There is no easy public transportation in Orange County. Students would have to take multiple buses to reach a destination a mere 10-minute drive away, and the only place Chapman students can walk to is the Orange Circle. The majority of students bring a car to Chapman, either by shipping it to California or taking a road trip from their hometown. Students who don't have a car cling to their friends who do. Luckily, students are very willing to offer rides to others.
Instead of buying/bringing a car, many students own a bike. They can’t bike to the mall or Disneyland, but they can easily bike to Albertsons to stock up on food and supplies. Almost all film students studying at Dodge College own a bike as well, since the film school is a couple blocks from the main campus and even farther from the dorms. Although students can survive with only a bike, a car is necessary to explore and really appreciate Southern California.