Students who commute to campus from home or an off-campus apartment have a variety of opportunities to get involved in student life. Suffolk University and the Off-Campus Housing Office have many resources to help make life as a commuter student convenient and enriching.
Commuter Ambassador Program
The Commuter Ambassador (CA) is an experienced Suffolk University student who is a key member of the Off-Campus Housing Office. The Commuter Ambassador, supervised by the director of off-campus housing, primarily helps first-year students transition to college life and mentors students who commute to campus.
Off Campus & Commuter Student Appreciation Week
Off Campus Student Appreciation Week is held each semester and is hosted by the Off Campus Housing Office in collaboration with the Student Government Association, various departments and student organizations. We acknowledge the extra effort off campus students make to come to campus each day. A week dedicated to our Off Campus Students, appreciating them for commuting to campus, getting involved and staying active in the Suffolk Community. The week includes events such as Coffee Stops each morning, an Appreciation Social, Bingo Night, and Community Service in the Boston area.
How do you stay connected to the campus community as an off-campus or commuter student? How can you find contact information for local utility companies? The OCHO staff can provide you with the answers to these questions and more at our weekly Stay Connected table in the Donahue and Sawyer lobbies.
Cooking 101 is an opportunity to meet other students, share a meal, and learn a life skill! Three classes are taught in the fall semester and three in the spring semester. Students are required to reserve their spot in the class beforehand as space is limited. One of our very own Sodexo chefs will teach you how to prepare hearty dishes that are simple, fast, and fun!
The Transitions events are geared toward residence hall students moving off-campus. These programs occur throughout the spring semester. Transitions includes OCHO information sessions in the residence halls and a housing fair in February.
Balancing Act: Going to College as a Parent
You are not alone - other students may be having the experience of going to college as a parent, and they have some great advice, insights, tips, and tricks to share with you. Join us once a month for our group networking event. Sponsored by the Off Campus Housing Office and the Counseling, Health, & Wellness Office.
Graduate & Law Housing Search Program
Held in June, this intensive 2.5-day apartment and roommate hunt in Boston allows students to meet with reputable realtors, view apartments, and connect with potential roommates.
Living off-campus is not always easy. There’s rent to pay each month, groceries to buy, an apartment to keep clean, and roommates to live with. The Off-Campus Housing Office staff will work with students seeking help with tenant/landlord disputes, roommate conflicts, and general housing issues. If the office staff is not properly equipped to deal with a situation, they will provide other resources for students to explore.