Commuter Student Programs

Commuter Student Programs

Commuter Student Programs is here to support off-campus students, those who live in the Pittsburgh area, as well as those who commute to campus. We recognize mastering how to navigate from home to campus is only a small part of commuting. We strive to foster a sense of community and personal growth among commuter students while providing resources, mentorship, and advocacy to assist students in becoming more actively involved on Pitt’s campus.

Who is a Commuter Student?

If you are not living in university-owned housing (residence hall or apartment), you are commuter student.


First-Year Commuter Students

Commuter Student Programs provides additional support, resources, and mentorship to our first-year commuter student community. Each first-year commuter student will receive direct communication from the Office of New Student Programs over the summer about Welcome Week. During Welcome Week, we host Commuter Day on Wednesday, August 21st. Commuter Day provides a sense of community among first-year commuter students, connects you with our team of First Year Mentors, and assists students navigating Pitt for the first time.

Welcome Week Commuter Student Experience

Fall 2019 Welcome Week Commuter Experience

As you begin to make travel plans, please remember some of these key dates:

  • Monday, August 19 – Sunday, August 25: Welcome Week
  • Monday, August 19 – Wednesday, August 21: Move In Days
  • Wednesday, August 21 Commuter Day

For on-going updates regarding Welcome Week visit us at

Event Highlights

Tuesday, 8/20

8:00PM Meet Up for Ice Cream Social

8:30PM Ice Cream Social & Playfair

Wednesday, 8/21

Commuter Day 1PM-10PM

Commuter Day is a fun, free, and information-packed day just for you! We will give you the necessary tools to navigate not only campus but your commute into Oakland. You can RSVP here.

Schedule at a glance:

  • 12:30PM-1PM Check in
  • 1PM-2:15PM Welcome & Commuter Day kick off
  • 2:30 PM Walk up to the New Student Convocation
  • 3 PM New Student Convocation
  • 4 PM Chancellor’s Welcome Reception
  • 5:30 PM–7:15 PM Commuter Dinner & social
  • 7:15 PM Class Photo & Tipping Point Meet-Up
  • 8PM Class Photo & Tipping Point

Thursday, 8/22

9AM -10:30AM Commuter Breakfast

10:30 AM- Noon Building a Pitt Community

Petersen Events Center

The University of Pittsburgh is a flourishing, diverse community comprised of students who have many different backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. In this program, you will learn what it means to be a member of the Pitt community and how you can be a panther that is aware, supportive, and an ally to all students.

12:30PM - 2 PM Building a Pitt Community: Follow-up Lunch and Discussion

12:30 PM- 4 PM  Discover U Day

Join the Career Center on an opportunity to connect with employers, graduate schools, and community partners to learn more about potential majors and careers. A full list of Discover U Day sites and registration information will go out in July.

5PM-7 PM  Global Carnival & Study Abroad Fair

Join us as we celebrate diverse cultures with Pitt's cultural departments and student organizations - including Study Abroad. This event will include games, music, entertainment, and food samples from around the world.

Friday, 8/23

2 PM Meet up for Bystander Intervention Training

2:30 PM-3:30 PM Bystander Intervention Training

Saturday, 8/24

1 PM - 4 PM Rec-O-Mania and Club Sports Activities Fair

Pitt Sports Dome

Interested in participating in one of Pitt's competitive or recreational club sports? Come meet representatives from over 30 of Pitt's club sports teams and get information for intercollegiate competitive play.

10 PM - 1 AM Welcome Back Bash

Bigelow Blvd and William Pitt Union Lawn

Join us for this campus wide celebration prior to the start of classes. This event features laser tag, a freaky photo booth, airbrush tattoos, mini golf, T-shirt tie-dyeing, carnival food, and much more. This is an event you won't want to miss!

Sunday, 8/25

1PM-4 PM Student Activities Fair

Petersen Events Center

Find out more about Pitt's 500+ student organizations

7:30 PM - 9:30 PM Lantern Night: Pitt's Oldest Tradition

Established in 1920, the Lantern Night ceremony is the oldest University tradition. Female alumni pass the light of learning and inspiration, in the form of lanterns with candles, to first-year and transfer women. The lanterns represent those used at the time of the University's founding. First-year men also are invited to attend this special event. Business casual dress is required.

Commuter Student Programs Fall 2019
Commuter Lounge

The Commuter Lounge is a home away from home for you, our commuter students. It’s a great place to relax in between classes, spend some time studying, or socialize with other commuter students!

The Commuter Lounge is located on the ground level of the William Pitt Union inside Nordy’s Place.

The Commuter Lounge offers comfortable seating areas, wireless internet access, microwave and sink, TV, and  board games.


Commuter Lounge Hours


Sundays 4 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Mondays-Wednesdays 8 a.m. – 11 p.m.

Thursdays & Fridays 8 a.m. – Midnight

Saturdays 4 p.m. – Midnight

*Hours are subject to change and may vary during the Summer term, holidays and finals.



Locker Rental

Lockers for rent are available in the Cathedral of Learning and Posvar Hall (new Fall 2019). To rent a locker, visit the William Pitt Union Ticket Office located on the Main Floor of the William Pitt Union. Lock and locker rentals are handled daily from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.


Rental Fee

Cathedral of Learning


$8 Deposit for lock, $7 rental for 1st semester, $5 rental for 2nd semester


Posvar Hall


No lock deposit, $7 rental for 1st semester, $5 rental for 2nd semester


Rental Termination

Students may terminate their locker rental any time by removing the contents of the locker and returning the lock to The William Pitt Union Ticket Office. A receipt will be issued for $8.00 redeemable at the Student Payment Center in Thackeray Hall.


ATTENTION: Failure to return lock may result in a hold being placed on the student’s account.

Parking & Transportation


For many commuter students, your car is a vital component to obtaining your education. That's why we offer commuter student permits, which are available for the OC, TV, and UDA lots (lot availability is subject to change), and are valid in all non-restricted University lots after 5 p.m. and on weekends, except during special events. Permits are not valid for overnight parking in any campus lots.


COMMUTER PERMITS FOR SPRING SEMESTER 2020 will be available online only at on DATE TBD. Limited parking will be available only for TV, Towerview Garage for $368 per semester, UDA, University Drive Upper Campus for $340 per semester, and OC lot $340 per semester.


Additionally, hourly and daily parking rates are available for commuters in the OC, OH, PH, SO, and SN facilities.


Bikes, Buses, and Shuttles

Commuter Meal Plans

Residents of on-campus apartment-style accommodations (including Bouquet Gardens, Centre Plaza Apartments, Forbes Craig Apartments,  and Ruskin Hall) off-campus independent apartments, or commuter students can select a meal plan from the Ultimate Access or Dining Pass Tiers.


Please contact us if you have any questions or feedback.