Transportation

Location
London, ON
Undergrads
20,056
Tuition (in-state)
$20,141 ($4,727)
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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1 College Sophomore

Transportation: LONDON TRANSIT IS THE MOST unreliable form of transit, s****y

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1 College Sophomore

Transportation: London transit is the worst. I can't count the number of times that a bus has driven passed me because "there is not enough space" or "doesn't pick up this location" even though there are 7-8 empty spots on the bus, or the bus mustang express infront stops for us. LONDON TRANSIT IS THE MOST UNRELIABLE FORM OF TRANSIT...

5 College Sophomore

Transportation: Buses Are the Best. Public transportation is really good in UWT. They have buses that come every fifteen minutes. If you need a bus to pick you up late at night, then there's a number you can call, and they'll come get you whenever you need them.

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5 College Sophomore

Transportation: London Transit Caters to Western – London's Buses have a fantastic system working with the University. A bus pass is included in your tuition and the schedule for buses running through the University correlates with lecture schedules. A bus to downtown/bars is 10 minutes. A bus to the closest mall is 15 minutes. A bus to the closest grocery store, Beer Store and LCBO is 15 minutes. The greyhound station and train station are only a 15-20 minute bus ride.

3 College Senior

Transportation: Using the LTC is my main mode of transportation. I think it's convenient and cheap, but the bus is often not on time. Also, the buses get packed at certain times of day. If you're heading to class on the 6 Richmond around 10:30AM, you better hope you have get seat; otherwise, prepare for a serious invasion of your personal space!
I find taxis to be a bit expensive, but I usually don't travel too far, so taxis aren't a bad option. BUT trying to find a cab when leaving the bar is a huge problem as well! You'll likely wait 30min or more if you leave the bar/club around 2am, or find yourself fighting the drunk guy who runs into the street to gyp yours.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 315th
    Best Campus Transit
  • 806th
    Most Easily Accessible Town
  • 1082nd
    Best Car Campuses

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Lauren A. Moore
Hometown
Vancouver, BC, Canada
Major
BA in English Literature with a minor in Health Sciences
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Transportation around UWO generally relies on the bus system. Aside from a month-long strike occurring in 2009, the London Transit system is dependable and frequent. Students who live downtown are at an advantage with snagging a seat, and those who hop onto a bus closer to campus usually stand. The bus gets especially crowded in the winter, so prepare to get cozy with your neighbor. One of the downsides of the bus is the running times. Buses rarely run past midnight, which leaves students no other option but cabbing from the bar if they live in the Student Ghetto. The cabs are relatively expensive, so those who are money-conscious should avoid using them.

London's airport is international and easily accessed by taxi. Be sure to ask your driver for a fixed rate and student discount, as it's an easy way to save money. If you're flying out of the more distant airports of Toronto or Detroit, taking a shuttle with the Robert Q or Aboutown Airbus systems are easy alternatives to grabbing a ride off of a friend. These services run regularly, and these companies make sure you catch your flight on time.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • Taxi
  • Bus
  • Walking
  • Bicycle
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
  • If you're flying out of the Toronto or Detroit airport, the Aboutown Airport Shuttle is an easy, convenient option. With reasonable prices and an enjoyable ride, they're a great company to go with.
  • Taxis to the London airport are the most popular way to get to and from the location. Depending on where you're leaving, the cab will cost between $25 and $30. If you leave from a specific location, there will often be a fixed rate. Be sure to take London Taxi to the airport, seeing as there is a student discount.
  • The Robert Q Airbus provides transportation to and from the Toronto and Detroit airports. The company offers shuttles every couple of hours and leaves from a convenient location.
Local Taxi Services
Checker Limousine is a bit more expensive, but ensures a great experience for longer distances. The company can be reached at (519) 659-0400. London Taxi is a new cab company that offers a student discount and accepts debit transactions. They can be reached at (519) 657-1111. Finally, Aboutown taxis can be found in abundance after the bars close down on Richmond Street. Their number is (519) 432-2222.

Safety Escort ServicesWhat's This?

UWO Exam Shuttle
(519) 661-3722
During exam periods from 12 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Western Foot Patrol
(519) 661-3650
Sunday-Thursday 6 p.m.-1 a.m., Friday-Saturday 6 p.m.-12 a.m. (subject to change; call number for details)

Campus ShuttleWhat's This?

Exam Shuttle

During final exams, the University Students' Council provides students with a late-night shuttle service for those who plan to study late at night at Weldon and Taylor Libraries. For more info, e-mail: usc.info@uwo.ca.

(519) 661-3722

Daily 11:55 p.m.-2:30 a.m.

Public TransitWhat's This?

London Transit Commission

The London Transit office at 450 Highbury Avenue is currently undergoing renovations. Effective Saturday, May 22, 2010, and until further notice, nothing will be sold at the 450 Highbury Ave. office.

(519) 451-1347

450 Highbury Ave. N., London

www.ltconline.ca

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Greater London International Airport Authority

1750 Crumlin Rd., London

(519) 452-4015

www.londonairport.on.ca

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?

Greyhound

101 York St., London

(519) 434-3250

www.greyhound.ca

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?

VIA Rail

From Highway 401, take Wellington North to York, west (left) on York to Richmond. Between Clarence and Richmond.

205 York St., London

(888) 842-7245

www.viarail.ca/en

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 16 responses

  • 6% Nonexistent.
  • 0% Extremely difficult to utilize-it's not reliable nor is it convenient for a student's schedule.
  • 6% Moderately difficult to utilize, the pick-up times and locations are far and few between.
  • 6% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 81% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 15 responses

  • 0% You can't have a car here.
  • 13% Cars are totally pointless. Everything you need is within walking distance.
  • 80% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 7% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 0% 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 16 responses

  • 0% Very difficult.
  • 6% Fairly difficult.
  • 62% Fairly easy.
  • 31% Very easy.

Rate the cost of the following transit options    Based on 9 responses

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

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 7 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 9 responses

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