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5 College Junior

Transportation: Well the airport IS within walking distance.

4 College Junior

Transportation: Rideshares, free bus pass, bikeshare etc

4 College Junior

Transportation: There is an airport (SRQ) bordering campus which makes long distance travel fairly convenient. It is usually easy to get rides to local destinations from other students. There is a bus line that stops by campus which is free to use for NCF students, most people just ride-share though.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: The bus stop is really conveniently located and public transportation in Sarasota is free to students. However there are many places you can't get to without a car and its easy to feel like you're trapped on campus.

Sarasota's small airport is conveniantly located right across the street (within walking distance easily) from campus and that was a nice perk for sure.

2 College Freshman

Transportation: You should probably do a rideshare thing. Because even though there's an airport right next to the school, it's expensive as hell and there are no buses or trains that take you very far


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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.

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Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • Find a friend with a car or ride a bike.
  • Students also post messages on the forum to find rides with other New College students. Everyone's friendly at the College, and students try promote an inclusive community.
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
The airport is literally adjacent to campus. Students can hear airplanes all day long. The walk from the terminal to the residential area of New College is about a five-minute walk.

Public TransitWhat's This?

Sarasota County Area Transportation (SCAT)

Single rides are $2.50, and student passes are available.

(941) 861-5000

(941) 861-1234 Lost and found

(941) 861-1020 office

5303 Pinkney Ave.

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Sarasota Bradenton International Airport (SRQ)

The Sarasota Bradenton International Airport is conveniently located directly adjacent to campus.

6000 Airport Circle

(941) 359-2777

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?


The Greyhound station, located in Bradenton, is approximately 15 minutes away from campus.

3028 First St. W., Bradenton

(941) 747-2984

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?


The Amtrak station in Clearwater is located approximately 43 miles away from the campus.

5251 110th Ave. N., Clearwater

(800) 872-7245

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 27 responses

  • 11% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.
  • 11% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 4% 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.
  • 74% Nonexistent.

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 27 responses

  • 15% Campus is isolated, so students rely mostly on cars to get them where they need to go.
  • 41% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 41% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 4% 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 15 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 13 responses

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

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 26 responses

  • 27% Very easy.
  • 46% Fairly easy.
  • 23% Fairly difficult.
  • 4% Very difficult.
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