Although some students opt to stay on campus, UArts has a thriving community of commuters who live in Philadelphia and the surrounding areas. We are committed to providing a welcoming environment for commuters to succeed in their academic and co-curricular lives. Along the way, the University encourages students to take full advantage of the staff, programs and facilities available across campus.
SEPTA Pass Program
To Order: To order your discounted SEPTA pass, please visit shop.uarts.edu. Then, underneath the University logo at the top of the page, select “SEPTA Pass” from the menu. From there, select “SEPTA TrailPass if you want to purchase a pass for Zone 1, 2, 3 or the Anywhere Pass or select “SEPTA TransPass” if you would like to order a City Transpass. Next, select the type of pass you want and the month for which you would like the pass from the drop down menu, then select “Add to Cart”. Note: you can only select one pass for every month. From there, you can continue on the your cart and submit your payment. Be sure to enter your student ID number.
The deadline to order a pass is the 10th day of the month prior to the month you are purchasing a pass. In other words, to buy a pass for the month of September, you must submit the order by August 10th. Orders received after the deadline cannot be processed.
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Picking Up Your Pass: Passes are available for pick up at the University of the Arts Bookstore (307 S 13th Street), during the last week of the month. Remember to use your Student ID to swipe into the bookstore and for proof of identification in order to pick up your pass. The bookstore is open Monday-Thursday 9am-5pm and Friday from 9am-3pm.
A Few Important Notes: Please be sure to order the correct pass each month since we will not be able to change your pass selection once you have placed your order.
Questions? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or the Office of Campus Life: 215.717.614
For commuters living in New Jersey, the PATCO is a convenient choice for traveling to and from campus.
The closest PATCO stations to campus are located on 12-13 & Locust and 15-16 & Locust. PATCO also offers free FREEDOM cards to students with a valid student ID. For more information about student savings visit the PATCO website.
Parking on Campus
There are several paid parking lots surrounding UArts campus.
As a commuter, finding spaces to study and relax between classes is especially important. The University has a number of common areas available to all students.
Pine and Juniper Lounges
The lounges located in our Pine and Juniper dorms are available to all students. Present your UArts ID to the security guard at the front desk to gain acess to the lounges.
Our library spaces have seating for students to get work done while on campus. Students can also receive guidance from the library staff on any research concerns.
Clubs and Organizations
Being involved in campus life is a great way to enhance friendships, make new connections, and build a community on campus. Whether you are joining a club, connecting with friends at Late Night Bites, participating in Emerging Leaders or helping to welcome students as a First Year Guide, there are multiple ways to make life-long connections. We have over 25 clubs and organizations, tons of events and activities that focus on many different areas of interest, leadership programs, student leader positions, and so much more.
On Campus Dining Locations
Terra Dining Hall
Terra Dining Hall is the University's main dining facility featuring all-you-care-to-eat dining seven days per week.
Monday – Friday: 7 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Saturday – Sunday: 11 a.m – 7:30 p.m.
Located on the lower level of Hamilton Hall, Mangia is open from breakfast through late night.
Monday – Friday: 8 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Saturday – Sunday: Closed
Mangia is an authentic Italian-style pizza shop with hand-tossed pizzas, hoagies, hot sandwiches, fresh stock soups, a variety of sides, breakfast items, desserts, snacks, coffee and cold beverages
Commuter students have the option to select meal plans for use in any of the on-campus dining facilities.
On-the-go Dining: The Mezz, Terra Dining Hall and Mangia
In order to accommodate the lifestyle of our busy student artists, we are pleased to offer three grab-and-go locations. Each features quick-serve beverages, sandwiches, yogurt, fruit, salads, muffins and more. All grab-and-go locations offer healthy pre-cooked and re-heatable options.
Our dining services are available for all students, but we do require students who live on campus to purchase a meal plan—we believe it’s one less thing for you to worry about! For commuter students, you’re welcome to choose from a variety of mini-meal plans that best suit your needs, or just simply pay with cash or card.