| Life at WSU | Student Services | Commuter Services
Whether you live at home, rent an off-campus apartment with friends, or fit college classes into your busy work-and-family schedule, you are a valued member of the Worcester State University student body. You belong to the Worcester State family, and we want the campus to be your home away from home. In the Commuter Services Office, we are committed to keeping you connected to Worcester State—helping you stay informed about upcoming activities and events and facilitating connections with professors and staff members.
Our programs and services give you many opportunities to:
When you have downtime between classes, you can hang out and meet with friends in the Student Center’s Living Room on the 2nd floor of the building. The lounge is fully equipped with couches and tables, flat-screen televisions with cable service, ping pong and billiards tables, refrigerator, microwave, charging station, and more. See the full range of Student Center offerings.
Our Commuter Activities Board (CAB) exists to encourage you and other commuting students to become involved in campus life. CAB plans student trips, pool tournaments, monthly breakfasts, socials, family-friendly events, and other programs. The board is open to all commuters. We invite you to join us and share your ideas. Join us for weekly CAB meetings; for more information, email CAB at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Commuter Services offers a variety of programs throughout the year. These programs include commuter socials, Sweet Treat Tuesdays, novelty events, Commuter Coffee Stope, and Commuter Appreciation weeks.
Note: The most updated event information can be found in the OSILD Weekly email newsletter and on Instagram at @WSU_OSILD.
The entire staff of the Office of Student Involvement and Leadership Development welcomes your suggestions and invites you to share any concerns you have while attending Worcester State. We’re here to assist and advocate for you.You're welcome to review our handbook for commuter students.
We know that being a commuter student can mean balancing many different responsibilities. Below you will find resources that will help you as you begin as a commuter at Worcester State.
There are a variety of costs to consider when choosing to commute to campus. When reviewing your finances as they relate to your education, please keep the following in mind:
In some cases, funds awarded through loans or scholarships can be used to cover transportation costs. We encourage you to contact Financial Aid to see if you can use your awarded funds for transportation.
Commuters receive a free parking pass for the academic year that will be mailed to you before classes begin. For information about parking on campus, please visit the parking web page.
The Worcester Regional Transit Authority is a regional transit system that services the City of Worcester and surrounding area. The WRTA offers reliable, comfortable, and safe transportation for traveling to school, work, shopping, appointments, and leisure activities. There are 2 bus stops located on Chandler Street (Route 3 and Route 6), right in front of campus. Visit the WRTA site for more information about bus routes. Students are eligible to purchase the UPASS for $125, which allows for unlimited rides each semester. The UPASS can be purchased on campus with University Police or at Union Station.
Ride share services including Uber and Lyft are available in the Worcester area.
Students inquiring about carpooling with other students are encouraged to check out the Worcester State University class Facebook pages.
If you are living off-campus and on your own for the first time, consider the following when reviewing your expenses for the year:
Always have a contact for your landlord and know what to do and/or who to contact in an emergency.
If you own a rental property that you would like to rent to Worcester State students, or are a commuter student interested in renting in the area around Worcester State, please contact Linzy Martinez. We can also provide you with tips on renting, working with a landlord, and finding a roommate.
Visit “In My Area” to find out which service providers are in your area:
We are happy to answer any questions that parents and family members may have about their student’s life as a commuter. Questions can be directed to Linzy Martinez at email@example.com.
Topics to discuss with your student: