The Best Ways To Get Around Our Campus

By Kaylor Jones

An aerial view of GCU's campus

Grand Canyon University is known for its beautiful Phoenix campus. With a variety of cutting-edge classroom buildings, labs, student activity centers, pools and gyms, the most important question – after “What are you going to do today?” – is “How are you going to get there?” Here are some of the best ways to get around GCU’s campus.


The preferred method of transportation for many GCU students, skateboards can help you get to class in a flash. Mind the rules of the road (A.K.A., don’t hit anybody) and everything will be smooth sailing, whether you prefer a longboard, Penny board or an electric skateboard such as the Lectric Longboard, a product developed by students from the Colangelo College of Business.


There’s nothing wrong with some good, old-fashioned manpower. Every part of GCU’s main campus is accessible by foot, meaning a walk along the red brick promenade or to Thunder Alley for a game of bowling is well within the capabilities of anyone wanting to take a refreshing stroll through the crisp winter air.

Ride a Scooter

If skateboarding and walking aren’t your style, join the hundreds of GCU students that use scooters to get from one place to another. Available at a variety of price points and a bit easier to use than skateboards, scooters also come in electric options to help you conserve some energy during a day in the life of a busy college student.

Take the Shuttle

If you’re craving some urban cuisine in a laid-back environment, our university restaurant, Canyon 49 Grill, is just a shuttle ride away. The shuttle departs from the GCU Hotel every hour and half hour, making the quick drive back to campus in just a few minutes before stopping at building 42 and along Lopes Way and departing from building 57. Don’t forget to say hello to the driver!

Take a Tour

For future students, one of the best ways to explore our campus is by taking a guided tour. Our student-led tours depart from the Antelope Reception Center in the GCU Arena and wind around 2.5 miles of campus, with stops at a model dorm room, classrooms, labs, the Student Union and our brand new Canyon Activity Center. In addition, special Honors College tour experiences are offered on the first and third Thursday of every month, allowing prospective students to meet the administration and enjoy a presentation from an Honors College specialist.

Explore GCU’s stunning campus and join our ever-growing community of likeminded students. Visit our website to schedule a guided tour and get started on your journey to find your purpose.

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author’s and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Grand Canyon University. Any sources cited were accurate as of the publish date.