Commuting to Alvernia Overview
The Office of Student Activities is committed to helping you have a successful experience at Alvernia University. Many opportunities and resources are offered to benefit commuter students with their educational and social experience. Our programs and services will provide you with opportunities to:
• Meet others with similar interests
• Be informed of campus events
• Make connections with campus units, staff and faculty
• Study and/or relax
All services provided by the University staff are available to commuting students.
Commuter Student Eligibility
To be eligible to be a commuter, students must file a petition for off-campus living. The following are the criteria to qualify for off-campus living and commuter status, as outlined by the off-campus housing waiver form:
• Students residing with parent(s) or legal guardian(s)
• Caregiver for young or elderly
• Age 21 or older
• Completed 30 or more academic credits
• Special needs with a medical disability that cannot be accommodated by Alvernia University residential living.
Commuters are encouraged to eat on campus at one of our four dining options: Student Center Cafeteria, Kestrel Café, Courtside Café, and Freshens. Commuters have the option of purchasing blocks of meals to be used at Courtside Cafe or in the Cafeteria. They may also add "Personal Dollars" to their Alvernia ID. Both of these options can be purchased through the Office of Student Accounts.
All cars are required to be registered with Public Safety. You can pick up a parking permit form in the Public Safety Office. You will need your license plate number and your vehicle registration. We ask that commuting students park their vehicles in the Commuter Lot B. Additional overflow parking is always available in the PLEX Lot.
Get Connected, Get Involved!
Commuter students can get involved in a wide variety of activities and organizations, including the Commuter Council, a student organization led by commuters for commuters. You can learn more about Commuter Council and other student organizations on Promoting Alvernia eXperiences (PAX), Alvernia’s online platform for student organizations to promote events, manage finances, and gather information about student groups. You can access PAX at https://pax.alvernia.edu/.
Commuter Assistants (CAs) are a resource for the incoming first year students. Their goal is to assist commuters in navigating campus life and getting them connected to the university.
Weather Updates and Closures
On infrequent occasions, Alvernia University may decide not to open, open late, or close early to protect the safety of the Alvernia community. The University will notify the Alvernia community by 6 am for day classes and by 4 pm for evening classes. The University will utilize the local and regional television and radio stations, the University website, and Omnilert (if the student is enrolled in this program. It is free to sign up at https://alvernia.omnilert.net/subscriber.php )