Don’t Have a Car?
As a senior in high school, I know that myself and many others had the freedom and independence to drive wherever, whenever. Because many freshmen choose not to bring a car, you might wonder, how am I supposed to get places? Yes, there are Uber and Lyft, but there are so many other free or low cost resources that the University of Arizona and the City of Tucson provide to get students from place to place!
One thing that the University of Arizona, as well as the city of Tucson, like to boast about is that Tucson is one of the top bike friendly cities in the country. When walking around campus, you will notice many bike paths and bike racks outside of residence halls and other buildings. Don’t have a bike? Not to worry, because the Cat Wheels Bike Program provides a free bicycle loan system for UA students. Using just your CatCard (your UA student identification card), you can cycle around campus and the city of Tucson in no time!
Apart from riding a bike, UA offers other free ways to travel around on and off campus. CatTran is a free shuttle system on campus that runs from morning till night on weekdays! Studying at the library late at night? Need a car to take you back to your residence hall? SafeRide offers free rides to UA students most nights of the week! Want to go to the movies, get groceries, or head to In-and-Out with your friends? SafeRide takes students up to a mile off campus too! Requesting a ride is as easy as going on their app or calling their office to schedule a car to come pick you up.
The city of Tucson also has some great public transportation options to travel farther off campus at an affordable price. One option is SunLink Streetcar, a trolley that runs through Tucson both West and East at all hours of the day! For only a dollar and twenty-five cents a ticket, you can hop on and off anywhere around campus and go to places such as Downtown, 4th Avenue, and Mercado. Another option is the SunTran bus service that travels all around the city of Tucson. For a dollar and seventy-five cents, you can ride the forty fixed routes all over Tucson. For reference, if you want to take an Uber or Lyft to somewhere off campus, like Safeway or the movies, rides cost around eight dollars.
Many students also wonder how to get to campus when traveling into the Tucson or Phoenix airports. The Arizona Shuttle is an affordable way for students to get from the airport to campus or travel between Tucson and Phoenix. The company even has a dropoff right on campus for students to get back to their residence halls easily.
With all of these ways to get around campus, Tucson, and Arizona, there is no need to worry about owning a car in college! Being a senior at the U of A now, I still do not feel that having a car is necessary! I choose to walk everywhere because the University of Arizona campus is only one square mile! Bear Down and I hope to see you on campus next year.