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Freshman Commuters

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.

Connect with your commuter assistants at commuter events or reach out to them directly with questions: 

  • Malaya Siy 
  • Shruti Rai 

Fall Welcome

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 140 of Busch Student Center.

Learn More About the Commuter Student Association

Commuter Lounge

This space on the first floor of Busch Student Center (Room 140) 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 Lockers

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 on the second floor of Busch Student Center.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I find out what is happening on campus?

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 email and check out the University News, SLU’s campus newspaper.

Is there a place to go on campus between classes?

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.

Will my SLU ID card give me access to the residence halls if I am a commuter student?

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.

Is there someplace on campus to go if I'm not feeling well?

Yes, all Saint Louis University students can and should use the Student Health Center on the ground floor of Marchetti Towers East.

Can I park on campus? If so, where?

Yes, you can purchase a parking permit from the Office of Parking, Card and Transportation Services located in Wool Center, Suite 130 (3454 Lindell Blvd).

Do I have to walk everywhere?

No, there are a lot of resources available for getting around campus, including shuttle and escort services.

Where should I eat on campus?

In most cases, commuters are required to have a meal plan at SLU. Learn more about your plan and dining options through Housing and Residence Life or DineSLU.

If I lock my keys in my car or need to have my battery jumped, will the University help me?

Yes, the Department of Public Safety can assist you or connect you with the right resource. Call them at 314-977-3000 for assistance.

Who should I ask if I have a question related to my classes or my academic major?

You should talk to your academic advisor 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.