“There are options to get us from point A to point B much faster than our brisk walking-pace will take us.”

Getting Around Your College Campus

               The transition from high school to college is full of change and adjustments. Homework, classes, living on your own, handling your personal finances, being in charge of your schedule—the list goes on, but something that often goes unconsidered is the adjustment to getting around your college campus.

Perhaps you went to a small high school, which likely had one building where all the classes were? The size and layout of college campuses will be a bit of a shock then. Or maybe you went to a large high school, and are used to larger campuses? Even so, in high school you are given time between classes to get to your next period. In college, the classes start when they start, and you may not have a guaranteed five minutes to get from one class to the next—all the way across campus.

Many colleges are a series of buildings, with classrooms wherever they could put them. Often the classroom you have to find is in a building on the opposite side of campus, with a door that leads right to it that is always locked, so you have to take the long way to it through a maze of hallways and staircases. Oh, and you have to do all that before class starts. All that to say, getting to class on time is not as facilitated as it is in high school. You have to be much more intentional with your time before and between classes.

This can mean making sure you have enough time before class to make the 10-minute trek across campus (with a few minutes added for wrong turns and locked doors). But what if you don’t have 10 minutes? What if one class ends, and the next one starts in a few minutes, and you have to cross your whole college campus? Luckily, there are options to get us from point A to point B much faster than our brisk walking-pace will take us.

The Best Ways of Getting to Class on Time

               Getting to class on time can be challenging, especially when you’re coming from a different class that just ended—or a particularly deep nap. Whatever the reason, walking may not always cut it for getting to class on time. So having an alternative method of getting around your college campus may help seriously shave off some time on your way to class. Here are some of the best ways of getting to class on time:

Bikes

               Getting a bike to ride through your college campus is a great way to cut down on the commute from dorm to class or even class to class. It’s no secret that bikes are faster than feet. Additionally, no gas needed, so the extra costs are usually low. Bikes are easy to maneuver (as long as you know how to ride one) and are allowed on most college campuses. Before you commit to purchasing a bike, you may want to check over your college’s policies, just to make sure they do allow bikes on campus.

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               Some things to consider with Bikes are the “accessories” you will need—and no, I don’t mean stickers, a wicker basket, or the chiming bell (although you are welcome to deck it out how you please). The necessary accessories are going to be bike locks, lights/reflectors, a helmet, extra tubes, and a changing kit.

Helmets are often “required” by colleges, though it’s rarely policed. However, that’s not an excuse not to have one. Protecting your head, which you are paying thousands of dollars to put through college, should be a priority for you. Helmets are also relatively cheap, available for as low as $20. Lights or reflectors for your bike are also a great idea, especially if you plan to use your bike as transportation outside of your college campus. Lights can be purchased for less than $10 and are vital for making sure motorists or pedestrians see you coming in the rain or at night.

Bike locks are essential if you want to keep your bike. Sadly, bike theft is relatively common, and even with bike locks, it happens. My advice is to use two different kinds of bike locks. U-locks are very sturdy but should be paired with some kind of cable or chain lock that can go through the wheels so they can’t be removed from the bike. Bike locks can range from less than $10 to around $50 or higher. Another great thing to have on hand is extra tubes (based on your tire size) and a tire changing kit. You never know when you’re going to need it–but it’s usually at the most inconvenient moment possible.

Depending on the type and quality, bikes can be expensive. If you’re just looking for something to get you around your campus and to the grocery store, you won’t need something with all the shiny bells and whistles. Amazon has some good options, and Walmart has several adult bikes for less than $100.

Scooters

“The razor scooter is back and ready to crack shins once again!”

               Welcome back to your childhood—the razor scooter is back and ready to crack shins once again! Scooters are actually a fantastic way to get around campus. The speed of wheels combined with the stability of handlebars and the comfort of being no more than an inch off the ground. Perhaps not as fast as bikes, but they still beat walking to class. Not to mention they are much cheaper than bikes, starting as low as $50 for an adult “kick scooter” (if you search for an “adult scooter” you’ll get results for electric scooters or handicap scooters).

