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5 College Sophomore

Transportation: You can use the city busses to get around Columbus, which is very nice.

5 College Sophomore

Transportation: Anywhere you need to go in a seven mile radius is accessible by bike. There are bike lanes on most of the roads and the traffic knows to watch for cyclists. If that isn't enough, the public buses are cheap and have bike racks on the front in case you're going long distance. There's also a campus bus system that carries students all throughout the campus and university village, the university apartments. You can get almost anywhere in the city using these systems and for the rest you can either drive or hoof it.

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4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Students are very willing to drive together to get home. Taxi's are easy to come by, as are the student service cars. The airport is about ten minutes away from the campus.

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5 College Junior

Transportation: the student bus is great and there are two other public bus options that run around the city. you can also call a cab but they usually don't just drive around until late nights

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4 College Freshman

Transportation: The CABS buses on campus are extremely efficient. When I came to OSU, I felt extremely intimidated by the thought of taking a bus to class as opposed to walking. I couldn't live without the buses now.


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The general feeling is that the bus lines (COTA and CABS) are dependable. Some students have negative attitudes toward these services, perhaps because of the occasional delays that do happen; overall, though, the buses are reliable if you allow enough extra time. The COTA buses are one of the most useful transit options available to students. While you can usually walk anywhere on campus, making CABS service somewhat redundant, the COTA buses can open up areas of Columbus that you may otherwise not get to explore.

At first, the city buses can seem a little intimidating. Some students are afraid of the "scary" sorts of people that frequently use the system, and there's no denying that this element takes some getting used to. Where else will you meet these great, larger-than-life characters, though? Once you've ridden enough to get past the initial jitters, you'll be fine; the usefulness of the bus system makes it worthwhile. The #2 bus is the main line used to move students back and forth through Columbus, and the #84 takes students back to the Lennox and is also frequented by students. Make sure you catch the correct bus back to OSU, however; if you take the wrong one, it will loop far west before it gets to campus, and your trip will take well over an hour. Until you're sure of the schedules, stay in an area that you can walk back from-it's not hard to do around campus.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • CABS buses
  • COTA buses
  • Walk
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
COTA bus

Campus ShuttleWhat's This?

Campus Area Bus System (CABS)

The OSU busing system, CABS, offers routes for students and visitors while on campus. For a list of what routes are run and when, check:

(614) 292-6122

Public TransitWhat's This?

Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA)

(614) 228-1776

60 E. Broad St.

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Port Columbus International Airport

The Columbus Airport is 10 miles and approximately a 15-minute drive from campus, depending on traffic.

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 320 responses

  • 75% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.
  • 20% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 3% Moderately difficult to utilize, the pick-up times and locations are far and few between.
  • 1% Extremely difficult to utilize-it's not reliable nor is it convenient for a student's schedule.
  • 1% Nonexistent.

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 321 responses

  • 2% Campus is isolated, so students rely mostly on cars to get them where they need to go.
  • 3% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 80% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 12% Cars are totally pointless. Everything you need is within walking distance.
  • 3% You can't have a car here.

Rate the cost of the following transit options    Based on 150 responses

  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 151 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 152 responses

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

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 320 responses

  • 33% Very easy.
  • 62% Fairly easy.
  • 4% Fairly difficult.
  • 0% Very difficult.


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