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2 College Freshman

Transportation: Transportation is not good. If you don't have a car you feel stranded. Public transportation is slow.

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3 College Freshman

Transportation: Not a lot of public transportation, 99.9% of people just use personal cars.

2 College Freshman

Transportation: Pepperdine is very isolated. While it's in fairly close proximity to LA it's pretty impractical to get there without a car. There are shuttles which leave every half hour into Malibu but from there you would have to walk to your destination or find a taxi/bus to get to Santa Monica or LA. If you don't have a car you just better buddy up with someone who does if you're trying to get off campus a lot.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: On campus, you can use the shuttle. There's a shuttle that will also take you to the grocery store or church off campus. Other than that, it's better to have a car or be friends with someone who does.

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3 College Sophomore

Transportation: "On-Campus" you can walk or shuttle. It's a big bubble you really don't need to be concerned with much, however the stairs and hills are always a fun time. Off-campus however you can definitely walk, but there's really only a few shops and the beach


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Public transportation at Pepperdine is about as popular as that high-pitched squirrelly guy on Saved by the Bell. The resounding opinion of Pep students is that the school’s off-campus shuttles are inconvenient and unreliable, and most car-deprived students find themselves stranded far from the convenience of LA’s bus and metro stations. Their resounding advice, therefore, is to bring a car. If that’s just not possible, plan to make friends with vehicle-equipped students as quickly as possible.


The drama surrounding Pepperdine’s transportation situation is a bit dramatized. As with parking, getting around is only as much of a problem as you make it out to be. An abundance of California natives with their own cars means that everyone knows someone to bum a ride from. As far as getting yourself to and from the airport, a lot of students rely on the Primetime Shuttles, or “Red Vans.” Yet the Malibu Cab company charges only a few bucks more, and can be for a group of four travelers. Just don’t count exclusively—or much at all, for that matter—on public transportation to get you out and about during your time at Pepperdine.


Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • Borrow your buddy's car
  • Bum a ride
  • Drive! It's LA! (Well, the LA area)
  • Use the off-campus shuttle provided by SGA, (310) 506-4360
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
  • A cab ride to the airport costs $35 for up to four people with Malibu Cab.
  • Airport Shuttle (310) 317-1992 $45, plus $7 for each additional passenger.
  • Primetime Shuttles (800) 733-8267.
  • Road Runner Shuttle (805) 389-8196 $35
  • With the Pepperdine discount, Primetime (Red Vans) costs $27, plus $11 for each additional passenger.
Did You Know?
Pepperdine partnered with Hertz to bring a car-sharing program onto campus. Students who join this program can rent one of a handful of cars by the hour or day.

Campus ShuttleWhat's This?

Waves Shuttle Service

(310) 506-4802

8:00 a.m.-10:30 p.m.

Student Service Officer Escort Program

(310) 506-4442

8:00 p.m.-2:30 a.m. or anytime by request through Public Safety

Public TransitWhat's This?


(213) 897-4867

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Los Angeles International Airport

LAX is about 40 miles away, and, depending on traffic, it can take anywhere from 50 to 90 minutes to get there.

(310) 642-7008

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?

Greyhound Trailways Bus Terminal

The closest Greyhound bus terminal is through Malibu Canyon in Thousand Oaks, about 13 miles from campus.

707 E. Thousand Oaks, Blvd. 11, Thousand Oaks, CA

(805) 449-7265

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?

LA Amtrak Train Station

The nearest Amtrak station is in LA, about 25 miles away.

1605 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles

(213) 624-0171

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 75 responses

  • 33% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.
  • 47% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 13% 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.
  • 5% Nonexistent.

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

  • 53% Campus is isolated, so students rely mostly on cars to get them where they need to go.
  • 19% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 27% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 1% 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 36 responses

  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 36 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 35 responses

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

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 74 responses

  • 8% Very easy.
  • 54% Fairly easy.
  • 35% Fairly difficult.
  • 3% Very difficult.
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