Students, faculty, and staff commuting to campus is responsible for nearly 40% of SDSU’s carbon footprint. Do your part by coming to campus by one of the green methods below. Google Maps is a great resource for planning your trips, from biking to buses to the trolley.

SDSU was awarded the iCommute Diamond Award (Gold Tier) for our efforts to encourage our campus to use alternate modes of transportation, like taking transit, biking, and carpooling. iCommute also has regional resources for alternative transportation.

SDSU is located on the Green Line of the MTS Trolley system, connecting campus to Downtown San Diego and Santee. Hop on a Blue Line connection to get to National City, Chula Vista, and San Ysdiro. Grab the Orange Line for Lemon Grove and La Mesa,

Pick up a discounted student pass at Viejas Arena.


There are several MTS bus lines that directly service campus, including the Rapid line. Check out the MTS site for up to date information. All SDSU routes are “bike buses” and provide wheelchair lift service.

For the most up to date information, please see the MTS website

  • Bus Route 11 - SDSU - Skyline Hills: runs from Skyline Hills, through downtown, Hillcrest, and Normal Heights to campus.
  • Bus Route 14 - Grantville Trolley-Baltimore & Lake Murray: runs from the Grantville Trolley Station through Allied Gardens and Del Cerro to campus and Lake Murray.
  • Bus Route 115 - El Cajon Transit Center-SDSU: runs from the El Cajon Transit Center, through the neighborhoods of San Carlos and Del Cerro, to campus.
  • Bus Route 215 - Mid-City Rapid: this limited stop rapid line runs from campus to downtown along El Cajon Blvd and Park Blvd, with stops in Normal Heights, North Park, and Balboa Park
  • Bus Route 856 - SDSU-Rancho San Diego: runs from Cuyamaca College in Rancho San Diego through Spring Valley and Lemon Grove to campus
  • Bus Route 936 - Spring Valley-SDSU: runs from Gillespie Drive and Jamacha Blvd. in El Cajon through Lemon Grove Marketplace at the Grove, to campus, and on to Alvarado Hospital Medical Center.
  • Bus Route 955 - National City: runs from campus through Oak Park to National City 


  • Biking, skateboarding, or walking to campus is as green as you can get! Campus has a network Bike Fix Stationof bike lanes and streets that allow for easy bike and skateboard access.
  • Need some air or tools? Check out the filling and fix stations at the locations below:
    • Cuicacalli
    • Chapultapec
    • University Towers
    • Aztec Recreation Center - on the north side of the Shake Smart building
  • Check out the Green Love Bike Lane Safety Guidelines
  • Learn about on-campus bike lanes.
  • Have a car? Get paid and split the costs by driving someone going the same way.  
  • Dont have a car? Find a ride where you need to go.
  • You save money, protect the environment, and help us build a new form of sustainable transportation.
  • Visit the Zimride site and/or download the Waze Carpool app to get started!

With Zimride you only ride with fellow SDSU students, faculty, and staff by logging in with your SDSUid and password.


Waze Carpool is open to the whole community. 

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Get access to a car without the hassle or cost of ownership. SDSU has a partnership with Zipcar.

Zipcar is car sharing, an alternative to car rental and car ownership that gives you the freedom to take a car when you want it, and put it back when you’re done. Every Zipcar has its own dedicated spot, and insurance and gas is always included. Rates start at just $7/hr or $66/day. Check out the cars in lot 2A by the east residence halls and in lot 5 on the corner of Campanile Drive and Lindo Paseo.

Sign up today and receive $35 in free driving credit!

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For those who need to drive to campus, SDSU offers electric vehicle charging stations. SDSU also partners with local dealerships to provide discounts for electric vehicles. Learn more about our electric vehicle initiatives!