Student Transport 101: 5 Universities Doing It Right
The academic year has officially kicked off and the excitement in the air is contagious. Students are moving into their new (or old) homes for the year and thinking, dreaming, and worrying about what 2019 might bring. Some students might be a bit wary about travelling on their own, but lucky for them, most universities offer transport to and from their respective campuses. For more information about these universities’ transport services, read on.
Please keep in mind that the transport options listed in this article do not include metered taxis, Ubers, or students’ own cars.
Students who are in need of transport can take the Inter Campus Bus to and from the Education Campus, the Health Science Campus, and Main Campus. There is also a bus to and from Rosebank on weekends for students in residences. These buses are free of charge to all students and staff members who can show a valid student card or identification.
The Rea Vaya buses travel to the inner city as well as Florida North, Yeoville, Cresta and Parktown. Although these buses are not exclusively open to students, university students who travel with these buses get a 10% discount between 8:30 am and 3:00 pm. Students are also exempt from loading fees at these bus stations. Cash can be loaded onto smartcards at any Rea Vaya Station or ABSA cash-accepting ATM.
University of Pretoria
The University of Pretoria offers transport to and from its Hatfield, Mamelodi, Groenkloof, and Prinshof campuses free of charge. The university’s website does not list a bus schedule to Onderstepoort. The buses run on a set schedule that is occasionally updated on the university website. Tuks also offers specialised bus services during exam times with buses travelling from Sunnyside and Arcadia.
Many students also make use of bicycles. These bikes are available to rent from the University of Pretoria. There are sufficient bike racks on campus and many students use their bicycles to get from one class to another.
The University of Cape Town has its famous Jammie Shuttle that transports students and staff between campuses free of charge. The shuttle also runs on weekends and a Sunday timetable is followed on specified public holidays. There is also a night service available.
Cape Town’s Golden Arrow Bus Service has been running for over 150 years and doesn’t seem to be slowing down. Students can easily access these buses from different points on campus. According to the UCT website, these buses are “accessible from Main Road, Rondebosch, and the Jammie Shuttle stops in Claremont and Mowbray.”
The MyCiti initiative focuses on being as eco-friendly as possible while still offering efficient services to the public. These buses work with the Jammie Shuttle and are easily accessible from campus.
University of Stellenbosch
Because the main campus is situated in the middle of the town, most students make use of bicycles, skateboards, longboards, and lift-clubs. There are also some parking spaces available, although it has been noted that there aren’t many and some students might park a bit further.
These bicycles are available for rent by students and are fairly popular. They’re not only affordable but also eco-friendly. The bikes sport the university’s maroon colour and are easily recognisable. The bicycle rates are available on the university’s website.
Bus transport is provided during the week to take students between the Westville and Howard College campuses. The details of the departure times are available on the university’s Facebook page.
If you attend any of these universities and we’ve left out key points or given false information, please contact us. Likewise, if you think that your university should be added to this list, let us know at www.mobility-online.co.za. We’d like to wish students from all across South Africa a happy and prosperous 2019. As always, stay safe on the roads and happy travels!