We are excited you are part of the St. Edward's University community and know your needs as a commuter student are different from students who live on campus. Even though you do not live on campus, the hilltop is still your home! Let us assist you in getting involved on campus, learning helpful tips and tricks, and making lasting connections with fellow students. Make the most of your time at St. Edward's by staying informed and connected.
Are you looking for information about public transportation? Our Hilltopper Card Office team can help you purchase a discounted CapMetro pass and plan your ride to and from campus.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding staying involved while living off-campus, contact involvement [at] stedwards.edu.
Getting to Campus
To help you plan your travel to and from campus, we’ve provided the following tips.
Parking on Campus
If you are planning on driving your personal vehicle to campus, you must purchase a parking permit. For information regarding how to purchase a permit, visit St. Edward’s University Parking. If you get a parking ticket, visit St. Edward’s University Parking to find information on how to appeal or pay the ticket. View the campus parking map.
Bus passes for CapMetro are sold at a discounted rate (35% off of standard pass prices) to St. Edward’s University students, faculty and staff. The passes are $27.00 for a Local 31-day pass and $40 for the Premium 31-day pass. If you are not sure which pass would work best for you, visit CapMetro Trip Planner to plan your route to campus.
You may purchase the passes in the Hilltopper Card Office. Please pay by cash, check or Topper Tender. We do not accept credit cards at this time.
Another option for getting to campus is to use Car2Go, a rental car-sharing service. There are two Car2Go spots on campus in the visitor lot. Car2Go vehicles cost 41 cents per minute and rates improve if borrowed for over an hour. Car2Go will wave the initial sign up fee for St. Edward’s University students if they register online, along with 30 minutes of free drive time. Member cards take 5–7 days to process, so be sure to apply in advance.
Between Classes: Amenities for Commuter Students
We hope you enjoy your home on the hilltop, whether you live on or off campus. The amenities below are available to you.
Study Areas and Computer Labs
If you’re looking for a place to study or use a computer, the Munday Library is one of the best locations on campus. The library offers approximately 150 computers, free printing, quite zones and 16 private study rooms. In addition, most academic buildings and Ragsdale Center have computer labs and study spaces. Prefer to study outdoors? The benches under Sorin Oak are a favorite spot with Hilltoppers.
Hang Out Locations
Wondering where you can spend time between classes? Use this map as a reference. From dining halls and coffeeshops to outdoor shaded plazas and the Recreation and Convocation Center’s fitness center and pool, St. Edward’s has many indoor and outdoor locations for you, so be sure to take advantage of them!
As a commuter student, you may be wondering where you can store your belongings on campus. Lockers are located at the Recreation and Convocation Center and are available for you to use. There is a $10 deposit fee for a lock and will be reimbursed at the end of the semester when the lock is returned.
Full-time commuter students must purchase a $135 meal plan for food and beverages each semester. Students may add more money to the account if they would like. Learn more about meal plans. And explore the dining options on campus.
There are a few locations on campus that have microwaves available for student use. Locations include:
- Ragsdale Suite 304: in the hallway by the back door (Ragsdale Center)
- Kresge Room: in Ragsdale Center across the hall from South Congress Market (Ragsdale Dining Hall)
- Science Lounge: second floor of John Brooks Williams Natural Sciences Center–North
- Hunt Café: Residential Village
Recreation and Wellness
Take advantage of the many activities and programs offered by Recreation and Wellness, such as GroupX fitness classes, yoga, intramural sports and club sports.