Public transportation is essentially nonexistent in Bethlehem. Sure, there’s a public bus, but no one from Lehigh has ever been on it. The town is small enough that as a freshman you can walk just about anywhere you’d need to get to, and chances are you’ll meet someone who does have a car anyway. Lehigh provides a bus service around campus, as well as the all-important TRACS van for drunken traveling at night. There is also a shuttle to the Lehigh Valley Mall on weekends, which is highly recommended just as a means of getting away from campus for a bit.
There is also a bus station right in town that can take you to New York City, and the Lehigh Valley International airport is a 15-minute ride away from campus. Cab service is poor at best, and good luck trying to get a cab at 2 a.m. after a long night at the bar in an attempt to get back on the Hill. Most students would agree that the best way to get anywhere is by car, be it class, restaurants, Allentown, or NYC. Having a car after freshman year is crucial, especially on Lehigh’s hilly campus. The freedom you have is unparalleled, and as fun as freshman year can be, it only gets better once you have a car.