Freshmen are allowed to bring cars to campus, and while it seems like most Belmont students do have their own cars, it’s definitely possible to get around town without one. The Metro Transit Authority (MTA) has several bus routes that run right by campus, and you can ride for free with your Belmont student ID. Some students complain that the bus schedules are hard to learn, but when you have no other options, you’ll find a way to make it work. There are also several cab companies in town that are fairly inexpensive, but it’s wise to print off directions before you get in one of the cars. Some drivers will try to take advantage of your naïveté and circle blocks multiple times if you’re not paying attention. However, that’s standard fare for any major city, and most cab drivers are friendly and honest.
But the best part about living in a college town like Nashville is that almost everything you need is within walking or biking distance. There’s a Harris Teeter grocery store a half-mile off campus, and just a few blocks away, Hillsboro Village is full of shops, boutiques, and offbeat food venues. And don’t be shy about asking for rides, either. You may feel like you’re burdening your roommates by getting a lift to the airport or a bookstore, but think about how you’d feel if the situation were reversed. Belmont students are a friendly group, and most are more than willing to lend a hand if you need one.