Chatham University

Commuting to Campus

The Division of Student Affairs seeks to provide services and programs for commuter students to assure that commuter students are active members within the campus community. There are a few things that every commuter student needs to know.

Policy for Commuter Students

The on campus living experience is vital to the growth and development of the whole student All students who have completed less than four semesters of college/university are required to reside in on-campus housing for their first two years on campus. An exception to this is students may live with parent(s) and/or legal guardians in the greater Pittsburgh area (within 30 miles of campus.) Students choosing to live at home may register as a commuter and provide documentation to the Office of Residence Life & Student Activities - Student Affairs. Students found in violation will face disciplinary review and fines up to the cost of housing. Gateway students may request an exception to the residency requirement by contacting the Office of Residence Life & Student Activities - Student Affairs.

Commuter Parking

Students who intend to commute to campus with a car need to know the options for parking. Questions about parking permits and public transportation to Chatham University can be answered at the Public Safety website.


Users wishing to purchase semester locker privileges may do so on a first-come, first-served basis. The cost is $40 per semester for a full locker and $20 per semester for a small locker. The user will be issued a lock from the Director of the AFC. Personal locks may not be used for semester pass. Students, Faculty and Staff may use the designated day lockers at no cost. Locks may not be left on designated day lockers overnight. All lockers must be cleaned and locks turned in to AFC Director at the conclusion of the academic year. Any remaining items will be discarded.

Contact: Dr. Ron Giles @ 412-365-1269 or

Lockers are located in the Carriage House, Falk Student Lounge, and in Woodland Hall, by Student Affairs and the Help Desk; these are designated for commuter students to lighten the load of items they need to carry back and forth to campus. These lockers are free of charge on a first-come, first-serve and term-to-term basis. All students must supply their own lock and will be designated a specific locker to use for the remainder of the term. We do request that at the end of each term, all personal items (including the lock) be removed from the locker. Any remaining items will be discarded.

If you are a commuter student and would like to use a locker, please contact the Office of Student Affairs at 412-365-1286 or