Bus Service in Saskatoon
If you're coming from a small town, public transportation is bound to be overwhelming and if you're coming from a different city you may be surprised at the difference between your home city's public transport and Saskatoon's. The first step in familiarizing yourself with the bus service is to get a map from the Information Kiosk in Place Riel.
Changes to current bus routes are outlined in this PDF; otherwise, there are multiple maps with the times and stops for each route. Review the City of Saskatoon Transit Maps to find out what routes come by your place and the university and then write down or memorize the most common and convenient times that your bus goes to/from the university.
If you find yourself waiting at bus stops frequently, not knowing what time buses are coming, you should program the Phone & Go # (975-7500) into your cell/touchtone home phone and then:
- Press '1' for Schedule Information,
- Press '1' for Next Few Buses, then
- Enter the four digit stop number printed on the bus stop sign of your point of departure
Another way to plan a bus route is to use the Click & Go function on the City of Saskatoon website:
- Go to http://ww9.saskatoon.ca:83/hiwire
- Enter your departure and arrival locations (the site will suggest a number of specific bus terminals for any given location, pick the one that's best for you)
- Enter the desired date and departure or arrival time and click the "Get Trip Plan" button
- A list of various routes and departure times will appear, click "details" to see the path and transfers of any route and pick the one which is most convenient
Example of a map for a trip with one transfer from http://ww9.saskatoon.ca:83/hiwire
Cycling in Saskatoon
Saskatoon has the second highest percentage of bicycle commuters in Canada. That percentage may only be 2.4% of our population, but when you consider the inclement weather we experience throughout a large chunk of the year, the figure becomes even more impressive.
The University of Saskatchewan has many places to lock up your bike, including the new bike lockers, and is easy to navigate by bicycle, so cycling is a viable transportation option. Also, the exercise you get by biking to school will help you to attain a healthy life-balance and avoid the dreaded ‘freshman 15.'*
If you want to know more about Saskatoon's cycling infrastructure and the rules of the road, please visit the City of Saskatoon's website. If you're interested in promoting sustainable transportation, you can join the Facebook page for Saskatoon's monthly Critical Mass bike ride or the U of S Campus Cycling Club.
*The "Freshman Fifteen" is the commonly held belief that University students gain weight in their first year. This may happen, but you are just as likely to lose weight. Attending University shakes up a person’s routine. Classes tend not to fall into reliable daily schedules like work or High School do and as a result, students don’t develop a routine for eating and sleeping. The combination of this with newfound stresses and, often, learning how to buy groceries and prepare food for one’s self lead to changes in weight. Be aware that your weight may fluctuate a little as you adjust to living on your own and try to eat a balanced diet and maintain regular mealtimes.
Carpooling is an environmentally conscious and comfortable way to get to and from school year round.
Ridesharing is a cost effective way to travel home or to make a weekend trip to another city.
To find ways to ease cost for travelling check out the ideas below. Remember to use common sense and be safe when you are travelling with people you may not be familiar with.
- Talk to your friends that live near you
- Look on the bulletin boards in the tunnel between Place Riel and Arts
- Check out carpoolworld, carpool.ca or erideshare.com.
- Other places to look are Craigslist or Kijiji
- UCommute is a ridematching service available to all U of S students, faculty and staff to make carpooling secure and easy to arrange and do. You can also use it to find a ride for a one-time trip (e.g., to Regina for a weekend) or to find someone to share the trip with. UCommute gives you the option to choose from 12 different pickup and drop off locations on campus and shows your route between home and campus with the help of Google Maps. The software that supports UCommute is secure and easy to use, ensuring that you are matched only with someone who works or studies on campus.
To access UCommute and find carpooling partners:
- Log into PAWS at paws.usask.ca
- Look on the Home tab to locate the UCommute channel (you may have to scroll down)
- Once you have read the information there, click on the ‘Proceed’ button
- Follow the simple step-by-step instructions to register
- Click on “Find Matches”
- Look through the list of potential matches and click on the envelope icon to contact a potential match via email.
To find a match for a one-time trip, click on the “Single Trip Finder” button, the last of the five green rectangles in the middle of the “MyRideshare” page. For more information about UCommute contact: email@example.com
Parking on and around campus
There is a wealth of parking options on campus, but they all come at a price. As a student, you can enter the parking lottery in the fall on PAWS and get yourself a parking stall in one of the University's parking lots. Ballots are available on PAWS (under the 'Parking' tab) throughout July and August and the lottery is held in early September. If you don't need to park on campus every day, there are other options, just remember that there is NO free parking on campus. If you should receive a ticket for a parking violation, you can pay it at Parking Services in the Animal Sciences building, or online.
If you did not receive a parking spot from the Parking Lottery, you may be able to apply for the Designated Parking Program. Visit the USSU website to learn more and apply.
One affordable (and convenient) option that most people are unaware of is purchasing a night parking permit. These are available for every night or one specific night of the week at two different rates. This option is perfect for Students who have a night class and would feel safer (and warmer) driving to and from the class.
Most of the residential streets just off campus are marked as either one or two hour parking, just enough to attend a class. This is a free option, but it is only free for the amount of time stated, and parking violations are strictly enforced.
The parking rules change slightly for finals during the Fall/Winter session only. Read the note on Final Exams at the bottom of the Student Parking web page for more information.
Taxi Service in Saskatoon
Bus service does not run 24 hours a day, and sometimes you miss the bus you need to make it to an appointment or class. With a half hour wait between buses, taxis are a viable option, and affordable, especially if you can split the cost with a friend.
We have a number of taxi services in Saskatoon:
|AA Saskatoon Radio Cabs Ltd.||242-1221|
|Blue Line Taxi||653-3333|
|United Cabs Ltd.||652-2222|
|Executive Car Service||665-0000|
|Accessible Taxi Service||220-5444|
|Comfort Cabs Ltd.||664-6464|