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Old 06-18-2013, 11:35 PM
 
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Hello every one

I'm still considering attending Florida Tech in Melbourne. I don't have a car or a license. As it is not really needed here for most things I do in Maryland. I can bike,walk, or catch mass transit for most places I need to go.

Is a car necessary in Melbourne?
Is Melbourne (or the surrounding areas) bike friendly, how reliable is public transit?
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Old 06-19-2013, 05:36 AM
 
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Living in Florida tech housing, you could probably get by without a car. There are bike paths along most major streets and it is OK to ride bikes on sidewalks here. You should get to know students who bring cars down with them so that will help. We do have a bus system but it can take a while to get places so you have to really plan. You can bring bike with you on the bus to ride from bus stop sometimes, too I think. There are a couple Publix within a mile or 2 of campus so food isn't too far away.
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Old 06-21-2013, 11:52 PM
 
Location: Palm Bay, FL
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Hey I'm going to Florida Tech . This fall will be my first semester there (I'm a transfer student though). I live with my parents in Palm Bay. There's definitely a lot of people there who just have bikes and live on campus, completely doable.
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Old 06-22-2013, 07:36 AM
 
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FIT is located near everything. Within 1-2 miles radius you have the mall, the beach, downtown, restaurants, grocery shopping, hospital, and the airport.

Probably not a bad idea for a college student in Melbourne, you won't be missing out on much without a car, outside of 1-2 miles, especially to the south, life is desolate.

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Old 06-22-2013, 01:44 PM
 
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FIT is located near a few college-related hangouts and there are also a limited number of businesses along Babcock. However, the general FIT area between University-192-US1-Babcock is a depressed, low-income, somewhat crime-ridden area and not a particularly good place to simply 'hang out.'

Also, Melbourne is a pretty spread-out area. If you want to go to the beach, port, shopping or ???, you will need more transportation than a bicycle. (The Indialantic Beach area, for example, is about 4-5 miles from campus, but, not a particularly bike-friendly ride. In fact, except for the beachside itself, Melbourne is not particularly bike-friendly). If, however, you plan to simply hang-out near your campus dorm(?) or apartment (?) - and eat pizza, a bicycle should be fine.
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