Our commuter student population is a valuable part of Rochester College and we want to help you make the most of your experience at Rochester College. Please let us know if you need assistance in getting involved on campus. Looking to get connected? Click here.
*Are you a returning student and want to make the change from Commuter to Resident for the 2018-19 school year? Apply for 2018-2019 Housing Now!
All RC students who are under the age of 21 are required to live on campus unless they fall under categories listed in our Residency Requirement. Please visit the Residence Life page and click on “Housing Information” for more details. If you do meet the qualifications to be a commuting student, please be sure to fill out our Off Campus Application (if you are choosing the “Local Residency” option, you will also need to fill out the Commute from Home Application). If you do not meet the listed qualifications, please be sure to complete our Off Campus Appeal.
Click on the tabs below for some tips and resources to help.
Commuter Friendly Campus Locations
The McCauley-Utley Student Center is located within the Richardson Academic Center (RAC). The Student Center has tables to study, upholstered furniture to relax, a pool table for student enjoyment and is 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 and read throughout the day. The CHILL is connected to the ACE, the Academic Center for Excellence. Learn more about the CHILL and ACE here.
Ham Library is located in the Ennis and Nancy Ham Library on the second floor of the RAC 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. More information about the Ham Library can be found here.
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 students looking for an inexpensive meal or just a quick snack. The café hours are Monday-Thursday 9 a.m.-10 p.m., Friday 9 a.m.-8:30 p.m., Saturday 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and Sunday 7 p.m.-10 p.m.
The Center for Student Life has a lounge with free coffee/tea and is a great place to hang out before class and converse with friends or The Center for Student Life staff. The Center for Student Life is located in the CC building-so 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 is 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
Rochester 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 this resource:
- Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation (SMART): http://www.smartbus.org
While your morning commute may be your favorite part of the day, we’re sure you’ll love living on campus even more, and here are some reasons why!
Benefits of Living on Campus:
Students who live on campus are generally mores successful and well-rounded. Freshmen, in particular, that live on campus have higher GPAs and graduation rates in general. Listed below are different benefits to on campus living.
- Community: On campus living is a fantastic opportunity to grow in maturity by learning to live in community and share responsibility in a living space. It also gives you opportunity to be more easily mentored by dedicated faculty and staff of Rochester College.
- Accessibility: Living on campus makes it easier to attend student functions, engage within student groups, and develop through leadership opportunities. Also, Rochester College is located in the heart of Rochester. Hills, MI. Entertainment, good food, resources, and job opportunities are at your fingertips. Rochester College offers resources such as the Academic Center for Excellence (ACE) which offers free tutoring services for most subjects.
- Better Academic Success: Research shows a strong correlation between on campus housing with higher retention and graduation rates. On-campus students tend to have higher grade point averages, take more credit hours, and are retained at higher rates than their off-campus peers.
- Spiritual Formation: In many ways, the most important aspect of the Rochester College experience is our ethos and mission. Students who live on campus have much better access to opportunities for prayer, Bible studies, accountability, late-night conversations, and formal and informal opportunities to grow spiritually. Rochester College offers many extracurricular activities for spiritual formation, such as Spring Break service opportunities, in depth chapel curriculum, service opportunities, worship nights, and mentoring groups led by faculty and staff, offered by the Center for Student Life through Campus Ministry.
To view our residency policy, please click HERE.
For more information, please visit our Residence Life Page.