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3 College Freshman

Transportation: You can walk to downtown Wheaton, or walk to the train station which can take you to any number of stops, but ends in Chicago. Not the best transportation scene -- for example target and most grocery stores are really only accessible by car. But you can definitely manage without a car - score rides off friends, borrow zip car, etc. A car is helpful, but by no means a necessity.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: Super convenient train that's a 4 minute walk from campus. Other than that, not much transportation.

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4 College Freshman

Transportation: Great access to local train

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5 College Junior

Transportation: Transportation is really convenient in Wheaton. To go to the city, we can take train.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: I have not made much use of the transportation here as I've been walking around campus and seeing others walk or use their bikes, but I know that there is a shuttle on campus. Many churches shuttle on Sundays as well. Downtown Wheaton is within walking distance, from what I hear, and the train station is right around the corner.

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Everything in Wheaton is within walking or biking distance, so there really isn’t any need for public transportation. In fact, the only public transportation used by students is the Metra train and the occasional cab. If you’re worried about getting a ride to the airport, have no fear; the school’s student government offers a shuttle service on various school breaks for a minimal price. Car rentals and pickup services are easy to organize through American Charter Coach and Bill’s Limo Dispatch. The only reason you would ever need public transportation in Wheaton would be for running errands or picking up groceries, but most students get along just fine hitching rides from their friends.

The Metra train network is a great transportation system for Wheaton students that want to get off campus. The train stop at College Avenue, directly across from the College-owned Terrace Apartments, is only about an eight-minute walk from anywhere on campus. For a few dollars, the Metra takes students to downtown Chicago in forty-five minutes. Once in Chicago, if you want to go outside of the Loop, you can use the L-train system. Though intimidating for first-time users, it’s a very efficient system and fairly easy to navigate. If you’re not the best with directions, there are hundreds of taxis that can take you anywhere you want to go. There’s also the bus system, but it’s pretty confusing and extremely slow. Still, many students are satisfied by the many splendors of Chicago that lie within walking distance of the train station.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • Bicycle (by far your best option)
  • Ride with friends who have cars
  • Walk
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
  • American Charter Coach and Bill's Limo Dispatch is $34 one-way to O'Hare ($44 for two people and $66 for three people), and $45 one-way to Midway ($52 for two people and $59 for three people). To make a reservation, contact Bill's at (630) 961-5500.
  • If you're going to take a cab, most students go with American Taxi. It costs $37 for a one-way trip to O'Hare, and $45 for a one-way trip to Midway. Call (630) 305-0700.
  • Wheaton provides an airport shuttle service during typical travel times, such as fall break, Thanksgiving break, winter break, and spring break. Shuttles go to both O'Hare and Midway and various times. Cost is $15 one-way to O'Hare and $20 one-way to Midway.
Local Taxi Services
American Taxi: (800) 244-1177; Metro Yellow: (847) 324-3506; Metro Checker: (708) 320-9902.
Did You Know?
O'Hare International Airport in Chicago is allegedly the busiest airport in the entire world.

Safety Escort ServicesWhat's This?

Public Safety Escort
(630) 752-5911
Anytime after dark

Campus ShuttleWhat's This?

Campus Shuttle Services

Students receive a copy of the scheduled stops through the College Post Office

(630) 752-5911

Daily 6:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m.

Public TransitWhat's This?

The Metra (Union Pacific West Line)

This Chicago to Geneva transportation system is extremely helpful for students

(312) 322-6777

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

O'Hare International Airport

10000 W. O'Hare, Chicago

(800) 832-6352

Midway Airport

5700 S. Cicero Ave., Chicago

(773) 498-1308

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?


Greyhound bus lines run all through Chicago. The best thing to do is to get a ride to the Metra station in Chicago, and then take the Union Pacific West Line. This will bring you to the College Avenue station right by the campus.

(312) 408-5816

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?


The Amtrak train station is in Chicago, and the best thing to do is to work your way over to the Metra station in Chicago. From there, you can take the Union Pacific West Line in the Metra and get off at the College Avenue station right by the campus.

(630) 357-9114

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 41 responses

  • 17% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.
  • 24% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 24% 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.
  • 29% Nonexistent.

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 41 responses

  • 2% Campus is isolated, so students rely mostly on cars to get them where they need to go.
  • 12% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 68% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 17% Cars are totally pointless. Everything you need is within walking distance.
  • 0% You can't have a car here.

Rate the convenience of long-distance transportation to travel between home and school    Based on 18 responses

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

Rate the cost of the following transit options    Based on 19 responses

  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 19 responses

Very convenient
  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 41 responses

  • 34% Very easy.
  • 66% Fairly easy.
  • 0% Fairly difficult.
  • 0% Very difficult.
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