teachermom2834 Posted September 15, 2017 Share Posted September 15, 2017 My oldest ds is off at college without a car. He is in a major city with public transportation and has enough friends with cars to have no need. I have always been of the general opinion that having a car on campus, especially as a freshman, can be more trouble than it is worth. We've always said we would evaluate the need for a car as time goes on and if there is one we would discuss it. This has worked for first ds. He might at some point have an internship or job that is worthwhile and requires a car but for now he's had no need or interest, really. He is two hours from home and driving him back and forth on breaks has been no problem. He doesn't come home just for weekends. Only longer breaks. Second ds will go next year, also two hours away but in a different direction. He is not headed to a major city with effective public transportation. I don't think there are even Uber or Lyft drivers there. It is a good sized school and I was thinking he would have everything he really needed on campus. I was taking the same approach- go without a car just to have one less thing to deal with and if/when the time comes that it is needed we can discuss. But now I am thinking of letting second ds take the car. (We have one older "kid" car he could take). Ds has a job waiting tables that he likes and makes decent tips. There is another location near his college and he was telling me last night how he can put in for a transfer to the store there and be able to transfer back and forth between the two locations. He does need to work some while at school. I mentioned to him that he would just need to figure out how to get himself there and back but I don't think there is really another way outside of him having his own car. Then I started thinking about how it would be easier if we did not have to drive back and forth to get him on breaks (doing it for one ds is not a big deal but coordinating two surely will be harder). He is also an introvert of sorts and might want to come home some weekends. So now my mind is more open to him taking a car as a freshman. Any thoughts? I know he will have to pay for parking and that will likely be a hassle at this school. He will have to deal with any problems that come up with the car or any mishaps without us there to help. We do have AAA and honestly that is something you have to learn to handle whether 18 or 22. I also remember that when I was in college the kids that brought cars freshman year were constantly harassed to take people places or loan out their cars. Later on more people had their own cars and upperclassman were more mature and less annoying so it wasn't such an issue. But those few freshman with cars were constantly being pressured to drive people places or loan them. How do having a car/ not having a car on campus work out for your family? *I know not all schools allow freshman to have cars on campus but the college in question does. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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