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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. 

Campus Tram

For those of you living on or around campus, the university tram can be a major time-saver for getting to class. The tram makes stops at the University Park Suites, Parking Lot F8, near the soccer and baseball fields and in front of Redwood Hall. During finals week, trams operate until midnight, so you can focus on studying instead of worrying about how to get back to your dorm. See the tram map.

Students with Disabilities

The paratransit van is a convenient mode of transport available to disabled students who live within a five-mile radius of campus and need a ride to class. Eligible students must be approved by Disability Resources and Educational Services. Upon approval, students need to contact the Department of Police Services to reserve their pickup time.

Department of Police Services
Corner of Prairie Street and Darby Avenue 
(818) 677-3946

Disability Resources and Educational Services
Bayramian Hall 110
(818) 677-2684

Bicycles

You may store your bike at one of the fully enclosed Matador bicycle compounds on campus. The 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. 

Bicycle registration is free for students. 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. You will be given a sticker for your bicycle and a card with a registration number. Keep the card handy in case your bicycle is ever stolen.

Buses

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. 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. Check the CSUN Metro page and the CSUN Metro pocket guide for maps, bus and rail schedule information, and attractions near campus. Follow Metro’s Twitter account if you want to get the most up-to-date information about delays or street closures.

If you plan to be a frequent Metro rider, apply for a student monthly pass at the Associated Students (AS) Ticket Office. Transit passes go on sale the 25th of each month. If you are a student assistant, you are eligible to receive a discount. To qualify, you must be scheduled to work Monday through Friday, starting between the hours of 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. You must submit an original application and a photocopy of your student ID to the Department of Police Services by the 15th of the month prior to the month of use. Applications can be picked up at the Department of Police Services. Also, you need to provide a monthly verification report signed by your supervisor that shows daily work hours. The report must be submitted to the Department of Police Services no later than the 15th of the following month. (For example, verification for April is due by May 15.)

AS Ticket Office
University Student Union
(818) 677-2488

Department of Police Services
Corner of Prairie Street and Darby Avenue
(818) 677-3946

Zipcar Rentals

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

Local Train Service

CSUN runs a free shuttle between campus and the Northridge Metrolink Station for student commuters. In the morning the shuttle picks up riders at the Metrolink train station and drops them off at the CSUN transit station on Etiwanda Avenue and Vincennes Street. In the afternoon the shuttle picks up at two locations: 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.

If you need to travel to or from the Northridge Metrolink Station outside of shuttle operating hours, you can take the LADOT DASH bus. The nearest bus stop is the southwest corner of Reseda Boulevard and Nordhoff Street. Buses arrive every 10 to 15 minutes; however, the route is not a direct trip from campus, so allow 25 to 30 minutes for travel time.

There are several Amtrak stations around Northridge, but the closest one is in Chatsworth, which is about five miles from campus. You can save 15 percent on Amtrak fares by applying for a Student Advantage Card. The card costs $20. 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

Airports

There are two major airports that serve the area around campus. The Burbank Bob Hope Airport is 17 miles from Northridge, and the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is 24.5 miles away.

You may take a cab there or book a SuperShuttle; the latter option takes much longer but is half the cost of a taxi. Or, consider the Van Nuys-LAX FlyAway bus, which is more cost-effective. Travel time ranges from 35 minutes to an hour, and a one-way ticket is $8. The FlyAway service only accepts Visa, MasterCard and American Express. Parking is available in the long-term terminal lot at the structure off Woodley Avenue. The daily rate is $4 with a 30-day maximum. Parking can be paid for with cash, Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express. Unfortunately, there isn't a direct public transit route to the bus terminal. Check the Metro Trip Planner to determine the best way to get there. Passengers can be dropped off or picked up at the terminal entrance on Woodley Avenue. 

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

SuperShuttle
531 Van Ness Avenue, Torrance, CA 90501
(818) 780-1000