Southern Ridge Apartments
If you follow University Drive east from the edge of the Arizona State University campus in Tempe, you’ll find the Southern Ridge Apartments in just under eight miles. This apartment complex is located one block south of University on North Gilbert Road in the city of Mesa. The commute time to the university is under 20 minutes in light traffic.
To reach the university, travel north on Gilbert Road to University Drive, and then go west on University until you enter the eastern edge of campus. Since University cuts directly through campus, you can branch off on the side roads to find parking close to your final destination.
You can take a bike ride on University Drive and reach the edge of the ASU campus in less than an hour from the Southern Ridge Apartments, but it takes more than two hours to reach the same point on foot. If you don’t have access to a car, you can use the Valley Metro public buses to reach campus in approximately one hour. If you choose to take a bus to the closest light rail station, you can reach the campus transit center in approximately 45 minutes.
If you want to take the bus to ASU, walk less than half a mile to the corner of University and Gilbert. University is serviced by bus route 30, and a westbound bus heading toward South Mountain CC will take you straight to campus.
If you prefer to use the light rail, walk less than half a mile to the corner of Main Street and Gilbert. Bus route 40 services Main Street, and a westbound bus heading toward Apache/Price PNR will take you to the light rail station near Main and Center Street.
Once you arrive on campus, you can use the Flash buses to reach any area of the university. You can also take the light rail from the campus transit center to explore areas of Tempe northwest and southeast of the school.
The Southern Ridge Apartments are surrounded by schools for students of all ages, including Hawthorne Elementary, Poston Junior High and Longfellow Elementary. Los Alamos Park is less than two miles to the east, and Ellsworth Park is two miles to the southwest. There are many Mexican restaurants in the surrounding area, including one that serves a fun taco bar with an array of salsas.