Colgate is the true embodiment of a walking campus. Nothing is more than a 15-minute walk, and for those nights when it is too cold, the Colgate Cruiser runs late and traverses campus and the downtown area at relatively regular intervals. Cars are permitted on campus all four years, and parking is free, albeit limited during the regular school day. If you can avoid the parking tickets, cars make it quite easy to get around town (although walking is just as easy) to the local grocery store, to the airport in Syracuse, and to the train station in Utica—although chances are at least some of your friends will also have a car on campus.
The Colgate Student Travel Agency run by the Center for Leadership and Student Involvement (CLSI) offers a Coach USA bus that makes two daily stops by the HOP (Hall of Presidents), and during major break times, there are chartered buses to the major city center. It’s not too difficult to make your way out of the Chenango Valley and into the transportation centers; it just takes a bit of planning.