Commuter & Off-Campus Student Information
Welcome! Our goal is to make you feel Philadelphia University is your second home. The Office of Commuter Services (OCS) provides resources and facilities to meet the basic needs of commuter and off-campus students. We provide engagement opportunities to assist commuter and off-campus students and promote learning and development. OCS assists commuters and off-campus students in connecting them with the PhilaU community and one another through various programs and leadership initiatives. The main vehicles in connecting commuters to campus are the OCS Staff and the Association of Commuting Students (ACS).
ACS is a student-run organization that provides a forum for off-campus and commuter students to voice concerns and issues that affect those who do not live on campus. It is also a channel for off-campus and commuter students to sponsor PhilaU activities and events in order to integrate with other members of the campus community. ACS meets every other Tuesday at Noon in Kanbar 302. A Facebook group can be found online.
COMMUTER AND OFF-CAMPUS STUDENT TIPS AND REMINDERS
As commuter students you have the opportunity to get involved with your fellow classmates in many ways. As a freshman, you are automatically a part of our First Year Experience (FYE) Program. This program is designed to help you transition from high school to college and also give you the opportunity to learn and grow beside your fellow freshmen. You are strongly encouraged to participate in the FYE activities.
All Commuter Students must validate their Student ID each semester. This validation sticker lists the semester and year and is required to obtain a parking pass, utilize the library and visit the residence halls. Please see the Kanbar Campus Center Welcome and Information Desk to validate your Student ID.
If you are driving your own vehicle to campus, you must obtain a Parking Permit. Parking Permits are distributed by the Office of Safety and Security on the Ravenhill Campus. A campus map of approved Commuter Student parking will also be given to you. Please abide by the parking regulations outlined in the brochure.
Public transportation information is available. SEPTA (South East Pennsylvania Transportation Association) is a regional public authority that operates various forms of public transit- bus, subway, elevated rail, regional rail, light rail, and electric trolley bus in and around Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It serves the combined city and county of Philadelphia, Delaware County, Montgomery County, Bucks County, and Chester County. SEPTA also serves New Castle County in Delaware, and Mercer County in New Jersey. SEPTA bus routes, trains schedules and area maps should prove to be helpful to many commuter students, and can be found at the Kanbar Campus Center Welcome and Information Desk in the Kanbar Campus Center. SEPTA tokens are also sold there.
Commuter Students who are interested in changing their status from Commuter to Resident should contact the Office of Residence Life.
For additional Commuter and Off-Campus Student information and resources, please visit the Office of Commuter Services.