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3 College Sophomore

Transportation: Transportation options for venturing outside of school is convenient because a bus pass is included with our tuition so we get free bus rides. Campus transportation is not always necessary because the campus is quite small.

2 College Junior

Transportation: I walk or take the bus to school. There is almost no parking for students with cars and they have to leave class to move the car every 2 hours.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: All of the students on campus pay a transportation fee of $260. This allows us to use the bus system in San Francisco. I find this very beneficial because I use the bus to get to and from work.

5 College Junior

Transportation: USF offers students unlimited MUNI rides built in to the tuition costs. Buses are pretty frequent and have relatively convenient stops everywhere, so transportation within the city is great.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: The school gives out muni passes to all undergrads.


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Any big-city native can tell you that parking is nearly impossible in a major city, and San Francisco is no different. Most streets are narrow and hilly, with traffic running both ways. In order to make getting around easier, most students make use of MUNI, the bus system whose fee is included in tuition at USF. MUNI is one of the most reliable, timely transit systems in the country, and while buses are not known for their speed or precision, most city dwellers find public transportation in San Francisco to be more than satisfactory.

Old-fashioned streetcars, the same ones used in the early 20th century, and trolleys run throughout the city, as well. The MUNI pass included in each USF student’s tuition covers every part of the MUNI transit system, so even students can enjoy being tourists for a day here and there. So if you choose not to drive in San Francisco, the bus is a great option. Buses run frequently, and they go just about everywhere imaginable, minimizing walking time in the process. You’ll encounter plenty of homeless people, teenyboppers, and pets on the bus, but it’s all part of city life.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • Buses cover the entire city and are free with your student MUNI pass.
  • Classic cable cars are also free with your student MUNI pass and are an important part of the city's history.
  • Cabs are especially great late at night when most buses have stopped running.
  • The nicest way to get around San Francisco is by walking, if the weather is moderate.
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
  • A door-to-door van ride to the airport is the most convenient way. Shuttles cost between $14 and $20 (one way).
  • American Airporter Shuttle: (415) 202-0733
  • SuperShuttle: (415) 558-8500
Local Taxi Services
Though San Francisco is a major city, taxis are hard to come by. They're costly, and most require reservations because there aren't many to begin with. Most San Francisco natives rely heavily on the bus, while others own cars. Taxis are most accessible in tourist spots and downtown, in areas like the Financial District. Yellow Cab is one of the most popular taxi services, and they can be reached at (415) 333-3333.

Safety Escort ServicesWhat's This?

Safety Shuttle Escort
(415) 422-4201
Sunday-Wednesday 6 p.m.-1 a.m., Thursday-Saturday 6 p.m.-3 a.m.

Campus ShuttleWhat's This?

USF Shuttle Service

Students are required to show their IDs.

(415) 422-4222

(415) 422-4201

Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-6 p.m.

Public TransitWhat's This?

San Francisco Municipal Railway (MUNI)

Schedules are available at the University Center information desk or from MUNI's website.

(415) 701-4500

1 S. Van Ness Ave.

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

San Francisco International Airport

SFO is 11 miles and approximately a 20-minute drive from campus.

Highway 101

(650) 821-8211

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?


The Greyhound bus terminal is about 13 minutes away from campus.

200 Folsom St.

(415) 495-1569

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?


The closest Amtrak train station is in Oakland, which is across the bay and approximately 16 miles from campus.

245 Second St., Oakland

(800) 872-7245

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 119 responses

  • 42% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.
  • 20% 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.
  • 5% Extremely difficult to utilize-it's not reliable nor is it convenient for a student's schedule.
  • 26% Nonexistent.

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 119 responses

  • 0% Campus is isolated, so students rely mostly on cars to get them where they need to go.
  • 2% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 55% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 30% Cars are totally pointless. Everything you need is within walking distance.
  • 13% You can't have a car here.

Rate the cost of the following transit options    Based on 66 responses

  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 66 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 67 responses

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

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 118 responses

  • 58% Very easy.
  • 40% Fairly easy.
  • 2% Fairly difficult.
  • 0% Very difficult.
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