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Don’t be a sinner. Here’s how to catch public transport, like a bus.

Convenient, fast and affordable – public transport is a great way to get to uni. But there’s still a few simple rules we all need to follow to get to where you’re going, without resorting to anarchy.

1. Shhh! Thou shalt be quiet on the quiet carriage

If you feel a dirty look burning a hole in the back of your head, chances are you’re making noise on public transport’s version of a library. These carriages are great for catching up on readings or last-minute study, but not for loud apps or phone calls.

2. Thou shalt not manspread

This is the act of spreading one’s legs so far apart you take up two seats or make your fellow passengers feel like a sardine the whole trip. Stay classy, gentlemen (and ladies) – keep your legs shoulder-width or less apart.

3. Thou shalt drop the beat, but not too loud

We think you’ve got great taste in music, but chances are not everyone will agree. So it’s essential to use headphones and make sure the volume isn’t so high that it turns the carriage or bus into a moving nightclub.

4. Thou shalt give up thy seat

Basically, if you think another passenger could use the seat more than you, offer it to them. You’ll make your mum proud and karma will reward you with a bonus chocolate bar from the vending machine.

5. Thou shalt not push in

If you show up to a bus stop and see others waiting, don’t pretend they don’t exist. Join the end of the line. If there’s no line, it’s polite to let them on first. Oh, and a special place in hell is reserved for the ‘I want to get on before everyone gets off’ people. Don’t be one of those people.

6. Thou shalt not be gross

Personal space on public transport is at a premium, so it’s important your hygiene is at a basic level. It’s simple stuff: shower daily, use deodorant, wear clothes and don’t burp towards the person sitting next to you.

7. Thou shalt practise good phone manners

If your phone rings (or better yet, vibrates) and it’s really important, take the call. But there’s no need to yell down the phone so everyone within 30-metres knows your rash is starting to clear up.

8. Thou shalt not screen peak

Just because your battery has gone flat doesn’t mean you can spy on someone else’s screen. It’s rude, and if you get caught, you just look creepy.

9. Thou shalt not spread germs

If kids in primary school can get this right, then so can we. Cough and sneeze into a tissue or your elbow – never your hands. If you’re struggling with this one, you can try the DAB (destroy all bacteria) technique.

10. Thou shalt get out of the way

Buses and trains can fill up quickly during peak times. To keep the positive vibes flowing, don’t loiter around blocking the doors and be sure to move to the back, so as many people can stand up as possible.

Getting to UOW and around Wollongong on public transport is easy and often free. If you do need to drive, you can grab two mates and park for free in a dedicated carpooling car park.

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