Our goal is to ensure commuter students feel integrated with the Arcadia community. You’ll benefit from an inviting Commuter Lounge; a dedicated staff member and team of peer leaders who facilitate engaging activities; and a range of common spaces throughout campus.
The Commuter Lounge is the perfect place to mingle, rest, eat, study, and attend an array of commuter focused events. You’ll use your KnightCard to access the lounge, located on the lower level of Heinz Hall (a wheelchair accessible entrance is located in the rear of the building, facing Knight and Taylor halls).
Hours of Operation
Monday-Friday: 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.
One of the most popular spaces on campus, University Commons offers a fireplace lounge, game room, fitness center, and plenty of comfy chairs and group study tables—all with a view of Haber Green. The Chat, one of your four options for on-campus dining, is also housed in Commons.
Hours of Operation
Monday-Friday: 7 to 1 a.m.
Saturday-Sunday: 10 to 1 a.m.
Easton Café—located in Easton Hall, between Brubaker Hall and the Health Sciences Building—is a great place to recharge, relax, and study. You can enjoy a Starbucks drink or a freshly prepared baked good by Easton pond.
Hours of Operation
Monday-Thursday: 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Friday: 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Commuter Life FAQs
What amenities and resources does the Commuter Lounge include?
The Commuter Lounge includes a relaxing gathering and gaming space; a kitchenette with a refrigerator, microwave, Keurig, sink, and some kitchen accoutrements; a designated area for quiet study; bulletin boards filled with useful campus information and resources; and lockers for storage.
How do I reserve a locker?
All commuter students are welcome to reserve a Commuter Lounge locker for the academic year. To do so, complete a locker tag (which are hung on the lockers during the first week of classes) and submit it at the Commuter Staff office. Lockers are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. Once received, you will be formally assigned a locker number. You must provide your own lock.
Commuter Life is not responsible for damaged or stolen items stored in lockers. Students are encouraged to purchase renters insurance in the event they become victims of theft. If you live with your family, check with their homeowners insurance policy to determine if your property is protected.
Should I get renters insurance?
We recommend insuring your personal property to protect yourself in case there is an accident or incident. Remember:
- Your landlord does not provide insurance to cover your personal belongings (i.e. if your building was destroyed by fire, insurance will help you replace your belongings).
- If an accident happens inside your apartment and someone is severely injured, a renters insurance policy will help by providing liability coverage.
- It will also protect your property both at and away from your apartment (i.e. replacing your laptop if it was stolen).
What are my off-campus housing options?
There are a range of off-campus housing options near the Glenside campus.
Commuter Area Coordinator
The area coordinator for Heinz, Knight, and Commuter Life is a professional staff member trained to assist and support commuter students. They manage the Commuter Lounge and housekeeping concerns, supervise paraprofessional staff, and oversee disciplinary affairs, safety, and security. Additionally, the area coordinator lives among the students and staff they supervise; participates in a campus-wide emergency on-call rotation; and works in an office above the Commuter Lounge in Heinz Hall.
Commuter assistants are upper class students who serve as resources, role models, and mentors for commuter students. With an office adjacent to the Commuter Lounge in Heinz Hall, the CA is the most immediate link between the Residence and Commuter Life team and students. The CAs work under the direction of the area coordinator.