Commuting to AIC

Students interested in commuting to AIC must meet one of the ‘Residency Requirement’ exemptions below:

  • You live with your parent(s) or legal guardian(s) withing 30 miles of AIC
  • You are a legally responsible party for dependent children or other family members
  • You live with your spouse
  • You need special housing due to a physical disability that AIC cannot reasonably accommodate
  • (Transfers) You have completed your ‘Residency Requirement’ (living in a Residence Hall on a college campus for at least 3-years) prior to attending AIC

If you meet one of these requirements, you are welcome to submit a ‘Commuter Student Housing Application’ on the MyHousing Portal found HERE.

Applying for Commuter Status:

To apply for commuter status, students should:

  1. Login to the MyHousing Portalwith you AIC email and password
  2. Click ‘Application’ in the left menu of the MyHousing Portal
  3. Select the Commuter Student Eligibility Application
  4. Read the ‘Commuter Student Agreement’ carefully and sign with an electronic signature
  5. Complete your application and click ‘Continue’
  6. You will receive a confirmation message and email indicating that your application has been received

Once your application is received, Residence Life will review your application and will notify you via email if you’ve been approved for Commuter Status.


Commuters must apply for a Parking Permit HERE. Commuters are eligible to park in Lots B, D, and A, please reference the Campus Map and familiarize yourself with parking on-campus prior to the first day of classes. Once you’ve applied for and receive your parking permit you must display it in the lower driver’s side corner of the rear windshield. Please reference the full parking policy HERE. Questions about parking? Call Campus Police at 413-205-3208.

New Student Orientation & Coming to Campus:

All first-year students should plan on attending the College’s New Student Orientation (NSO) Program! New Student orientation will begin on the afternoon of Friday, August 26th, and will run through noon on Sunday August 28th.

Commuter students should plan on coming to campus between 11am and 12pm on Friday, August 26th. They will first report to the Griswold Theatre Lobby in the Karen Sprague Cultural Arts Center where they will receive their AIC ID and finalize any paperwork that they owe to the College. After check-in, commuter students can grab a free lunch in the DC and will join residential students in the Griswold Theatre for NSO starting at 1:00pm.

NSO is an important part of the new student process here at AIC. It is time to get connected to faculty, staff, and campus resources, get oriented to AIC’s beautiful campus, and a great way to connect with peers. Completion of NSO will also satisfy some important requirements for students joining the AIC community for the first time.

Schedule of Events:

Friday, August 26, 2022

Check-in/Move-in for Resident Students
Griswold Lobby
Commuter Student Check-in
Griswold Lobby
NSO Check-in and Lunch
Dining Commons
Welcome to the Hive 'Student Sendoff'
Dining Commons Tent

New Student Orientation (NSO) Schedule will be posted in July 2022. Check back here for updates!


Commuter Resources:

The College offers many resources for students who choose to commute to campus, including:

Commuter Student Meal Plans:

Our most popular option:

30 Meals Per Semester +$200 Dining Dollars ($540)

Need more meals? Select one of our other options below:

7 Day Unlimited +$300 Dining Dollars ($3,765)

14 Meals Per Week +$200 Dining Dollars ($3,075)

125 Meals Per Semester +$200 Dining Dollars ($1,940)

75 Meals Per Semester +$100 Dining Dollars ($1,165)

Meal Plans allow commuters to enjoy a meal in the Dining Commons, food from the Hive, or a beverage from our on-campus Starbucks! Commuters can request a meal plan HERE.

Commuter Engagement Organization (CEO):

Join the Commuter Engagement Organization, you can find out more information by attending the Student Engagement Fair or by going to The CEO was created to strengthen the commuter family on-campus by:

  1. Creating a positive and supportive environment
  2. Discussing and resolving Issues
  3. Planning interactive events for commuters
  4. Providing information and resources

AIC is not only a place of academic success but a place that encompasses all aspects of a fulfilling future. Many commuters only see a piece of what the college experience is like. This organization allows commuters to fully enjoy the entirety of what AIC has to offer.

Commuter Spaces:

The Center for Student Engagement (CSE) located on the second floor of the Schwartz Campus Center provides a comfortable and engaging space for commuters to relax between classes, join a club or organization, or engage with peers. The CSE is open from 8am to 10pm Monday through Friday and is open 10am to 10pm on the weekends.

The James J. Shea Sr. Memorial Library on-campus is also a great space for commuters to relax and get classwork done between classes. Commuter students can also utilize the Learning Commons which offers a variety of independent and collaborative learning styles. The flag room serves as a large group collaborative zone featuring several furniture configurations, as well as a video projection option and whiteboard space. Learn more HERE.


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