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               For scooters, you should still invest in a helmet as wipe-outs do occur. Even though these mishaps usually aren’t as bad as bike falls, protecting your head is always a good idea. However, aside from that there really aren’t any necessary accessories. Scooters can come into class with you and are small enough to store in your dorm room, so no locks needed.

Unlike with bikes though, I wouldn’t recommend using the scooter as a form of off-campus transportation, unless you live in a very small town. It’ll get you to class quick, but it’s not the most convenient form of transportation for longer distances.

Electric Scooters or Mopeds

               Electric Scooters and mopeds are great for both traveling on your college campus and around your town/city. Mopeds may not be allowed on the sidewalks on your campus, but as long as your college has roads connecting the buildings, they’ll get you there on time. Electric scooters and mopeds are fast, easy to operate, and require little to no effort on your part. The big drawback with this option is the cost.

               Between the two, Electric Scooters are going to be the cheaper option. You can find some electric scooters for as low as $270. Because they’re electric, you won’t have to worry about gas prices. Plug them in to charge overnight and they’re ready for the next day. Many Electric scooters are also foldable, to make them easy to keep with you in classes or the coffee shop while you do some homework. The only additional expense for electric scooters is getting a helmet, and because some electric scooters can reach speeds of about 30 mph, be sure to select a quality helmet for this option (which could mean spending over $50).

               Mopeds are significantly more expensive, starting at around $700 for a low-end model. Luckily, you’re in college and don’t need something high end—you just need to get to class and to seven eleven when you’re feeling snacky. Mopeds can go much faster than most electric scooters, so having a good helmet is a must. Mopeds do have the additional cost of gas to consider, and how much that adds will really depend on how often you use it and how far you go. Another important factor to note is that, depending on the laws of the state you’re in, you may need to have a specific type of license to drive these.

               Mopeds and electric scooters are the affordable “vehicle” options for college students who can’t afford a car, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they are the best option or in the budget for everyone. That said, when it comes to getting to class on time, these machines can move.

Skateboards and Rollerblades

               Not just for skateparks anymore—skateboards and rollerblades are relatively common on college campuses these days. If you know what you’re doing, they are quick and relatively good for maneuvering around slow walkers. Rollerblades especially require little effort to really pick up speed, however they are also easy to wipe-out in. Skateboards are quick, needing only the occasional push off the ground, and they’re fun.

               For both skateboards and rollerblades, caution is necessary. Riders should wear helmets, knee pads, and elbow pads. Falling off a skateboard or while in rollerblades usually leaves you without your feet under you, meaning what catches your fall is often your knees and arms. Knee pads and elbow pads provide you with protection for those major joints to help prevent scrapes, bruising, or even bone injuries. You can find Knee and elbow pads for around $15 as a set.

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               Between the two, rollerblades tend to be cheaper, with costs starting around $40. Skateboards are typically between $75-$100 for more durable models, but there are cheaper options available for more basic models. Aside from the safety gear, there is really no extra cost to these options. They are quick and relatively cheap for the amount of use you can get out of them. Also, once you’ve gotten pretty good at it, you look super cool just skating off to class, maybe throwing in some tricks and a rail-slide along the way. So not only are you getting to class on time, but you’re turning heads along the way. Win-win.

Shared Scooters and Bikes

               Some college campuses, particularly the larger ones, offer shared bicycles or electric scooters that students can “rent” to get them around campus. This is usually done through a QR-code or an app, which means that students need to have some kind of bank account in order to use these. Some may take change, but usually you pay after you return the bike or scooter and it charges you based on the time used.

               Many cities/towns also have shared bikes and electric scooters, like Lime. These operate the same way, with an app or QR-code. These are great for getting around outside of your college campus if you don’t have a car and don’t want to pay for a ride sharing service, which can be especially pricey in cities.

Conclusion

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               Ultimately, how you get around your college campus is up to you. If walking to class is your thing, go for it—just make sure you have enough time to get there. If you prefer a little more speed and efficiency, then try out biking, skateboarding, rollerblading, or kicking it old school with the scooter. If you need something that is more functional for transportation outside of your college campus, then maybe look into an electric scooter or moped—if you have the budget for it. However you choose to do it, getting to class on time is an essential habit to create, so make sure you choose a method that will get you there.

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