Commuter FAQ

As a resource to our students commuting to campus, we have come up with a list of frequently asked questions. If you have others for us, please don't hesitate to contact ourCommuter Office at 215.951.6804.  Also, make sure you check our the Commuter Student Union on campus to meet other commuter students.

Commuter FAQ's 


Where can commuters park?
Commuters need to register vehicles with the Department of Safety and Security. A parking decal is issued at the Safety and Security office to any student who presents a current valid campus ID, valid drivers license, state vehicle registration card, and a completed student vehicle registration form for a fee.  Visit our Parking Program page for more information.

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Where can commuter students hang out in between or after classes? 
The Kanbar Campus Center is the center of campus activity for commuter and resident students alike. Home to Common Thread and Ted's Pace, The Kanbar Campus Center is a convenient place to grab a meal or a cup of Starbucks coffee. There are big screen TVs, pool tables, and even a Wii available for student entertainment.

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How do I go about getting on-campus housing? 
Commuters should contact the Office of Residence Life, located in the Kanbar Campus Center, and notify them of their interest in on-campus housing. You may also call them at  215.951.2741.

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Who do I contact if I need help with school work?
For tutoring by peers or professionals, contact the Learning & Advising Center at 215.951.2799. For appointments with an Academic Advisors contact the Advising and Counseling offices at 215.951.2730.

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Do campus facilities have evening hours? 
Yes, the following academic and recreational buildings have evening hours during the fall semester:

Campus Store
Monday - Thursday 9 am – 6:30 pm
Friday 9 am – 5 pm

Academic Computer Center - Theodore Search Hall
Monday – Thursday 8 am – 11 pm
Friday 8 am – 5 pm
Saturday 12 noon – 5 pm
Sunday 12 noon – 11 pm

Career Services Center  - 215.951.2930
Fall & Spring

Monday, Thursday, Friday 9 am – 5 pm
Tuesday, Wednesday. 9 am- 7 pm

Learning & Advising Center
Monday, Thursday, Friday 9 am – 5 pm
Tuesday, Wednesday, 9 am – 7 pm
Contact the Learning & Advising Center office hours vary during certain semester periods.

Library - 215.951.2840
Monday – Thursday 8:30 am – Midnight
Friday 8:30 am – 7:30 pm
Saturday 12 noon – 6 pm
Sunday 12 noon – Midnight
Hours may be shortened or extended throughout the semesters. Changes are posted on the front door of the library.  For the latest information on hours, please

Ravenhill Dining Hall
Monday – Friday 7:15 am – 7 pm
Monday – Thursday (late night) 8 pm – 11 pm
Saturday – Sunday 9:30 – 6:30 pm

Student Center - 215.951.2701
Monday – Friday 8:30 am – 10 pm
Saturday – Sunday 1 pm – 10 pm
Hours during breaks, holidays, and summer are posted.

The above hours are intended as a guide, hours vary during breaks & summer.

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How do I become part of the athletic community? 
Our Athletic Office is located in the Gallagher Athletic, Recreation, and Convocation Center. Interested athletes can contact Tom Shirley, Director of Athletics, or Brad Koch, Coordinator of Intramurals, at 215.951.2720.

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How do I access the Library databases from off-campus locations?
If you are using an Internet Service Provider (ISP) to connect to the library web site, you are "off-campus" - also referred to as "remote access."  To use the library databases you must first authenticate to the database.  We use the PhilaU network username and password for authentication.  You must have a Philadelphia University network account for remote access to Gutman Library electronic resources.  Once authenticated to our network, your ISP will behave as if it is part of our network allowing you to access our databases as if you were on campus.  More information is found at

If you need more information about the library's databases go to:

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What student activities are on campus and how can I get involved? 
To inquire about on-campus student activities contact Tim Butler, Director of Student Activities, at 215.951.2744. Or visit the Student Center.

Student Clubs and Organizations 
Accounting Sociey
American Institute of Architecture Students
American Institute for Graphic Arts (AIGA)
The American Marketing Association
The Analysis (yearbook)
Asclepius Society (pre-med)
Asian Cultural Association
Black Student Union
Business Assoc. of Future Fashion Entrepreneurs
Campus Activities Board
Dance Club
Fashion Apparel Management Experience (FAME)
Fashion Industry Association
Financial Management Association
Freedom By Design
Gemini Theatre
Institute of Industrial Engineers
Interior Design Student Association
International Students Association
Latin American Student Organization
Men's Lacrosse
Outdoors Club
PhilaU Band
PhilaU Singers

Physician's Assistant Society
Pool Sharks
Psychology Society
The Ram Squad
Science in Action (SIA)
Student Alumni Association (SAA)
Student Government Association (SGA)

Student Organization for Sustainable Action
TEXT (newspaper)
Ultimate Frisbee Club
Volleyball Club
Programming Board

Fraternities and Sororities

Chi Alpha Epsilon (Honors Fraternity)
Delta Phi Epsilon (National Sorority)
Delta Mu Delta (Co- Ed. Business Fraternity)
Delta Sigma Pi (Co – Ed. Business Fraternity)
Phi Psi (Co-Ed. Textile Fraternity)

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Where can I obtain information about campus news and events? 
Visit for all the latest news and events. If you don't have access to a computer, The Kanbar Campus Center in general is the place to visit for more information about student activities. You can also check out the many bulletin boards located on campus.

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Are there specific activities for commuters? 
The Commuter Office provides a variety of informative and social events. Some of these include Good Morning Commuters, this is where students can socialize, find out about up coming events, learn more about the University’s resources, and discuss any business related to commuter needs.

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How do I know if classes are cancelled due to inclement weather? 
KYW (1060 AM) will list the University's number should we closed.  Or you can visit their website at and search School Closings.  Philadelphia University’s number is 112 for cancellation of day classes.  Philadelphia University will also always post inclement weather information on its home page at


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