Roughly six miles south of Tempe’s lively downtown and ASU campus, Carlyle Apartments at South Mountain is ideally located near Interstate 10. If you’ll be commuting to ASU daily, you can expect a morning drive that takes 14 to 22 minutes using surface streets. Your evening drive home will be a bit longer, taking from 16 to 28 minutes.
Bicycling to the university is also workable, and you’ll save hundreds of dollars on ASU parking fees. The bicycle commute usually takes about 30 minutes, traveling east on Guadalupe, north on South Hardy and east on West 13th Street. You’ll reach the southwest corner of campus at West 13th and Mill Avenue. While you can cycle around to various ASU spots, you can also take a break from your bike and catch one of ASU’s free FLASH shuttles once you’re on campus. The shuttles run clockwise and counterclockwise around campus.
Public transportation is also a good option. The simplest route involves walking about 23 minutes to the bus stop at Guadalupe and Hardy. You’ll board a bus on Route 62 toward Tempe Marketplace. The bus stops at a couple of convenient university areas. The first university stop is at the northern end of campus near Wells Fargo Arena and Sun Devil Stadium. The next stop is at the center of campus near the Palo Verde dorms. Including walking time, the trip takes about 50 minutes. There are several other route combinations, too, for your convenience.
Less than a mile away, you can work out at Original CrossFit, buy fresh produce at Guadalupe Farmers Market and snag some deals at Family Dollar Store. Just to the south of the apartments, along Elliot Road, you’ll find Starbucks, Panda Express and GoodCents Deli. Just two miles to the north, near the Interstate 10 interchange with the Superstition Freeway, is the entertainment-rich Arizona Mills center. The center has more than 160 stores and restaurants, an immense multiplex cinema and the SEA LIFE Aquarium.