Like most Floridian suburbs, Sarasota is sprawled. The public transportation is inefficient and seldom used by students. Students without cars tend to not get out very often. There is a bus system that New College students have free access to with their student IDs, though. Students often take the bus to get to Sarasota's main downtown area. Many use this system as a last resort, as it is often slow and not always incredibly reliable. Fortunately, for those who do have cars, New College is located close to many useful destinations. It is right on the main artery, US Route 41 Tamiami Trail, which includes most of what Sarasota and Bradenton have to offer.
Thanks to a reliable forum, students who lack a means of transportation promptly find rides whenever they need them. These offers range from trips to the supermarket to last-minute rides to Miami. Both of these scenarios happen on a regular basis. Unlike many other colleges, first-years are permitted to bring their cars to campus, which increases the likelihood of finding a ride.