Additional Menu

Commuter Life

Web Content Display Web Content Display

As a commuter you are an important member of the CSE community. CSE recognizes that commuter students have other priorities outside the classroom and have different needs than resident students.

The Office of Student Activities and the Commuter Council support and assist all commuter students. We urge you to become active members in the campus community and experience the endless opportunities that CSE has to offer.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need a parking decal to park at the College of Saint Elizabeth?

All commuter vehicles must be registered and must display a valid commuter decal at all times. Parking decals are valid for one academic school year (August to August). Register your vehicle online to get a new parking decal. Follow the online instructions which also give you the choice to pick the decal up at the Security Office or have it mailed to your home. Give us a few days to process your request before picking it up. The new process allows you to manage your own vehicles for parking on campus.

Which parking lots can commuters use?

Commuting students should park either in the large Annunciation Center lot or the large lot behind St. Joseph Hall. All other areas on campus have restricted parking. Information about parking and traffic regulations can be found within Campus Security.

Is there public transportation available near CSE?

By Train
N.J. Transit trains to the campus originate from Hoboken, NJ or New York's Pennsylvania Station. The train stops directly at the gate of the College of Saint Elizabeth (Convent Station stop). The "Midtown Direct" makes the trip to and from Manhattan in only 45 minutes each way. Call NJ Transit at (800) 772-2222 or visit their website at for schedule and fare information.

A 25% discount off the regular monthly pass price is available for students when they enroll online through NJ Transit's Quik-Tik program. Visit for more information.

By Bus
Lakeland Bus Lines buses from the Port Authority Bus Terminal in New York City at 41st Street and 8th Avenue stop at Convent Station (Morristown route). Call (973) 366-0600 for schedule and fare information.

Where can I go to study and relax between classes?

Everyone is welcome to use Café Jose located on the lower level of Saint Joseph Hall, across from the Bookstore. Café Jose has everything you need to feel right at home. This cozy place is perfect for getting together with friends, studying, or just relaxing between classes. Café Jose has a seating area which includes comfortable couches and lounge chairs; table and chairs for you to dine, study and meet with other students and a television for student use. Vending machines and an ATM are located right outside Café Jose. In nice weather, the patio outside Café Jose is a great spot to enjoy al fresco dining!

For students who choose to carry their own meals to campus the commuter kitchen, located in the lower level of Saint Joseph Hall down the hall from the Bookstore, is a fully functioning kitchen with a microwave oven and refrigerator.

Other Lounges on Campus
McGuire Lounge, located in the Upper Level of Saint Joseph Hall, also has comfortable furniture, including tables, chairs and television. It's a great location for group work and relaxing between classes. The College of Saint Elizabeth has a Nintendo Wii game system that can be used in the McGuire Lounge. The game system is available to all students and can be reserved through the Office of Student Activities; a valid student id to required to reserve the equipment.

The Lounge on the first floor of Henderson Hall is equipped with vending machines, microwave oven and tables and chairs for the convenience of commuter students

Looking for a quiet place to study?
The Mahoney Library is the spot. The Mahoney Library offers individual study areas, computer workstations, large group work areas and open lounges for student use.

Are there places on campus I can eat or grab a snack?

Rose Dining Hall, located in Saint Joseph Hall, provides delicious, nutritious meals for the campus community. Commuter students are welcome to purchase meals in the Dining Hall on a cash basis during hours of operation.

Students, who do not wish to carry cash, may opt to purchase the Eagle Plan, a convenient meal plan designed to meet the unique needs of commuter students. This plan allows students to purchase Flex Dollars to use at their discretion in the Dining Hall. For an initial payment of $100, commuters will receive an equivalence amount of Flex Dollars programmed onto their CSE ID card. As an additional bonus you will also receive an extra $25 in flex. Additional Flex Dollars may be added to the account at any point in the semester in $25 increments.

For additional information on plan requirements, stop by the Dining Services Office in Saint Joseph Hall.

For students who choose to carry their own meals to campus the commuter kitchen, located in the lower level of Saint Joseph Hall down the hall from the Bookstore, is a fully functioning kitchen with a microwave oven and refrigerator.

Is there a place where I can store books on campus?

Tired of dragging everything around with you all day but don't want to make a 100 trips to your car to get your books and food? Then sign up for your own locker. Lockers can be rented from the Physical Education Department for a small deposit, which is refunded when you return your key. Lockers are located in the women's gym locker room on the lower level of Saint Joseph Hall.

