Students pose in commuter t-shirts in a photo shoot for Off Campus Student Life in and around the Anderson Student Center on November 5, 2019, in St. Paul.

Commuting Resources

The Office of Off-Campus Student Life is a resource and a hangout on campus for commuter students and those who live in the neighborhood. Our lounge in Anderson Student Center, room 253, provides a comfortable place to meet or make friends, eat lunch or study in peace. Amenities include computers, a full-size refrigerator, an office to focus on online classes and a Commuter Mentor or Neighborhood Student Advisor on duty to welcome you and answer questions.

Mass Transit

More Mass Transit Information

Below is a list of Metro Transit buses that connect directly to both St. Thomas campuses:

St. Paul campus

21, 63, 134, 87

Minneapolis campus

4, 6, 9, 12, 643, 762

C-Pass - Undergraduate and Graduate students registered for credits and who do not purchase a parking permit are eligible to purchase the Metro Transit C-Pass. The pass is available for fall and spring semesters and summer session. The C-Pass allows unlimited rides on Metro Transit buses and the light rail system. Information can be found at Parking & Transportation Services.

Metro Transit Interactive Tools:

Summer view of a student riding her bike on University of St Thomas, south campus. University of St. Thomas arches in the spring. A road sign displaying direction of a bike trail. A student rides his bike away from a rack full of bikes outside O'Shaughnessy Stadium.

Biking

Riding your bicycle is an excellent way to get to and from campus. It is inexpensive, and environmentally friendly; plus, a great form of exercise. No matter where you live off-campus, getting to St. Thomas and around the Twin Cities is very easy when riding a bicycle.

Bike Registration

Students are encouraged to register their bicycle with Public Safety. For more information, visit the Public Safety website.

Bike Routes

Minnesota has miles of paved bicycle trails. No matter which direction you are coming from, you will be sure to find a bike route to use. Use the resources below to plan your bicycle commute.

Smart Trips Bike Route Maps:

Bike Racks

There are a number of bicycle racks on campus available for student use. Many are near the entrances and exits to buildings and convenient for where you want to go on campus. Be sure to only lock your bike to a bike rack.

New Indoor Bike Parking on Campus

Located in the new Tommie North and Tommie East residence halls, cyclists have access to secure, covered bicycle parking indoors.

Additionally, there are numerous biycle racks located throughout campus.  Many are near the entrances and exits to buildings and convenient for where you want to go on campus. If there is not a rack right next to the door you intend to use, look at another entrance to the building.

Unfortunately, bicycle thieves do target college campuses; therefore our Public Safety office recommends the U-lock bicycle lock to secure your bike. For more bicycle theft prevention tips, visit Public Safety’s resources.

Also, be sure to only lock your bike to a bike rack. Bikes are not allowed to be secured to trees, signs, railings or any other object other than a bike rack. Bikes not secured to bike racks may be subject to removal by Public Safety.

Nice Ride MN

Nice Ride Minnesota is a non-profit, public bike share program operating in the Twin Cities. Nice Ride’s mission is to enhance the quality of our urban life by providing a convenient, easy-to-use bike sharing program that will provide residents and visitors a healthy, fun, different way to get around town. For more information visit the Nice Ride website.

To view a map of all of the Nice Ride MN bike-share locations in the Twin Cities, view the Nice Ride stations page. A new location will be opening near the St. Thomas campus at the intersection of Grand & Cleveland in the near future.

Walking Information

  • Walking
  • Escorts
  • Trails and Paths
  • Safety
  • Walking

    Many of our students, faculty, and staff live in the neighborhoods around our St. Paul campus and find walking to our campus the easiest way to get around. Here are a couple of resources for folks whose primary mode of commuting will be their own two feet.

    Walking Escorts

    St. Thomas Public Safety offers a walking escort program. Call them up at 651-962-5100 to have a public safety escort come to where you are and walk with you anywhere on campus or within a six-block radius of our St. Paul campus. Their response time is ten minutes or less, and sometimes they bring a St. Thomas vehicle and can give you a ride.

    Trails and Paths

    St. Paul and Ramsey County have a number of pedestrian walking paths and trails.

    Also, feel free to check out MapMyWalk.com as an online resource for planning your walking commute.

    Safety

    Overall, walking is one of the safest modes of commuting, but a little extra preparation and awareness never hurts. Here are some pedestrian safety tips from the Highway Safety Research Center:

    • Be predictable. Stay off freeways and restricted zones. Use sidewalks where provided. Cross or enter streets where it is legal to do so.
    • Where no sidewalks are provided, it is usually safer to walk facing road traffic.
    • Make it easy for drivers to see you - dress in light colors and wear retro-reflective material. It might be wise to carry a flashlight in very dark areas.
    • Be wary. Most drivers are nice people, but don't count on them paying attention. Watch out - make eye contact to be sure they see you!
    • Alcohol and drugs can impair your ability to walk safely, just like they do a person's ability to drive.
    • Use extra caution when crossing multiple-lane, higher speed streets.

    Also, Minnesota law gives pedestrians the right of way at marked cross-walks or intersections without a crosswalk marked, but before entering, the pedestrian has to ensure that the road is clear and any road users have the ability to stop. Even with the right-of-way, use caution and common sense when crossing roads. More information about Minnesota’s crosswalk law can be found on Minnesota Safety Council website.

    Walking

    Walking

    Many of our students, faculty, and staff live in the neighborhoods around our St. Paul campus and find walking to our campus the easiest way to get around. Here are a couple of resources for folks whose primary mode of commuting will be their own two feet.

    Escorts

    Walking Escorts

    St. Thomas Public Safety offers a walking escort program. Call them up at 651-962-5100 to have a public safety escort come to where you are and walk with you anywhere on campus or within a six-block radius of our St. Paul campus. Their response time is ten minutes or less, and sometimes they bring a St. Thomas vehicle and can give you a ride.

    Trails and Paths

    Trails and Paths

    St. Paul and Ramsey County have a number of pedestrian walking paths and trails.

    Also, feel free to check out MapMyWalk.com as an online resource for planning your walking commute.

    Safety

    Safety

    Overall, walking is one of the safest modes of commuting, but a little extra preparation and awareness never hurts. Here are some pedestrian safety tips from the Highway Safety Research Center:

    • Be predictable. Stay off freeways and restricted zones. Use sidewalks where provided. Cross or enter streets where it is legal to do so.
    • Where no sidewalks are provided, it is usually safer to walk facing road traffic.
    • Make it easy for drivers to see you - dress in light colors and wear retro-reflective material. It might be wise to carry a flashlight in very dark areas.
    • Be wary. Most drivers are nice people, but don't count on them paying attention. Watch out - make eye contact to be sure they see you!
    • Alcohol and drugs can impair your ability to walk safely, just like they do a person's ability to drive.
    • Use extra caution when crossing multiple-lane, higher speed streets.

    Also, Minnesota law gives pedestrians the right of way at marked cross-walks or intersections without a crosswalk marked, but before entering, the pedestrian has to ensure that the road is clear and any road users have the ability to stop. Even with the right-of-way, use caution and common sense when crossing roads. More information about Minnesota’s crosswalk law can be found on Minnesota Safety Council website.