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2 College Sophomore

Transportation: Can't go anywhere off campus without a car.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Never had to use it because I normally walk to class, but I always see the shuttle buses around campus. They seem very reliable!

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5 College Freshman

Transportation: Free campus shuttle that runs every hour 6 days a week

3 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: There is some public transportation, but largley one depends on friends with a car.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: If you don't have a car, shuttle buses normally run from 7 in the morning to 12 at night. This is great, unless you need to get off campus. In that case make friends with those who have their own transportation.

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Having a car is not mandatory at Berry, but due to how isolated the campus is, it would make your life a lot easier. A simple trip to Wal-Mart, which is only five minutes away, can be difficult without a car. Most students on campus have vehicles, which have caused parking issues after a class of more than 700 freshmen and transfers entered Berry during the 2010-2011 school year. To get around campus, most students walk or ride a bike. If they live on Mountain Campus or at the Ford Complex, students drive to central campus and either park behind the Cage or Science Building. 

There is a shuttle service on campus, but the times are not well known, and although they are visible on campus, they are often unreliable. Instead of waiting for a bus to get to class, try power walking; you'll probably get there in the same amount of time. Rome has transit, but the bus does not come on college campuses, and its hours are typically when students are in class. Students who do have cars are very sympathetic to those who do not, and many offer their peers rides to grocery stores at least once a week. 

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • Driving
  • Carpooling
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
ShuttleTran is a company in Rome that will pick up students at their dorms. One-way fare from Berry to the airport is $45. If you want to make an arrangement, contact them at least 24 hours in advance.
Local Taxi Services
Taxi services in Rome are often unreliable and expensive. Don't use them unless you absolutely have to.

Public TransitWhat's This?

Rome Transit Department

This transit goes within the city limits of Rome.

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Richard B. Russell Airport

This is the closest airport to campus, but it's pretty small.

304 Russell Field Rd., Rome

(706) 295-7835

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

The Atlanta airport is about 83 miles southeast of campus.

574 Airport South Pkwy, Atlanta

(404) 330-6000

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?


The Marietta Greyhound station is located about 45 miles southeast of campus.

1250 S. Marietta Parkway, Marietta

(770) 427-3011


The Dalton Greyhound station is located about 28 miles northeast of campus.

142 Carbondale Road, Dalton

(706) 278-3139

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?


The closest Amtrak station is in Atlanta, about 70 miles southeast of campus.

1688 Peachtree St. NW, Atlanta

(800) USA-RAIL

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 55 responses

  • 27% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.
  • 36% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 24% Moderately difficult to utilize, the pick-up times and locations are far and few between.
  • 7% Extremely difficult to utilize-it's not reliable nor is it convenient for a student's schedule.
  • 5% Nonexistent.

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 55 responses

  • 20% Campus is isolated, so students rely mostly on cars to get them where they need to go.
  • 9% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 55% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 15% Cars are totally pointless. Everything you need is within walking distance.
  • 2% You can't have a car here.

Rate the cost of the following transit options    Based on 17 responses

  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 17 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 20 responses

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

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 55 responses

  • 40% Very easy.
  • 53% Fairly easy.
  • 4% Fairly difficult.
  • 4% Very difficult.
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