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4 College Junior

Transportation: There usually always a bus that goes to the mall or downtown. I never had a problem with transportation and my college usually provides transportation for students going to the airport during breaks.

3 College Senior

Transportation: You have to plan out your transportation along with your class schedule.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: Transportation is good, but if you miss a bus to go off campus you usually have to wait about 40 minutes for the next bus.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: the buses are easy to understand but sometimes can be late. it's difficult to get to the airport or bus station because the school doesn't offer buses to those places and taxis are very expensive.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: The Zipcar program is something I have never experienced, but I see many people with them and I think it's a wonderful program to have. The campus shuttle is very convenient and I enjoy that it also goes to the downtown area.


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Getting around campus is fairly easy if you pay attention to the many schedules and signs provided for students. Syracuse University has a convenient bus service that shuttles students to and from South Campus, as well as around main campus. There are also three bus stops on campus for trips to such places as downtown Syracuse and the Carousel Mall. As long as you know the schedule, you will certainly do fine getting around campus.

Also, taxis are always readily available. Some students hail a cab to go to the airport, which can be fairly inexpensive. Other students like to use cabs as their designated driver when they go to bars and frats on campus, and they are always available late at night. Buses, trains, and planes are also convenient, as long as you can make your way to either Hancock Airport or the Transportation Center. Both are within a 10-minute drive from the SU campus. Although the airport is small, there are flights that leave from Hancock to almost every destination an SU student would need to go.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • Take Centro Bus
  • Take a taxi
  • Walk (depending on the weather)
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
Take I-81 North to Exit 27 Continue on Airport Boulevard/Colonel Eileen Collins Boulevard Follow signs to parking and terminal.

Campus ShuttleWhat's This?

SU Shuttle U Home

There is a shuttle service that runs routes around campus. Unfortunately, these buses make very infrequent trips around SU.

(315) 443-2224

Public TransitWhat's This?


The CENTRO buses are free, and run to Carousel Mall, downtown Syracuse, and the train station, as well as across the entire campus.

(315) 442-3400

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Hancock International Airport

1000 Colonel Eileen Collins Blvd., Syracuse

(315) 454-3263

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?


131 P and C Pkwy, Syracuse

(315) 472-5339 or (800) 231-2222

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?


131 P & C Pkwy, Syracuse

(315) 477-1152

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 195 responses

  • 51% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.
  • 41% 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.
  • 1% 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 196 responses

  • 3% Campus is isolated, so students rely mostly on cars to get them where they need to go.
  • 9% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 84% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 4% 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 95 responses

  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 94 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 95 responses

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

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 196 responses

  • 20% Very easy.
  • 64% Fairly easy.
  • 15% Fairly difficult.
  • 2% Very difficult.


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