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3 College Freshman

Transportation: The Cruiser shows up to bring students out at night and to class, but can be dicey otherwise.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: If you live close enough (ie tristate area) driving is very convenient, either if you have a car or a friend does. There is bus/shuttle transportation to the Syracuse airport or major cities, most readily available around breaks, for those who do not have access to cars.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: The alumni club provides busses to some NE cities (Boston, Long Island…) so that's what I usually use. I hear it can be a major pain in the ass to get to Syracuse for the airport though.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: There is a shuttle to get into town but it is often inconsistent. They provide buses to get to the airport or train stations for breaks for cheap, but if you need to go at another time a taxi is really expensive.

2 College Freshman

Transportation: School provides low cost transportation to Syracuse airport, Utica Amtrak, and the Port Authority of New York.


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Colgate is the true embodiment of a walking campus. Nothing is more than a 15-minute walk, and for those nights when it is too cold, the Colgate Cruiser runs late and traverses campus and the downtown area at relatively regular intervals. Cars are permitted on campus all four years, and parking is free, albeit limited during the regular school day. If you can avoid the parking tickets, cars make it quite easy to get around town (although walking is just as easy) to the local grocery store, to the airport in Syracuse, and to the train station in Utica—although chances are at least some of your friends will also have a car on campus.

The Colgate Student Travel Agency run by the Center for Leadership and Student Involvement (CLSI) offers a Coach USA bus that makes two daily stops by the HOP (Hall of Presidents), and during major break times, there are chartered buses to the major city center. It’s not too difficult to make your way out of the Chenango Valley and into the transportation centers; it just takes a bit of planning.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • Ride with a friend in your car or theirs
  • Wait for the cruiser
  • Walk-the most you will walk is 15 or 20 minutes at a slow, leisurely pace
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
  • A cab ride to the airport costs about $100 round trip.
  • During breaks, the Colgate Student Travel Agency offers tickets for a shuttle going to and from the airport. Tickets are usually $20 each way.
  • Students often have a friend drive them to the airport.
Did You Know?
  • Colgate has Zipcars available to students, faculty, staff, and the local community.
  • For those looking to build some serious leg muscles, the school started the Green Bikes program which rents bikes to students on a monthly basis and offers free maintenance up the hill.
  • Coach USA buses stop by the Hall of Presidents twice each day and are often the cheapest way to get around the Northeast.

Safety Escort ServicesWhat's This?

Personal Safety Escorts
(315) 228-7333
Dusk to Dawn

Campus ShuttleWhat's This?

Colgate Cruiser

But its shuttle stops vary. Make sure to check the Cruiser schedule, which is distributed to students and posted online. Also, the cruiser always takes a break between 5 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.

7 a.m. to 2 a.m. generally

Public TransitWhat's This?

Birnie Bus Service

Birnie Bus Service provides bus services in 17 locations in New York State.

(800) 734-3950

248 Otis St., Rome

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Syracuse Hancock International Airport

Syracuse is about an hour from Hamilton.

1000 Col. Eileen Collins Blvd., Syracuse

(315) 454-4330

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?


This station is in Hamilton.

8 Broad St.

(800) 231-2222

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?


Utica is about 40 minutes from Hamilton.

321 Main St., Utica

(800) 872-7245

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 68 responses

  • 26% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.
  • 53% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 18% 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.
  • 0% Nonexistent.

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 67 responses

  • 9% Campus is isolated, so students rely mostly on cars to get them where they need to go.
  • 21% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 61% 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.
  • 0% You can't have a car here.

Rate the convenience of long-distance transportation to travel between home and school    Based on 38 responses

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

Rate the cost of the following transit options    Based on 38 responses

  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 39 responses

Very convenient
  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 67 responses

  • 54% Very easy.
  • 39% Fairly easy.
  • 7% Fairly difficult.
  • 0% Very difficult.
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