The New Student Arrival Bus is for new first year and transfer students, only. You can learn more about the bus service below. If you have any questions, please contact our office at (315) 312-5522 or email us at 

Returning students seeking transportation to campus: please visit out Returning Student Arrival Bus webpage!

In an effort to reduce density on campus during the move-in process, at this time, we are not permitting parents, family members, or supporters on either bus.

New Student Arrival Bus

With Move-In weekend a few weeks away, our Welcome Team wants to make sure you are aware of our New Student Arrival Bus. We have an express bus leaving from in front of SUNY College of Optometry in midtown Manhattan on Friday, August 14th at 6 AM for $75 per student. Transportation is direct to SUNY Oswego. It’s a great way to ensure you get to campus your residence hall check-in and have a stress-free experience. This is an express bus with the option of a trip to Wal-Mart upon arrival to ensure you have everything you need.

New Student Rider Information

Baggage Information

All student riders are allowed two suitcases and one carry-on. 

  • Carry-On Bag: Must fit in the overhead compartment or under the seat in front of you; cannot exceed 25 pounds. 
  • Suitcases: The maximum size per suitcase is 62 inches (lenght + width + height); cannot exceed 60 pounds per suitcase. 
Boarding and Departure Information

Departure Date & Time:
This bus is available on Friday, August 14, 2020, only
The bus leaves promptly at 6 AM. Please arrive by 5:30 AM to load your belongings on the bus. 

Departure Location:
SUNY Optometry 
33 West 42nd Street
New York, NY 10036

SUNY Optometry is located directly across the street from Bryant Park between 5th and 6th Avenue (Avenue of the Americas). 
We will be riding a West Point Tours bus. Please look for an Oswego staff member (wearing green and gold) to welcome you to the bus. 

Arrival Time:
We expect to arrive at SUNY Oswego by 11:30 AM on Friday, August 14, 2020. 

How to Register

To reserve your seat on the New Student Arrival Bus, please complete the registration form and submit the $75 payment. No refunds will be issued. (Students will need log in to the website using their LakerNet ID & password to complete and submit the form.)

Seats are limited and available on a first come, first serve basis. 

To accomodate safe social distancing, only 28 seats are available on the bus. The registration will cut-off at 28 reserved seats and transition to a waitlist. If you are placed on the waitlist, you do not need to make the $75 payment until you are removed from the waitlist and assigned a seat on the bus. 

Cost and Payment

The cost per ticket is $75, payable at the time students submit the New Student Arrival Bus registration form.

Please note: If you are placed on the waitlist, you do not need to make the $75 payment until you are removed from the waitlist and assigned a seat on the bus. 

Order Your Room Needs Early

We know that traveling to campus, especially solo, can be a challenge! After you've had a few minutes to check in to your residence hall room, the New Student Arrival Bus will make a trip to Walmart (about 10 minutes away from campus) for you to purchase all of your last-minute room needs. 

We encourage you to order ahead, as our trip to Walmart will only last for about an hour. 
You can use the Walmart "Back to College" portal to order your belongings and have them ready for pickup on August 14!

You will receive more information about the departure time and location for our Walmart trip when you are on the bus on Friday, August 14. 

Tips for a Smooth Ride

Our team has compiled a list of tips for you to consider when preparing for your ride. We have also made several very important considerations to promote the health and well-being of our riders in light of Covid 19. 

  • All seats are unassigned, but we will need to document where you are sitting once you've boarded; all riders will sit one to a row. 
  • The bus is deep-cleaned prior to riders boarding for the trip. 
  • Be on time. We will leave promptly at 6 AM, but please arrive by 5:30 AM to load your belongings on the bus. 
  • All riders will need to maintain social distancing standards and wear appropriate PPE while on the bus.
  • Brings snacks for the ride up; the bus will not make stops to limit exposure and ensure you get enough time to check-in and buy any items at Wal-Mart upon arrival.
  • Upon arrival, you have the option of taking the bus to Wal-Mart for a quick trip to buy any items you’ll need for your first couple of days with us. We recommend that you consider ordering items online ahead to pick up in-store that day.
  • Consider shipping items directly to your residence halls instead of bringing them with you items such as lamps etc.
  • Please check your SUNY Oswego email three days before our trip to receive your boarding pass. Riders will not be permitted on the bus without their boarding pass. This process is contactless, so please bring the email with your boarding pass.