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3 College Freshman

Transportation: The area doesn't have a lot of public transportation and from what I've heard it's very difficult to use. Around break times students from all the colleges carpool or share zipcars and shuttles, though, so getting home for thanksgiving isn't too hard.

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3 College Freshman

Transportation: Most mudders don't seem to need public transportation, as there's more than plenty to do on the 5 Claremont campuses and anything we need off campus (groceries, etc.) is for the most part walkable/bike-able. Still, if you do need transportation, it seems like zip cars and upperclassmen with cars (of which there are many) are the main ways of getting where you need to go. Additionally, Pomona's adjacent to a train station if you want to take the (really inefficient) LA Metro.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: Best Option: Get a Ride from a Friend – There are a couple grocery stores within easy walking/biking distance and a Target and Walmart slightly farther away, but still manageable. So having a means of transportation is not totally necessary, but convenient if students want to venture farther away from campus. There is a local bus stop within a block or two of campus that is convenient. There is also a train within reasonable walking distance that will take students down to the Las Angeles area where there is plenty to do. Of course, there are also taxis, but those are expensive. Many students bring cars, and the most popular option is to get rides from one such student, as Mudders are by nature friendly and willing to help each other out. Compensating a friend for gas is much less expensive than calling a taxi.

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Students at the Claremont Colleges rarely use public transportation. Really, most students here don’t go outside the college area, and there are usually people who are willing to drive you places or let you borrow their car. To get to LA, Amtrak is the quickest and cheapest way to go without a car. The Ontario airport is close to campus, although international flights sometimes require leaving from Los Angeles International Airport. During peak airport departure times (right before a break, for example), Mudd usually organizes a shuttle back and forth to the airport.

Students may moan about the 10-minute walk to the Village, but in reality, this is such a small town that you can walk or bike anywhere. For longer trips, you can usually find a friend to lend you some keys. If not, a common way to find a ride is to send out an e-mail to the students’ emailing list, and chances are you’ll find someone to lend you his/her car in return for a full tank of gas. The public transportation may not be much to speak of, but most Mudders are usually willing to help their fellow students get wherever they need to go.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • Bicycle
  • Car, or hitch a ride with a friend
  • Walk! Claremont is small!
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
  • A cab ride to the airport costs $30.
  • An HMC shuttle with student driver costs $10.
  • Hitching a ride with a friend is free.

Campus ShuttleWhat's This?

Tandemonium Escort Service

Public TransitWhat's This?

Metrolink (to LA)

MTA Metro



This cheap Claremont-only cab service takes you anywhere in Claremont for $1.25, and to Montclair Plaza shopping mall and Pomona Valley Medical Center

(909) 623-0183

Foothill Transit (bus)

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Ontario International Airport

This airport is about 20 minutes from Mudd, depending on LA traffic on I-10

(909) 937-2700

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?


The Greyhound station is in the Village, a mile or two from campus.

888 S Indian Hill Blvd., Claremont

(909) 624-4564

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?

Amtrak Metrolink Station

The Amtrak station is also in the Village. For schedule info, go to Since the station doesn't have a staff, you will have to use automatic ticketing.

200 W First St.

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 12 responses

  • 8% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.
  • 0% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 0% Moderately difficult to utilize, the pick-up times and locations are far and few between.
  • 0% Extremely difficult to utilize-it's not reliable nor is it convenient for a student's schedule.
  • 92% Nonexistent.

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 13 responses

  • 15% Campus is isolated, so students rely mostly on cars to get them where they need to go.
  • 0% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 46% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 38% Cars are totally pointless. Everything you need is within walking distance.
  • 0% You can't have a car here.

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 5 responses

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

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 12 responses

  • 42% Very easy.
  • 42% Fairly easy.
  • 8% Fairly difficult.
  • 8% Very difficult.
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