Essential Bus Etiquette for a Happier College Commuter

The wheels on the bus go round and round, just as you’ll board the bus day after day. Commuting around a large campus everyday can become a drag, but it is part of the university experience. To be a happy commuter is to be a polite commuter. With a few simple bus etiquette tricks, travelling to class is a cinch.

Hi, Mr. Bus Driver!

Don’t be afraid to ask questions, especially the first few weeks of the semester. Ask the bus driver where the route leads and the stops where you should get off. Campus isn’t like the Land of Oz. It’s easy to find your way home when you ask a bus driver. They’re usually more than happy to help commuters out. All you have to do is ask.

This Seat’s Not Taken

Lugging around a ridiculously heavy backpack everyday can make students feel like pack mules. Riding the bus relieves some of that weight, and it’s a quicker way to get back to your dorm. Even so, your backpack doesn’t need its own seat next you on the bus. Put the bag on your lap and leave room for other commuters. If there’s no sitting room available on the bus, find a place to stand furthest away from the doors. This allows other riders to board more quickly, meaning a faster trip to your destination.

From Point A to Point B

Navigating a large university can be like trying to find a grain of salt in Mary Poppins’ handbag. In these instances, remember that the internet is your friend! Search your local bus transit system’s website. The link is usually posted on bus stop signs and the buses themselves. These websites provide programs where you type in where you are and where you want to go, and it maps out what bus to take and when. Mass transit systems want to help, and these programs make commuting incredibly easy.

Promptness is Key

Uh oh, there isn’t any cereal left in the cupboard. Whoops, the shower doesn’t have hot water. Some days are unpredictable, and so are buses. You never know when a bus will arrive early or be running late. Arrive at the bus stop two to five minutes early to allow some grace time.

Wear a Smile On Your Sleeve

Be friendly to the bus driver. Just as you’ve had a long day of classes, the bus driver has had a long day of work. While boarding the bus, greet your driver. When exiting, thank the driver for their service. Being positive goes a long way to make days brighter. Not only that, but chances are you’re going to see these bus drivers daily. It’s always smart to form positive relationships with those you see frequently.

Are We There Yet?

If your university is exceptionally expansive, bus rides may be lengthy. Don’t waste time staring at your shoes; do something productive. This is the perfect time to read over your notes for that quiz tomorrow. If you’re a bookworm, keep your latest read in your bag to get some recreational reading in between all those textbooks. Bus rides don’t have to be a waste of time. Instead, maximize your time. After all, college is all about having good time management.

Goodbye Dorm! Hello Off-Campus!

Campus life provides endless activities, but sometimes the campus doesn’t house all the amenities you need. Certain bus routes go off campus. Ride to the grocery store to grab some late night snacks for all the roommates. Journey to the mall for some fresh clothing as the seasons change. Whirl over to the movie theater for a last minute activity. Be adventurous for a day and explore all your university’s city has to offer.

Learning a bus system can be intimidating. With some quick tips, bus rides become a no brainer. Commuting becomes your best friend.

Related Posts

The following two tabs change content below.
Rebecca Jacobs

Rebecca Jacobs

Rebecca Jacobs is a sophomore at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, pursuing a News-Editorial Journalism degree. An avid bookworm, Rebecca reads all texts Ray Bradbury and Kurt Vonnegut when she’s not busy writing for The Black Sheep on campus. Back home, she spends a vast amount of time enjoying nature with loved ones.