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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. 

Housing shuttle

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

Students with disabilities

The paratransit van is available for 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

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

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.

Buses

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, schedules and nearby attractions, and follow Metro’s Twitter account for the most up-to-date information about delays or street closures.

Planning to be a frequent Metro rider? Apply for a student monthly pass at the Associated Students 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

Local train service

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. 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.

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

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)


• B4 has two chargers (south side, near Information Booth 2)


• B5 surface lot has three chargers (northeast, outside the north wall of the B5 parking structure)


• B6 has three chargers (southwest corner)


• G3 surface lot has four chargers (southwest corner)


• G9 has two chargers (southwest corner on the second level and west wall of the paring structure)

• F2 has three chargers (northeast corner)


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

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.

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. 

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 www.zipcar.com, 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.

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.

Ground transportation options to and from Los Angeles International include:

• FlyAway shuttle bus service

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

• Public transportation

• Shared ride vans — SuperShuttlePrime Time

• Taxis

• Transportation network companies — LyftUber

 

Ground transportation options to and from Burbank Bob Hope Airport include:

• Public transportation

• Shared ride vans — SuperShuttlePrime Time

• Taxis

• Transportation network companies — LyftUber