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3 College Junior

Transportation: There are a few campus vehicles like vans that are used for going to local stores like Walmart or community service. There is a public transportation but I've never experienced it.

3 College Junior

Transportation: I have my own car so I don't have to depend on public transportation.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Transportation is a breeze when you have your own car. Even if you don't have your own you can network and it will still b a breeze.

3 College Junior

Transportation: they have a van that takes students to walmart or to some of the dorms off campus.

2 College Sophomore

Transportation: Getting back and forth is very stressful without a car. However, you can take the Greyhound or a plane (but the closest airport is 45min away).


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Transportation on campus is not an issue—Claflin is a walking campus where students can reach wherever they need to be on campus in less than 10 minutes. But when it comes to getting around off campus, transportation is at an all-time low. Most students without a car usually have friends who are willing to take them around town, but the added annoyance of always having to ask someone to drive you somewhere can soon build up. The school currently has one bus that will shuttle students by appointment only, but the buses only really go to community-service destinations or occasionally to Wal-Mart. Plus, the University has only two bus drivers, so it can be an inconvenience when there is no one to drive the bus. Fortunately, there are nearby convenience stores and fast food restaurants that are in walking distance from the school, so most students have access to these places without the need for a car.

In terms of long-distance traveling, there is a Greyhound bus station in the vicinity that can take students out of the town during breaks if they live farther away. The school bus also shuttles students to the Amtrak train station and to the Columbia and Charleston airports for a reasonable fee. Being such a small, isolated campus, the school doesn’t really have a need for a more extravagant shuttle system. This can really put some students at a disadvantage, so the best thing to do is to find a friend with a car!

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • Drive
  • Walk
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
  • At the end of each semester or before a school break, the Office of Student Support Services provides a shuttle to the Columbia and Charleston airports. The shuttle does drop offs and pick ups on designated days. There is a fee for this, which is usually announced a week in advance.
  • While your own personal car can solve all your worries, sharing a ride in a friend's car will do the trick, as well. It's a cheap way to get to the airport.
Local Taxi Services
Claflin students don't use any of the local taxi services in Orangeburg-it is far less expensive to pay a friend for a ride.

Safety Escort ServicesWhat's This?

Campus Security Escorts
(803) 535-5444
Daily 24 hours

Campus ShuttleWhat's This?

There is an appointment-only University van that generally goes to community-service destinations.

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Columbia Metropolitan Airport

The airport is approximately 40 miles from campus.

3253 Airport Blvd., West Columbia

(803) 822-5000

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?

Orangeburg Greyhound

The station is 3 miles from campus.

1935 Old Edisto Dr., Orangeburg

(803) 534-2590

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?

Denmark Amtrak Station

The station is approximately 20 miles from campus.

200 W. Baruch St., Denmark

(800) 872-7245

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 76 responses

  • 17% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.
  • 39% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 20% Moderately difficult to utilize, the pick-up times and locations are far and few between.
  • 9% Extremely difficult to utilize-it's not reliable nor is it convenient for a student's schedule.
  • 14% Nonexistent.

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 75 responses

  • 35% Campus is isolated, so students rely mostly on cars to get them where they need to go.
  • 16% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 35% 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.
  • 0% You can't have a car here.

Rate the cost of the following transit options    Based on 33 responses

  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 33 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 32 responses

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

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 75 responses

  • 31% Very easy.
  • 47% Fairly easy.
  • 15% Fairly difficult.
  • 8% Very difficult.


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