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Transit Options

Commuter Council
Bike Share Program
UPass
Enterprise CarShare

Getting around town is one of the best ways to feel comfortable in your new home. Whether you want to do some shopping to find food and supplies to prepare your home, or get out and see the sights in your new city, there are a variety of ways you can go explore!

In the St. Louis area, many people own their own vehicles and prefer to drive most places. That does not mean that you need a car to live in St. Louis, but be aware that many locals may have a preference for driving. We also offer bike share and car share programs on campus!

The St. Louis area is spread out, so we highly recommend that new international students learn how to use Metro (public transportation), compare prices for taxi, Lyft or Uber ride-sharing services, and consider whether you want to get a driver's license to drive in the U.S.

Commuter Council

Commuter Council logoMany Webster University students commute to campus, especially graduate international students. Please visit the Commuter Resources website for up to date information on the Commuter Council and many resources. 

 

 

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Bike Share Program

The bike share program allow students, faculty and staff to access bicycles for rent to be used on the college grounds and throughout the Webster Groves area. Learn more at bike.webster.edu.

UPass for Metro (Public Transportation)

We encourage our students to get out and explore St. Louis during their studies.

Metro St. Louis provides bus and light rail service for the St. Louis Metropolitan area. Webster University offers free public transportation for Webster students, faculty and staff through a partnership with Metro Transit in St. Louis. Learn more.

Explore the area for FREE by using your UPass for Metro. Visit the Bursar's office (Webster Hall 1st Floor) with your student ID to request your free UPass. 

Try It Out! Google Transit

Take a few minutes to use Google Transit to map out a route from Webster University to some popular local destinations:

  1. Go to Google Transit
  2. Enter your starting destination (Use Webster University's address 470 E. Lockwood Avenue, Webster Groves, MO 63119 as an example.)
  3. Enter your ending destination (Choose from the list below or search for something else!)
  4. Select "Any transit mode" if you want to search both bus and train schedules
  5. Select "Best Route" or change it to "Less Walking" or "Fewer Transfers"
  6. Select "Get Directions"

Examples of Local Destinations

  • The St. Louis Arch, 11 North 4th Street, St. Louis, MO 63102
  • City Museum, 750 North 16th Street, St. Louis, MO 63103
  • Global Foods Market, 421 N Kirkwood Rd, St Louis, MO 63122
  • Galleria Shopping Mall, 1155 Saint Louis Galleria St. Louis, Missouri 63117
  • IKEA, 3960 Duncan Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63110
  • Wal-Mart Supercenter, 1900 Maplewood Commons Dr, Maplewood, MO 63143

 

You can also search by departure time or arrival time with Google Transit - this feature can be very helpful because the buses in St. Louis tend to run about every hour.

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As you can see from the example image above, if I left campus at 11:58AM on July 9th, I could take the 56 Bus from directly in front of Webster Hall heading westbound and arrive at Global Foods Market in 20 minutes time. (By the way, Global Foods is one of the best international markets in our local area to find foods you might like from home! There is nothing better than finding your favorite snack or tea and sharing it with your new American friends!)

Metro Mobile Apps

When you are waiting for your bus to arrive, use the Metro Mobile App to track where the bus is located in real time! Apps available for iPhone and Android devices.

Apple: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/metro-on-the-go-saint-louis/id951906358?mt=8
Google: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.metrostlouis.onthego

Enterprise CarShare

Students without a car on campus have a new way to get around town. Webster University partners with Enterprise CarShare to bring car sharing to campus.

Apply Online for Enterprise CarShare



The shared car — a Toyota Prius Hybrid — arrived on campus at the start of the Fall 2014 semester and is parked outside of the Webster Village Apartments. After signing up for the service, students are able to reserve the car online, then pay an hourly fee. Fuel, maintenance and damage/liability insurance are included in the fees.

Enterprise Car Share | 1-877-599-3227

Member Eligibility

This program is open to all qualified students, faculty and staff ages 18 and up.

  • Applicants ages 18-20 must also provide a valid .edu email address and submit an online Parental Acknowledgement Form
  • Valid driver’s license (International Driver’s License Accepted)
  • Valid major credit card in your name

What's Included?

  • Fuel
  • Physical Damage/Liability Protection
  • 24/7 Member Services & Roadside Assistance

Member Responsibilities

  • Review member policies

Ride-Sharing (Lyft, Uber)

Ride-sharing apps are easily accessible with your smart phone. Here are some helpful tips for maintaining ride-sharing safety.

  • Check your driver's rating. Be sure that your driver has prior experience and a good rating.
  • Share your trip with a trusted friend or family member. Share your whereabouts with someone other than who you're with so they know when you make it home safely.
  • Ask the driver, "What's my name?" This will confirm you have the correct driver before entering the rideshare vehicle.
  • Confirm the car, license plate and driver's name before getting in. Be sure the information on your rideshare app about your driver matches the vehicle you get into.
  • Sit in the back seat. Sitting in the front seat increases your proximity and chance of contact with the driver.
  • Wear your seatbelt. Seatbelts are there to protect you in the event of an accident. Buckle up.
  • Keep your personal information confidential. There's nothing wrong with conversing with your driver, just plan to leave your personal information out of the conversation.
  • Know your surroundings. When you're in an unfamiliar area, track your route on your own map app to be sure the driver is taking you to the correct place.
  • Never pay cash. Taking out your wallet to tip may put you at risk of theft. Uber and Lyft offer the ability to tip through their app.

Local Resource Guide

Additional information on the following topics can be found in our Local Resource Guide.

  • Car Driving Schools
  • Used Auto Sales
  • Car and Truck Rental Services