According to Statistics Canada, in 2016-17 there were approximately 800,000 students enrolled in more than 280 Ontario post-secondary institutions. The Canadian Federation of Students reports those students ranked amongst the most indebted in Canada, with outstanding loans averaging more than $28,000.
“For many students, money is the deciding factor in where they attend school,” says Jennifer Boston, Vice President of Communications, Ontario School Counsellors’ Association. “They are under more financial pressure than ever when it comes to residences fees, books, food, and transportation.”
Ontario schools benefit from diverse transportation options
Travelling to and from school can be a trying period for students. However, the transportation services and tools available in Ontario help position them to thrive at university. One of the benefits enjoyed by Ontario-based students is the plethora of campuses serviced by frequent, reliable transit — making it easy to take a weekend vacation, get to another campus to visit friends, or go home from school to visit family (and do laundry).
“Frequency of service between key points, compatibility of schedules, and, of course, affordability are the biggest questions for students when choosing transportation options,” explains Stuart Kendrick, Senior Vice President, Greyhound Canada. “Because we’re able to provide solutions to those questions, one out of every five post-secondary students across Canada use Greyhound to get to and from school.”
Frequency of service between key points, compatibility of schedules, and, of course, affordability are the biggest questions for students when choosing transportation options.Stuart Kendrick, Senior Vice President of Greyhound Canada.
Students save up to 45% with Greyhound
The low fares and over all affordability of Greyhound, with almost 50% of travelers securing discounted fares of up to 45% and an average ticket price of less than $40, combined with student-specific schedules and solutions such as special campus pick-up and airport drop-off locations — make Greyhound unique amongst transportation options available to students across Ontario.
“More than 60% of our riders in Ontario are between the ages of 18 and 24,” says Mr. Kendrick. “Students are an important part of Greyhound’s business and we do everything we can to make their journeys safe, reliable, and affordable.”