For more information, please contact Mike Maglietta, Sports Information Director.

If the weather is bad, where can I go to get information about school closings?

Information about school closings, delayed openings, early closings, and/or other emergencies may be obtained by calling the INFO line at 973-290-4636 (INFO) or checking the College website. In case of inclement weather, students should always check the INFO line before departing from home, and always use sound judgment in making travel arrangements.

How do I sign up for the Emergency Notification System?

CSE has partnered with Send Word Now to provide a notification service to enhance emergency preparedness. The Send Word Now service is an automated phone and text messaging system that allows CSE officials the ability to reach you at a moment's notice. We will use this system to inform you of safety related issues and other emergencies on campus.

Please take a moment to update your emergency contact information online by logging in with your CSE Account. If you have questions, please feel free to contact our Department of Administrative Computing at (973) 290-4401 for assistance.

Please note: The emergency notification service relies on national and local communications networks outside of the control of the College of Saint Elizabeth. As a result, message delivery cannot be guaranteed. High call volume on cellular networks and other factors may interfere with the delivery of some messages. To mitigate this risk, the College does not rely on the emergency notification service as a sole method for communication in the event of an emergency. It is but one component in a larger communications plan for the College.

Sign Up For Emergency Alerts

As a commuter, how can I get involved at CSE?

One of the best way for Commuter Students to get involved is through the Commuter Council. The Commuter Council is a student run organization which provides services and programs that directly address the needs of commuter students. The Council informs students of campus events, policies and procedures and encourages involvement in campus life beyond the classroom. The Council also serves as an advocate for the needs and wants of the commuter student.

Are the computers labs open to commuters?

Computer labs are open to all members of the campus community. The College of Saint Elizabeth has six general purpose PC labs and one Macintosh lab. Below are the locations of the computer labs:

  • Henderson Hall Room 205
  • Henderson Hall Room 206
  • Henderson Hall Room 208
  • Henderson Hall Room 209
  • Santa Maria 1st floor
  • Mahoney Library
  • Annunciation Center (Mac Lab)

Lab hours are posted outside of each lab; please make sure to check the hours before you go.

Have your own laptop?
CSE's wireless network is available in the following locations:

  • Mahoney Library
  • Saint Joseph Hall
  • Henderson Hall
  • Santa Rita Hall
  • Annunciation Center
  • O'Connor Parlor
  • Founders Hall lounge

Click here for instructions on how to connect to the CSE wireless network.

How will on campus departments and offices communicate with me?

On campus offices and departments will communicate with you through your CSE email or on-campus mailboxes.

CSE's email system can be access both from on-campus and off-campus. Students can access their email by following a few simple steps:

  1. If this is your first time logging into the system, please review the Technology Guide for New Students:
  2. Click here to access Gmail, then enter your username and password.

If you have any questions regarding your CSE email please review the information on the Your CSE Account page.

It is important to check your CSE email every day, on campus offices and professors will use this as a means of communication.

Campus Mailboxes
Full-time, traditional undergraduate students are assigned mailboxes through the Office of Student Activities. The mailboxes are conveniently located near the Bookstore and Café Jose on the lower level of Saint Joseph Hall. On-campus departments and offices use the mailboxes as a means of communicating with commuter students. It is important to check your mailbox frequently, as some information may be time sensitive. If you have not been assigned or are unsure of your mailbox number; please contact the Office of Student Activities.

Can I use the on campus Health and Counseling Services?

The Wellness Center, which is comprised of Health Services and Counseling Services, is located on the ground floor of Founders Hall. Health and Counseling services are provided free of charge for all students, whether they are resident or commuters. For a detailed description of services, please review Health Services and Counseling Services.

The Wellness Center, which is open during normal business hours, can be accessed through the door located to the left of the main door of Founders Hall. Since this door is locked at all times, a doorbell is available to gain entrance to the Center.

Can commuter students stay on campus overnight?

Non-resident students are allowed in the Residence Hall, if signed in by a resident student, during reception hours (hours are 12:00pm-12:30am weekdays and 1pm-12:30am weekends).

Female commuter students may stay overnight in the residence halls. This privilege is extended for a maximum period of two nights per week and only with the consent of both roommates and the approval of the Office of Residence Life. Approval from the Office of Residence Life must be at least 24 hours in advance of the overnight stay.

Please refer to the Student Handbook for the complete Residence Life Guest Policy.