Commuting to campus can seem like a hassle and too much work for its worth, but you can still have a great college experience while saving money on those housing costs. I’m Ria Salvacion and I’m a sophomore Quantitative Finance major. I spent my freshman year commuting onto campus from home and I will be commuting again for my sophomore year.
Living in Jersey City, which is just one city over from Hoboken, it seemed like a good fit for me to stay living at home. I was pretty jealous of my friends living on campus who didn’t need to get up nearly as early as I did in order to make it to class on time. It was pretty frustrating and one of my biggest fears was that I wouldn’t be able to make friends because I wasn’t living on campus. However, I was proven wrong because the Stevens community is so welcoming and I didn’t have an issue making friends with both commuters and those who live on campus.
Commuting definitely isn’t as easy as living on campus, but I don’t think it really ruins the college experience. Also, if you have friends on campus they are usually more than happy to help you out with anything you might need whether it’s a guest swipe into the dining hall or if you need somewhere to crash the night before a big final you spent all night studying for (just be sure to fill out the proper paperwork!!). Here are my top 5 commuter life tips:
Top 5 Commuting Tips
- Make friends who live on campus. It’s a huge help to have someone’s room you can drop your stuff off in when you have a long day (with their permission of course). Sometimes they have extra guest swipes too for the dining hall so that’s also a plus.
- Try to join a club or two. I know it can be hard to go to events on campus as a commuter because they’re usually held in the evening, but being part of a club is a great way to make friends and to become part of the community on campus.
- Take advantage of the different lounges on campus. Stevens has multiple lounges on campus which all have tables to do work on as well as couches which are great for naps in the middle of the day.
- If you’re commuting by train, the Transloc Rider app will be your best friend. It’ll let you know when each Stevens shuttle is arriving to the pick up locations if the weather is bad or if you don’t feel like walking all the way up to campus.
- Most importantly, DON’T. FORGET. YOUR. UMBRELLA. It’s the worst when it’s raining out and you can’t just run to your dorm to grab an umbrella or rain coat.