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4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Transportation is relatively easy. There are a lot of local buses, but also buses that come to bring students farther distances and to other campuses

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4 College Freshman

Transportation: The bus system is usually great, but the buses get way too crowded in the cold winter. It's not safe to walk to class in some of these sub zero temperatures, but if the buses are too full there's no safe way to get to class.

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4 College Senior

Transportation: You can get anywhere you need to go on a bus. The cost of a bus pass is worked into tuition so if you don't use it you're wasting your own money.

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4 College Freshman

Transportation: There are many opportunities for ride share programs. Airport located very near campus.

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5 College Freshman

Transportation: The bus is extremely helpful especially in the winter when its freezing cold


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Students feel pretty content with the various transportation options at UW. The shuttle bus is probably one of the more popular options. Students are able to take this up the ominous Bascom Hill, and around to the farthest academic building on campus. The bus runs about every fifteen minutes beginning at 7 a.m., and goes till 11 p.m.

In general, most places on campus or off are within a walking distance. However, UW and the city of Madison offer ways for students to go farther distances in shorter amounts of time. Therefore, public transportation is very accessible. As a student, you get a free bus pass that is good through the semester. As long as you can read a bus schedule, you are good to go. Lots of people use the busses to get to campus, go to the mall, or catch a movie. There is also a free bus that circles the campus to take students to academic buildings that are a little farther away. Madison also has an abundance of cabs that are more than willing to drive you anywhere. Of course, they are more expensive than the buses, but when you have bags of groceries, it's worth it. Madison also offers ways to get out of the city or state. The airport is only a few miles from campus, as is the Greyhound bus station. Travel agents are also available to help students plan getaways. Bottom line is that wherever you may need to go, there will be some means of getting you there.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • many students get around by bike. There are bike lanes designated on the street. Bike racks are located by every building and residential hall. Students can also use Lakeshore path to bike on.
  • Many students have mopeds, and moped parking is available in front of every building and residential hall. A moped is a quick, convenient way to get around campus.
  • To get to the mall or movie theater, most students take the bus. However, buses make frequent stops and to get to the mall, buses stop at the West Transfer Point first, which can be a wait of 5-15mins for the next bus.
  • Walking- most students walk everywhere. Campus can be quite large, but everything is within reasonable walking distance.
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
There is not a shuttle available to get to the airport. However, most students take a cab for around $20, or have a friend who is willing to take them there.

Campus ShuttleWhat's This?


Students are able to pick up a free bus pass at the beginning of each semester. Students living further off campus find the bus system as a great way to get around with few delays.

Public TransitWhat's This?

Metro Transit Bus System

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Dane County Airport

4000 International Ln.

(608) 246-3380

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?


2 S. Bedford St.

(608) 257-3050

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 188 responses

  • 68% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.
  • 25% 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.
  • 0% Extremely difficult to utilize-it's not reliable nor is it convenient for a student's schedule.
  • 4% Nonexistent.

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 186 responses

  • 3% 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.
  • 53% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 39% Cars are totally pointless. Everything you need is within walking distance.
  • 3% You can't have a car here.

Rate the cost of the following transit options    Based on 89 responses

  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 89 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 89 responses

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

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 187 responses

  • 40% Very easy.
  • 57% Fairly easy.
  • 3% Fairly difficult.
  • 0% Very difficult.
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