Commuter Student Services
Commuters are a vital part of the Messiah University community. More than 300 undergraduate students live off campus and commute from home each semester. Messiah University is committed to providing equitable access to all university services and engagement opportunities to all students, regardless of residency.
Commuter Services supports our off-campus students by providing them with campus space in the Charles Frey Commuter Lounge, commuter-specific programming using a portion of the Student Activity Fee, and peer leadership through Commuter Council and Student Senate representation.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact JP Edmunds, Assistant Director of Student Engagement, who oversees Commuter Services. You can also contact our Commuter Student Liaison, and fellow student, about general commuter-related questions, concerns or suggestions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Are You a Brand New Incoming Commuter Student?
Be sure to visit the New Student Orientation page for information regarding welcome week events and activities. Pay special attention to sessions meant specifically for commuter students. If you missed it, click here to access the PowerPoint presentation done at the Living in Community session during Welcome Week.
The commuter lounge is a great place to relax, study, or even catch a few winks!! It's located on the lower-level of Mountain View Residence Hall, located in the South Complex, and is reserved strictly for commuters. The lounge is open daily from 6 a.m.–12 midnight. There is free tea, coffee and hot chocolate for commuters, along with two microwaves, a sink, and a full-sized refrigerator. There's also a permanent computer and a nearby printer (located in the South Complex Learning Commons) available for use, as well as general office supplies. The building has wireless Internet.
The lounge also has lockers that you can reserve and use free of charge during the school year to store your things so you are not forced to lug them around all day. If you wish to reserve a locker, please fill out the form below. If you have questions, please contact Commuter Services at 717-796-5240 or email@example.com.
Locker reservations will open back up in August. Keep an eye out for the mass email with more info!
Get Connected, Get Involved!
If you're a commuter student, sometimes it takes a little more work to make connections. The easiest way to meet other students is to get involved in campus life. Student-run clubs and organizations have something for everyone. Be sure to come to the fall Student Club & Engagement Fair on Thursday, August 25, 2022 from 4:30-6:30 pm at Larsen Student Union to get all the information you need. Also, check out Rec Sports where you'll find information about intramurals and other related physical activities.
What's Happening on Campus?
The Messiah University Events Calendar has all the latest happenings on Messiah’s campus. By clicking on the event, you'll find a detailed description of who, what and when for anything that is going on at Messiah.
Checking your Messiah e-mail will also keep you in touch. We know that there are many forms of communication that students use, but e-mail is favored by faculty and staff and is used for many official Messiah University communications.
Your campus mailbox is also a form of communication between you and the community. Please check it frequently. You may receive graded material from professors through campus mail as well as U.S. mail.
Other great ways to stay informed about what’s happening:
- Messiah University Commuters Facebook page (like us!)
- Posters in the campus center, Larsen Student Union, commuter lounge, stairwells
- Mass e-mail announcements
- The Swinging Bridge (magazine)
- The Pulse (Messiah University's media hub)
- Pulse Radio (Messiah University's radio station)
- Messiah University Facebook page and The Pulse Facebook page
- Chapel announcements
- Napkin holder ads in the dining hall or cafés
- Word of mouth
All undergraduate commuters must register for parking using the Student Parking Registration Form. Forms can also be found at the Box Office located on the first floor entrance of Eisenhower (room 121). Please return completed forms to the Box Office (open Monday through F 9:00 am to 6:30 pm). Visit the student parking webpage for more details.
Feel free to check out our Messiah University Community Carpool Facebook page for other students seeking transportation throughout the academic year.
Weather Delays and Closings
Wondering if the snow or ice is causing a campus delay for classes? Will the campus even be open? You can sign up for Messiah text alerts and receive a text when decisions are made or call the emergency line at 717-691-6084. Sign up for text alerts here.