A mile-and-a-half directly west of the ASU campus, Grandes Cortes puts you close to the university’s Wells Fargo Sports Arena, Mona Plummer Aquatic Complex, the Brickyard Engineering complex and College of Design. Walking to campus can be accomplished in just under 30 minutes and gives you access to all parts of the university via the free FLASH Forward/FLASH Back shuttles. Cycling to downtown and the northern areas of campus is also a breeze in less than 10 minutes. The simplest route is a straight shot down University, which essentially bisects the campus. University offers bike lanes the entire length of the route,
A Valley Metro bus ride to campus takes from seven to 13 minutes, depending on the bus route you choose. The fastest trip is via Route 30, which runs the length of University eastward to Sossaman Road. You’ll pick up Route 30 at University Drive and Beck Avenue, which is a four-minute walk from your apartment. Campus stops include Myrtle Avenue near The Design School and College Avenue near the School of Sustainability. You can also use the system’s Orbit Venus bus route, which takes about 13 minutes. You’ll use the same bus stop at Univesity and Beck to access Venus buses, just be sure you’re getting on the “Forward” bus and not the “Back” bus. Disembark at the Tempe Transportation Center for northern campus destinations. Free FLASH shuttles are close by on University Drive if you need to get to distant parts of campus.
While the streets around Grandes Cortes are mostly residential, services and shops are just a few blocks away. Harlow’s Cafe is about a block-and-a-half from the apartments; Starbucks and Essence Bakery Cafe are two blocks away, and Dunkin’ Donuts is a five-block walk. Rollins Family Market is five blocks to the north, and Tempe Farmers Market is about six blocks east. There are dozens of restaurants, ATMs and stores along University Drive toward the campus, from Chili’s Grill and Bar to O’Reilly’s Auto Parts.