We value our commuter student population and want to help you make the most of your experience here at Rochester College. Please let us know if you need assistance in getting involved on campus. Looking to get connected Click here.
Commuters experience weather, traffic and transportation challenges to class attendance and general campus involvement. Commuters average trip to and from the college is thirty minutes to an hour so be prepared.
Click on the tabs below for some tips and resources to help.
Commuter friendly campus locations
McCauley-Utley Student Center located within the Richardson Academic Center (RAC). Tables to study, upholstered furniture to relax, play pool and the home of Kibo Corner which serves affordable coffee, tea and hot chocolate beverages Monday through Friday 7:30 – 11:00 a.m. All proceeds from the sale of Kibo beverages and items go to fund Kibo projects in East Africa.
The Chill is located in the Westside Chapel building and next to Auditorium West. CHILL stands for Community Hub for Integrated Learning and is a quiet place to study.
Ham Library is located in the Ennis and Nancy Ham Library on the second floor and is a quiet place to study either in study carrels or students can reserve study rooms. The library has late hours during the week and is known for food and caffeinated beverages during major exam times.
Atrium Café is located in the Westside Chapel Building and is encapsulated by a glass atrium. The café offers couches, chairs, and tables conducive to relaxing and just hanging out. The café also offers food and beverages for sale for those commuters looking for an inexpensive meal or just a quick snack.
The Center for Student Life has a lounge with free coffee/tea and is a great place to hang out for class and converse with friends or The Center for Student Life staff. And be on the lookout for free snacks!
Wrapped around the whole campus, Lake Norcentra Park is a great place for leisure and recreation among historic landmarks, lakes, rivers, trails, and woods in the heart of Oakland County. When the weather’s nice, grab a hammock from the Center for Student Life and enjoy the relaxing view!
For more information, visit http://lakenorcentra.rc.edu
Academic Services will post class cancellations on the Student Portal so it will be important to check the Portal daily at my.rc.edu and use your login. We post as soon as we receive notification and unfortunately sometimes this is not in time for commuters to change travel plans.
Inclement weather and traffic
The college makes every reasonable attempt to keep the campus open for classes. However, should inclement weather prohibit safe campus operation, arrangements have been made to announce campus closures.
As a student at RC, you have the opportunity to receive alert messages via your mobile phone. Sign up here.
In the event of campus closure, evening classes will be canceled by 3:00 p.m. that day (situation permitting).
Listen to WWJ, 950 AM or WXYZ, Channel 7 for Rochester College closures.
These resources also announce traffic reports.
For the Rochester, MI traffic map, click here.
Make certain your vehicle is reliable and if not have a “Plan B” just in case your car has reliability issues.
Advertise for other commuting students in your area to share a ride.
Check out these resources:
- Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation (SMART): http://www.smartbus.org
- Ride Post – ride sharing: https://detroit.ridepost.com