Commuter Students

Students who live off campus as commuter students can still find their place at Nebraska Wesleyan. There are a number of organizations and services that commuter students can use.

Connecting to Campus Program

Exclusively for first-year commuter students, the Connecting to Campus Program will affiliate each first-year commuter student with a specific residence hall floor. You will be issued a fob, providing access to that building and are encouraged to use the corresponding lounges and computer labs. You will also be invited to participate in floor activities. If a first year student would like to be affiliated with a particular floor, they may contact the Residential Education Office at 402.465.7579 or bsestak [at] to make those arrangements.

Getting Involved

NWU boasts over 90 student organizations. Joining a campus organization or getting an on-campus job is a great way to get connected to other students. Contact the Financial Aid Office for information on the Campus Employment Program.

All-Student E-mail Notices

An all-student e-mail goes out every Monday letting students know what is happening on campus that week. The weekend all-student e-mail will keep you informed about weekend happenings both on campus and in the community.

Computer Labs

There are numerous computer labs on campus for your convenience. Olin Hall has a 24-hour computer lab. To facilitate late night access when you are no longer participating in the Connecting to Campus Program, pick up a fob in the Residential Education Office. See the Computer Labs web page for a listing of times, locations, and equipment available.

Internet Access for Students Residing Off Campus

Students living off campus may reach many NWU information resources (e.g., email, Blackboard, Web Advisor) through accounts with local Internet service providers. Contact Computer Services (ext. 2341) or Student Life (ext. 2223) for more information.

Residency Policy

As stipulated by the NWU Board of Governors, NWU has a three-year or six-semester residency policy. There are a limited number of reasons why a student might be granted an exemption, and certainly living with one’s parents is considered a valid reason! Although Nebraska Wesleyan strongly believes in the value of a residential, Liberal Arts experience, we also understand that each family must make the decision that is right for them, as long as it falls within our guidelines.

Residency Exemptions

If you have determined that commuting is the best alternative for you and your family, and you meet one or more of the appropriate guidelines, you may complete and submit a PDF iconHousing Exemption Form (PDF). In addition, students who will be living at home with their parents/guardians, within 30 miles of the Nebraska Wesleyan Campus, must attach a signed and notarized PDF iconCommuter Student Form (PDF). NOTE: NWU uses the definition of guardians as that included in Section 30-220917 of the Nebraska Probate Code.

Off Campus Students Renting Apartments

Students living off campus in rental units should be aware of their rights and responsibilities as tenants. A booklet explaining those rights and responsibilities is available from the Residential Education Office located on the first floor of Centennial Hall. A written lease is a legally binding document, and it should be read carefully before signing. If you believe your rights as tenants have been violated, you should contact Legal Aid of Nebraska at 402.435.2161.

Commuter Student FAQs

Where can I go when I am not in class?

There are a number of locations on campus that provide a comfortable oasis for commuter students.

  • Lounges in the residence halls.
  • The Archway Cafe (also known as the NWU Coffee House) located in the lower level of the Story Student Center.
  • A lounge with a large screen TV is also located in the Story Student Center near the Archway Cafe.
  • Additional lounges, providing comfortable places for students to study or just hang out, are also located in Great Hall, Smith-Curtis, Weary Center and most academic buildings.

Where can I study? Cochrane-Woods Library, lounges, computer labs, sandbox in Olin Hall

Where can I store my stuff? Free lockers are available around the corner from the Mail Center in Smith-Curtis where you will pick up your campus mail and also inside the main entrance of Cochrane-Woods Library.

Where can I get my mail? Your Student Mail Box, commonly referred to as your SMB, is located in the Mail Center, on the lower level of Smith-Curtis. Faculty and staff may send mail. So check, even if you think you will not be receiving any.

Where can I eat?

  • Stop in the Sodexo Office located in the Prairie Point Dining Center in the Story Student Center dining hall to purchase munch money for discount meals. Commuter students may also purchase a meal plan in the Residential Education Office in Centennial Hall. Check out the Dining Services online.
  • Vending machines are in the walkway between Olin Hall and Smith-Curtis, behind the Archway Cafe in the Student Center and in other buildings throughout campus.
  • The Archway Cafe is located in the lower level of the Story Student Center.

How can I meet other students on campus?

  • Check out the Involvement Fair during the first week of the fall semester or second week of spring semester.
  • Sign up for an intramural team. If you do not have a team, go to and sign up as a “free agent.” You will be picked up by a team in need of players.
  • Each Monday, read the all-campus email to find out what is going on at NWU.
  • Consider an on-campus job.

What other services are available?

  • An ATM is located on the main floor of the Student Center.
  • You may call Campus Security (402.432.9238) to get an escort to walk you to your car at night.
  • Courtesy phones are available for student use at the entrance to all campus buildings.
  • Residence hall rooms may be rented on a per-night basis for occasional use (exam periods or inclement weather, for example). Contact the Residential Education Office at 402.465.2161 for more information.
  • Contact Student Health if you are not feeling well.

What if I have car trouble? The Security staff will assist if there are vehicle problems (flat tire or need for a jump-start, for example). The Physical Plant Office (ext. 2321) is located in the heating plant in the center of campus. After 5 p.m. and on weekends, contact security at 402.432.9238.

When and where do I get my parking permit? When you arrive for Prairie Wolf Welcome, you will get your student ID and receive your parking permit. Hang your permit from your rearview mirror.

Where can I park that first day? Any lot with green or green and gold on the entrance sign. You will find much greater availability in the perimeter lots; however, avoid the one perimeter lot next to the townhouses off of 56th Street.  It is assigned parking only.

Is there a parking fee? Most parking at NWU is free.

Can I pay to reserve a stall? Yes, there is one lot where commuters can pay to reserve a stall for $180 a semester. Most NWU commuters do not find it necessary though.  Email the Maintenance Department at maint [at] if you would like to reserve a stall. You will be billed for the reserved stall through the NWU Business Office.

Can students be ticketed on campus? Yes, but generally campus security is pretty forgiving at the beginning of the semester.

What violations are students ticketed for? Common violations include: No hang tag, expired hang tag, parking longer than 15 minutes in the 15 minutes parking, parking in handicapped area without appropriate hang tag, parking in staff/faculty lots, parking in the blue reserved area, parking in the doctor or counselor stalls, parking in fire lanes.

Can a ticket be appealed? Yes. A parking violation waiver form can be filled out in the Maintenance Office.

Where do I pay parking tickets? In the Business Office in Smith-Curtis.

Can students use the same permit for more than one vehicle? Yes, just remember to transfer the hang tag.


Student Life
Janelle Andreini

The Physical Plant Office
During the Day

After 5 p.m. and on weekends

Sodexo Office Story Student Center
Dining Hall

Computer Services

Renting Issues
Legal Aid of Nebraska