Commuter Life

students outside west science lab

Commuter students are a valuable part of the SNU community.

We want you to feel comfortable and right at home on campus. About 30% of our students live off-campus and commute daily for classes. With a commuter lounge located in the lower level of the Commons, there’s a place to rest when you have a break, stop and do homework, or drop by to hang out and visit friends.

Located within the Center for Student Success, the Office of Commuter Services puts a number of programs and events together to give our commuter students an opportunity to engage on campus. It’s our privilege to provide unique resources and Commuter Meet-Ups to attend athletic events, Chapel, intramurals, and other social opportunities SNU has to offer.

Welcome to SNU.


We are so excited to see you on campus!
SNU is committed to ensuring commuters get the full campus experiences while realizing that you may also have off-campus obligations. We’re here to provide you with the information you need. We’ll serve as your voice in the community and help you navigate the ins and outs of off-campus living.



    Is there anything better than starting your day with a free coffee?
    Once per month, we have Commuter Coffee Day.  Keep an eye out for the dates and meet us in the coffee shop. The first cup is on us!


    The commuter small group is a great way to get connected to other commuters. Along with growing spiritually, small groups give students a chance to share and hear amazing testimonies.


    Whichever style of pancake you prefer, get ready to enjoy a tall stack with other commuters on National Pancake Day! We’ll meet you in the coffee shop.

    The Commuter Hub, in the basement of the Commons, is a lounge for commuter students.  Drop by to do homework, hang out, or eat lunch with a friend.  Here are a few things available:

    • Refrigerator
    • Microwave
    • Keurig Coffee Machine
    • Study Tables
    • Sofa Sacks
  • Places to Relax

    As a commuter, it’s nice to find a quiet, comfortable space to relax or study between classes. Below are a few options:

    The Lounge (located on the first floor of Padua Hall): coffee maker, refrigerator, microwave, lounge seating, spaces for studying, ping pong table

    Outdoor Picnic Tables/Gazebos: group study space, shaded, centrally located

    Webster Commons: dining options, study space

    Coffee Shop: coffee, tea, refreshments, snacks, study tables and spaces


    Events are happening on campus and near campus often. This would be a great chance to meet new people, and meet up with your family and friends. We meet up for fun, food, and community! Plans include great events like our 1st Home Football game, a Women’s Soccer Game, a Volleyball game, and Soccer Senior Night.  Everything is more fun when we do it together.
  • Get Involved

    All events, organizations, and clubs are open to commuters. The Office of Student Life, LiveLast Center and Student Activities Leadership Team strongly encourages all students to actively participate in the University and to make good use of all the services provided. Commuter Life creates regular events and opportunities just for commuters to experience together. There are always a lot of opportunities to get connected!
    Chapel: Commuter students are encouraged to attend chapel services every Tuesday and Thursday. Spiritual Formation credits are required for commuters.

    Small Groups: You will have the opportunity to choose a small group to grow in a particular aspect of your faith. These take place often on Tuesdays or Thursdays during the Chapel hour and count towards a Spiritual Formation credit.

    Mentoring: Get signed up to have an SNU faculty or staff member meet with you regularly and invest in your life and relationship with Jesus. Contact our Spiritual Life Office for more information!


    Commuters may use a meal plan or cash/credit card to purchase food and/or drinks in the Chick-Fil-A, located on the lower level of the Webster Commons.  Students are also permitted to bring outside food into that area to eat.

    Commuter meal plans can also be used in SNU Dining, Webster Commons – 3rd floor.  Outside food is not permitted in SNU Dining.

    60 Block Meal Plan – available to Commuters

    • Cost: $720
    • Includes:
      • 60 meals in SNU Dining to be used throughout the 16-week semester
      • $125 flexible spending dollars for meals, snacks, and coffee at Chick-Fil-A and the Coffee Shop

    The 60 Block meal plan is available for purchase through the Office of Student Life, located in the lower level of the Webster Commons, just next to Chick-Fil-A.


    All SNU parking lots are open parking and available to students with the exception lot by the Marchant Center.   This lot is reserved for campus visitors.

    The largest lots are located:

    • to the north of the Sawyer Center
    • on the east side of the Royce Brown building
    • across Peniel Street from The Courts – east side of the Webster Commons
    • and on the west side of Parker Fine Arts

    Consult the campus map in the tab above for more details.



    • Don’t forget to complete & return immunization paperwork to the Student Health Center.
    • Sign up for SNU’s Student Life Texts
      • Wish you knew what was going on all the time? Wish you had a reminder when there’s a change of plans or location?  Well… you can!  Sign up for real time notifications.

        Follow these simple steps:

        • Start a new text to 66893

        • Type in “Join life@snu” (no spaces in the last part)

        • You’ll receive a confirmation that you’ve been added.

        • and that’s it!  You’re enrolled!

        • You can reply “STOP” anytime to cancel your subscription (but we hope you don’t!)

    • Schedule your classes to fit your work/commute needs (register for classes as soon as your registration date becomes available).
    • Exchange contact information with at least one person per class in case you are absent so you can find out what you missed. This is also a good ice breaker as you make new friends.
    • The speed limit on the streets around campus is 25 mph.  There is an elementary, middle school, and high school just north of our campus – be aware of school zones and pedestrians.
    • Need a computer?  Laptops are available to check out at the Library service desk and there are desktop computers available for all students on the main floor of the library.  Printers are in every building on campus, and may be used through the campus printing service activated by your school ID.
    • Check your SNU email every Wednesday for the “Storm Forecast” with a list of all the events for the upcoming week and ways to get involved.
    • Check your SNU email regularly.  It’s SNU’s official way of communicating with you!
    • On-campus jobs are posted regularly on the portal at

Don’t see what you’re looking for?

Ask us!  We’re here to help. 
If you have questions, need help with something, or have problems of any kind, please don’t hesitate to stop by the Commuter Services office in the Center for Student Success.  You may also email us at

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