Ten miles from downtown Tempe and the busy ASU campus, Arboretum at South Mountain distances you from the clamor of campus without sacrificing your convenience. Driving to the university takes 14 to 22 minutes during quiet traffic times, but add another 12 to 14 minutes to the driving time during heavy commute hours. To drive to ASU, take westbound Interstate 10 towards Tempe, then merge onto eastbound Highway 60. You’ll take Mill Avenue Exit 173 and head north on Mill Avenue. Mill Avenue leads you directly to the west border of the campus. Surface streets can also be used to drive to ASU, but they will increase your driving time.
Valley Metro buses offer excellent alternatives to driving to ASU. While the bus commute will take between an hour to an hour-and-a-half, you’ll be able to use that time to work, read, snooze or chat. There are several route alternatives, but one of the best is using Bus Route 156 and Bus Route 66. You can catch Bus 156 at East Chandler Boulevard and South 50th Street. You’ll ride the bus for eight minutes, disembarking at Kyrene and Chandler. You’ll then take a short walk to the Route 66 bus stop at Mill and Kyrene. Route 66 buses run along the western side of campus, giving you several options for disembarking. The entire route takes an hour and three minutes.
Interstate 10 is four blocks from Arboretum at South Mountain apartments, and there are many restaurants and stores along the freeway corridor. Closest to you on Chandler Boulevard are Cracker Barrel, Circle K, Hurricane Grill and Wings, Whataburger and a host of other restaurants. One-and-a-half miles north is the Chandler Pavilion/The Shoppes at Casa Paloma, where you can dine at one of the center’s 20 restaurants, shop in stores such as Talbot’s and Banana Republic and enjoy massage, nail and salon services. Trader Joe’s and Safeway are about 10 blocks west of your apartment.