Resources for Commuter Students

The life of a commuter student presents unique difficulties in addition to those faced by all students. At UAlbany we have a thriving commuter population and we are constantly working to better integrate them into the student population at large. Here's a list of some of the programs and places on campus that will make life a little easier and the campus more welcoming for commuters.

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Commuter Lounge:

Located on the second floor of the Campus Center, the Commuter Lounge provides a semi-secluded environment where students can take a breath between classes.  It's close to many academic buildings on the Podium and directly above the food court in the Campus Center. Comfortable seating, vending machines and a microwave make this the perfect place to meet friends or kill some time between classes.

Fireside Lounge

The Fireside Lounge is located on the third floor of the Campus Center. Students can relax, study or socialize here throughout the day.


Commuter Lockers are located in the Commuter Lounge and are available semester-round. These offer a secure and convenient place to store books so that you don't have to carry everything during your stay on campus. The fee is $30 for the academic year and the lockers are available on a first-come first-served basis. Contact the Campus Management Office in CC 137 to reserve yours.

Driving Force:

The Driving Force is a campus group made up of commuter students. Members meet on a regular basis to socialize, plan carpooling and to give feedback to university staff. Driving Force members have been integral to refocusing student programs on the needs of commuter students and helping to improve the commuter experience. Watch your email for information on meetings and how to join.


University Libraries

The UAlbany Library System has several locations across both campuses. The University Library offers a great place to study or access the internet. Hours change throughout the course of the semester. Access the latest announcements and daily hours here.

Commuter Meal Plans

There are nine meal plans designed specifically for commuter students. Whether you are looking for the occasional meal or everyday dining there is a plan for you. Review all of the options here, to purchase a meal plan sign into MyUAlbany.  


There are several parking lots available to commuter students. A parking decal is required in order to avoid ticketing. Purchase a decal for your vehicle here. You can view or download a map of available parking here.

Recreation and Fitness Center

The SEFCU Recreation center offers exercise equipment, a pool, racquet ball courts and much more. Undergraduate students have full access to the facilitates with their student IDs. Hours change throughout the year, check here for current schedules.