Columbia, SC
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$27,644 ($10,488)
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3 College Sophomore

Transportation: I don't have a car so the on-campus shuttle is utilized a lot, even though you sometimes have to wait as long as 15 minutes for it. Other than pledge rides, friends and taxis, there's no other way to get around town (no public transportation).

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4 College Freshman

Transportation: Although taxis are not very reliable at times, they are very affordable. Campus shuttles are free and will take you pretty much all over campus.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: Everything on campus is pretty close but cars are necessary

College Sophomore

Transportation: Regional campus of a larger university. Located in a very small town with no public transportation provided. Inner-campus school functions that require transportation is always provided very conveniently.

3 College Junior

Transportation: The airport is not far and tons of students carpool home together


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 105th
    Best Campus Transit
  • 1046th
    Best Car Campuses
  • 1186th
    Most Easily Accessible Town

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Gregory Goetz
Fort Mitchell, KY
Media Arts/Entrepreneurial Business
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The public transportation system at USC is, all in all, not bad. Students frequent the on-campus shuttles much more than the Columbia bus system, but both provide comprehensive routes. The Carolina Shuttles run Monday–Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., with night shuttles starting at nightfall for safe and efficient transportation on campus. Although the campus is larger than 350 acres, the vast majority of one’s classes can be reached with a 15-minute walk. On the weekends, Cocky’s Caravan transports students to and from the bar districts of Five Points and the Vista free of charge. Columbia’s bus system is almost neglected by students. This is because many of the students do have cars, can easily walk to grocery stores and restaurants, and are unsure of where the bus stops.

To get out of town without a car, there is an Amtrak station, a Greyhound bus station, and the Columbia Metropolitan Airport, all relatively close to campus. Students find these convenient, especially if they live far away. There are shuttles that run to both the Columbia and Charlotte airports, offering a convenient alternative to expensive cab rides. The easiest way to get from around campus is to walk or ride a bike. Bike racks are located outside almost every building on campus. Both on- and off-campus transportation is pretty safe, though one should always use caution in such settings.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • Bike
  • Car
  • Scooter
  • USC Shuttle
  • Walk
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
  • A cab ride to the airport costs around $20.
  • Ard's Airport Shuttle (803) 791-5767
  • Columbia Airport Shuttle: (803) 647-9909
Did You Know?
A shuttle runs from USC to the Douglas International Airport in Charlotte for a $49 fee. Reservations can be made at (803)783-5123.

Campus ShuttleWhat's This?

USC Shuttle

(803) 777-1080

Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., 6 p.m.-12:30 a.m.

APO Escort Services

(803) 777-DUCK

Public TransitWhat's This?

Columbia Area Transit System

Call or visit the Web site for a map of easy access to the public transportation system.

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

The Columbia Metropolitan Airport

The Columbia Metropolitan Airport is seven miles and about a 15-minute drive from campus.

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?


The Greyhound Bus Terminal is in downtown Columbia, approximately one mile from campus.

2015 Gervais St., Columbia

(803) 256-6465

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?


The Amtrak Train Station is in downtown Columbia, approximately two miles from campus.

950 Pulaski St., Columbia

(803) 252-8246

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 122 responses

  • 2% Nonexistent.
  • 3% 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.
  • 39% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 47% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 121 responses

  • 0% You can't have a car here.
  • 4% Cars are totally pointless. Everything you need is within walking distance.
  • 74% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 18% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 3% 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 121 responses

  • 3% Very difficult.
  • 9% Fairly difficult.
  • 58% Fairly easy.
  • 30% Very easy.

Rate the cost of the following transit options    Based on 119 responses

  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 119 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 118 responses

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


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