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3 College Sophomore

Transportation: Clark provides free shuttle services within a half mile of campus from 4pm until early in the morning.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: Clark University's safety escort makes up for the lack of frequent public transportation. Clark's Escort Service are a group of vans that take students where ever they want in around a half mile - one mile radius.

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4 College Freshman

Transportation: Clark has shuttles to other colleges nearby and two malls in the area. On week nights there is a share van system that students can use to get around; so like going to CVS or Walgreens you can use that and its free. Also the city bus system is sort of reliable and easy to use. It is also very affordable. Sometimes the buses are late and when it snows they do not run. There are also zip cars available but there are only two so you have to book them early to get them.

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4 College Freshman

Transportation: I haven't had much of an issue. It takes a while to get used to Worcester's bus transportation system. I come from Philadelphia where the buses run very late into the night. Worcester's buses stop running pretty early.

5 College Freshman

Transportation: The campus-run bus service that occurs on the Fridays and Saturdays is the best. Clark Escorts also does a great job of transporting students to places near campus. Otherwise, everything super necessary is within walking distance, including a grocery store, pharmacy, hair-dressers, park, post office, and multiple restaurants. Campus run buses to Boston and New York are well-managed and cost-effective, and local transportation is okay.

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Travel around Clark is as easy as walking around the block, since pretty much everything you might need is actually within a few minutes walk from school. However, there will be times when you need to go to the mall, the movies, downtown, or another school, and walking will just not cut it. For anything close to Clark, the Student Escort van handles trips rather efficiently. The Consortium Shuttle will take you to many other schools in Worcester for free during the day. Farther than that, and you will need to use public transportation to get around the town. The Consortium Shuttle also takes students to the Worcester Art Museum, the Worcester Public Library, and even the Union Train Station. Also, on Fridays and Saturdays the Woo Bus takes students to Shrewsbury Street and other places around Worcester for free. Lastly, the Student Council van takes students to malls and movie theaters on Friday and Saturdays for free, as well.

The city buses are a great resource, and freshmen should familiarize themselves with the routes and times as soon as possible. Worcester and the surrounding towns can be easily navigated, so long as you make the effort and have the time to spend waiting for the bus. If Boston is your destination, the commuter rail (Amtrak) connects the two cities directly and can be gotten to easily with a short bus ride. For all points west, you could take the Greyhound bus. In the end, however, the option that will save you the most time and effort in traveling to all of these places is having your own car. The bus schedule begins to thin out toward the evenings, and it can sometimes take hours to pick you up from distant locations. Cabs can be expensive by yourself, and they can become a sketchy ordeal. And, finally, all the public transportation takes much more time per trip than with a car.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • City buses
  • Taxi
  • Your friend's car
  • Your own car
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
  • A taxi is the best way to get to the airport; a cab ride to the airport costs less than $15.
  • Clark's Student Council Van brings you right to the Boston Logan Airport during Winter Holiday and Spring Break Vacation for $15.

Campus ShuttleWhat's This?

Student Escort Service

The escort service uses up to three vans, and provides members of the Clark community with escort services from 4 p.m. to 4 a.m. during the academic year within a quarter mile of campus.

(508) 793-7777

Daily 4 p.m.-4 a.m.

Consortium Shuttle - The Consortium Shuttle helps you get to other campuses in the Worcester area and to a few other local spots. You can pick up the shuttle outside of Atwood Hall on Downing Street. It leaves every hour on the 26th minute, with the first shuttle leaving at 7:26 a.m. and the last shuttle picking up at 6:26 p.m.

Public TransitWhat's This?

Worcester Regional Transit Authority (RTA)

Pick up bus schedules from the University Center's information desk.

(508) 791-WRTA (9782)

(508) 421-8796

(508) 421-8799

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Worcester Regional Airport (ORH)

The Worcester Regional Airport is less than five miles, and approximately nine minutes, from Clark University.

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?

Worcester Peter Pan Terminal

75 Madison St., Worcester

(800) 343-9999

Worcester Greyhound Terminal

75 Madison St., Worcester

(508) 754-3247

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?

Worcester Amtrak Train Station

Worcester Union Station, 2 Washington Sq., Worcester

(800) 872-7245

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 49 responses

  • 59% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.
  • 20% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 14% Moderately difficult to utilize, the pick-up times and locations are far and few between.
  • 2% Extremely difficult to utilize-it's not reliable nor is it convenient for a student's schedule.
  • 4% Nonexistent.

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 49 responses

  • 2% Campus is isolated, so students rely mostly on cars to get them where they need to go.
  • 20% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 67% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 10% 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 24 responses

  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 23 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 23 responses

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

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 49 responses

  • 20% Very easy.
  • 53% Fairly easy.
  • 27% Fairly difficult.
  • 0% Very difficult.
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