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What will I experience as a commuter student?

You will experience esprit de corps, fun, excitement, and feelings of accomplishment, self-worth, and camaraderie. You will experience the strong sense of responsibility, support, and service that we strive to maintain. You will also experience personal satisfaction and fulfillment as you participate in university and organizational events.


What kind of support and services are available to commuters?

 The same support and service, with few exceptions, is offered and available to every student of Longwood University. The offices of Residential and Commuter Life, Leadership & Civic Engagement, Student Union and Activities, Academic and Career Advising Center, Fraternity and Sorority Life, University Career Center, Health and Wellness Center, Counseling and Psychological Services, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, RCL Advisory Board, and Campus Recreation, Office of Student Conduct and Integrity, among other offices, are here to serve you and make your years at Longwood constructive, enjoyable, and memorable.

In addition to the opportunity to join a fraternity or sorority or any of the organizations registered on Longwood, as a commuter student you are automatically a member of the RCL AB (Residential & Commuter Life Advisory Board).

Longwood University offers a variety of experiential opportunities to ensure the healthy growth of mind, body, and soul of each of its students: toward this goal, Longwood offers commuter students a place in the Lankford Student Union to gather between classes and communicate with fellow commuters. In the Commuter Student Lounge (Room 211) you will find a home away from home atmosphere: a kitchenette with sink, refrigerator, stove/oven, microwave along with sofas, magazines, and a television so make yourself at home!

In addition to the lounge area itself, within the lounge complex you will find the office that our Professional Staff members use throughout the week. Our staff members are here to help you, so please let us know if you have questions.


What must I not forget to bring?

 Bring your smile, your enthusiasm, and your willingness to participate, learn, teach, and develop into a responsible citizen leader. Do not forget your honor and integrity, your laptop computer, headphones (if you wish to listen to music or play games on your laptop), change, gas money, homework, books, supplies (paper, pens, pencils, etc.), lunch (if you do not participate in a meal plan) and never ever leave home without your Lancer Card (student ID card)!


What should I leave at home?

Leave behind your preconceived notions and prejudices: come prepared to meet the friends you have not made yet and dive into the fun and service-oriented activities we have planned for you If you expect the worst, you will be pleasantly surprised by the friendly, helpful, and social atmosphere. If we do not meet all of your expectations, you are welcome to help resolve the issues that concern you.


Where do I park and how do I get a parking sticker?

Campus Police maintains a virtual parking map that shows the designated RED painted curbs and commuter parking lots where you may park. Consult your Parking Regulations pamphlet for additional information regarding parking rules.

You may get your parking sticker at the Campus Police office in the Graham Building. You must first pay the $250 fee at the Cashiering Office (Lancaster 201) and then take the receipt and your automobile registration to the Campus Police office.  http://www.longwood.edu/parking/


If I have a problem, question, or concern what resources are available to me?

We have four staff member specifically to help serve our Commuter Students. The Associate Director -Off Campus Living, REC - Landings, REC – Lancer Park, and the REC - Longwood Village are all available to assist if a problem, concern, or question arises. When in doubt you can email housing@longwood.edu or commuter@longwood.edu or call our office at (434) 395-2080.


What if I have more questions?

  • Review the Longwood web site at www.longwood.edu
  • Check out the Site Index
  • Visit our online Feedback/Questions page
  • Email RCL at housing@longwood.edu
  • Visit the Office of Residential and Commuter Life in Lancaster G-13 or the Commuter Lounge office, which is right off of the Commuter Lounge in Lankford Union