Will your daughter have a car on campus when she is there? You might get a more realistic view of what life will be like to live in the area if you try to get around town the same way she will do it as a student. Atlanta is not an easy city to navigate without a car, but if you live close to a bus line then you have some options.
From the Emory Conference Center you can walk down to Clifton Rd and catch the #6 MARTA bus to Lindbergh station (appr 15 minutes away). There are many shops and restaurants near the station, or you can catch the subway downtown or up to Lenox Mall or Perimeter Center for more choices.
Emory also offers a number of transportation options on campus and nearby, using their own "Cliff" buses. Besides the on-campus routes, they offer some evening and weekend routes to nearby shopping centers such as Toco Hills and Northlake Mall. The biggest downside to the Cliff buses is that the major transportation hub on campus is a pretty good walk from the Conference Center. They do have a bus that stops at the Conference Center, but it is a commuter route and therefore not that frequent.
You can get more info about the Cliff buses at:
They also have a real-time map of where the routes go (and where the buses are) at:
If you need to rent a car, there is an Enterprise rental location right at the Conference Center hotel. There are also about a half dozen Zipcar locations scattered around campus.
Personally I would try it without renting a car, just to get a feel for how it will be for your daughter when she is there. If you get by OK, then that's fine, but if not you can always rent a car after you get here.
Edited: 4:38 pm, March 06, 2013