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3 College Freshman

Transportation: Since the school is isolated, it's a little difficult, but not imposible

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: It's great because the bus comes into campus, and you can get it in for free if you show your student ID. However, this only works if you are going to Walmart or Wegmans.

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3 College Senior

Transportation: It's "bad", but also unnecessary. The campus is tiny, so you'll never need transportation to get anywhere in town. You can easily walk anywhere in Alfred in less than 15min. However, because it's so small, to get groceries and things you have to go to Hornell (which is 20min away). Alfred does have a daily shuttle for these trips, but I've never used it so I have no idea how it works. Usually, people get a big group together and carpool.

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2 College Sophomore

Transportation: Last year I was unable to get a job because I had no car and there is no public transportation of any sort offered from school to the bigger town of Hornell. Just to save money on school stuff and to go shopping for food and supplies without going broke in town required paying another classmate gas money and having them pile a bunch of us in the car so we could all shop for the week.The lack of an occasional "citibus" into Hornell or anywhere gave me this sense of being trapped and hopeless. Not being dramatic.

2 College Freshman

Transportation: I have to walk everywhere because I don't own a car and the roads aren't good enough to longboard or bike ride. I'm sure it's good for me, but it can get annoying


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AU Admissions insists that you do not need a car at Alfred. They're right—you don't need a car at Alfred. You also don't need both your legs, but you see how it could become an issue of convenience. Getting around at AU is actually very simple. You'll find you won't need to leave town too often, but if you do find yourself needing to get out of Dodge and without a car, there are ways to get around. Anything downtown is accessible on foot. Unless you are unfortunate enough to have to park your car, all of your classes are only a few minutes away. In some cases, you walk out the front door of your residence hall, and you're there.

If you have business in the nearby towns, you can take the HUB or ACT buses. Buses don't run very frequently, so this mode of transportation is only good for those commuting into town. The HUB goes local to Alfred, Almond, and Hornell. The ACT services Belmont, Olean, and other parts of Allegany County. If you would like to venture a little further out, AU Venture Vans make monthly trips to Buffalo and Rochester. These are great opportunities to shop. For the most part, Alfred students walk, drive, or bum rides. Also, driving the winding, deserted back roads of Allegany County is great for recreation. Stick shifts welcome!

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • A bike
  • Drive
  • Get a friend to drive
  • Hornell Area Transit
  • A mean set of sneakers
  • A skateboard
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
AU Airport Shuttle

Campus ShuttleWhat's This?

Venture Van

The Venture Van makes four or five trips per semester and costs students $5 per trip.

(607) 871-2400

Public TransitWhat's This?

Hornell Area Transit (HAT)

Fares are $2.25.

(607) 324-7910

132 Thacher St., Hornell

Access Allegany

Base fare is $1.

(585) 593-1738

85 N. Main St., Wellsville

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Greater Rochester International Airport

The airport is 77 miles and approximately one hour and 30 minutes from Alfred University.

1200 Brooks Ave., Rochester

(585) 464-7020

Buffalo Niagara International Airport

The airport is 100 miles and approximately two hours from Alfred University.

181 Ellicott St., Buffalo

(716) 630-6000

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?

Greyhound – Alfred

The Greyhound bus stop is located at the Alfred Travel Center, about 0.3 miles from campus.

11 W. University St.

(607) 587-8842

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?

Amtrak – Rochester

This station is about 85 miles from campus (about an hour and a half drive).

320 Central Ave., Rochester

(800) 872-7245

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 31 responses

  • 3% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.
  • 26% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 23% Moderately difficult to utilize, the pick-up times and locations are far and few between.
  • 3% Extremely difficult to utilize-it's not reliable nor is it convenient for a student's schedule.
  • 45% Nonexistent.

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 30 responses

  • 57% Campus is isolated, so students rely mostly on cars to get them where they need to go.
  • 10% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 20% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 13% Cars are totally pointless. Everything you need is within walking distance.
  • 0% You can't have a car here.

Rate the cost of the following transit options    Based on 14 responses

  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 13 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 13 responses

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

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 30 responses

  • 80% Very easy.
  • 13% Fairly easy.
  • 7% Fairly difficult.
  • 0% Very difficult.


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