OSU Students

OSU Students

All current undergraduate, graduate and professional students can venture off campus and enjoy all that Columbus has to offer by simply swiping their BuckID. 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.

Spring ridership starts 1/2/18 and ends 5/18/18.

Opt-in Pass

Students who stay in Columbus during a semester but are not enrolled in classes can purchase a COTA opt-in pass. The opt-in pass is good for unlimited rides for the duration of a single semester.

Students can purchase their opt-in passes at COTA’s pass sales office located at 33 N. High St. for $62 per pass. Passes go on sale in late March and are good for the entire duration of the academic term.

Students must bring their BuckID and be enrolled in the previous semester to qualify. COTA will use enrollment data provided by the Ohio State University to determine qualification. Students qualify for this pass one term per calendar year.

*Student IDs that are swiped prior to paying the fee are put on an inactive list and will experience a two business day delay in activation as a result of re-validating the ID.

Lines Around Campus

Line 2

Line 2 runs along High Street, and can connect you with major destinations such as the Short North, downtown and Clintonville.

NightOWL runs along High Street between Whetstone Park and Broad Street Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, 7p.m.-3a.m.

Line 31
Line 31 connects Worthington to Clintonville, OSU, the Short North and downtown with many stops along campus.

OSUAir gets students from the OSU campus to John Glenn International Airport during holidays and breaks.

Line 4
Line 4 serves downtown with stops in German Village and Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

Line 22
Line 22 serves destinations such as Rickenbacker Airport and Grandview Yard.

Free Wi-Fi

Save your data! With free Wi-Fi, staying connected is now easier than ever. Once aboard the bus, log in to COTA’s passenger Wi-Fi for unlimited access.

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Students flying out of John Glenn International Airport can ride OSUAir to and from Ohio State. This service runs on select dates around OSU breaks and holidays, and picks up students from dorms around campus, and the Ohio Union, before taking an express trip to the airport terminal doors.

Spring Break – March 10-12 & 16-18

Summer Break – April 25-30 & May 1-2

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Faculty and Staff Program

Ohio State faculty and staff can purchase a discounted monthly rate for all COTA routes via pre-tax payroll deduction. After enrolling in payroll deduction, the program will require participating employees to obtain a new BuckID.

Faculty and staff may receive a $4 discount through payroll deduction which will also be assessed pre-tax. 31-DayPasses will also be available for purchase at select locations at OSU.

All employees wishing to participate must use the Employee Self Service via Ohio State to elect to have a pre-tax deduction taken from their pay each month. See directions on starting and stopping COTA deduction here .

Connect to COTA Using CABS

Connecting to COTA using Campus Area Bus Service (CABS) is easy. Ride CABS through campus to connect to COTA bus routes surrounding campus. Once connected to a COTA bus, your options are limitless!