Commuter students, you’re in good company. Over 31,000 undergraduate and graduate students travel to campus, according to an annual report documenting commuter behavior at UCLA. Bruins on the move are literally navigating through the college experience.
In September, Student Affairs announced a new basic needs center would open to provide services, including programs for commuter students. Serving as a welcoming place for Bruins means offering support that helps them thrive. Here are resources on campus available to the commuting community.
UCLA Campus Life's Commuter Support & Programs goes the extra mile to meet the needs of student commuters and strengthen their sense of belonging on campus. They distribute a weekly newsletter and maintain an active online presence via the UCLA Bruin Commuters Instagram account and Facebook group. Commuter Support & Programs regularly hosts events, like Commuter Breakfasts and Lunches, Happy Hours, Meet and Greets, raffles and giveaways, plus a buddy program and paid internship opportunities to work for them.
They also help provide a commuter-specific space on campus through the BruinHub at the John Wooden Center (JWC). Designed for commuters' routines and needs, BruinHub has study tables, charging stations, a refrigerator and microwave, storage, and pods for relaxing or sleeping. Accessible to users are the JWC's restrooms, water stations, and showers too.
Commuter students can additionally take advantage of UCLA Transportation offerings like the complimentary Bruin Commuter Transit Benefit, discounted passes for seven different transit agencies, including commuter lines, and lower-priced carpool parking permits.
Other departments on campus that offer support to commuter students include the Community Programs Office, First Year Experience, the Transfer Student Center, the Academic Advancement Program, and UCLA Basic Needs.
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