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3 College Freshman

Transportation: I have never used the transportation options at Davidson College.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: The school does a great job providing shuttles to the air port and to other parts of town

3 College Freshman

Transportation: Everything is really close so you don't need a car, but if you want to get anywhere that is part of a chain, a car is absolutely necessary, since no chains (fast food, clothing stores, large grocery stores) can be built in the town of Davidson. There are shuttles on Wednesdays to Walmart, and to the airport during breaks, but that's about it. Taxis are available, but expensive, and there is no good public transportation.

2 College Freshman

Transportation: There is no transportation to or from Davidson except for taxis, which are extremely expensive. There is, however, a shuttle to and from the airport during breaks, which are very convenient and significantly less expensive than taxis.

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4 College Senior

Transportation: Students are allowed to have a car on campus all four years, parking is 50 bucks for the entire year. The school has a van service that will take students two exits north and two exits south of I-77 for free four days a week. Davidson also forms part of the Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS), that has transportation options around the Charlotte metro area.

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Students’ main sentiment about public transportation is that they don’t need any. In fact, most are at a loss for words when asked about it. Because everyone is allowed to have a car on campus starting freshman year, most people simply drive to their destinations—or know someone who can take them. The town of Davidson itself is so small that usually it takes less time to walk from one end to the other than it does to drive and find a parking spot.

One place that students often need a ride to is Charlotte Douglas Airport, which, fortunately, is just 25 minutes by car. Those without cars can take an inexpensive shuttle service provided by the College (although only around the holidays). The only other form of public transportation in town is the CATS bus, which runs into Charlotte, although students seldom, if ever, use it. Students do take advantage of the Vamanos Van, however, which drives any Davidson student to any destination in the nearby towns or down to Charlotte Thursday through Saturday nights, free of charge. Vamanos provides a weekend alternative for those without transportation or those who are simply too drunk to operate it.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • Bike
  • Drive (your car or a friend's)
  • Walk
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
  • A cab ride to the airport costs about $50.
  • Most students drive or have a friend drop them off, and the college operates a shuttle for a small fee during holidays.

Campus ShuttleWhat's This?

Vamanos Van

free, student-operated shuttle, which drives students to any destination between the campus and Charlotte, Thursday through Saturday nights.

Public TransitWhat's This?

CATS bus

The CATS bus drives from Davidson to Charlotte; pick up is on Griffith Street

(704) 336-3513

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Charlotte Douglas International Airport

Approximately 30 minutes from Davidson

(704) 359-4013

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 21 responses

  • 14% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.
  • 5% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 24% Moderately difficult to utilize, the pick-up times and locations are far and few between.
  • 0% Extremely difficult to utilize-it's not reliable nor is it convenient for a student's schedule.
  • 57% Nonexistent.

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 20 responses

  • 40% Campus is isolated, so students rely mostly on cars to get them where they need to go.
  • 15% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 15% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 30% Cars are totally pointless. Everything you need is within walking distance.
  • 0% You can't have a car here.

Rate the cost of the following transit options    Based on 12 responses

  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 12 responses

Very convenient
  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of long-distance transportation to travel between home and school    Based on 11 responses

Very convenient
  • Airport
  • Passenger bus
  • Passenger train
  • Ride sharing

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 20 responses

  • 65% Very easy.
  • 35% Fairly easy.
  • 0% Fairly difficult.
  • 0% Very difficult.
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