UArts students gather on Hamilton Hall steps

Commuter Life

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 campus-wide resources that are available including staff, programs and facilities. 

Program suspended for 2020-2021 Academic Year. Details below apply when SEPTA Pass Program is offered.  
For students who utilize SEPTA's monthly TransPass or Monthly TrailPass Zone 1, 2, or 3 we offer reimbursement as a way to discount your fare. To receive a reimbursement, students must email a copy of their receipt, along with their ID number, to by the 10th of the month for which they are seeking reimbursement. For example, to be reimbursed for your September SEPTA pass, you must submit your receipt for reimbursement by September 10. Then, reimbursements will be issued by check for the Fall 2020 semester. Students can update the mailing address for their check by following these steps:

  • Log in to Student Self-Service at
  • Click User Profile from the menu that appears when clicking your user name at the top
  • Click Request New Address and enter the requested information, including the address type
  • Add or change request will be pending until reviewed by staff in the Office of the Registrar
  • A confirmation email will be sent once the request has been processed, or if additional information is required

Note: students can only select one pass for every month.   

Type of Pass SEPTA Full Price UArts Student Price
Monthly TransPass  $96 $82
Monthly Trail Pass Zone 1 $105 $90
Monthly Trail Pass Zone 2 $144 $130
Monthly Trail Pass Zone 3 $174 $158


Need to know what zone you are? Check HERE.

A Few Important Notes: Please be sure to order the correct pass each month since we will not be able to reimburse for multiple passes in a month. 

Questions? Contact 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


There are several paid parking lots surrounding UArts campus.

Information about area parking 

More on getting to 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. 

UArts Libraries

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. 

Learn more about UArts Libraries 

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.

Learn more about clubs and organizations on campus 

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.

Learn more about dining locations 

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.

Learn more about meal plans 

Contact Commuter Life

Ryan Hopely
Ryan Hopely