A large group of students, parents, and family at the First Year Commuter Welcome on Monahan Plaza on Wednesday, August 31, 2016.

Programs and Services

Off-Campus Student Life (OCSL) offers a variety of programs and services for students living off campus -- whether across the street or across the Twin Cities. Monthly Bagel Wednesdays (the first Wednesday of each month) and our annual Study Day Breakfast in the fall bring together neighborhood students and distance commuters.

We also have programs that serve specific populations of off-campus students.

Commuter Services and Information

  • Commuter Mentor Program
  • Partnership Program
  • Residency Requirement
  • Commuter Mentor Program

    The Commuter Mentor program pairs incoming, first-year students with a commuter mentor (CM) who can serve as a resource throughout their first semester. Each mentor works with a small group of commuters and plans activities and events to participate in as a group. Groups meet throughout the fall semester to discuss campus resources, activities and being a commuter. Not only do first-year students connect with their mentors, they also form connections within their group. Your CM will keep you informed of campus events and be available to answer questions you may have.

    For questions, or to double-check who your commuter mentor is, contact us at offcampus@stthomas.edu.

    Commuter-Resident Partnership Program

    The CRP program is designed for new first-year and transfer commuter students. At the University of St. Thomas, we define commuter students as those who do not live in university-owned housing. Generally speaking, about 8-12% of entering first-year students commute to campus (from a few blocks to several miles). The CRP program is an opportunity for new commuter students to:

    • Join a residence hall community
    • Receive invitations from your Resident Advisor to participate in activities
    • Access residence halls with your UST ID card
    • Meet other new first-year students

    Commuter/resident partnerships have existed informally for a long time. However, in the past, commuter students were considered visitors to the hall. Through the CRP program, commuter students have the opportunity to join an entire residence hall floor and receive all of the benefits of being a resident student (except having a room!)

    Your Resident Advisor will serve as an additional campus resource beyond your CM and will notify you of floor meetings, activities and events. You will also have guest UST ID card access to the designated residence halls.

    If you are interested in signing up for the Commuter-Resident Partnership program, contact us at offcampus@stthomas.edu

    Residency Requirement

    Beginning in the fall 2021, all first-year students will be required to live on campus during their first and second years.  Students can request an exception from the residency requirement.  More information on what is considered an exception can be found on Residence Life’s website.  Financial aid is available to assist students with the cost of on-campus housing. 

    Commuter Mentor Program

    Commuter Mentor Program

    The Commuter Mentor program pairs incoming, first-year students with a commuter mentor (CM) who can serve as a resource throughout their first semester. Each mentor works with a small group of commuters and plans activities and events to participate in as a group. Groups meet throughout the fall semester to discuss campus resources, activities and being a commuter. Not only do first-year students connect with their mentors, they also form connections within their group. Your CM will keep you informed of campus events and be available to answer questions you may have.

    For questions, or to double-check who your commuter mentor is, contact us at offcampus@stthomas.edu.

    Partnership Program

    Commuter-Resident Partnership Program

    The CRP program is designed for new first-year and transfer commuter students. At the University of St. Thomas, we define commuter students as those who do not live in university-owned housing. Generally speaking, about 8-12% of entering first-year students commute to campus (from a few blocks to several miles). The CRP program is an opportunity for new commuter students to:

    • Join a residence hall community
    • Receive invitations from your Resident Advisor to participate in activities
    • Access residence halls with your UST ID card
    • Meet other new first-year students

    Commuter/resident partnerships have existed informally for a long time. However, in the past, commuter students were considered visitors to the hall. Through the CRP program, commuter students have the opportunity to join an entire residence hall floor and receive all of the benefits of being a resident student (except having a room!)

    Your Resident Advisor will serve as an additional campus resource beyond your CM and will notify you of floor meetings, activities and events. You will also have guest UST ID card access to the designated residence halls.

