We want to make sure your transition to Saint Louis University is as smooth as possible, even if you aren’t living on campus.
If you are commuting to campus as a first-time freshman, SLU’s Student Involvement Center provides the following services and resources that can connect you with other students who live off campus and with the broader Saint Louis University community.
Commuter Assistants (CAs)
Students who live in residence halls have residence assistants, also known as RAs. You have a commuter assistant, or CA. Commuter assistants help provide and coordinate programs just for you. They can also answer your questions about SLU and direct you to resources that will help you as you learn and succeed academically.
Fall Welcome provides several opportunities for you to meet other freshman commuters, your Oriflamme leaders and the commuter assistants. Make sure to attend Commuter Orientation, Freshman Commuter Student Meet and Greet, and the Freshman Year Student Cookout.
Check out the Fall Welcome Schedule for alternative commuter student meeting locations for various activities.
Commuter Student Association (CSA)
The Commuter Student Association can help you meet other commuter students and get involved at SLU. It can also help with problems and concerns common to commuter students. Find the CSA in Room 245 of Busch Student Center.
This space on the second floor of Busch Student Center (Room 257) is devoted to SLU commuter students. Use it to study, eat, take a break between classes, or to connect with other commuter students and the commuter assistants.
The lounge includes a large flat-screen TV, a DVD player, comfortable furniture, tables and chairs.
Commuter students can request a locker assignment for the semester at the Busch Student Center information desk. Lockers are given on a first come, first served basis. You must provide your own lock and sign a new agreement each semester. The lockers are located in Busch Student Center near the CSA office.
Frequently Asked Questions
The Student Government Association (SGA) sends all students weekly emails with an overview of the upcoming week's events. There is also an events calendar posted in the Commuter Lounge in Busch Student Center. Don’t forget to follow Saint Louis University on social media, read the SLU Newslink daily email and check out the University News, SLU’s campus newspaper.
In addition to the commuter lounge in Busch Student Center, there are lots of places to study and hang out on SLU’s campus. Some of our favorites are Simon Recreation Center, Campus Ministry, Pius XII Memorial Library, the Student Success Center or the Center for Global Citizenship. On the south part of campus, try the Health Sciences Education Union or the Medical Center Library.
No, only residents can use their SLU ID to access a residence hall. You are welcome to visit, however, as long as you are checked in by a student who lives there.
Yes, all Saint Louis University students can and should use the Student Health Center on the ground floor of Marchetti Towers East.
Yes, you can purchase a parking permit from the Office of Parking and Card Services located in DuBourg Hall, Room 33.
No, there are a lot of resources available for getting around campus, including shuttle and escort services.
Yes, the Department of Public Safety can assist you or connect you with the right resource. Call them at 314-977-3000 for assistance.
You should talk to your academic adviser or faculty mentor.
For answers to other questions, visit the information desk on the main floor of Busch Student Center or contact your commuter assistant.