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4 College Sophomore

Transportation: The school has the trolley passing right next to and has a good transit center right in the school.

5 College Sophomore

Transportation: The trolleys and buses are convenient and super close to campus.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: The public transportation on campus is mediocre and it won't take you very many places

5 College Freshman

Transportation: With the trolley and buses riding right through campus, it is the most convenient transportation at any college in my opinion. The only bummer is that it takes a while to get to the beach through public transportation.

4 College Junior

Transportation: I love that we have the Trolley Station at State to take to football games, shopping, downtown, etc.


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Public transportation at San Diego State is not at all popular for now. There is a bus station located nearby, which almost nobody uses. The bus station is conveniently located, but many students feel that public transportation is not right for them because of the waiting time for the buses, and the questionable people that ride the bus. Students who have used the trolley station in Mission Valley are impressed with its ease of use and its convenient stops downtown and by the border. With the new station right on campus, the trolley will be utilized by even more students, and transportation has received a much nicer presentation that appeals to the student population on a much broader level.

Being able to take the new, attractive trolley to a Padres game or Tijuana is a very appealing idea to many students. Imagine drinking in your apartment, catching the trolley downtown to a Padres game, and riding it back after a victorious win against the Giants. Oh the possibilities! Hopefully more students will decide to use the trolley to go downtown and back rather than take the risk of driving drunk. With the addition of the trolley to campus, and the proximity of the bus stop to campus, San Diego State students are sure to embrace public transportation a great deal more than they ever have before.

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Best Ways to Get Around Town
MTS Trolley System if you or your friends don't have a car
Did You Know?
The trolley station at the south end of campus was built underground to prohibit noise from distracting classes.

Campus ShuttleWhat's This?


Campus organized carpooling -

(619) 227-POOL

Red & Black Shuttle

The Red & Black Shuttle runs around the campus perimeter and stops at major parking lots.

Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-10 p.m.

Public TransitWhat's This?

Metropolitan Transportation System (MTS)

Students can recieve discount passes through SDSU.

(800) 266-6883 (COMMUTE)

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

San Diego International Airport (Lindbergh Field)

3225 N Harbor Dr., San Diego

(619) 400-2404

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?


120 W Broadway, San Diego

(619) 239-3266 (800) 231-2222

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?

Solana Beach Station

The Solana Beach station is actually closer and easier to get to from UCSD than the San Diego station.

105 Cedros Ave., Solana Beach

Amtrak San Diego Station

1050 Kettner Blvd., San Diego

(619) 239-9021

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 218 responses

  • 40% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.
  • 36% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 9% 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.
  • 12% Nonexistent.

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 218 responses

  • 9% Campus is isolated, so students rely mostly on cars to get them where they need to go.
  • 14% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 69% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 8% 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 132 responses

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

Rate the cost of the following transit options    Based on 133 responses

  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 133 responses

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

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 218 responses

  • 26% Very easy.
  • 65% Fairly easy.
  • 8% Fairly difficult.
  • 2% Very difficult.
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