Office of Student Life

College in Columbus

Transportation

As an Ohio State student, there are tons of things around the city you don’t want to miss. There are great transportation options to help get you there: 

Shared Transportation

Ride Share

Around Columbus, you can use many of the ride request systems like Uber, Lyft or a taxi.

Scooters 

You have the option to scoot around the city using Bird or Lime scooters (just make sure you wear your helmet!).

Walking

Columbus is ranked the 27th most walkable city in the United States. You can get around the city and enjoy the sites on foot. There are also plenty of parks and trails for you to explore through Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks and the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department.

COTA

The Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) provides bus services throughout the Greater Columbus region every 15 minutes, all-day, seven days a week. All current undergraduate, graduate and professional students can venture off campus and enjoy all that Columbus has to offer by simply swiping their BuckID when school is in session. Whether you need to get to an internship, run some errands or explore the Short North nightlife, COTA can get you there easily and safely. Learn more about COTA.

COVID-19 Operations

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, COTA has made adjustments to its services and policies to meet the needs of our community. COTA has introduced the following policies to further protect our community and encourage physical distancing:

  • Customers are required to wear masks
  • Essential travel only
  • 20 passenger limit per bus – dynamic service in place to respond to any pass-ups resulting from this policy
  • Fares temporarily suspended; rear door boarding

Learn more about COTA's adjusted operations.

COGO Bike-Share

The COGO public transportation bike-share system has more than 600 bikes at 70+ stations available 24 hours a day located around the city.

Buckeye Bike Hub

The Buckeye Bike Hub is a central campus location where students can help with their bicycle problems. Stemming from a partnership with Ohio State’s Transportation Traffic Management, the Department of Recreational Sports and the Office of Student Life, the Bike Hub allows students to fix their own bikes using DIY tools or have the hub staff fix their bikes for them. Learn more

Pivot App

COTA and Smart Columbus released the Pivot App, a multimodal trip planner. Use the trip planner to coordinate public transit trips around the Ohio region, using COTA or Ohio State buses, Yellow Cab taxis, bikes and scooters. Learn more