Tips for Commuters
If You Commute by Car
- Leave early. Allow plenty of time for traffic, parking and weather.
- Purchase your WCU parking permit or Garage pass prior to the first day of classes.
This way you will know where to park and have the required pass to park in your designated
- Consider planning your course schedule to avoid high traffic and parking times.
- You may find that parking at South Campus actually saves time by avoiding the congestion
of North Campus parking. Catch the Campus Shuttle to North Campus.
- Always plan for an alternative route in case of road closings and/or heavy traffic.
Check out the PA Traffic Link for up-to-date traffic reports.
- Keep emergency supplies (a jack, spare tire, jumper cables, etc.) in your car at all
- Make sure your car is always in proper working order; get frequent tune-ups. If you
need assistance with jumping your car's battery or locking your keys in the car, contact
Public Safety at 610-436-3311.
- Look into alternative transportation such as WCU Rideshare, buses or trains (See Parking & Transportation).
- Rideshare/carpool parking spots may be used if you display two valid WCU parking tags.
These primo spots are located in the following lots:
- Lot G across High Street from Philips Memorial Building (1)
- Lot K behind Sykes Student Union (1)
- Lot D by Lawrence Hall (1)
- Lot M behind E.O. Bull Center and Swope (2)
- Two Electric Vehicle Charging Stations are available for use at the Sharpless Parking
- Drive safely. Buckle up and do NOT Text and Drive.
If You Commute by Bus
- The SEPTA buses #92 (Exton to King of Prussia) and the #104 (West Chester University to 69th
Street Transportation Center) both come to campus.
- Printed bus schedules may be picked up at the Sykes Information Desk on the 1st floor.
- SEPTA bus tokens are available at the SSI Service Window in Sykes, providing 25% discounted
If You Commute by Train
- The Regional Rail Paoli/Thorndale Line is available at the Exton Train Station.
- The University offers a FREE SHUTTLE SERVICE to and from campus at select time frames for students and employees of WCU.
- Consider planning your class schedule to accommodate the train and shuttle times if
this is the method for your commute.
If You Bike to Campus
- Participate in the WCU Bicycle Use Pledge Program and receive discounts for bicycles and equipment. This program is designed to reduce
the number of vehicles being driven to campus each day by promoting the use of bicycles.
This effort promotes bicycle use as an alternative to driving a vehicle that uses
fossil fuels. The WCU Bicycle Use Pledge Program is voluntary and self-regulated.
- There are 2 Bicycle Fix-It Stations fully equipped for repairs and air for tires.
They are located at the South Campus Clubhouse and outside University Hall on North
- Bike Share program coming to campus in Fall 2016.
Safety on Campus
- Public Safety officers are available if you would like an escort to your parked car,
particularly at night. Contact Public Safety at 610-436-3311 (x3311).
Sykes Student Union
Off Campus and Commuter Services welcomes you to West Chester University and Sykes Student Union. Consider Sykes as your "Home Away from Home."
- The "Home Away from Home" on the Ground floor is maintained by the student organization, Off Campus & Commuter
Association (OCCA). They provide free coffee, tea, hot chocolate and/or snacks on
a regular basis for all students. In addition, there is a refrigerator and microwave
available for student's use.
- Lounges are available on every floor of Sykes for students to relax, study, visit
or meet with friends. The Rams Den is located on the Ground Floor with movable chairs and tables for students' use.
The First Floor lounge by the front entrance to Sykes provides an open area with couches and chairs,
natural lighting with floor to ceiling windows, and a large screen television. Common Grounds on the first floor offers a space for study, eating and relaxing. The Second Floor lounge is located outside to the Copy Center with chairs and end tables for relaxed
studying. The Frederick Douglas Study Lounge, a quiet space for relaxing or studying, is located beside the Computer Lab on the
- Lockers are available on the ground floor and may be rented by the semester ($15) or the
academic year ($20). Stop by the SSI Service Center on the ground floor for rentals.
- The SSI Service Center can cash personal checks, payroll checks and money orders as
well as providing service for purchase of postage stamps, SEPTA tokens, notary, passport
photos, and Regal movie tickets.
Where to Eat On and Off Campus
WCU Dining Services on Campus
- If you are looking to relax or get something quick to take with you, Lawrence Dining
Hall has everything you could want. With 13 specialty stations available at this all-you-can-eat
experience, you can get whatever your heart or stomach desires. The Diner in Lawrence is opened until 1:00 AM for breakfast or late night snack.
- For diners on the go, head over to Ram's Head Food Court in Sykes Student Union to pick from a variety of retail dining locations.
- P.O.D (Provisions on Demand) is available in Main Hall, Sturzebecker Hall and South Campus Clubhouse for quick
snack or healthy meal.
- Grab coffee or specialty drinks at Starbucks located on the ground floor of the F.H. Green Library and Java City on the 1st floor of Sykes.
Off Campus Services: Consider getting RAM BUCKS for your RAM E card. Ram Bucks are accepted at all campus
locations and at select OFF CAMPUS LOCATIONS. Check out all the off campus locations, including Wawa, Burger King, CVS pharmacy
and West Chester Diner.
Stay Connected on Campus
Student Leadership and Involvement at WCU
is the website that includes over 300 registered campus organizations. Review all
the "Clubs & Organizations" to explore the wide range of student groups or learn about
"Leadership Opportunities" available to you as a student at WCU. West Chester University
prides itself on its active student population. Be sure to visit the Student Involvement
Fair held each semester to meet organization members and discover more about their
Find a mentor. One of the best resources for an incoming student is an upper class student who may
act as a mentor. Seek out these students as you join a student organization or club.
Connect with the OCCA executive officers and members to establish support and connections.
Part time employment on Campus. If you are currently employed off campus or interested in finding employment, consider
an on campus job. These opportunities are available throughout campus in various departments
and academic colleges. Not only is the commute time to and from work very short, it
provides an opportunity to meet other students and develop professional relationships
with staff and faculty on campus. Contact Off Campus & Commuter Services (OCCS) for information regarding their Community Ambassador positions. Check out Sykes Student Union Employment and/or visit the Career Development Center in Lawrence Center, 2nd floor, for more opportunities.
OCCA - Off Campus & Commuter Association - Student Organization
The Off Campus & Commuter Association (OCCA) serves as a student governing body representing
all off campus & commuter students, over 64% of the campus community. OCCA also serves
as a bridge between the WCU community and the Borough of West Chester. You are automatically
a member of OCCA if you do not reside in a residence hall or on university-owned property.
OCCA’s office is located on the 2nd floor of Sykes within the Student Organization
OCCA holds their weekly meetings every Wednesday from 12 - 1:00 pm in the Sykes Student
Union, Rm 10A, located across the hall from their "Home Away from Home." Join them
on Wednesdays for a FREE lunch/snack to meet other off campus and commuter students. Connect with them on
social media at: