Welcome to the third survival guide post in the Buckeyes 1100 series! (check out parts 1 and 2:
class-related tips and my essential packing list)
Even though it rarely takes me more than 15 minutes to walk most places on campus, it’s handy to know how to use the bus system when it’s cold, dark, or—like me—you’re lazy.
The best way to get around campus faster is the campus-area bus service, CABS. It’s free and stops at every stop (sadly rendering the “stop” buttons useless :( ). Of course, it doesn’t help to try to use the bus if it confuses the heck out of you. Here’s a beginners guide to the bus system:
Download the bus map and timetables from http://ttm.osu.edu/system-map
CLN (Campus Loop North) and CLS (Campus Loop South) are the two most useful bus routes. They both take you in a loop around campus—from the Union to St. John’s to the parking lots to the Med Center and everywhere in between. They run opposite directions, so knowing which one to take is not easy to remember.
Accidentally taking the wrong route the long way around is probably the only way to teach yourself which one is which, but CLN runs clockwise around campus (from the Union to South Campus to West Campus to Knowlton Hall) and CLS runs counter-clockwise (you know, the opposite way).
If you are late (or are just lazy like me and don’t want to climb the hill on 17th),
Buckeye Village (BV) or North Express (NE) will take you right through Academic Core—you can pick it up between the stadium and the RPAC and ride it to University Hall, to the North residential area, or to Fisher. It’s quite convenient for getting to class.
Thinking about walking from the Union to the library in the cold or the dark is often disheartening, but the northbound
East Residential (ER) will take you from the Union down 19th, around Neil Avenue, and back down 17th, making the journey to either Thompson or the SEL (sorry, 18th Avenue Library) much easier.
The best way to get bus schedule information is the OSU app (available for free for iOS and Android). If nothing else, get it for the useful “when’s the next bus coming to my stop?” feature.
If you want to go off campus, there’s always COTA, the Columbus-area bus. It’s free with your BuckID and will take you all over the city. Planning your route with
COTA’s planning tools makes taking the COTA easier. However, the best way get to the airport, around Columbus, and beyond Columbus is to make friends with some upperclassmen…especially upperclassmen with cars. :)
All images taken from the OSU Mobile app.