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3 College Junior

Transportation: Most people on campus have cars, and if you do not then your friends have one.

2 College Freshman

Transportation: The location of campus makes it very difficult to maneuver around town if you don't have a car.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: For the studentswho don't have cars, there is a shuttle that goes from Birmingham southern to the summit for shopping on the weekends.

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3 College Sophomore

Transportation: Great on Certain Days – There is a "Southern Shuttle" which runs on Wednesdays and Sundays to a shopping center not too far away with lots to do, and on certain Saturdays to the mall. But there is no on campus transport since it is so small, and there is no other off campus transport.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: Walk Within the Bubble. Southern's campus is small enough that there is no need for on-campus transportation-- dorms are close enough to academic buildings that anything other than walking is an inconvenience. Lazy Hilltop Apartment dwellers may be caught driving to classes early in the morning, but for the most part students take to campus on-foot. Should you be one of the few to live off-campus, driving in is your responsibility, but be warned: should campus security see you leaving the gates intoxicated, they will not hesitate to prevent you from leaving campus.


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While most colleges located in urban areas can pride themselves on their public transportation, Birmingham-Southern cannot. There are means of public transportation available, but given the location of the school, it is far more feasible for students to drive themselves or at least make friends with students who have cars. Buses drive by the school several times a day, but they are usually on their way to parts of town that students do not generally frequent. Similarly, there are very few students who make use of cabs, unless they've gone out and had too much to drink. If it is entirely necessary for a student to use local transportation, the best place to get information about it would be on the Internet. Also, the campus is so small and inclusive that almost everything you need can be found on campus. If there is ever a time when a student needs to be taken somewhere on campus, however, the Campus Police will come like knights in shining armor and escort them to wherever they need to go. Also, it is not uncommon to hitch a ride with someone who might be headed to the other side of campus. Some adventurous students bring bicycles to get around, but the campus is constructed like a cross-country tour and lacks areas with sidewalks that are good for biking. The most common means of transportation around campus is by foot, and any other means are usually too complicated to deal with.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • Be fortunate enough to own a vehicle
  • Bum a ride off a friend
  • Have a friend drive you into one of the suburbs to ride your bike
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
  • Airport Taxi Service (205) 939-3300 A cab ride to the airport costs about $15
  • Birmingham Door to Door, LLC (airport shuttle service) (205) 591-5550

Campus ShuttleWhat's This?

On Campus Campus Police

Campus Police are available to give students rides anywhere on campus, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

(205) 226-4700

Public TransitWhat's This?

Metro Area Express (MAX)

(205) 322-7701

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Birmingham International Airport

The Birmingham International Airport is 8 miles and approximately 12 minutes driving time from Birmingham-Southern College.

5900 Airport Highway, Birmingham

(205) 595-0533

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?

Birmingham Greyhound Bus Lines

The Greyhound Trailways bus terminal is in downtown Birmingham, approximately three miles from campus.

618 19th St. N., Birmingham

(205) 252-7190

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?

Birmingham Amtrak Station

The Amtrak train station is in downtown Birmingham, approximately four miles from campus

1819 Morris Ave., Birmingham

(205) 324-3033

Student Polls

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

  • 38% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.
  • 12% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 19% Moderately difficult to utilize, the pick-up times and locations are far and few between.
  • 6% Extremely difficult to utilize-it's not reliable nor is it convenient for a student's schedule.
  • 25% Nonexistent.

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

  • 67% Campus is isolated, so students rely mostly on cars to get them where they need to go.
  • 13% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 13% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 7% 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 6 responses

  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 6 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 6 responses

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

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 15 responses

  • 13% Very easy.
  • 73% Fairly easy.
  • 13% Fairly difficult.
  • 0% Very difficult.
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