Frequently Asked Questions

What is a commuter? Why would I want to commute when most people live on campus?
  • Approximately 5% of the undergraduate student population at the University of Dayton are true commuter students. Commuters don’t live in university-owned residences and usually drive to campus. Commuters don’t pay room and board and save thousands of dollars each year. There are many resources open to commuter students so that they can have the same experiences that other students enjoy. 
Where is the Commuter Lounge?
  • It is located in Kennedy Union room 118, behind the Torch Lounge. It is open from approximately 8 am until midnight. 
How much do locker rentals cost and how long can you keep them?
  • Lockers in the Commuter Lounge (KU 118) can be rented for the semester, starting at 8:30 am on the first day of classes for the fall and spring semesters.  Students must make a $5 deposit, and the money will be returned once the key has been brought back to the Center for Student Involvement, KU 241 at the end of the academic year (locks must be returned no later than the last day of classes each semester).
Where are dining locations close to the Commuter Lounge?
  • Kennedy Union has its own dining room on the ground floor.  In addition, the Galley is inside the Hangar, also located on the ground floor of Kennedy Union. Inside you will find ice cream, drinks like hot chocolate, coffee, tea, etc., and snacks. Marycrest dining hall is nearby, across the Central Mall. In the library, there is a café so that students can buy some tasty beverages and snacks.
What does the Commuter Adviser do?
  • The Adviser serves as a resource for commuter students, working with Commuters on Campus to organize commuter events and addressing concerns related to commuter students.  The Adviser is located inside the Center for Student Involvement in Kennedy Union room 241 (937-229-3333).
  • Commuter Adviser:
    • Amy Lopez-Matthews -
Weather problems and canceled classes:
  • Watch the local news reports to see if the University of Dayton is closed or if classes have been delayed. Also, check your email before class or contact your professors in order to be sure that class is still in session. If you are unable to make it to class because of bad weather in your area, call or email your professor. Make it your responsibility to make up the work done in class that day. Don’t risk your health and safety by trying to make it to class. If for some reason you’re penalized for not making it to class, contact your Dean's office, and the Head of Commuter Relations in the Student Government Association (email or visit KU 253).
What is there to do in the Commuter Lounge?
  • Many students play card games, board games, video games, and socialize. Feel free to bring your own lunch and store it in the refrigerator or heat something up in the microwave. There is a computer in the Commuter Lounge in case you didn’t bring your laptop. Please remember to clean up after yourself though; we all share the space.
Are there leadership opportunities for commuter students?
  • Yes! You can be the Head of Commuter Relations in the Student Government Association. You could also take a leadership role in the group Commuters on Campus. As a part of New Student Orientation, there is a leadership role for commuter students, specifically, who want to welcome the new commuter students to campus and lead their orientation activities.

Contact Us

Center for Student Involvement

Kennedy Union 241 
300 College Park 
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 0620