COMMUTERS

Students who commute to campus from the surrounding region are valued members of the Mercyhurst community and offer a unique perspective to campus life. As a commuter student, please know that you are more than welcome to share your energy and enthusiasm by getting involved in some of the wonderful activities and organizations Mercyhurst has to offer! The time that you spend participating in the cultural, spiritual, and recreational activities can be as rewarding and vital to your education as your academic experiences. 

Commuter Student Services assists commuter students with involvement, sense of home, and ease of access at Mercyhurst by providing professional staff support, commuter-only spaces, and resources for students to feel supported while on campus. 

Commuter Lounge

The Commuter Lounge is located on the first floor of the Carolyn Hermann Student Union.  It is a comfortable place to study, hang out with friends in between classes, or simply relax.

The Commuter Lounge offers a range of amenities, including:

  • Large-screen television with ROKU access
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator

Additionally, a quiet study room located inside the Commuter Lounge is available exclusively for commuters to use. The lounge is open during the Student Union building hours.

The Commuter Lounge is located above the Laker Inn and The Roost, two popular dining spots on campus. During the day, the Laker Inn serves lunches and quick grab-and-go options. In the evening, The Roost, our on-campus Irish pub, is available for students to gather for dinner or participate in various games like Trivia hosted by Parkhurst. Both dining spots are conveniently located for commuters who want to grab a bite to eat while using the Commuter Lounge or when they have a break between classes. They are also popular hang-out spots on campus in the evenings, as many events take place in the Student Union.

Programs and Events

The Campus Involvement Center sponsors events and programs throughout the year. All commuter students are encouraged to attend as many programs as their schedules will allow. If you have suggestions on how to improve a program or would like to see a new program, don't hesitate to let our team know by emailing sbeckas@mercyhurst.edu.

Here are some of the programs that are sponsored by Campus Involvement:

  • Commuter Welcome Week Registration and Meet and Greet
  • Sandwich Wednesdays, hosted by various departments on campus (new for Fall 2020)
  • Monthly Make & Take events
  • Holiday Socials: Trunk or Treat, Holiday Cookie Decorating
  • Commuter Appreciation Day 
  • Contests
  • Commuter Mentorship Program
  • Comm-YOU-ter Monthly Newsletter

Commuter Welcome Week Registration & Meet and Greet introduces new first-year commuter students to their Commuter Student Liaisons, the Campus Involvement Center staff, and other new commuter students. The session occurs on the first day of Welcome Week in August, while residential students are move in to their campus residences. At this event, commuters receive meal tickets for every meal during Welcome Week (Friday, Aug. 21-Tuesday, Aug. 25) and pick up their Spirit Shirts. During Welcome Week, students will attend presentations that will aid in their transition to Mercyhurst. They will also have the opportunity to tour campus and participate in fun team-building activities.

All new commuter students are strongly encouraged to attend this popular event. Commuter students will receive a personal invitation to participate. If you have not received your invitation, please email sbeckas@mercyhurst.edu. We hope to see you during Welcome Week!

Sandwich Wednesdays are scheduled every Wednesday at noon throughout the Fall Semester. During each event, faculty from a department on campus will visit the Commuter Lounge and provide complimentary sandwiches for commuter students. This is a great way for students to meet staff from all across campus and interact with them in a casual, informal setting. Mark these on your calendar!

Transportation

At Mercyhurst University, every student who parks a vehicle on campus property must register that vehicle with the Office Police & Safety and must have a university parking permit issued and affixed to the registered vehicle. The person registering the vehicle must be the registered owner or an immediate family member of the registered owner. Any person registering a new vehicle must provide a student ID card or driver’s license, a current state registration card, and proof of insurance before their parking permit can be issued. 

In addition, student can ride the “e” buses through the Erie Metropolitan Transit Authority for free.

Ride "the e" Bus

Four runs between Erie and the North East campus are made each weekday, and the service is provided 40 weeks out of the year, including during the 10-week summer session. 

Among the many benefits available to Mercyhurst students, you can use the entire "e" bus system for free during the service period, including on weekends, when you present your Mercyhurst ID. For example, students can take the bus to and from downtown Erie or the Millcreek Mall for free.
You can view the route schedule or find the route schedule you need on the main floor of the Student Union, or by viewing this PDF

Bike Racks

Bike racks are located throughout campus in front of most buildings, if you plan to use alternate and environmentally friendly transportation, like bikes! Students are responsible for the safety of their bikes and must provide their own bike locks. Additionally, we encourage all students who ride a bike to wear protective gear, such as helmets. 

Dining on Campus

At Mercyhurst University, we understand the diverse dining needs of our students. One day you might need a quick bite on the way to class, and the next you might have more time to relax and enjoy a meal with friends. 

Mercyhurst offers a range of convenient, flexible, and affordable meal plans to meet the preferences and habits of our commuter students. We encourage our commuter students to explore our block meal plans, which provide an affordable set number of meals at our all-you-care-to-eat dining facilities on campus, Grotto Commons in Egan Hall and the 501 Grille in Ryan Hall. Both facilities provide an excellent selection of fresh, handcrafted culinary options every day. In addition, Grotto Commons is open late every day, with a special late-night menu, making it an ideal hangout spot for meeting up with friends. To learn more, visit our Dining Services webpage.

Commuters can also participate in the Hurst Dining Club, through which you can purchase and use Dining Dollars at any on-campus dining facility (Grotto Commons, Ryan Hall dining facility, Laker Inn, Coffee Bar or Convenience Store). With Dining Dollars, students are eligible for a discount on every transaction. 

Commuter Support

The Commuter Student Liaison plans and hosts various opportunities for commuter students to get together and participate in on-campus events throughout the year. The Commuter Student Liaison manages a Commuter Mentorship Program, in which first-year commuters are paired with an upperclassman commuter who assists in the transition and adjustment to campus. The Commuter Student Liaison also sends out a monthly digital newsletter, Comm-YOU-ter Monthly, to keep commuter students updated on everything they need to know! The Liaison also maintains a page on the Hub, titled Commuter Students, which provides students with useful information for an engaging and successful Mercyhurst experience.

The Commuter Student Association (CSA) is a Registered Student Club/Organization (RSCO) that began in the Spring of 2018. CSA plans monthly events to promote social engagement among commuter students. Getting involved with CSA is a great way to meet other commuter students and give a voice to students just like you!

Get Involved

Getting involved in Recognized Student Clubs/Organizations (RSCO), participating in intramurals, studying with classmates, and attending programs hosted on campus are crucial to your success and happiness at Mercyhurst. You are welcome to stop into the Student Union to learn more about the opportunities available to students. You can also check out the following link for more information or contact the Campus Involvement Center.

For campus-wide events, visit the Student Events Calendar or check out The Weekender located on the Hub. Both resources are consistent ways to learn more about what is happening on campus.