Cars are the only way that anyone gets around town, but the strict parking policies makes students think twice about the need for a car-it is not a necessity. There is a bus stop on campus, but more employees of the University use it than students. It is easy to get a taxi if you need one, but expensive. Splitting a taxi to the airport or downtown is a good way to divide up the cost if you aren't able to convince or guilt-trip one of your friends into driving you.
The school recently unveiled the Spider Shuttle, which makes several trips a day to the Ukrop's shopping center as well as the Regency Mall. This shuttle is a good way to get to either of those places if you can't borrow a car. The schedule is online or available at student activities. It is easy to find your way around Richmond, as long as you can find Broad Street. All you really need to know is whether to go east or west on it, and you should be able to find any store, restaurant, or other location you might be looking for. After the first week of school, you should be able to navigate the city with your eyes closed, although this is not recommended.