How to Commute to College by Car

Are you a college student who is living off campus? If you choose to commute to class by car, these tips will make your commute much more pleasant.


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    Check out the parking rules at your school. Who can bring a car to campus? Sometimes everyone can bring a car to campus; sometimes only certain class years or certain groups of people are allowed to park on campus. Find out at your school.
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    Obtain a map of your college and learn about which parking spaces you are allowed to use. Some colleges are either very large and/or very spread out. Even smaller, one-campus colleges have multiple parking spaces. The information desk or the school website should have information on when and where you are allowed to park.
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    Sign up for a parking permit, if required by the school. Many schools in urban areas or other locales in which space is a premium require parking permits. Sometimes, these permits cost money, and sometimes they will only let you park in certain areas on campus. For specific information on parking, go to your school's website or information center.
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    Choose a driving route. Be sure to choose alternate routes, especially during rush hour and/or the five-minutes-before-class rush.
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    Park in the appropriate lot. Some schools will allow you to park in any lot; other schools will have lots designated for all students or for certain groups of students.


  • Consider walking or cycling. If you live near to your college, try walking and cycling. Not only is walking and cycling essentially free, but it is great on both your wallet and your environment. Many schools have shuttle services, so you won't have to walk or cycle the entire distance if you don't want to.
  • Consider carpooling. Out of cash but don't have public transportation in your area? If you have a few friends who live in your area, consider catching a ride with them. Offer to help pay for gas. Carpooling is also easier on the environment than driving solo.
  • Use a map when picking classes. Don't want to drive to four different campuses in the same day? Use a map to ensure that your traveling time and route is reasonable.
  • Consider public transportation. If you live near a public transportation hub, try taking the bus, train, or ferry to class. Many schools have shuttle service from major transportation hubs. Public transportation is easier on your wallet and saves on gas. Plus, the school shuttle service is a great way to meet students who are not in your classes.


  • Watch out for less experience drivers. Whether you are a pedestrian or a driver, watch out for newer drivers around the college campus. College parking lots, unfortunately, have a high percentage of less experienced drivers.
  • Obey all traffic laws. Being late for class is not an excuse to be driving at 60 mph (97 km/h) down a residential road.

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