Is having a car on campus worth all of the money spent on insurance, gas, and parking permits?

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At UC Santa Cruz, I could walk to the bus station that took me up to campus, so for me, not having a car was convenient and saved me a lot of money (the parking permits alone were over 500 a quarter and you weren't guaranteed parking). At Chapman, however, you need a car to get around, so I think it's worth having one.
In short, it will depend on your campus and if their are other ways to get around without a car or not.
It depends on where you attend school. If you go to school in a major city, I don't think a car is necessary at all. If there is public transportation that can take you away from campus and where you need to go, then leave your car at home. However, if you are in the suburbs or somewhere rural, then I think a car is a good idea especially for doing things on the weekends, grocery shopping, and working part time jobs and internships. As long as it isn't breaking the bank, I think it's worth it to have a car on campus if public transportation isn't available.
I personally think that having a car on campus is 100% worth it, even though I don't always use it super often. I like having the option of driving to the further grocery store and mall, and I like the option of being able to drive to a yummy restaurant to either dine-in or pick up food. I also like the fact that I can get to a friend's place very quickly in case he/she needed me. Parking permits are usually reasonably priced and, depending on how often you use your car, you may not have to refill your gas tank too often.
I found that having a car on campus allows me to do more. I knew I wanted a part-time job, I knew I'd want to go shopping, and I knew I'd want to be able to drive home when I wanted. But my family was in a good place for me to be able to do this. I paid to park my car on campus for the pure peace of knowing I could leave when and if I wanted to. But if my family had been in a different financial situation, things may have been different.
It depends on your campus and your city! The city I live in is extremely spread out, so if I didn't have a car, it would be nearly impossible to get anywhere. However, if you already live very close to campus (or even on campus) you may want to consider getting rid of your car. Challenge yourself to take all public transportation or walk for an entire day (or three) and see how you get along. I would ask yourself how many times you use your car per week and if that number is less than three, to really consider selling it.

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