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3 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: Living on-campus, all your classes and numerous entertainment options are available within walking distance. The school shuttles are useful, they even run buses to and from the football stadium for games. Living off campus, it is a little more difficult to get by without a car. Most of the big student-focused apartment complexes have shuttles that go to and from campus but getting groceries and going out would be challenging without a car.

5 College Sophomore

Transportation: Transportation at the school is relatively easy. There are always taxis (thank you city life), most apartment complexes have shuttles to and from campus, and driving around is always convenient (excluding the complete lack of parking). To go downtown at night, there is a shuttle to and from Greek Village, and to and from some of the far off campus housing. Friday and Saturday, there is Carolina Cab, a free taxi service to anyone with a student ID that will take you from downtown to anywhere within a 5mi radius (though if you're further than that, usually they'll be lenient, just remember to tip). Monday through Friday, 7:30am-5:45pm, there is a great shuttle service that runs all over campus. There's even an app to track the location of the shuttle, so you know how long you'll have to wait and if you have time to run and grab that coffee you need. After the regular shuttle stops running, there is an evening shuttle that runs from 5:45pm-12:30am. It is less convenient than the regular shuttle, but if you're going from one side of campus to another in the dark at night, it definitely is worth the inconvenience. If you are somehow out on campus even later than 12:30am, there is a late-night shuttle running from 12:30am-6:30am that you can call to come pick you up. Even more, the service fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega, runs an escort shuttle from 8pm-12am on Sunday through Thursday. If you're at the library and don't want to walk back to your dorm at night, the student government has recently instituted Walk Home Cocky, a free service that will send two people to walk with you back to your dorm Sunday through Thursday 10:30pm-2am. Basically, no matter when or where you need transportation, you will be able to find it, usually for free.

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5 College Freshman

Transportation: Riding with friends save you a lot of money compared to others

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Idk i guess it's good. Mostly just walk places

3 College Junior

Transportation: There ares shuttles for each off campus housing unit as well as a campus shuttle that helps students get to classes, residence halls, or parking lots faster if there is a large distance gap

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The public transportation system at USC is, all in all, not bad. Students frequent the on-campus shuttles much more than the Columbia bus system, but both provide comprehensive routes. The Carolina Shuttles run Monday–Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., with night shuttles starting at nightfall for safe and efficient transportation on campus. Although the campus is larger than 350 acres, the vast majority of one’s classes can be reached with a 15-minute walk. On the weekends, Cocky’s Caravan transports students to and from the bar districts of Five Points and the Vista free of charge. Columbia’s bus system is almost neglected by students. This is because many of the students do have cars, can easily walk to grocery stores and restaurants, and are unsure of where the bus stops.

To get out of town without a car, there is an Amtrak station, a Greyhound bus station, and the Columbia Metropolitan Airport, all relatively close to campus. Students find these convenient, especially if they live far away. There are shuttles that run to both the Columbia and Charlotte airports, offering a convenient alternative to expensive cab rides. The easiest way to get from around campus is to walk or ride a bike. Bike racks are located outside almost every building on campus. Both on- and off-campus transportation is pretty safe, though one should always use caution in such settings.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • Bike
  • Car
  • Scooter
  • USC Shuttle
  • Walk
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
  • A cab ride to the airport costs around $20.
  • Ard's Airport Shuttle (803) 791-5767
  • Columbia Airport Shuttle: (803) 647-9909
Did You Know?
A shuttle runs from USC to the Douglas International Airport in Charlotte for a $49 fee. Reservations can be made at (803)783-5123.

Campus ShuttleWhat's This?

USC Shuttle

(803) 777-1080

Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., 6 p.m.-12:30 a.m.

APO Escort Services

(803) 777-DUCK

Public TransitWhat's This?

Columbia Area Transit System

Call or visit the Web site for a map of easy access to the public transportation system.

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

The Columbia Metropolitan Airport

The Columbia Metropolitan Airport is seven miles and about a 15-minute drive from campus.

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?


The Greyhound Bus Terminal is in downtown Columbia, approximately one mile from campus.

2015 Gervais St., Columbia

(803) 256-6465

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?


The Amtrak Train Station is in downtown Columbia, approximately two miles from campus.

950 Pulaski St., Columbia

(803) 252-8246

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 250 responses

  • 37% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.
  • 43% 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.
  • 5% 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 250 responses

  • 4% Campus is isolated, so students rely mostly on cars to get them where they need to go.
  • 19% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 71% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 6% Cars are totally pointless. Everything you need is within walking distance.
  • 0% You can't have a car here.

Rate the cost of the following transit options    Based on 122 responses

  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 122 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 122 responses

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

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 249 responses

  • 27% Very easy.
  • 60% Fairly easy.
  • 10% Fairly difficult.
  • 2% Very difficult.


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