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How does your kid get around?

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Replies to: How does your kid get around?

  • wis75wis75 Registered User Posts: 12,115 Senior Member
    So much depends on the campus and city.

    U of Wisconsin (Madison) is a place where there is very little on campus parking- commuters get a distant parking lot. Off campus students often live in one of many walking distance to campus places (this would include the few Greek houses). Cars are definitely discouraged! There is a campus bus system and bikes can be used- if you don't mind hills and winter. City buses as well. Most action is on/near the campus so not a problem.

    I have seen other campuses where there are many parking lots and also a lot of parking near the dorms. Different campus cultures.
  • toomanyteenstoomanyteens Registered User Posts: 527 Member
    I really don't think most kids need cars on campus. Campus is set up for not needing it. I went 4 years without one. The expense and the risk is not worth the occasional need. Our kids have friends, uber, taxi and bus. I would venture to guess that the binder issue was lack of planning ahead.
  • toomanyteenstoomanyteens Registered User Posts: 527 Member
    @ATutt74 I am probably a rotten parent, but I wouldn't be very sympathetic to that. Needing it should be fairly rare and an occasional wait is not really a big whoop.
  • toomanyteenstoomanyteens Registered User Posts: 527 Member
    @ordinarylives Mine too -- lmao; In my mind that means I am doing my job as a parent. I sometimes say suck it up buttercup. ;))
  • surfcitysurfcity Registered User Posts: 1,858 Senior Member
    What type of school is this? Urban? Rural? My sons rural campus does not allow freshmen to have cars. You can walk to the little town with some indie stores but that's it. To get to a Walmart or even drugstore requires a car. You make do.
  • northwestynorthwesty Registered User Posts: 2,617 Senior Member
    edited February 15
    What school are we talking about?

    Because the answer, as always, is "it depends."

    NYU isn't the same thing as Univ of Wyoming. Dorms aren't the same thing as off-campus apartment. Does the kid need to get to an off-campus job? Does the kid need a car to get to Target or Costco or grocery store? Does the kid use/need the car to come home from school? Etc etc etc etc etc.

    It is pretty pointless to discuss the theoretical usefulness/necessity of cars at some unknown college in some unknown location for unknown purposes.

    But carry on.
  • thumper1thumper1 Registered User Posts: 62,545 Senior Member
    No cars here. Kids planned ahead if they needed to go off campus.

  • oldfortoldfort Registered User Posts: 20,825 Senior Member
    Both of my kids went to the same school. D1 had a car because she knew how to drive, D2 had a license but she didn't know how to drive. Both of them lived off campus, so they had to go to grocery shopping, run errands outside of campus, to and from parties. It was easier for D1, but D2 got around by sharing taxi with her friends or hitch a ride with someone. I paid for D2's taxi rides and such, but she rarely complained about not having a car.

    I have to say, if D2 didn't have to go grocery shopping, other than going to restaurants/bars in town, she could have gotten everything done on campus. Most colleges do not require or even want students to have cars on campus. I think having a car in school is mostly a want and not a need.
  • toomanyteenstoomanyteens Registered User Posts: 527 Member
    @oldfort How does one get a license without knowing how to drive? ;)
  • oldfortoldfort Registered User Posts: 20,825 Senior Member
    ^^^that's a bit of a long story. Let's just say we lived overseas for few years and taking a road test was not a requirement.
  • scubadivescubadive Registered User Posts: 411 Member
    Walking and uber. As a freshman my child walked miles on a nice day to go to the grocery store. If need be my child took an uber. My credit card was linked to the uber account.
  • mathmommathmom Registered User Posts: 29,321 Senior Member
    My oldest still doesn't drive. He went to college in Pittsburgh and walked or took buses. Now that he's out in Silicon Valley he does the same, though he'd been thinking about getting a bike when he first got there, he never did.

    Younger son went to school near Boston. Took the tube or bus or walked. He can drive, but even at home he rarely does as we don't have an extra car.

    Oldest flew to college, youngest usually took the train, though he took a Bolt bus at least once. (It broke down in CT and it was a scramble to get him and his friends here!)
  • 1or2Musicians1or2Musicians Registered User Posts: 1,199 Senior Member
    It really does depend. My son brought his car to school--small city without much in the way of transit and the cost of a campus parking permit was quite low. Mind you, he could have survived without it as some of his friends did. He was about 45 minutes from home and came home for the occasional weekend.

    Daughter is in a city. Parking on campus is far more expensive. Some places she would want to go would require paying to park so she wouldn't drive even if she had a car. She's used Uber a few times and if she had to wait a few minutes for them to show up, she certainly didn't consider that enough of a problem to complain about. Not that I would have been very sympathetic if she had complained.

    One of the 4 girls in her suite has a car so they have ridden with her to the store, etc. There is a shuttle that goes to Target and such occasionally as well. And there's a Zipcar-type program on campus which I don't think she has used.

    In the case of the OP it sounds like there have only been a handful of times where a car was really needed. If she has to spend half an hour waiting for Uber a few times a semester--how much is that worth? I don't know how much the car cost would be for OP. The cost I'd have to pay for my daughter is far more than I'm willing to pay to save her an hour or two a month of Uber wait time.

    That said we do still have a car that is "her" car and in later years if the situation changes we would not be averse to her taking it. Good job opportunity off campus, moving off campus, etc. Her school requires living on campus for 2 years so I don't expect a change next year. And she says she doesn't really miss having the car.
  • deb922deb922 Registered User Posts: 4,502 Senior Member
    My kids had cars their senior year of college. Big pain in the neck because they never wanted to drive their car. Once D had a "good" parking space she never wanted to move the car.

    But then my kids don't like to drive. S in the winter will drive 1/2 mile to the train station and takes that to work. D lives 6 miles from work, she walks or ubers most everywhere else. I swear I have the only family where everyone complains about driving.
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