Commuter life at Emmanuel College

Commuter Student Life

Welcome to Commuter Student Life at Emmanuel College! Our goal is to ensure that the unique needs of commuter students are met. Offices and departments across campus offer several services and opportunities with this goal in mind.

If you have any questions or concerns about your commuter experience, or just want to stop by our office and meet the face behind all the communications you receive, please stop by the Commuter Services Office in St. Ann Hall Lower Level, G06.

Athletic Passes

In addition to your access to fitness facilities on campus (Jean Yawkey Center Fitness Center and the Fitness Center in the St. Joseph's Hall Basement) and to Roberto Clemente Field, students have access to the Simmons College William J. Holmes Sports & Fitness Center for swimming, aerobics and other fitness activities. In order to obtain a pass, you must leave your Emmanuel ID with the Jean Yawkey Center Front Desk. Upon your return to campus, you can exchange the pass for your ID.

Commuter Connection

Commuter Connection is a weekly digest communication, distilling important deadlines and upcoming events on campus and delivering them to you. No need to opt in to receive these messages--as a commuter, you will automatically receive them.

Commuter Lounge
Looking for a place to relax between classes, store food, or study that's just for you? The third floor of Marian Hall has the Commuter Lounge, the official hangout for Emmanuel's commuter students.

Discounted MBTA Passes

Prior to the start of each semester, you will have the opportunity to register for a discounted MBTA pass through Student Financial Services. This Monthly Link pass is offered at an 11% discount from standard pricing, and you will receive a new one each month. Information on how to sign up will be sent to you, so keep an eye out for it toward the tail end of each semester!


As a commuter, you are eligible to rent a locker for $10 as a way to minimize the amount of "stuff" you have to carry around campus! If you're interested, come to St. Ann Hall Lower Level, G06 (the Commuter Services office). You will receive a lock and a locker assignment. Locker assignments last for the duration of the year, and you will receive $5 back at the end of the year when you return your lock.


Time on campus isn't all classes and meetings, you may want to find somewhere to hang out and relax.

Here are a few suggested places to spend your free time:

  • Jean Yawkey Center Upper Atrium: Featuring couches and close proximity to dining, the bookstore, and the Jean Yawkey Center Fitness Center

  • Maureen Murphy Wilkens Science Center Lounges: Each floor of the Maureen Murphy Wilkens Science Center features an open lounge space, and could be a convenient place to rest between classes

  • The Corner Pocket (located in St. Joseph Hall): Yes, it's located in a residence hall, but this game room is open to everyone! This space features vending machines, game tables, and a free movie rental program

Meal Plans

If you commute to campus, you have the option of purchasing one of two meal plans:

Commuter Meal PlanCost per Semester
5 meals per week $638
8 meals per week $1,020

To purchase a commuter meal plan please contact the Office of Student Financial Services at, or at 617-735-9938.

Students wishing to purchase a commuter meal plan must do so each semester. Commuter meal plans are non-refundable, so think about how often you'll be on campus to use it and if it's the right choice for you.


A limited number of parking spaces is available on a first-come, first-served basis for commuter students commuting from home. A parking application must be submitted to the Vice President of Student Affairs for approval. For questions or to purchase yours, contact MaryAnne Murphy, Assistant to the Vice President of Student Affairs.