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4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Metro is right across the street.

No need for a bike on campus to get to classes on time but several students do bike or board to class.

Traffic can be a nightmare, especially during rush hour.

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4 College Sophomore

Transportation: We have a shuttle that is convenient as well as a metro and many taxis.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: The bus system runs regularly, but they often overfill the vehicles and skip stops.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: If you're a freshman without a car getting around sucks but is doable. There are some shopping places and other areas you can walk to, as well as all the frat houses and nearby areas. If you have a car the only problem is dealing with Miami traffic.

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3 College Freshman

Transportation: I've definitely taken advantage of the metro stop across from campus - it's too bad that the metro isn't developed better in Miami

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The lack of efficient public transportation in Miami can’t really be blamed on any specific thing. For one, Miami isn’t set up like New York or Chicago, both cities whose metropolitan designs make it more convenient for trains and buses to get around. Since we’re all living on heavily-paved swamp land down here, nothing can really be built underground. There are some semblances of public transportation, most notably the Metrorail, which is an elevated train system that runs from Medley, in northwest Miami-Dade, to Kendall. One of the stops of the Metrorail is across the street from the University of Miami, making it accessible to students.The downside of the Metrorail is that there are some sketchy Miami citizens riding the Metrorail. It would definitely be a good idea not to ride alone.

UM does its part to make transportation easier for students without cars. Recently, UM has offered bicycles to help its students get around. In an effort to be green, UM has also employed a Zip Car system that allows students to carpool and rent cars when they need them. The method students use most to get around is the free shuttle that takes you to grocery stores, shops, and movie theaters, as well as to various buildings around campus. Students are given rides by UM shuttles to the football games that are held in Dolphin Stadium. Most students don’t really complain about the limited amount of public transportation. Instead they focus their time on borrowing their friends’ cars or taking a free UM shuttle cleverly referred to as the Hurry ‘Cane. Cabs aren’t really widespread in Miami, but there are enough to get you home after a night of drinking or to take you to the airport, although most students prefer the cheaper Super Shuttle.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • A bike (wear a helmet, this is Miami)
  • Your best friend's car
  • Hurry 'Cane Shuttle
  • Zip Cars
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
  • A cab ride to the airport costs $45.
  • Super Shuttle International (305) 871-2000 The van will pick you up in front of your dorm and take you to your terminal at MIA.

Campus ShuttleWhat's This?

Hurry `Cane Shuttle

(305) 284-3096

Daily 7 a.m.-10 p.m.

Ibis Ride

(305) 284-3096

Friday-Saturday 8 p.m.-3:30 a.m.

RSMAS Shuttle

(305) 284-3096

Monday-Friday 7:45 a.m-5:30 p.m.

Sergeant Sebastian Escort

(305) 284-6666

Daily 6 p.m.-6 a.m.

After 12 a.m. by request

Public TransitWhat's This?


Elevated train system with a stop at UM

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Miami International Airport

The Miami International Airport is seven miles and approximately 20 minutes driving time from the University of Miami.

(305) 876-7000

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?

Miami Greyhound Bus Terminal

The Greyhound Bus Station is near the Miami International Airport, approximately seven miles from campus.

4111 NW 27th Street, Miami

(305) 871-1810

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?

Miami Amtrak Train Station

The Amtrak Train Station is near Hialeah, approximately eight miles from campus.

8303 NW 37th Ave., Miami


Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 177 responses

  • 41% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.
  • 44% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 14% 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.
  • 0% Nonexistent.

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 177 responses

  • 8% Campus is isolated, so students rely mostly on cars to get them where they need to go.
  • 18% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 67% 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.
  • 1% You can't have a car here.

Rate the cost of the following transit options    Based on 91 responses

  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 91 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 91 responses

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

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 177 responses

  • 16% Very easy.
  • 51% Fairly easy.
  • 28% Fairly difficult.
  • 6% Very difficult.
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