Move-in Morgantown

How to live in a college town.

Living Cheap: Navigating Morgantown

As college students, we don’t have the luxury of bottomless wallets and often are forced to make sacrifices in our homes.  Hopefully with the help of Move-in Morgantown and a little bit of effort, you will be able to save money and maybe even make your life a little bit greener without much inconvenience.

There is a fact in Morgantown that permeates all citizens of any race, creed, color or socioeconomic status.  It can be hard (and expensive) to get around.

That’s why I will concentrate on transportation this week.

Having a car in Morgantown is necessary for some, but can be avoided if you live in certain areas of town.  This is why it is so important to consider location and transportation as two of the most important choices when deciding where to live.

First we’ll look at the infamous Personal Rapid Transit, more commonly known as the PRT.

The PRT is one of the best options for college students.  It is completely free for college students ($.50 for others) and typically reliable.  There are stations within walking distance of most of the important areas on campus. Buses usually frequent the stations as well, which leads me to my next idea.

The PRT will take you to all of the important spots in Morgantown for a WVU student.

If the PRT doesn’t get you where you’re headed, you can always take the bus.

I have been impressed with the MountainLine Transit Authority lately.  They have taken steps to become very rider friendly and, like the PRT, rides are free for college students.

If you want to know where your bus is you can check the frequently updated “Where’s my bus?” map or follow @MountainLine on Twitter.  Many bus routes are catered directly to students as well.

Dude, "Where's my bus?"

Click on the “Trip Assistance” tab on the MountainLine website to get Google public transit directions.  This includes walking time, next available bus and travel time.

For those of you determined to have a car and live off campus – good luck.  It is usually a dogfight in the downtown parking garages and even parking at the Coliseum and walking to the Evansdale campus is not always easy.

If you’re looking to rent a parking spot downtown, WVU has developed a directory but be prepared to cough up some dough.

Hopefully some of these tips will help your bills get smaller and your wallet get bigger.  See you next week.

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March 26, 2010 - Posted by | Living Cheap | , , , , ,

3 Comments »

  1. I used the PRT for the majority of my first two years here. I walked about 15 minutes each day from my apartment. While there were usually a couple days every few weeks that it would break down while I was on it, it was overall pretty reliable. It definitely isn’t the best way of getting to and from class, but it is not too bad overall.

    Comment by thereandback207 | March 27, 2010 | Reply

  2. I agree. Every once in a while you get on a car that breaks down but it is reliable overall. Somehow I’ve never been on one of those after 3 years. Maybe I should go knock on some wood now…

    Comment by ecmoore19 | March 28, 2010 | Reply

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