Getting Around Town
The larger the city you are moving to, the more options you will have as far as shops, restaurants, and other sources of entertainment are concerned. However, a larger town or metropolitan area also requires more time and effort to get acquainted with it. To help you get around, you'll want to take several drives or walks around the area, collect information from your RA or other college staff, and obtain several maps to guide you while you adjust to the new setting.
First and foremost, you will need a map of your campus. Usually orientation materials will include a campus map, but if you do not have one, ask your RA where you can obtain one. A map of your campus will help you get to classes, meetings, and college facilities in a timely fashion. A general street map of your college town or city is also a good idea.
It's also a good idea to have an atlas for your car or for taking trips with friends. Travel groups such as AAA can often provide you with a travel map and specific directions. Many students utilize a GPS system in their car or on their cell phone, but a map is always a great backup if the Verizon “Can you hear me now?” man has not yet been where you are going!
If your college is in or near an urban area or city, you will probably have access to public transportation. This kind of transportation includes buses, taxis, and trains. There are various times when these modes of transportation can be of use to you, but they require planning. Always make sure you keep yourself safe. When you want to use a bus or train, look for paper schedules in your student center or look for schedules online. Be sure to plan to get to the station or bus stop well in advance of the scheduled departure time, because busses, and especially trains, stay on schedule and do not wait for delinquent passengers. Check with your student center or college website to find out if your school has a special relationship with any cab companies regarding discounts or special pickup areas. For safety, always try to travel in groups or pairs, never flash large sums of cash in public, and always keep $10 hidden in your wallet or purse for cab fare in case of emergency.