Commuter Life

As a commuter student at Rochester University, you’re an incredibly valuable part of the RU community. We want to help you make the most of your time at Rochester University.

Commuter Friendly Campus Spaces


Rochester University’s Academic Center for Excellence (ACE) offers free peer tutoring sessions, 24/7 online tutoring support, study resources, computer and printer stations, and much more. At the ACE you’ll have access to student-centered programs, resources, and services to help you develop and grow as a student. It’s a great resource for printing your paper, checking your email, finding a textbook, checking out a calculator, working with a tutor, improving your study skills, or working independently. And all services and resources are free to RU students.


The CHILL (Community Hub for Integrated Living and Learning) is an inviting spot for RU students to relax, catch up on their studies and connect with friends. This area is also a great spot to host student events and study groups.

Ennis & Nancy Ham Library

Ham Library is located on the second floor of the Richardson Academic Center (RAC) and is a quiet place to study, either in study carrels or study rooms. The library has late hours during the week, and sells food and caffeinated beverages during major exam times.

McCauley-Utley Student Center

The McCauley-Utley Student Center is located within the Richardson Academic Center. You’ll find tables to study, upholstered furniture to relax on, and a pool table. It’s also the home of Kibo Corner, a kiosk serving affordable coffee, tea, and hot chocolate beverages Monday through Friday from 7:30 – 11:00 a.m. All proceeds from the sale of Kibo beverages and items go to fund Kibo projects in East Africa.

Isom Atrium

Atrium Café is located in the Westside Chapel and is enclosed by a glass atrium. Here you’ll find an ATM, couches, chairs, and tables for relaxing and just hanging out. If you’re looking for an inexpensive meal or a just a quick snack between classes, the café sells a variety of food and beverages.

Cafe Hours:
Mon-Thurs 9AM-10PM
Friday 9AM-8:30PM
Saturday 10:30AM-1:30 PM
Sunday 7PM-10PM

Center for Student Life

The Center for Student Life has a lounge with free coffee and tea. It’s a great place to hang out before class and talk with friends or the Center for Student Life staff. The Center for Student Life is located in the Associates Campus Center building.

Lake Norcentra

Wrapped around the whole campus, you’ll find Lake Norcentra Park. It’s a great place to relax or enjoy outdoor activities, whether you’re into hiking, biking or cross-country skiing among historic landmarks, lakes, rivers, trails, and woods in the heart of Oakland County. When the weather is nice, you can grab a hammock from the Center for Student Life and enjoy the relaxing view.

Meal Plans

As a commuter student, you do have the option to purchase meal plans, or a block of 15, 50, or 75 meals, to use throughout the semester. You may also deposit money to use as Warriorbucks on your ID Card. Students without a meal plan will be charged for cafeteria meals at the door.