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. 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 2021 Welcome Week Commuter Experience

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

  • Sunday, August 22 – Sunday, August 29: Welcome Week
  • Wednesday, August 25 Commuter Day

For a full Welcome Week schedule visit us at

Commuter Day Highlights

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.

Schedule at a glance:

  • 1:00-2:30 PM Commuter Student Welcome
  • 3:00-4:15 PM New Student Convocation
  • 4:30- 5:30 PM Chancellor’s Picnic
  • 5:30–7:30 PM Commuter Dinner & social
  • 8:00- 10:00 PM Class Photo, Tipping Point & Our Health and Safety at Pitt
Commuter Student Programs Fall 2021

Commuter Fall Festival at Nordy’s Place

Wednesday, October 13th at 8:30 p.m. -10:00 p.m.

Participate in a mummy-wrapping contest, paint miniature pumpkins, sing karaoke, snack on some candy and pizza and have an all-around- ghoulish good time with the FYMs and other first-year commuter students. This event is first-come first-served, so register here by next Friday, October 8th.

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! Located on the ground floor of the William Pitt Union inside Nordy's Place!

Locker Rental

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 more information, visit here and click on the Locker Rentals button.

Rental Fee

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. Visit  for more information.

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

Bikes, Buses, and Shuttles


Please contact us if you have any questions or feedback.