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Getting Around the RIT Campus

(January 30 2013) Written by: Peter Ryan, Jr. in Residence Life

While RIT is a large campus getting around isn't all that difficult. In the spring and fall I enjoy walking around or riding my bike. Often I go out of my way to be outside so that I can enjoy the weather and the nice campus. RIT is a very bike friendly campus and you won't have much difficulty finding a place to lock your bike up far from where you're going. Upon coming to RIT I'd recommend buying a bike lock and registering your bike (for free) if you haven't done so already.

In the winter things gets a bit more complicated. I live off-campus in Park Point and while it's not that far of a walk, the cold and wind make it unpleasant (this week the temperature hasn't been above 15 °F and that's not factoring in the wind). Fortunately I can rely on the RTS buses that service the campus and other locations including Park Point, Province, Perkins and Colony apartment complexes, to get me where I need to go. The buses come and go roughly every 20 minutes with some breaks throughout the day. Schedules are easy to find online and also through the handy RIT Mobile App. Once I get on-campus I can make use of the tunnel system (you need a RIT account required) or walk inside connected buildings to stay out of the cold.

If you don't have a car you don't need to worry, the RTS bus system services locations like the nearby Marketplace Mall, Walmart, and Wegmans on the weekends so you can go shopping. For those freshmen who want to bring a car to campus I have good news and bad news; the good news is that you can bring a car, the bad news is that the parking situation isn't all that great. You'll generally be able to get a parking spot but it may not be that close to where you're heading.

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