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2 College Junior

Transportation: Academic side is within walking distance. Public transportation is nonexistent but the college offers shuttles on Wed/Sun for errands.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: We have weekly trips to Walmart/Woodman's at no cost, but the passenger van only seats 9 people, so to get a spot you have to be lucky and get there early. As of this past year parking was free for students, but that might change in the fall. The bus ride to Chicago is very expensive (around $50 round-trip) but the ride to Madison is only $4. HOWEVER, in order to get to the bus stops, you need a car, which makes them mostly pointless.

3 College Junior

Transportation: Beloit the city has poor transportation--few taxis (and the ones they do have are kind of questionable) and few buses that run few hours--but Beloit the school does provide weekly rides to Walmart for your shopping needs. I don't know if I recommend bringing your own car, because parking can be a hassle and your friends will all mooch rides from you, but I do recommend making a friend with a car and mooching hella rides from them. As for long-distance transportation, there are buses for reasonably cheap that take you to Madison or Chicago, from whence you can go wherever you want. You have to drive to the bus stop, though-so, again, make a friend with a car.

3 College Junior

Transportation: Bus routes run through Beloit that go to major hubs like Chicago, O'Hare, St. Paul, Madison etc

2 College Junior

Transportation: Not really an issue if you have a car or know someone who does. For breaks there are vans between campus and the bus station.


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Judging by the lack of wordy, detailed comments, it's safe to say that public transportation in Beloit is a flop. Some people don't even realize it exists. Really, everything is within walking distance, with the exception of Wal-Mart (though it is rumored some people have ventured so far). And with the college driving you all over the place once a week, you don't have any room to complain.

The lack of an efficient public transportation system reflects the lack of need for one. You'll make friends with a car-owner and make him or her drive you to Wal-Mart or the movies when it's convenient for the both of you. If you are aching to get the H out of town, Van Galder will help you out with that, offering services to and from Madison and Chicago. And those bus drivers are the nicest people in the world. The bus stop is a bit of a walk, but if you ask nicely, security will grudgingly give you a ride.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
Find someone who has a car or walk. The school will take you anywhere you need to go on Wednesday nights.
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
  • (608) 752-5407
  • (800) 747-0994
  • 715 S Pearl St.
  • A cab ride to the airport costs $200.
  • Janesville, Wisconsin 53545
  • Van Galder Coach USA bus lines run from Madison to O'Hare, Union Station-Chicago, and Midway Airport.
  • Van Galder Main Office

Campus ShuttleWhat's This?

Student Activities vans

Public TransitWhat's This?

Beloit Transit System

(608) 365-7433

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

O'Hare International

Midway Airport is also an option.

1000 W. O'Hare, Chicago

(773) 686-2200

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?

Boston Greyhound Terminal

The Greyhound Trailways Bus Terminal is at South Station in Boston.

700 Atlantic Ave.

(617) 526-1800

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?


Hwy. 75 & Hwy. 251, Ramada Inn, South Beloit

(800) 872-7245

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 30 responses

  • 10% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.
  • 33% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 27% 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.
  • 27% Nonexistent.

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 31 responses

  • 13% Campus is isolated, so students rely mostly on cars to get them where they need to go.
  • 39% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 32% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 16% 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 19 responses

  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 18 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 18 responses

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

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 31 responses

  • 26% Very easy.
  • 42% Fairly easy.
  • 26% Fairly difficult.
  • 6% Very difficult.
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