Life At RIT
RIT provides numerous options for students in regards to getting around campus and the community. Students are allowed to have cars on campus, but must purchase a parking permit. Many will find that, with the many options available, having a car is not necessary. Before your student opts to have a car on campus, suggest that they consider the reasons for needing a car (shopping; appointments; etc) and alternative options (shuttles; zipcar; taxis; etc). You and your student might find using RIT transportation options is a better choice than the cost and maintenance of having a car on campus.
Parking and Transportation Services (PATS) administers all parking and transportation services at RIT, and is a good resource for your student. On this site, you will find information about parking on campus, as well as transportation options. Here are some of the services for getting around campus, getting off campus, and getting home for breaks:
RIT Shuttle Services
PATS provides a shuttle service with regularly scheduled stops to:
RIT also offers weekend services for student’s shopping needs. Weekend shuttles transport students to Park Point, Marketplace Mall, and Wegmans.
Details about these services can be found at the above link.
Bikeshare is program, primarily run by Student Government, which allows students to rent one of 20 orange bikes for use on campus free of charge.
Zipcar is a service that allows members to use a car by the hour or day. Zipcars are available on campus to any students, faculty, or staff with a membership.
Student Government sponsors a break bus, which provides students with a ride to the Rochester International Airport or Amtrak/Greyhound stations. This is done free of charge for RIT students prior to major breaks.
RIT has made arrangements with University Transportation to create set rates for a variety of locations including the airport, train, and bus stations (gratuity is not included in the set rate).
Transportation to and from Rochester
My Bus Home
My Bus Home arranges one-way and round-trip transportation for academic breaks to a variety of cities. For more information, schedules, and locations, your student can sign up at www.mybushome.com