As a new student at UMW, it is common to feel marooned without a car. A common question is, "How do I get from here to there?" Try to make upperclassman friends so you can snag a ride every once in a while, or bring your bike from home. If you choose not to, walking is always an option and actually one that a considerable amount of students take.
The public transportation is not big here. The "FRED bus" is known to be unreliable because you never really know where it's going or when it's going to arrive at your destination. However, it is still a usable source and convenient because it's free—it's just not the best. In terms of long-distance transportation, there is a sketchy-looking-but -entirely-efficient Amtrak station downtown. The station is about a 20-minute walk, and the cost varies, depending on where your destination is. The most frequent complaint in terms of transportation at this school is the lack of parking available to students on or off campus. Given that, police give out tickets like there is no tomorrow. The parking garages on campus are probably the safest bet for ticket-free parking, but it still requires that you have a pass.