Frequently Asked Questions

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General Questions

What is a commuter student? 

A commuter student is a student who does not live in university-owned housing and/or on-campus, and uses various modes of transportation to get to campus.

Where can I study as a commuter student?

Many buildings are open for commuter students to study in. These include the Lemieux Library and Learning Commons, the Math Lab and Learning Commons, the Sinegal Center for Science and Engineering, the Student Center, the basement of Bellarmine and Xavier Residence Halls, Pigott Building, the Bannan Bio room, the Bannan Atrium, and the Pigott Pavillion for Leadership, and many more.

The Commuter Link & Services

What facilities and services are available to me? 

In the Commuter Link space, we offer yearly and quarterly locker rentals to store items throughout the day, kitchenette use for dining, three computer stations for online work and printing, and a quiet room for focused study.

Commuter students are also able to use campus-wide services, such as the University Recreation (UREC), Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS), and Wellness and Health Promotion.

Where can I store my belongings on campus? 

We have yearly and quarterly locker rentals that are offered at the beginning of fall quarter.  We offer regular and larger-sized lockers.  However, lockers will need to be cleaned out at the end of the term you’ve checked it out for. You can sign up for a locker by visiting The Commuter Link during operating hours.

What should I know about safety and emergencies? 

We have emergency instructions found posted by the desks of the Collegia Advisors.  If you are in a space with a Collegia Advisor (one of our student workers), they will give instructions during emergencies and campus-wide drills.

If you are in a classroom, your instructor will provide instruction. There are emergency instructions found all over campus. 

Housing and Food

Where do commuter students live?

Commuter students range from areas all over Washington. 

Most common areas to note in the PNW are:

  • North Seattle (including but not limited to Ballard, Greenlake, University District, Wallingford, Northgate, Freemont, Queen Anne)
  • West Seattle (including but not limited to Admiral, Alki, Fauntleroy, Junction)
  • South Seattle (including but not limited to Beacon Hill, Columbia City, Georgetown, Mount Baker, Rainier Beach, Seward Park, South Park)
  • Central Seattle area (including but not limited to Belltown, Capitol Hill, Central District, Downtown, Eastlake, First Hill, International District, Madison Park, Madrona, Montlake, Pioneer Square, South Lake Union)

Areas outside of the West include:

  • East area (including but not limited to Bellevue, Kirkland, Redmond, Sammamish, Issaquah, Newcastle, Mercer Island)
  • North area (including but not limited to Lynnwood, Mountlake Terrace, Shoreline, Everett)
  • South area (including but not limited to Tukwila, Renton, SeaTac, Burien, Kent, Federal Way, Auburn, Tacoma)

Learn more about off-campus housing here.

Can commuter students enter the residence halls?

Commuter students can use their student IDs to swipe into the residence halls and access common spaces, such as a main lobby or convenience store. Commuter students are also able to swipe into residence halls to attend events hosted in common areas.

Can I purchase a meal plan as a commuter student? 

Yes! Redhawk Dining offers three different packages that are sure to match any dining lifestyle as you make your way both on and off-campus.  

Each meal plan includes Dining Dollars. Dining Dollars are just like cash and can be used are any of our retail locations on campus. Seattle University is built for convenience, so all of our venues are built a la carte. Students are able to spend exactly amounts for a meal.

Learn more about meal plan options here.

Should I purchase a meal plan as a commuter student?

Having a meal plan can be convenient in case you forget your wallet or didn't pack food for a day. If you have your Seattle University ID with you, you'll have access to food. Additionally, money (up to $200) rolls over to each quarter!


The most common commuter parking permit is the D-Permit*: Day Commuter.

*This permit is for students living off-campus who are commuting to school during the day. 

  • Broadway Garage (Broadway & E Columbia St) 6:00am to Midnight 
  • 13th and E Cherry St & Lot (13th & E Cherry) 6:00am to Midnight 
  • Redhawk Center (14th & E Jefferson) 6:00am to Midnight 
  • Murphy Garage (11th Ave & E James Way), 6:00am to Midnight 
  • Visitor Lot (12th Ave & E Marion St) only after 3:00pm and all day on weekends

Learn more about student parking here.

Getting Connected

How can I meet other students on campus? 

Our collegia spaces are a great way to meet other students on campus.  In our buildings, we have areas for studying, relaxing, chatting, and so much more.  Drop in to say hi or to get work done.  Either way, there’s a chance you will meet someone new!

How do I find out about events on campus? 

All events can be found on ConnectSU and through our social media accounts! Find us on Facebook, Instagram, and Discord!