    If you are interested in signing up for the Commuter-Resident Partnership program, contact us at offcampus@stthomas.edu

    Residency Requirement

    Residency Requirement

    Beginning in the fall 2021, all first-year students will be required to live on campus during their first and second years.  Students can request an exception from the residency requirement.  More information on what is considered an exception can be found on Residence Life’s website.  Financial aid is available to assist students with the cost of on-campus housing. 

    Students Who Are Parents

    It is our hope to provide you with easy access to information that will help support you in your experiences both in and out of the classroom at St. Thomas.

    University offices and departments linked to this site have specific and helpful information for you. If you are still not finding the information you need or would like to talk about a specific issue not listed here, please contact Josh Hengemuhle at jahengemuhle@stthomas.edu.

    Housing Resources

    A staff member in Off-Campus Student Life can provide a student with useful information about off-campus housing options around the area. Unfortunately there are no on-campus housing options for students who have dependent children living with them. Please call (651) 962-6138 for additional information. You can also visit our off-campus housing website. Off-Campus Student Life is located on the second floor of the Anderson Student Center, ASC 253.

    Housing Resources

    Financial Aid

    The Financial Aid Office can provide a student with useful information. A financial aid counselor can help students with financial aid information and resources to finance a St. Thomas education. Please call (651) 962-5000 to set up an appointment with a counselor. Financial Aid is located on the third floor of Aquinas Hall.

    Admissions

    Financial Assistance

    The Business Office can provide a student with useful information concerning tuition payments. A counselor can help students plan methods of payment to finance a St. Thomas education. Please call (651) 962-6600 to set up an appointment with a counselor. The Business Office is located in on the second floor of Aquinas Hall.

    Illness of a Child

    It is important that parents understand the attendance policies on their course syllabi. If parent needs to miss a class due to their child being ill, they should contact their professor immediately to notify him/her of the reason for their absence.

    Other Resources

    Scheduling

    The Academic Counseling and Support Office can provide a student with useful information concerning scheduling and course emphasis. An academic counselor can help students plan classes around their needs. It is helpful to make a degree plan and plan several semesters ahead, because not all classes are offered each semester. Please call (651) 962-6300 to set up an appointment with a counselor. Academic Counseling is located in the Murray-Herrick Center, room 110.

    Academic Counseling

    Health Services

    Health Services can provide useful information to students about health concerns and health services. Please call (651) 962-6750 for additional information. Health Services is located in the lower level of Brady Hall.

    Health Services


    Academic Support

    The Academic Counseling and Support Office can provide academic support to students. Many departments have tutors for introductory courses. Please call (651) 952-6317 to set up an appointment with a tutor. Other resources include the Writing Center, the Math Resource Center, the Academic Support Center, and Academic Counseling.

    Academic support


    Diaper Changing Stations

    There are convenient diaper changing stations in the Anderson Student Center. They are located in both the women's and men's restrooms on the first and third floors of the building. Parents can also use the family room on the second floor of the student center by reserving the space through Tommie Central.

    Locations for nursing and pumping

    On the Saint Paul Campus, there are a few places where nursing mothers have been comfortable nursing their children and expressing milk for the future.

    • The Family Room in the Anderson Student Center, which is designed specifically for this purpose. For access, visit Tommie Central on the first floor of the building.
    • The women's restroom on the second floor of the Murry-Herrick center has a private room with a lockable door.
    • The women's restroom on the first floor of John Roach Center just outside of JRC 126.
    • On the Minneapolis Campus, there is a room available for mothers to use for lactation located at the back of the women's restroom on the lower level of the law school. It is a small room, but private, with a locking door. It is equipped with a comfortable chair, cabinet/side table, fold-down diaper changing table and small refrigerator.

     

    Funding Assistance to Aid Students with Child Care

    The Post-Secondary Child Care Grant Programs helps low income undergraduate students who have young children pay for child care while the student attends classes. Information about this grant can be found at the Financial Aid website