Commuter Student Services
Welcome! Commuter students make up the largest student population at UWF. The CSS office can offer support, advocacy, resources, and the tools needed to become successful and engaged members of the UWF family. UWF is committed to providing engagement opportunities, events, and services for our commuter population. Commuter students are encouraged to interact with our office to learn more about the programs, events, and learning support opportunities we offer.
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 partner/spouse. 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. Commuter Student Services provides a wide range of resources and commuter -specific services to get you connected to the UWF community. We look forward to meeting you!
Are you looking for a place to go before, between, or after classes to relax, socialize, or recharge? Then the Commuter Hub is just the place. The Commuter Hub is located in building 22 (UWF Commons), room 102 (adjacent to the Post Office), and is open to all UWF commuter students. Here you will find relaxing furniture, a refrigerator/freezer, a microwave, device charging outlets, and a great space to connect with other commuter students. Current hours of operation are from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Commuter Student Lockers
Need a space to store your stuff while on campus? Commuter student lockers are available to rent just outside of the Commons Commuter Hub. For $15, students can rent a locker with a lock for the fall/spring school year, and $8 for a single semester. These lockers offer a secure and convenient place to store items so that you don’t have to carry everything during your stay on campus. Lockers are assigned first come based on availability. Reserve and rent your locker by completing this Locker Reservation/Rental Form.
Commuter Assistant Program (CA's)
The Commuter Assistant Program is designed to pair first-year and transfer students with an experienced student leader to assist with their transition to UWF. Through campus-wide events, informal meet-ups, and one-on-one support, the Commuter Assistants will work to ensure commuter and transfer students are successful at UWF. Working closely with the Commuter Student Services office, CA’s will provide support and services that will engage and improve the student’s overall college experience. For more information on becoming a Commuter Assistant or learning more about the program, contact Commuter Student Services at 850-474-3132, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join The Commuter Student Association
The best way to meet other commuter students and get involved on and off campus is to join the Commuter Student Association (CSA). The CSA is a registered UWF student organization with a board of directors and membership composed of commuter students. This student group plans and offers events, and activities, and provides a platform to improve the college experience of commuting students. There is no cost involved to sign up; all you need to do is go to Argo Pulse and log in. If you haven't created a profile, do that now. Once you are on the main Argo Pulse home page, select Groups from the top menu bar and search for Commuter Student Association. From the CSA webpage, you can select "Join Group" in the top right. Join today!
We look forward to having you as an active member of the Commuter Student Association
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 Commons Commuter Hub, or the library, and 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. Stop into the Commuter Student Hub to catch up on the latest news. There’s 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.