Commuter Students

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Supporting off-campus students

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.

Commuter Student Resources

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

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

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 a variety of engaging programming led by our team of New Student Ambassadors and assist students navigating Pitt for the first time. 

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! Located on the ground floor of the William Pitt Union inside Nordy's Place, the commuter lounge is open when Nordy's Place is.

Nordy’s Place's current hours are as follows:

  • Mon – Thurs: 10:00am – 11:00pm
  • Fri: 10:00am – 12:00am
  • Sat: 4:00pm – 12:00am
  • Sun: 4:00pm – 11:00pm

Lockers for rent are available in Posvar Hall. To rent a locker, visit the William Pitt Union Ticket Office located on the Main Floor of the William Pitt Union.

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. Visit Student Parking for more information.

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

The annual commuter parking permit sale is occurring on August 8, 2023 at 6 p.m.  Commuter students purchasing a permit must live outside of Oakland area and it does not allow for overnight parking on campus. Visit Commuter Student Permits for more information about how to purchase a permit.

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