lucyinthesky wrote:I'm not sure if this has been touched upon yet. If so, I apologize... to the Columbus experts: how well will I get around without a car? I'm coming from South Carolina and will be living in South Campus. I'd like to have a car mainly to go grocery shopping on weekends and maybe an occasional outing to the mall or movies or for interviews in the future, but I'm a little hesitant about paying the extra cash for it. From what I hear, the public transportation is not particularly great. Is the ghetto Kroger the only option for groceries? Do the buses go to the nearby Target? If I were to bring a car, is Columbus traffic an issue?
Having a car is definitely a plus for getting around, especially if you want to get out of the campus area. If you have a car, you can go to various Giant Eagles (same thing as Kroger) or lame eco-marts like World Market. Having a car in Columbus is definitely worth it for the mobility it offers you.
However, there really is a lot to do in the campus area. A car would help things, but I would hesitate to call it a necessity, especially considering that you have to pay insurance, gas, and then deal with the parking situation on South Campus. (Street sweeping, game days, and you had better learn to parallel park). You don't need a car for movies, there is a first-run theater in the Gateway that is only $6.50 for students. Kroghetto is only bad after hours, so if you went shopping at like noon it wouldnt really be a big deal, but then you are walking home with a bunch of groceries. I guess it depends on your budget.