Should you take your car to university?
15th August 2013
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Year after year, many young drivers are faced with the same question: when the time comes to move away from home to university, can they and should they take their cars with them? There are considerable arguments for and against this and we interviewed a selection of experts from universities and student newspapers to find outtheir views on this divisive subject. This is what they had to say: James Brown, Transport & Travel Manager @ University of Derby: “From the students’ perspective, many will want to keep their independence. Cars allow them to go home, easily get around a new area and access potential employment. From our perspective, the fewer cars around and the less traffic we generate the better. We don’t want to dictate to students though.” Ian Murdey, Transport Coordinator @ De Montfort University: “We’re committed to reducing the carbon footprint of the university. It’s important that we encourage alternative forms of transport and this is something we’ve heavily invested in. For example, we provide free bike locks, inner tubes and puncture repair kits to inspire more of our students to cycle. We’re aware that around 15-20% of our students drive to university but, with our desire to reduce our carbon footprint, we now use Facebook and Twitter to communicate other options.” Christopher Osbeck, Travel Plan Coordinator @ University of Aberdeen: “We accommodate but discourage students from taking their cars. Most of our student accommodation is within walking distance of our teaching campusesand there is very little benefit to students of having a car on campus. Indeed, there are some security risks of having a car remain in the same location day after day.Our campuses are well served by buses that connect our campuses with shopping and leisure facilities. We also have a local car club available to students, which allows them to hire cars for relatively short periods of time when they may need one. We do accept that there are occasions when students may need to have access to a car and so provide some limited car parking.” Nick Hilton, Editor @ Cherwell, Oxford University student newspaper:
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