What to Know About Transportation at U.S. Colleges

University of California—Davis provides international students with a lot of information about transportation options, such as using the school's vintage double-decker buses from London.(GREG URQUIAGA/UC DAVIS)
University of California—Davis provides international students with a lot of information about transportation options, such as using the school's vintage double-decker buses from London.(GREG URQUIAGA/UC DAVIS)

Prospective international students should learn about and budget for transportation options at U.S. universities.

By Anayat Durrani, U.S. News

"SARAH MURSJID SAYS SHE almost never took public transportation in her home country of Indonesia. She says most Indonesians have private cars, which are driven by private drivers. So she was initially nervous about taking public transportation at the University of California—Davis, where she's a fourth-year economics major with a minor in psychology.

"However, I found it pretty easy to navigate. I was quite informed about what was available because I knew Davis is a biking campus, so biking was always an option," Mursjid says.

When researching U.S. universities, prospective international students may want to pay special attention to transportation-related information. Understanding and budgeting for transportation options can get students ready to go, once they arrive in their new location.

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Julia Ann Easley, a spokeswoman for UC—Davis, says the school provides international students with a lot of information about transportation options, such as using the school's vintage double-decker buses from London.

"Most of our students use bikes and the Unitrans bus service to move around the campus and community. The campus and Davis community are known for being very bike friendly and the student-operated bus system is iconic," Easley says.

She says the school's International Student and Scholar Handbook, a web resource downloadable as a PDF, offers comprehensive information about transportation. The handbook addresses questions like: "Where can I get a bicycle?" "What are car shares?" and "Can I drive legally in California?""

Read the full piece at U.S. News.

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