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Transportation

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3 College Freshman

Transportation: There is a bus system within Birmingham but it's not of much use to students and not always very safe. Everything a student needs is right across the street from campus, except the campus is right off a major road that you would need a car to cross.

There is an airport in Birmingham that accomodates most domestic flights several times a day, though, and I fly in and out of it very often. Never had any problems getting where I need to with it.

2 College Sophomore

Transportation: First of all, there are no sidewalks on the street that my university is located on and it is pretty dangerous to walk on the side of the road and trying to avoid being hit. Second of all, I have not ever seen a city bus in this city. Third of all, if you order a taxi, you will most likely pay an unnecessary amount of money because the taxi service comes from the airport. Fourth of all, it is crucial for you to have your own car if you desire to get out of campus for a late-night food run, coffee, groceries, errands, etc. Fifth of all, if you do not have a car, try to at least have a driver's license because you can ask a friend if you can borrow their car to go do something, and if you ask someone for a ride, most likely they are busy.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: Having a car is nice, but not necessary. It's usually pretty easy to find a friend to ride with if you need to get somewhere. However, parking is often an issue. Tickets are issued very easily, and Samford has a very bad tendency to invite large amounts of people to campus for an event on any given day. This normally would not be an issue, but they neglect to tell students about this or provide adequate guest parking. As a result, students who pay to go to school and have paid for a parking spot are often left without one.

2 College Sophomore

Transportation: You have to have your own car, no public transportation or many sidewalks. Very hard to walk anywhere.

3 College Junior

Transportation: When I go home I use half a tank of gas. So if you plan on going home often it can be expensive and time consuming.

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Because Samford has a relatively small and concentrated campus, shuttle buses to different areas are unnecessary and nonexistent. One can easily make it to class on time just by walking or riding a bike. Some students also rollerblade and skateboard. While a small campus may seem like a disadvantage, this actually benefits students in terms of safety because they do not have to cross busy streets in order to reach different destinations like classes. A fantastic service Samford recently began to offer is free bike rentals with lime green bikes provided by Regions Bank. Students must simply go to the Hub in the University Center, sign an agreement form which includes the lock code, and a fun bike is theirs for three whole days.  

Off-campus transportation is fairly limited. The best option of getting around is driving or riding with friends because few students trust the bus system or want to pay taxi fees. Fortunately, most everything students enjoy doing exists at the maximum of a 15-minute drive from Samford, preventing a lot of financial strain on students who must pay for gas. The city of Birmingham is widespread and busy, so bike riding to different places would be long and unsafe. However, thanks to the greenbelt sidewalk system located right across the street from Samford, some students enjoy walking to the nearby Brookwood Mall instead of driving.  

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • Car
  • Taxi
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
  • Friend's car
  • Personal car
  • Taxi
Local Taxi Services
Yellow cabs are common in the Birmingham area, and their services are easily obtained after a quick Google search. Students without cars usually prefer riding with friends, but taxis are certainly available if one cannot find a ride.

Safety Escort ServicesWhat's This?

There is no such thing due to Samford's small and concentrated campus. Public Safety officers would probably be willing to escort people on foot, though.
205-726-2020
24/7

Public TransitWhat's This?

BJCTA - Birmingham Jefferson County Transit Authority

BJCTA provides fixed route and paratransit service to an area of more than 200 square miles for a population demand of nearly 400,000.

(205) 521-0117

1735 Morris Ave., Birmingham

www.bjcta.org

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport

For more info, you can e-mail info@flybirmingham.com.

5900 Messer Airport Hwy, Birmingham,

(205) 595-0533

www.bhamintlairport.com

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?

Greyhound

618 19th St. N, Birmingham

(205) 324-0002

www.greyhound.com

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?

Amtrak-BHM

1819 Morris Ave., Birmingham

(205) 324-3033

www.amtrak.com

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 30 responses

  • 7% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.
  • 10% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 7% 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.
  • 73% Nonexistent.

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 30 responses

  • 37% Campus is isolated, so students rely mostly on cars to get them where they need to go.
  • 17% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 20% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 27% 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 24 responses

Non-applicable
Very convenient
  • Airport
  • Passenger bus
  • Passenger train
  • Ride sharing

Rate the cost of the following transit options    Based on 24 responses

Non-applicable
Free
  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 23 responses

Non-applicable
Very convenient
  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 30 responses

  • 27% Very easy.
  • 57% Fairly easy.
  • 13% Fairly difficult.
  • 3% Very difficult.
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