Although transportation is important at URI, public services are not that popular. Most students have a car on campus or know someone with one. URI is in a rural setting, so taking a bus to get around town is not a common thing. URI is surrounded by suburban communities, so taking taxis, buses, or trains are not a necessity and are not always available. Public transportation for everyday use is foreign to most students. Borrowing a friend’s car or begging for rides is much more common than paying bus fare.
People who live far away do have options. T.F. Green airport is close by, and the train station is practically across the street from campus. There are ways to get out of town—you just have to know where to look.