For a national university of nearly 20,000 students, the UT Dallas campus is quite small. Thus, walking around campus is convenient—good news even if you own a car—due to the University’s lack of parking slots. Getting to off-campus places on foot isn’t a very good idea, though, and that’s where the public transportation system comes in. Full-time UTD students enjoy free rides on the 883 UTD shuttle and every other vehicle of the DART system. These buses and trains run throughout the year, even during winter break and some holidays. They can take you almost anywhere you want, be it the malls, downtown area, airports, or stadiums in the Dallas-Fort Worth-Richardson-Plano area. The 883 shuttle stops at campus thrice an hour and fits the DART schedule pretty well, so plan ahead to make the best out of the system.
Despite all of these sweet things about public transportation, owning a car can still make your life more enjoyable. The shuttle only runs from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., and rests on Sundays, leaving nondrivers stranded on campus. Moreover, driving gets you around much faster and frees your mind from scheduling worries. With a car, you can also go on road trips to explore Texas, which is a student favorite for holidays. If you want to get to other states, you may want to consider flying, though, because Texas is huge.