More than 60% of North Park’s undergraduate students live off-campus. That’s around 950 people who commute from locations all over Chicagoland. If you’re a commuter student, you’re in good company.
North Park’s Office of Student Activities and the Commuter Student Association work together to connect you to campus resources and the North Park community. We want you to feel at home while you’re at North Park. Check out the resources below to find answers to your questions and how to get connected.
Here’s the information you need if you’d like to live off-campus and commute to North Park:
- Read our on-campus housing requirement and exceptions to make sure you qualify as a commuter.
- If a new commuter student getting ready for your first semester, follow the instructions on our admitted students’ Housing and Commuting Options page.
- If you’re a returning commuter student, fill out the commuter application form (login required). You will need to upload your unofficial transcript and upcoming fall semester schedule to the form.
- Contact Residence Life and Housing with any questions.
Commuter Student Amenities
Looking for a place to hang out between classes, or store your extra things during the day? We’ve got you covered with various options, including lockers to rent and plenty of campus locations to get comfortable. Check out our FAQ page for all the details.
Looking for more information about the Writing Center, advising, declaring your major, or other academic questions? Learn more about the many ways North Park can support you in your major and on your career path.
A great way to meet new people at North Park as a commuter is to join a student organization, team, or activity. See what’s available:
Dining on Campus
There are many places on campus and in the neighborhood to grab a bite when you’re at North Park. If you want to eat on campus, add Flex Dollars to your student ID; this form of payment is accepted in the dining hall, Viking Café, and Einstein Bros Bagels.
Parking and Transit
North Park is easily accessible whether you drive or take public transit. If you plan on driving to campus, you can purchase a parking sticker for North Park University lots or attempt to park on un-permitted streets in the surrounding neighborhood. If you choose the second option, pay careful attention to seasonal parking restrictions and other signage. Parking tickets are no fun.