If you come to Mercer, you will mostly likely need a car because the University is not exactly within walking distance of places of interest for students, with the exception of Mercer Village across the street. Luckily, a car is not needed to get around campus—walking is the easiest and fastest method of getting to class. In recent years, a growing interest in biking as a means of getting around Mercer and Macon seems to be increasing, and there are plenty of bicycle racks on campus and ongoing discussions of future bike lanes on and around campus.
The free trolley system that runs on Mercer’s campus five days a week is an extremely popular method of transportation, especially on weekend nights. It runs between campus and downtown Macon, effectively reducing the potential of students driving drunk on their way home from the downtown bars. The trolley also travels to the nearby Kroger grocery store on Wednesdays. The trolley has two pick-up stops, one on Greek Row and another in front of the Connell Student Center. However, other than the trolley, public transportation is not generally available or used by students, which is why having a car is necessary.