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4 College Sophomore

Transportation: The shuttle brings you between two campuses and drops you off near classes and has a few stops for added convenience.

2 College Sophomore

Transportation: The shuttle drivers really are good people. They try to stem conversation on shuttle rides with less people and everything. But the overall lateness, unreliability, and frankly unnecessary break periods that the shuttles have are too much to cope with. Some students rely on the shuttle system to get to and from class in a timely manner, and this is just close to impossible with the shuttle system as it currently stands. Going out to places like Walmart, which for some dorms with severed meal plans is extremely important, will take at least an hour out of your day, even if you were only planning on shopping for 15 minutes. More shuttles being available would most likely be the best solution to solve these issues, but no noticeable action has been taken thus far. Luckily at least, the shuttles are completely free for any QU student to use, and safe because you need to show your I.D. in order to get on. There also needs to be a shuttle to the North Haven campus, as students who do not have cars literally have no way of getting there at all.

2 College Sophomore

Transportation: Shuttles are extremely unreliable. Freshmen cannot have cars.

3 College Senior

Transportation: Shuttles are always late. They provide shuttles to New Haven to the clubs, but don't provide transportation to the North Haven campus for classes.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: The shuttle system was sad when I was there. Never on time, rude and lazy drivers, etc. You will not survive academically or socially here without a car of your own, whatever any adcom or student tour guide says. Parking is also weak: finding a spot can be next to impossible at times.


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The transportation at Quinnipiac University has come a long way in recent years. Quinnipiac puts a lot of money into getting its students where they need to go. The current opinions on transportation vary for students, depending on age. A freshman cannot have a car on campus, so Quinnipiac provides these students with shuttle services. There are two shuttles: one for the local town of Hamden (about 10 minutes away) and one for the downtown area of New Haven (about 20 minutes away). The shuttles usually run every 50 minutes. On weekdays, they start at 12 p.m. and go until 12 a.m.; on weekends, the shuttles again start at 12 p.m. but go until 3 a.m. The Hamden shuttle makes various stops at grocery stores and clothing stores. The New Haven shuttle makes stops at places near clubs or bars and Union Station, which is the train station students use to get home or to New York City. Around holidays, Quinnipiac will run express shuttle services to the train station at a more frequent rate.

Quinnipiac also provides local shuttles that make stops at the satellite York Hill campus (about five minutes away), University-owned apartment complexes, and sophomore parking lots. These shuttles are supposed to arrive every 20 minutes. Sophomores are allowed to have cars on campus, but they must park them in lots that are off campus. These lots are not within walking distance and are only accessible by a shuttle. Many sophomores find it quite annoying and tiresome to have to stand and wait for a shuttle for 20 minutes just to get to their car. Juniors typically live on the satellite campus about five minutes away. They are allowed to park in the parking garage next to the building. Many complain that it is a very far, windy walk to the garage, as the campus sits atop a giant hill. In the winter, the walk is very cold. 

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • Shuttle
  • Car
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
Bradley International Airport is located in Windsor Locks, Conn., which is about 40 miles north of Quinnipiac. A carpool or ride from a friend would be your cheapest bet.
Local Taxi Services
Metro Taxi can be reached at (203) 777-7777. The taxi service runs students to clubs, train stations, etc.

Safety Escort ServicesWhat's This?

Safety escorts
(203) 582-6200
Daily 24 hours

Campus ShuttleWhat's This?

Van Program

The Van Program provides transportation services to students to approved locations between Boston and New York.

(202) 582-8351

Public TransitWhat's This?

Connecticut Transit

CT has schedules in nearby New Haven.

(860) 522-8101

100 Leibert Rd., Hartford

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Bradley International Airport

Windsor Locks is about 40 miles north of Hamden.

11 Schoephoester Rd., Windsor Locks

(860) 292-2001

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?


Hartford is about 20 minutes away from Hamden.

1 Union Place, Hartford

(860) 724-1397

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?

Amtrak - Union Station

New Haven is only about 20 minutes away from Hamden.

50 Union Ave., New Haven

(800) 872-7245

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 114 responses

  • 27% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.
  • 39% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 17% Moderately difficult to utilize, the pick-up times and locations are far and few between.
  • 17% 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 115 responses

  • 10% Campus is isolated, so students rely mostly on cars to get them where they need to go.
  • 52% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 35% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 2% Cars are totally pointless. Everything you need is within walking distance.
  • 1% You can't have a car here.

Rate the cost of the following transit options    Based on 48 responses

  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 47 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 46 responses

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

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 114 responses

  • 18% Very easy.
  • 63% Fairly easy.
  • 17% Fairly difficult.
  • 2% Very difficult.
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