The Commuter Life

Are you a UWF student living off campus? This page is for YOU! Students who commute to campus can find relevant information related to UWF programs and services that directly impact and support them.

Commuter Students

How are Commuter Students Defined?

A commuter student is an individual that does not live on-campus. Commuter students either live with a parent/family member or in off-campus housing. As a commuter student, you may encounter challenges that residential students may not.

Commuter students not only deal with a daily commute, but they may often find that they 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" or connecting to the campus community. Here are a few suggestions to assist you with your transition and adjustment to the UWF community.


Commuter Students Studying

Tips for Commuter Students

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

  • Make sure to purchase your parking permit and know where to park when on campus. Learn more about purchasing parking permits and check out the Parking Services FAQs.
  • 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 and make connections.
  • Utilize study areas on campus such as the library or study lounges within the various academic buildings.
  • Make sure to check your email and ArgoPulse to learn about different events and involvement opportunities.
  • Stay on campus after classes. There‚Äôs always something going on.
  • If possible, get a job on campus. Student employers tend to be more flexible with student schedules.
  • If you're struggling, ask for help. Case Management is here to help you in any way that we can.

Safety Tips for Commuter Students from the UWF Police Department

The University has taken specific measures to ensure that you enjoy the safest possible living and learning environment. We encourage you to take an active role in making the University community safe. Alertness, common sense precautions, and concern for fellow students, faculty and employees are keys to preventing crime and helping to ensure that experiences at UWF are positive and enjoyable. Review these Safety Tips for Commuter Students to ensure that you stay safe while on campus.