Valencia Park apartments are tucked between Loop 202 and the Hohokam Expressway in Phoenix, making transportation around the region fairly simple. These freeways come in handy when you’re commuting to the nearby ASU campus. Traveling on Loop 202 and exiting at Scottsdale Road, the drive to the university takes just six to 10 minutes. This commute time is true even at the height of morning rush hour traffic. Other routes, including one on E. Van Buren to Rio Salado Parkway, take only a few minutes more with an average drive time of nine to 14 minutes.
If you want to power your own commute, you can cover the 4.8-mile distance between the apartments and ASU in 25 to 35 minutes. Most of the logical routes are fairly flat, so you won’t have to contend with too many hills. The quickest route takes you west on East Van Buren, south on North 48th, east on East Washington and south on North Mill Avenue. Mill Avenue runs along the western side of campus, leading to ASU points like Brickyard Engineering, Plummer Aquatic Center, College of Design and Farmer Education Building.
The area’s excellent public transit system also provides terrific commuting options. The light rail system is particularly convenient, and you can access the trains by using bus routes 1 or 3 and 56, or you can walk 20 minutes to the station at 44th and Washington streets. You’ll board an eastbound train, riding about 12 minutes before reaching the first university-area stop. This stop is convenient to Sun Devil Stadium, downtown Tempe and Wells Fargo Arena. If you continue to ride the train another two to three minutes, you’ll reach the final ASU-adjacent stop, convenient to the Interdisciplinary Science and Technology buildings.
Valencia Park apartments are close to Papago Park, Phoenix Zoo and Hole in the Rock, so recreation and entertainment are readily available. A number of restaurants, stores and services are even closer to the apartments, including Honey Bear’s BBQ, Nu-Towne Saloon, Capital Bancorp, 7-11 and Phoenix House of Pizza.