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Transportation

You can explore the campus with the official CSUN mobile app, which you can download at m.csun.edu. The GPS-enabled map allows you to search for buildings and departments, campus dining facilities, etc., as well as walking directions. You can also look at and print a map. Los Angeles may be known as a city of cars — but with congested freeways and steep gas prices, buses and the subway have become viable options for the daily commute. College discounts and frequent-use passes further reduce costs. With a bit of planning, not only can you get by in Los Angeles without a car, but you can save some serious cash doing so. 

Airports

Two major airports serve the Northridge community. The Burbank Bob Hope Airport is 17 miles from campus, and the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is 24.5 miles away.

To and from Burbank Bob Hope Airport 

• Public transportation

• Shared ride vans — SuperShuttle and Prime Time

• Taxis

• Transportation network companies — Lyft and Uber

To and from LAX

• FlyAway shuttle bus service

Van Nuys-LAX FlyAway bus terminal 
7610 Woodley Ave.
Van Nuys, CA 91406 
(866) 435-9529

• Public transportation

• Shared ride vans — SuperShuttle and Prime Time

• Taxis

• Transportation network companies — Lyft and Uber

Bicycles

Store your bike at one of the fully enclosed Matador bicycle compounds on campus. A bicycle compound will protect your bike from theft and the elements. There is a one-time administrative fee of $7, and sign-up is on a first-come, first-served basis. 

If your bicycle is stolen or lost, you are more likely to recover it if it is registered. Print and fill out the bicycle registration form and bring it to the Department of Police Services along with your bicycle and driver's license or university ID card. Registration is free and you will receive a sticker for your bicycle and a card with a registration number. Keep the card handy in case your bicycle is ever stolen.

CSUN Zimride

Starting in 2016, Associated Students has introduced Zimride by Enterprise, a free online ride-matching service exclusively for CSUN. Log in to the secure online environment to find friends, classmates and coworkers going where you are, whether it’s for a daily commute, road trip or one-time event. Both drivers and passengers can save money and help reduce carbon emissions.

Electric vehicle charging stations

If you drive an electric vehicle, you’re in luck. CSUN supports sustainability with eight electric vehicle charging stations located in campus parking lots. Charging is free at CSUN, but your vehicle must display a valid CSUN parking permit. Check the time limit on the charging station stall to avoid a citation. For more information, visit the Parking and Transportation Services website.

Use the campus map to find the electric vehicle charging stations located in the following parking lots.

• B2 has four chargers (northeast corner)
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• B4 has two chargers (south side, near Information Booth 2)
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• B5 surface lot has three chargers (northeast, outside the north wall of the B5 parking structure)
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• B6 has three chargers (southwest corner)
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• G3 surface lot has four chargers (southwest corner)
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• G9 has two chargers (southwest corner on the second level and west wall of the parking structure).

• F2 has three chargers (northeast corner)
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• F5 has two direct current quick chargers (northeast corner).

Housing shuttle

If you live in the dorms, the housing shuttle stops at the Suites at University Park, F8 parking lot, the soccer and baseball fields, and Redwood Hall. During finals week, the shuttle operates until midnight.

Public transportation

There are various public transportation options to and from CSUN. The Antelope Valley Transit Authority, Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) and Metro provide direct service to campus. Buses pick up and drop off at the CSUN transit station on Etiwanda Avenue and Vincennes Street.

Metro

Planning to ride Metro frequently? Follow Metro’s Twitter account for the most up-to-date information about delays or street closures, and apply online for a reduced-fare monthly student pass. Once Metro mails you a TAP card (which can be used when transferring from Metro to other participating transit systems), bring it with your student ID to the Associated Students Ticket Office to pay. You will receive an additional CSUN discount ($10 off). 

Metrolink

CSUN runs a Metrolink shuttle between campus and the Northridge Metrolink Station for student commuters. Morning shuttles pick up riders at the Metrolink train station and drops them off at the CSUN transit station on Etiwanda Avenue and Vincennes Street. Afternoon shuttles pick up at the CSUN transit station and the University Student Union on Lindley Avenue. The shuttle arrives at the CSUN transit station about 30 minutes before train departure times and at the University Student Union about 25 minutes before. Check the Metrolink website for train schedules. To travel to or from the Northridge Metrolink Station outside of shuttle operating hours take the LADOT DASH bus

Amtrak

The closest Amtrak station is in Chatsworth, about five miles from campus. You can save 15 percent on Amtrak fares by applying for a Student Advantage Card. To use the Student Advantage discount, you must reserve your tickets at least three days in advance.

Amtrak
21510 Devonshire St.
Chatsworth, CA 91311
(800) 872-7245

Zipcar rentals

CSUN offers Zipcar, a program allowing students to rent cars on an hourly basis. Gas, insurance, maintenance and roadside assistance are all included in the fee. Renters must be at least 18 years old with a valid driver's license. Sign up and make a reservation online, visit the Zipcar website, and upon registration, you will receive a Zipcard allowing you to access the rental vehicle. The CSUN Zipcar rental station is located on Lassen Street and Lindley Avenue.