AC closed the road through campus in the 1950s, so your only mode of transportation on campus is your own two feet or possibly a bike. Luckily, it's only a 10-minute stroll from one end of campus to the other—and that's if you're really taking your time. While a bike may come in handy occasionally, you'll probably spend more time messing with locks and racks than if you had just walked. If you move a little quicker than a saunter, you will get across campus in no time. The running joke has always been that you can wake up five minutes before class and make it to your desk with time to spare. You'll even have to brush your teeth!
As for getting off campus, it isn't necessary to have a car, but it's definitely convenient. AC sits in the middle of residential housing, so we are surrounded by neighborhoods. While this makes it quiet and allows the college to be in its own bubble, this also means that shopping and restaurants are a few miles down the road and across the railroad tracks. When you drive to AC for the first time, you'll see that you have to navigate a bridge over a huge system of railroad tracks. Because of this, most students tend to carpool on their trips to the grocery store or to grab a late-night burger. TAPS also runs the Roo Route, a free shuttle with various stops around town, including the Town Center, which has most of the food and shopping options, and Cellarman's, the local pub. While this is a fixed route, the drivers are really friendly and will usually take you wherever you want to go. The down side is that, while you may catch it to run to the grocery store for a few minutes, the shuttle only stops at each location every 45 to 60 minutes, so many students find it more convenient to hop in their car or beg a ride from a friend.