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If you are setting off for college in the fall, you are probably busy making plans, and those plans might include bringing a car to college with you. But is it a good idea? Is it even necessary? This is surprisingly important to consider before settling in during your first week. That being said, here are five things to consider regarding bringing a vehicle to college, especially if it is your freshman year.

1. Does the School Allow Freshmen to Bring Cars?

First and foremost, it is absolutely imperative to know your school's policy on freshman bringing cars to campus. Some colleges and universities actually do not allow freshmen to have their cars on campus. This is sometimes due to a limited number of parking spaces on campus. Many parking spots are reserved for upperclassmen who live on campus, and other sections have to be reserved for faculty, staff, and commuter students. If you are unsure about your school's policy, be sure to check with your school's Campus Safety/Parking Office.

2. Other Means of Transportation

Most colleges and universities - especially those located in a big city - have alternative means of transportation for students. Many colleges and universities have buses that shuttle students between buildings and the rest of the community. Also, there are often groups of upperclassmen who will offer to carpool with freshmen students who do not have cars. Since many college campuses function as self-contained communities, freshmen will not have to worry about not being able to get where they need to go. Many students bring bicycles to campus to ride in warm enough weather conditions.

3. What Type of Car to Bring

If you can bring a car to campus but don't have one yet, consider what type of car you will need. Generally speaking, you will want to consider something that isn't excessively large since parking can be tight on campuses. You will also want to consider getting something that has decent gas mileage and is on the affordable end of the spectrum. Many college students opt for cars like a Nissan, which are known to get good gas mileage, be dependable, and not require a ton of expensive repairs.

4. Getting Around After Hours

Know the parking situation on campus. Are you going to be doing a lot more walking than driving? Will you need to go off-campus for work or evening courses at another location during times when the buses don't run? Many buses will only shuttle students during the day and evening, so get familiar with your class and work schedules as well as the bus schedule so that you can coordinate and be on-time.

5. Affordability

Cars are expensive to maintain. College students pay more than the estimated $10,000 per year for maintenance and gas that the average American sinks into their vehicle. If you can forego having a car for at least your freshman year, your bank account might thank you for it. College and cars are both expensive, so focus on which expense needs to take priority.
There is still time to decide whether you want to bring your car to college. Weigh out the pros and cons, and remember that keeping everything cost-effective during college can help you save in the long-run.
Posted By: Dixie Somers
Tuesday, August 8th 2017 at 4:27PM
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