Transportation is an important consideration in determining a suitable location to live. If you have a car, you need to consider the distance to campus as to commuting time, the cost of gas, and how accessible the location is to the campus during bad weather. You will also need to consider whether on-street or off-street parking is available and any associated cost, plus the cost of on-campus parking.
If you do not have a car, then you need to consider whether you need to be within walking distance of campus. If not, you need to be able to depend on "the friend who has a car" to get to and from campus in a reliable way, or you'll probably need to live close enough to a TCAT bus line to utilize the service.
TCAT buses are inexpensive, and provide frequent service throughout the day between their main transfer stops at Green Street & the Commons and Ithaca College. TCAT is also a great backup option when your car is in the shop or snowed in. So, before committing to an off-campus location, be sure check the TCAT schedule to see when and where buses run in relation to your potential dwelling in order to meet your routine and emergency transportation needs.
TCAT schedules are available at the Campus Center Information Desk, and searchable and printable versions are available online. You may want to check out TCAT's Rack & Ride bike and bus option. For further information about TCAT, visit www.tcatbus.com or call (607) 277-RIDE.