The Commuter Life

The Commuter Life is a centralized website specifically designed with commuter students in mind. Students that commute to campus can find relevant information related to UWF programs and services that directly impact them.

How are Commuter Students Defined?

A commuter student is an individual that does not live on-campus. Someone that either lives with a parent/family member or in off-campus housing.  As a commuter student you may encounter many challenges that Residential students may not have.

What we have learned is that commuter students will not only deal with a daily commute, they may often find that they may need to balance home, social, and academic responsibilities. Due to this fact, commuter students, particularly those in their first-year, may often find they have a difficult time "fitting in" to the campus community.

The Office of Student Transition Programs (STP) recognizes the individual challenges many commuter students may face. We want to ensure that you know that you are not alone, and our mission is to assist you in your transition and adjustment to the UWF community.  Our office is here to help aid in the development of the foundation for a vibrant community where commuters are Engaged, United, and Empowered by involvement, information and resources.  Providing an environment where students can come together in and outside of the class room is of the upmost importance to us. 

Make a point to review the entire website and find the most relevant information related to you.  Be sure to visit the site often for the latest information regarding commuter student information, resources and services.

Freshman Year

The freshman year for a college student is a time of transition from high school to college—including adjusting to life as a commuter, learning how to manage your own time, developing new study skills, making friends, getting involved in clubs/organizations, and the list goes on.

Freshman Year

Sophomore Year and Beyond

The sophomore year and beyond will certainly be a time where you learn to explore and push past your own boundaries. You may discover new and innovative career paths within your field of study through internships or co-op opportunities.


Tips for Commuter Students

In order to make your UWF experience the best it can be, here are some helpful suggestions:

  • Get to campus early to beat traffic and to get a good parking spot.
  • Talk to other students, faculty and staff- UWF is a wonderful place to meet people.
  • Get involved in campus life by joining a student organization or club.
  • Attend lectures, special programs and campus events.
  • Go to the UWF Recreation Center (it’s free) to work out or exercise.
  • If possible, get a job on campus.
  • Join an intramural team.
  • Utilize study areas on campus such as the library, or study lounges within the various academic buildings.
  • Make sure to check your emails as well as follow us on social media, it will tell you what’s happening on campus and how to get involved.
  • Stay on campus after classes- there’s always something going on!