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2 College Freshman

Transportation: there is minimal public transportation to get around to other areas. everything is a pretty far walk if you do not have a car.

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4 College Freshman

Transportation: there is a train station only 20 minutes away, plus I've met friends from my hometown that I can carpool with.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: It is nice to have a car, but if you absolutely need something, it is in walking distance. If you do want to venture outside of Thousand Oaks, a car is pretty necessary.

2 College Freshman

Transportation: There isn't a form of transportation on campus, that I know of. The campus is small so it's not needed.

3 College Junior

Transportation: You can make it by without a car, as long as you have a friend with one! There is a lot of driving, but if you cannot bring your car, just makes friends with someone who has one.

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Unlike the hustle and bustle of the heavy traffic an hour away in Los Angeles, Thousand Oaks is a quiet, serene community that relies primarily on cars for transportation. Although it’s not a necessity, a car is extremely helpful to have on campus. Shopping plazas, markets, and restaurants are within walking and biking distance; however, most students use their cars for travel. But do not fear if you don’t have a car—you’re bound to know people who have cars, so transportation is never a worry.

A disadvantage of the tiny town of Thousand Oaks is the lack of bus transportation. When students leave for holiday breaks and need rides to airports, most either pay for gas if riding with a friend, call a local taxi service, or have a friend drop them off at the Amtrak train station. Most students have good experiences with these options since the taxi personnel are friendly and the trains arrive at destinations in a timely manner. Though Thousand Oaks should institute a bus system to better help those without means of transportation, bikes, cars, taxis, and trains do the trick and get you where you need to go.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • Bike
  • Car
  • Taxi
  • Walk, but only if you're up for it
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
  • Amtrak train station. Closest stations are located in Simi Valley and Moorpark. A friend can drop you off at one of the closest train stations, and you can catch a ride from the station to the airport. Ticket prices differ depending on the distance. For example, from Moorpark to LAX, a one-way ticket price is $18.
  • Ask a friend with a car. Offer to pay for gas or treat them to lunch.
  • Taxi services. Cost depends on what taxi service you use and which airport you're flying out of.
  • Thousand Oaks Cab Company. Process is simple: You can either call or make an online appointment for the cab to pick you up. Prices depend on how the distance you travel.
  • Ventura Transit System. Call the company, and they'll pick you up and take you to your destination. Prices are as follows: $2.25 for the first one-tenth of a mile and 29 cents for each additional one-tenth of a mile.
Local Taxi Services
Thousand Oaks Cab Company can be reached at (805) 495-3500, and Ventura Transit System at (805) 659-6900.

Safety Escort ServicesWhat's This?

Security Escort Service
(805) 493-3208
Daily 9 p.m.-1 a.m., and at other times as needed

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)

This airport is about 55 minutes from campus.

1 World Way, Los Angeles

(310) 646-5252

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?


Oxnard is about 25 minutes from Thousand Oaks.

201 E. Fourth St., Oxnard

(805) 487-2707

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?


Moorpark is about 15 minutes from Thousand Oaks.

300 High St., Moorpark

(800) 872-7245

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 71 responses

  • 8% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.
  • 10% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 7% 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.
  • 72% Nonexistent.

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 72 responses

  • 43% Campus is isolated, so students rely mostly on cars to get them where they need to go.
  • 22% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 22% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 12% 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 31 responses

  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 30 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 30 responses

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

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 72 responses

  • 26% Very easy.
  • 53% Fairly easy.
  • 15% Fairly difficult.
  • 6% Very difficult.
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