Commuter Student Resources

Mission

We recognize that commuter students may face unique and different challenges than those who live on campus. Not only do you have a daily commute, but you often need to balance home, social, and academic responsibilities. Commuter Student Resources at Valparaiso University seeks to provide opportunities for engagement, integration, and enrichment for commuter students to help facilitate commuter students’ success and connection to Valparaiso University.

Commuter Lounge

The Commuter Lounge is a home away from home for you, our commuter students. It’s a great place to relax in between classes, spend some time studying, or socialize with other commuter students! Located in Harre Union Suite 230, the lounge includes a hang-out space with games, a kitchen, and lockers. The kitchen includes a fridge, microwave, toaster, and coffee station.

Lockers

Commuting students may reserve a locker for a semester during business hours (Monday – Friday, 8 am-5 pm)  in the Harre Union Suite 230 through the Administrative Assistant. Lockers cannot be pre-reserved or reserved for students by other students and are rented on a semester basis. A valid Valparaiso Student ID is required at the time of reservation. All lockers must be vacated at the end of each semester and need to be returned to the condition they were provided, or additional charges will be incurred. A $150 lost key charge will be assessed and billed to a student’s Valparaiso University student account for keys that are lost or not returned by the last day of finals each semester.

Helpful Resources

Parking

For many commuter students, your car is a vital component to obtaining your education. Visit https://www.valpo.edu/aux/parking/ for more information.

Valpo V Line

The V-Line is available to travel around the city of Valparaiso. Students ride free of charge and the V-Line runs routes to downtown shopping centers, and the Northern Indiana Commuter Transit District (NICTD) service to get commuters to and from the South Shore station on time. More information is available here.

The Valparaiso University Police Department (VUPD) is a professional full-service police department that is committed to providing campus with the best law enforcement services and protection possible. The department actively builds a positive relationship with the campus community, and it continuously prepares for all hazard emergencies, with a heavy concentration on active threats. VUPD services are provided 24-hours a day, seven days a week and can be reached at 219-464-5430. 

VUPD can provide on-campus assistance with minor car issues, such as a dead battery or lock-out.

An assortment of meal plans are designed to fit your lifestyle. Whether you’re a campus resident who eats the majority of your meals at any of our dining locations, or a commuter who catches a few lunches per week at one of our campus cafés or coffee and snack stops, the University offers the right plan for you. More information on the various meal plan offerings can be found here

To sign up for a meal plan log into your DataVU navigate to your Housing and Dining Self-Service and select the meal plan that works best for you.

The Office of Residential Life offers commuter students affordable overnight accommodation throughout the academic year to support academic success and involvement in campus co-curricular activities. Commuter Student Guest Housing is located in Brandt Hall and is available throughout the academic school year, except when the residence halls are closed for break periods. More information on Commuter Student Guest Housing is available here

Valparaiso University has more than 380 computers in lab spaces on campus, all of which come with a differing collection of useful applications for any student to use. Learn more about the different computer labs and accessible programs for each lab here

Students can print documents on any computer cluster network printer. Network laser printers are available in all residence halls and public labs. Learn more about printing here.