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The Commuter Experience

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Are you curious about the commuter experience at TCNJ? Just because you don’t live on campus doesn’t mean you can’t have a great time and get involved. Check out answers to some frequently asked questions below and read through testimonials from TCNJ commuters.

Q & A

Q: What is a commuter student?

A: We consider commuter students to be any TCNJ undergraduate student who lives at their permanent address.  Your commute can be anywhere from 5 minutes to over an hour. Students who live off campus with friends or peers are supported by the Office of Student Conduct & Off Campus Services and are not considered commuters.

Q: How many undergraduate students are commuters?

A: Depending on the semester, we can have anywhere from 1300 to 1800 commuter students.

Q: What is there for commuters to do on campus?

A: There is a ton to do on campus! You have to figure out what you want to do. Typically, events happen in the BSC or other spaces on campus. You can utilize the fitness center, join an intramural, or even work on campus. Following @thisweekattcnj on Instagram and opening the weekly email will give you a glimpse into what is happening on campus for that week.

Q: Where can I park on campus?

A: Several lots are specifically designated for commuters across campus. Lots 5, 7, 13, and 17 are all quite spacious and located near certain buildings that you may need to be in for classes.

Q: Is it harder for commuters to make friends?

A: There are always opportunities to connect with your peers inside and outside the classroom. All commuters are invited to join the Commuter GroupMe, where you can connect virtually with other commuters. You can also attend different campus events or join organizations that align with your interests!

Q: What resources are there for commuters?

A: Every resource at TCNJ is for all students, not just residential students. The is also a Commuter Connections support group that is offered by Counseling and Prevention Services.  If you’re ever looking for someone or something and aren’t sure where to start, email, and we will connect you with the right person to help you with whatever you’re looking for!

Q: Do Commuters join clubs?

A: Each organization meets at different times throughout the week. Organizations have individually set criteria for what it means to be a group member. Sometimes, those meetings coincide with class schedules or are later than normal, but we recommend emailing them and getting more information! Also, you can try to attend their events, which are usually not during their scheduled meeting times. While some may think that the Office of Student Life controls meeting times for organizations, we do not — each club is 100% student-run!

Q: Is it difficult to be academically successful as a commuter?

A: Not at all! As long as you manage your time well, utilize the resources available, and focus, all students can be successful, regardless of whether or not they commute. During your downtime between classes, we recommend finding a place in the library or a lounge in any academic building to study, catch up on work, and maybe even network with some students in your classes!

Q: How can I connect with other commuters?

A: It’s possible to connect with other commuters! The first step to take is to join the Commuter GroupMe!
All commuters are encouraged to join GroupMe and casually build some connections.



Matt Mayer

“It’s best to pack your classes into a couple of days a week so you don’t have to drive as much.”

Year: Freshman
Major: Business Administration
Commuting From: Old Bridge, NJ


Claudia Volk

“Put yourself out there, and you will find your people.”

Year: Junior
Major: Marketing
Commuting From: Bedminster, NJ


Caroline Contursi

“I like having my own space at home; it’s nice.”

Year: Junior
Major: Graphic Design
Commuting From: Bordentown, NJ


Lara Stefani

“Enjoy the commute and view it as valuable time for alone time.”

Year: Junior
Major: Graphic Design
Commuting From: Lawrenceville, NJ

Ambar Leon Alday

“There are definitely [parking] spots on campus; it’s all about knowing what time to get here (campus) and planning your day beforehand.”

Year: Junior
Major: Graphic Design
Commuting From: Bedminster, NJ