Staying connected as a commuter

Who can commute?

  • Students living with one or both parents, or
  • Students over the age of 21 by the first day of fall semester, or
  • Students who are part-time (less than 12 credits including undergraduate and online), or
  • Students who are married

We'll help you get connected

  • Orientation: Form connections with other commuting students, as well as with students living on campus, in your New Student Group. And you won't just meet during orientation—these groups hang out throughout your first quad at Northwestern. Many new students find long-lasting friendship in their New Student Groups.
  • Campus-wide activities: All student activities are planned with commuters in mind. They're not just for residents! Join a club, intramural sport or student ministry.


Get what you need as a commuter


Don't worry about finding a spot! Northwestern reserves our best parking for commuters. Park near the academic buildings and residence areas! Find out more information about acquiring a parking permit during orientation.


Commuters bring stuff with them each day. We get it! Northwestern provides free lockers for commuters. Come to the Student Life office G213 to get a locker.

Meal plan

Because commuters have different meal needs than residents, Northwestern created a unique meal plan for commuting students. In this plan, most commuters are able to purchase three meals each week in our dining center. This is a great way to connect with your UNW community!

Computer access

Computers in the academic buildings, the library and residence buildings are all available to commuting students so that you can have full access to your academic files on and off campus.


Have questions about being a commuter?

Contact Jeff Snyder, Associate Dean of Nontraditional Student Services