The majority of freshmen will begin their college careers without cars. There is a reason for this. Walking to events like frat parties or off-campus parties, or heading down to Marshall Street for a bite to eat, must now become somewhat of a communal thing that involves more than just you and your best friend. You meet new people, enjoy some long conversations on the way to certain places, and can bond with the friends you have just met a few months before. And you will never need to drive to class, as all dorms are within a 10-minute walk from classes, even if you had a car.
Still, when it gets freezing, snowy, and windy sometime around November, it's nice to have a way to get around a little if you need to make a long trip. Parking is tough for those with a car, especially away from the dorms. Most dorms have a garage near them that students can park in for about $400 each year. It is near impossible to park on campus where your classes might be, and it is almost as hard to park on Marshall Street, especially at night. Students who choose to live on South Campus in their sophomore years will have a tougher time getting around, and relying on the bus at all times can be a pain. These students, as well as students who live off campus in their junior or senior years, should look into getting a car.