The Pointe at the Foothills is five-and-a-half miles southwest of Tempe’s ASU campus, giving residents easy access to the university without living in the midst of the campus hubbub. Commuting by car to the campus is usually a quick 12-minute drive along surface streets. The apartments are close to Interstate 10 and the Superstition Freeway, also providing a 12-minute drive to campus.
Tempe is an extremely bike-friendly town, and riding your bike to campus can be a good way to avoid the high cost of on-campus parking. The ride takes a little more than 30 minutes when you ride north on 48th Street, east on Southern and north on Priest. From there, you can head east on 13th Street to reach southern campus sites such as Gammage Memorial Auditorium or use University Drive to reach the center of campus.
If you don’t want to pay for on-campus parking but don’t want to make a 30-minute bike commute, public transportation is your best alternative. Local buses can get you to ASU in 25 to 45 minutes. The quickest bus route starts with a ride on Route 77, accessed at Baseline Road and 44th Street. After an 11-minute bus ride, you’ll transfer to a bus on either Route 65 or Route 66 at Baseline and Kyrene. Both routes take you to campus in about 12 minutes, stopping at several points along the campus’ west side.
Most stores and restaurants are located east of The Pointe at the Foothills. Fry’s Food and Drug, Sonic Drive-In, QuikTrip, 7-11, Goodwill and Subway are six blocks away at the intersection of Baseline Road and South 48th Street. Continue another three blocks east, and you’ll come to the extensive Arizona Mills shopping and entertainment center. There, you can shop at stores such as Neiman Marcus Last Call and Marshall’s, and you may dine in restaurants such as Claim Jumper and Rainforest Cafe. You can also visit the center’s SEA LIFE Arizona Aquarium or enjoy a show at Harkins Theatres Arizona Mills 25 multiplex.