Students playing a game to meet other commuting students at the First Year Commuter Welcome on Monahan Plaza on Wednesday, August 31, 2016.

Off-Campus Student Life

Off-Campus Student Life (OCSL), a program of the Dean of Students Office, provides hospitality, information, programs, resources, and services to all students with an emphasis on commuters, non-traditional students, and students who live in the immediate neighborhood. With the goal of providing a full campus experience for both undergraduate and graduate students, our services develop community, success in academic and personal development, and opportunities for cultural awareness and leadership development.

Dean of Students Office Mission

The Dean of Students Office (DOS) supports the personal development, academic success, and retention of students. We work collaboratively with members of our University community to promote student learning and success.

We are committed to our Catholic identity and our mission to advance the common good. Our university values of antiracism, equity, and inclusion are embedded in our work and we advocate for the inherent human dignity of every person.

We believe every member of the St. Thomas community has the right to feel welcome and safe and we work to create a welcoming environment for all members of our community.

Programs and Resources

A large group of students and family at the First Year Commuter Welcome on Monahan Plaza

Programs and Services

We offer a variety of programs and services for students living off campus -- whether across the street or across the Twin Cities. We also have programs that serve specific populations of off-campus students, this includes students who are parents.

Programs and Services
Women riding on a bike


There are a number of ways to get to St. Thomas's Minneapolis and St. Paul campuses. From biking to taking the campus shuttle, get all the information you need.

Commuting Resources
Book with title "Tenants Rights"

Housing Resources

This fountain of resources is designed to assist you in making decisions about living off campus. It spans information on how to find suitable housing, what rights you have as a tenant and where to get help if you have questions.

Housing Resources