It’s not always easy or obvious for students (and their parents!) to figure out how to get from campus to the nearest airport, train station, or bus depot.
Big, small, urban, rural — every college has its own approach to the airport shuttle conundrum. Some have convenient, affordable options while others leave students pretty much on their own.
Here’s advice about where to look for more information:
Parent newsletter — If you receive a print or e-newsletter from the college, holiday transportation information should be included well in advance.
College website — Information about how to get to and from campus is usually found in the “Visit Campus” section (sometimes under “Admissions”) and/or under “Student Life” (“Housing and Residential Communities” is where I found “Airport Shuttle” for one large public university).
Student Center — Your student can visit the Student Center and ask for transportation information, or you can call the Center yourself. If there’s an old-fashioned Ride Board (where students can offer and find rides), it would be located at the Student Center. A phone call to the Office of Student Life might also yield results.
Your student’s campus email — Even if the university doesn’t operate a regular airport shuttle, they may provide one for vacations, and would email this information to the campus community. Remind your student to check email regularly, dump out-of-date messages, and create email folders to save important messages for future reference.
Google it! Search the name of the school and “airport shuttle” or “shuttle service” and you may get exactly what you’re looking for!
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