One of the disadvantages of going to school in a small town is the lack of public transportation services. There are a few local services, such as the Mountain Mobility bus service, but even taxi services in Asheville end up costing more than students might be willing to pay because of the distance. Students who want to go see a movie or go shopping normally end up carpooling with a friend who has a car, taking a group, and splitting the gas. Doing it this way forms more "community" than a solo taxi ride and is almost always cheaper. The disadvantage to this is finding a driver if you want to leave at a particular time (e.g., a doctor's appointment scheduled during class time). Finding a ride during normal class hours is doable, since everyone's on a different schedule, but it can sometimes be a pain. Evening trips are almost always easier to manage, if you can spare time from homework.
Some campus events (such as music concerts, service opportunities, events at the Black Mountain campus, and other happenings) call for a campus van. In that case, transportation is free, and seating is first-come, first-served. In cases where students will go back and forth (such as from a dance), the vans are shuttled to and from the College by approved student and staff drivers. While these are nice, they don't get you to the mall or your doctor's appointment, so if students really want to go somewhere and can't pay the transportation services fee—they are poor college students, after all—they generally carpool with a friend.