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1 College Sophomore

Transportation: There aren't many options for transportation unless you either live on campus or close by.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: It's slow. I want to there faster then waiting for it.

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3 College Student

Transportation: Transportation to go to school could be a struggle because things can go wrong in so many levels. For example, if you take the bus and then if it comes late, you are going to be for your class and miss a whole lesson on what you had to do or even learn. Living far away from your college is hard because you will need to have a car or someone to take you daily. Another thing is the money issue, you may not have enough money for the gas or even for the bus because you are too busy buying college materials.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: It's not bad but parking gets crazy

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Great thing about public transportation is leaves you right on campus no hassle on having to walk a large distance to reach school form the nearest bus stop.


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Since most freshmen bring their cars when they live in the dorms, not many people resort to public transportation. The majority of these students, however, does use the CSUN shuttle that takes students from the dorms to the heart of campus. Since it can be a 20-minute walk to campus, depending on which building you live in, many students find the shuttle an awesome alternative to walking in the blazing heat. However, there is no other form of transportation for students once you are on campus, which is a bit of a downer, considering that buildings can be very spread out.

If you want to head off campus, then public transportation is a poor alternative because everything is too far to walk, but too close to drive to—especially if you have to wait for a bus you are hoping shows up on time. The best way to get around to the grocery stores, malls, or drug stores is to befriend your roommate and ask if you can go with him or her the next time they run errands. Don't forget to pay gas money because even if your roommates refuse the money, they'll appreciate the offer and be more likely to take you with them next time they go somewhere. If you don't live in the dorms and believe that public transportation will be your only method of getting to school, then plan that it will probably take you three times longer to get to school. Don't be discouraged: Despite this warning, many people find that busses serve them well.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • Car
  • Friends with cars
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
  • A cab ride to the airport
  • Super Shuttle – (818) 558-3177

Campus ShuttleWhat's This?

Housing Bus Shuttle

This shuttle makes stops at Parking Lot F10, West of UPA #4, south side F8 parking lot by UPA #9, Lindley Avenue, east of the practice soccer field, and south of Redwood Hall.

(818) 677-3946

Monday–Thursday 7 a.m.–10 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.–2:30 p.m.

Public TransitWhat's This?

Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA)

To use the local bus systems, go to the ticket office at CSUN and apply for a monthly bus pass, which has discounted rates.

(323) GO-METRO

(323) 466-3876

One Gateway Plaza, Los Angeles

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)

LAX is about 20 miles south of campus.

1 World Way, Los Angeles

(310) 646-5252

Bob Hope Airport

The Bob Hope Airport is 10 miles east of campus.

2627 N. Hollywood Way, Burbank

(818) 840-8840

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?

Greyhound – San Fernando

This station is only about 5 miles from campus.

14729 Rinaldi St., San Fernando

(818) 898-3416

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?

Amtrak – Van Nuys

There are many Amtrak stations around Northridge, but the closest one is in Van Nuys, about 5 miles from campus.

7724 Van Nuys Blvd., Van Nuys

(800) 872-7245

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 296 responses

  • 28% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.
  • 41% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 16% 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.
  • 9% Nonexistent.

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 296 responses

  • 12% Campus is isolated, so students rely mostly on cars to get them where they need to go.
  • 18% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 59% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 9% Cars are totally pointless. Everything you need is within walking distance.
  • 1% You can't have a car here.

Rate the cost of the following transit options    Based on 128 responses

  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 128 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 127 responses

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

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 295 responses

  • 24% Very easy.
  • 66% Fairly easy.
  • 9% Fairly difficult.
  • 1% Very difficult.
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