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We're ready to help you in your transition to WVU. Here are some important things that you should know before classes begin in August.

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Parking on Campus

Since you’ll be driving to campus, you’ll need to know where to park. 

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Dining on Campus

Dining Plans are available for commuter students.

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New Student Orientation 2020

Are you a first-year student planning to live at home?

You may request an exemption to living in the residence halls if you are commuting from a permanent home address and living with your parent(s)/guardian within a 50-mile radius of Morgantown, are married, are the custodial parent of a dependent child, have one year of active duty military service or will be 21 by September 1, 2020. 

Transfer students with more than 30 transferable credit hours are eligible to live in an off-campus apartment or housing during their first year on campus. 

Please complete the Housing Assignments Office Exemption Request; send an email to and request information about the process. 

Who can you contact for help?

Commuter Assistants (CAs) are upper-class students who are your guides and connection to campus; they will keep you informed throughout the year. They are your equivalent to the Resident Assistants in the residence halls. Be sure to watch your MIX account for messages from them about programs, parking and other important things you’ll find helpful. 

Student Advocacy Center staff will help you find answers to questions and familiarize you with campus policies and procedures. Staff is available during regular business hours by calling the Student HelpLine at 304-293-5555. After hours? Leave a message and we’ll call you back. 

Student Legal Services helps with legal issues such as leases, contracts, landlord/tenant issues, consumer issues, notary services and more. As long as you are enrolled at WVU and have paid your student activity fee, the services are free (you are responsible for court fees, etc.). Your information will be kept confidential. Schedule an appointment or learn more by contacting us at 304-293-4897 or There are services for student-veterans through the Office of WVU Veterans Affairs; students who are parents are supported by Student Family Resources.

How can you get involved?

students socializing outside
  • Join a club. In our 500+ clubs and organizations, there’s a WVU Breakdance Crew and a Tax Law Society. So as long as your interests fall somewhere in between, we’ve got you covered. Check out your options at the Student Engagement website. Get up. Get going. And get involved.  
  • Attend Commuter Student programs. They are a great way to meet people, make friends and make campus feel like “your place.” Movie nights, ice skating, fright farm visits, Mountaineer women’s basketball, hockey, and game nights are just a few of the events you can attend. 
  • Stay on campus for the day. There are places to study, hang out and meet friends. Downtown? Be sure to check out the Commuter Student Lounge in E. Moore Hall, where you’ll find free lockers, WiFi, comfortable furniture, a refrigerator and a microwave for your use. Want a social environment to study? Carve out a spot in the Mountainlair. In the Evansdale neighborhood? There is a lounge in Mountaineer Station, at the base of the Health Sciences PRT. Check out the Academic Resource Center in Bennett Tower, where tutors are almost always available. 
  • Student Government and Student Leadership Development programs are great ways to meet people and help shape the conversation and culture on your campus. Learn more at the Student Government Association and Student Engagement websites.  
  • Get connected through volunteering. Do good. Be better. There are hundreds of volunteer opportunities on campus and in the community. Find one that fits your interests and your schedule!
  • Fraternity and sorority life is centered around five core values: leadership, academic achievement, service/ philanthropy, brotherhood/sisterhood, and diversity and inclusion. With over 70 social, professional, academic, service, special-interest and honorary fraternal organizations, four governing councils and over 4,000 students (IFC, NPHC, Panhellenic, and Professional Greek Council) you’ll find one that’s just right for you. 

view of students walking in front of mountainlair

What you need to know about parking on campus.

If you plan to drive to campus, you’ll need to know where to park. Here are options for you to explore: 

FREE parking is available at the WVU Coliseum. You don’t need a parking permit and you can catch a University bus or the Mountain Line bus to get where you need to go. Athletic events, including football and basketball games, can limit parking. Your Commuter Assistants will let you know the days you need to find alternate parking. After 5 p.m., you may park in WVU permit lots that do not have a 24-hour restriction. Visit WVU's Transportation and Parking site to learn more.   

Use the PRT (when operational) and Mountain Line buses whenever you can! They will get you where you are going and you can ride for FREE with your Mountaineer ID Card. 

The Morgantown Parking Authority offers 2,200 spaces near downtown. There also are some private lots throughout the community. If you live in an apartment community with a shuttle, take advantage of the service. It’s a convenient way to get around campus, and it’s most likely FREE.

Where can you can eat when you are on campus?

Check out the dining plans that are available for commuting students. You can use them in nearly 30 locations around campus (both downtown and Evansdale) and they are a “cashless” way to eat while on campus. Prices start at less than $500 per semester. 

And a few more things ...

  • Be sure to tell your instructors at the beginning of each semester that you commute to campus. 
  • In case of bad weather, they will be more apt to work with you regarding attendance, assignments and quizzes/exams. 
  • Consider finding a place to stay on campus (with a friend?) if the weather or other circumstances prevent you from traveling home.

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