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ashlellieashlellie Registered User Posts: 1 New Member
edited December 2011 in Bard College

I'm a prospective student (already applied) and have not had a chance to visit the campus due to the cost of travel, though from the pictures it seems beautiful. I have one concern though: from the map, the school appears to be huge. What's it like for a student without a bike on campus? Would you have trouble getting around?

Thank you for any insight!
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  • stradmomstradmom Registered User Posts: 4,869 Senior Member
    It's entirely walkable (and very pleasant in most weather!) There's a shuttle bus that you can take from one end of campus to the other. It's certainly smaller than many of the larger universities out there!

    If you don't bring a bike, you can borrow one from the Bike Coop on campus.

    Most academic classes are in one relatively small area (with a few exceptions), so you might find that you only need to walk from your housing to the academic center once a day. And many of the firstyear dorms are quite close to that location.
  • danceclassdanceclass Registered User Posts: 728 Member
    My daughter has borrowed her roomate's bike a few times and she's even driven her car from point to point when she was really feeling lazy, but mostly she walks. I myself have walked from the Student Center to Fischer (pretty much the whole central campus) easily, and I'm not a great walker. It may be a little much to walk down to the river and back, but I'm sure some of the kids do it. There's lots to explore.
  • stradmomstradmom Registered User Posts: 4,869 Senior Member
    Actually, wandering around in the woods - down to the river - even walking the trails to Tivoli - is one of my D's favorite things to do at Bard, camera in hand.
  • lilygraceslilygraces Registered User Posts: 1,195 Senior Member
    Very, very walkable. The overall campus is huge, some 600 acres, but the nucleus of the campus is only about 2 or so miles across. As mentioned, there's a shuttle, people have cars, you can borrow (though I don't recommend Bard Borrowing, aka: stealing) bikes, etc.
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