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4 College Freshman

Transportation: Blue route runs every 20 minutes around campus and there's a bus that runs throughout town frequently on a schedule. Transportation to the Regional Transportation Center is a little more difficult but not too much. Always buses.

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4 College Freshman

Transportation: Even though I am not a big fan of public transportation, the centro is a great way to get around oswego and even out to fulton and syracuse

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3 College Sophomore

Transportation: Bring a car if you can.

1 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: Bring your own car if you can. The buses take forever.

4 College Senior

Transportation: I thought the bus schedule was very helpful and always came at the right times for classes and drop offs. It was really helpful on those cold, snowy, rainy days.


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Many students bring their cars to college, including freshmen. SUNY Oswego is one of the few colleges to allow freshmen to bring their cars. There is the Green Route Centro express shuttle bus that continuously makes the loop from the athletic complex to Sheldon Hall and then to the Campus Center. This bus is helpful for students who have classes at Laker Hall as well as commuter students that must park in the Romney lots across from main campus. This shuttle, as well as the Oswego public transportation system and the Syracuse Centro buses, are all free for students (bus stickers in the past used to cost SUNY Oswego students $20).

The best way to get to Walmart, Price Chopper, or the movie theater is to take the Centro buses, which stops at the Campus Center. You can also call a taxi, but it will cost between $6 and $8, depending on the number of people. Students with their license can rent a Zipcar to run daily errands, but these can get very expensive. The College is pretty far from Bridge Street where you will find cafés, bars, and restaurants, and even farther for grocery shopping. Having a car is convenient, but you don’t need one. The bus system is usually very reliable.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • Personal car
  • Public transportation (Centro bus)-the bus pass is free!
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
Take the Centro, heading to Syracuse regional transportation. In Syracuse, take a $20 taxi to the airport.
Did You Know?
Zipcars are cars by the hour or by the day. Visit the company's website ( for more info.

Safety Escort ServicesWhat's This?

University Police
(315) 312-5555
Daily 24 hours

Public TransitWhat's This?


Centro shuttle buses run from campus to shops and other places in the downtown Oswego area.

(315) 342-4400

(315) 442-3400

512 E. Seneca St.

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Syracuse Hancock International Airport

This airport is located about 35 miles from campus.

1000 Col. Eileen Collins Blvd., North Syracuse

(315) 454-3263

Oswego County Airport

40 Airport Dr., Fulton

(315) 591-9130

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?


Syracuse is about 50 minutes from campus.

131 Alliance Bank Parkway, Syracuse

(315) 472-5339

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?


This train station is about 30 miles from campus.

581 State Fair Blvd., Syracuse

(800) 872-7245

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?     Based on 80 responses

  • 45% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.
  • 49% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 4% Moderately difficult to utilize, the pick-up times and locations are far and few between.
  • 2% Extremely difficult to utilize-it's not reliable nor is it convenient for a student's schedule.
  • 0% Nonexistent.

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 79 responses

  • 5% Campus is isolated, so students rely mostly on cars to get them where they need to go.
  • 15% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 75% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 5% 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 44 responses

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

Rate the cost of the following transit options    Based on 44 responses

  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 44 responses

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

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 79 responses

  • 25% Very easy.
  • 67% Fairly easy.
  • 6% Fairly difficult.
  • 1% Very difficult.
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