Commuter Students | Kent State University

What are four things every main campus commuter needs to know?

  1. Give yourself enough time to get ready and travel to campus before your first class of the day. Many professors have a low tolerance for tardiness, so try to allot enough time to get there early!

  2. Parking Services WILL NOT hesitate to give you a ticket if you don’t have the correct parking pass or don’t pay a meter. Try to cut Parking Services a little slack; they’re just doing their jobs.

  3. Talk to everyone in your classes! It’s honestly the best way to make friends, especially when you don’t live on campus and aren't surrounded by people your age 24/7. You’ll find some of your lifelong friends in your classes!

  4. Stay on campus if you have a break between classes. You’ll feel like more of a part of Kent State if you take advantage of all it has to offer commuter students. Visit the 4th floor of the library, get lunch at the Hub or go workout at the Rec!

-Julianne Calapa, JMC junior
  1. Free campus events are open to commuters, too. Take advantage of free movie nights, Rec Center events, etc.

  2. Student organization meetings are at the most inconvenient times for commuters, but you should join one anyway.

  3. You can park most places on campus after 4:30 p.m., but not ALL places. Make sure you read the signs.

  4. The buses take forever. Make sure you leave yourself enough time to get from Summit East to your classroom.

-Meghan Caprez, JMC senior
  1. Get to the parking lot early. The C lots fill up really fast. You also don’t want to be late for class. Try to give yourself at least a half hour before your class, so that you can be early.

  2. Use your downtime between classes to study. Make sure you have pertinent material so that you’re not wasting time between classes.

  3. Expect a cultural difference. If you are coming from a regional campus for the first time Kent is really big and really different. But, after you adjust, you’ll find that people are pretty decent and it’s not that scary.

  4. Make sure your car is ready for winter. With winter coming up, you want to make sure that your car is in good operating condition. Get your tire tread checked out and make sure other maintenance issues are addressed. The Commuter and Off Campus Student Organization holds a winter car clinic during the winter. Visit COSO’s website or check the Daily Kent Stater.

-Rachel Purget, JMC senior