tram service on campus, especially with the mobile school app that can give you approximate times. In terms of getting transportation off-campus, the San Diego public transportation system is pretty close and accessible to campus.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: San Diego has terrible public transit, and you need a car. Uber and Lyft are your best options if you do not own a car. Traveling long distance is easy with the San Diego International Airport only 10 minutes from campus, and the Amtrak train station nearby that goes to LA and Santa Barbara.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Trams on campus are good for getting past the hills, but I've never taken them off campus.

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2 College Freshman

Transportation: buses only run around campus and to Old Town.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: There are trams to give students a lift around campus, but getting off campus is even challenging. Because the campus is located on a hill, it's more challenging to get around without a car. You can catch a trolley to get to Fashion Valley, or a bus to get to La Jolla, but they aren't horribly efficient. I'd strongly recommend having a car on campus, or school-operated trams to get to the grocery store and other places.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 105th
    Best Car Campuses
  • 233rd
    Best Campus Transit
  • 1328th
    Most Easily Accessible Town

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Shannon Palka
Hometown
Thousand Oaks, CA
Major
English and Theology
Grad Year
2015
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Bringing a car to campus is extremely helpful but not necessary. For students without cars, cabs are easy to get, but they can be expensive; campus trams go to Old Town every hour, and Zipcars are available to rent for a few hours or for a full day. If you think you'll be using public transportation often, the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System sells monthly passes that can be used on buses, Coaster trains, and trolleys. The best advice for freshmen who didn’t bring their cars to campus is to make friends with those who did. This enables spontaneous trips to Target or the mall, and is cheaper and more convenient than public transportation.

There are trams that run from East Campus to Main Campus and around West Campus. These trams can be really convenient when you’re running late to class, but they can be unreliable. There is an app for iPhones that tells you where trams are at a given time, but there’s almost no telling how long the driver will wait at a stop or if he’ll go on break before coming to your stop. Most students find that it’s easier to walk across campus than it is to wait for the trams.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • A car
  • A bike
  • A skateboard
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
  • A cab ride to the airport costs approximately $15.
  • For major breaks (e.g., Thanksgiving, Intersession, spring break, etc.), USD has shuttles that take you to and from the airport for $12.
Local Taxi Services
The following are some available companies in the area: Orange Cab at (619) 223-5555, San Diego Cab at (619) 226-8294, Silver Cab at (619) 280-5555, and Yellow Cab at (619) 234-6161.
Did You Know?
There is an Amtrak station in Old Town, and USD has trams that go from Colachis Plaza to Old Town every hour.

Safety Escort ServicesWhat's This?

College Cab
(619) 291-3333
Daily 24 hours
Public Safety Escort
Ext. 7777 from campus emergency phones
Daily from dusk until dawn

Campus ShuttleWhat's This?

Tram Service

The shuttle runs throughout the entire campus, and also makes morning and evening runs to Old Town Trolley Station.

(619) 260-4518

On-campus service: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-11:30 p.m.

Old Town Transit Center: 6:45 a.m.-10:15 a.m. (from old Town Transit Center to USD, approximately every half-hour), 3 p.m.-7:30 p.m. (from USD to Old Town Transit Center, approximately every half-hour)

Public TransitWhat's This?

San Diego Metropolitan Transit System

511 (Northern San Diego County)

(619) 233-3004 (Southern San Diego County)

(619) 234-5005

www.sdcommute.com

MTS Trolley

A USD tram runs between the Old Town Transit Trolley Station and campus, so the trolley is a convenient way to get around.

511

(619) 238-0100 general administrative office

(619) 557-4555 customer service

1255 Imperial Ave.

www.sdmts.com/trolley/trolley.asp

Coaster

The Coaster provides daily commuter service between Oceanside and downtown San Diego, and there is a stop a short walk down the hill from USD at the Old Town Center. The Coaster can be a great commuter tool for students who live or work in North County.

(800) COASTER

(760) 966-6500

810 Mission Ave.

gonctd.com/coaster_intro.htm

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

San Diego International Airport

The airport is approximately 6 miles from campus.

3225 N. Harbor Drive

(619) 400-2400

www.san.org

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?

Greyhound

1313 National Ave.

(619) 515-1100

www.greyhound.com

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?

Union Station (Santa Fe Depot)

Santa Fe Depot is located in downtown San Diego right on the Harbor and is impossible to miss. Amtrak provides daily service to all points north and is great for trips to Los Angeles and all points in between. The ride up the coast to LA is breathtaking, and it should be done at least once.

1050 Kettner Blvd.

(800) 872-7245

www.amtrak.com

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 57 responses

  • 2% Nonexistent.
  • 7% Extremely difficult to utilize-it's not reliable nor is it convenient for a student's schedule.
  • 14% Moderately difficult to utilize, the pick-up times and locations are far and few between.
  • 42% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 35% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 58 responses

  • 0% You can't have a car here.
  • 5% Cars are totally pointless. Everything you need is within walking distance.
  • 33% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 34% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 28% 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 57 responses

  • 2% Very difficult.
  • 18% Fairly difficult.
  • 67% Fairly easy.
  • 14% Very easy.

Rate the cost of the following transit options    Based on 52 responses

Non-applicable
Free
  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 55 responses

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

Rate the convenience of long-distance transportation to travel between home and school    Based on 54 responses

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