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Commuter Students Resources

Your Commuter Connection at Elizabethtown College

Welcome to Elizabethtown College's Commuters Resources page! We understand that your college journey is unique, and being a commuter comes with its own set of challenges and opportunities. That's why we're here to support you every step of the way, ensuring you have a seamless and enriching experience.

At Etown, we value our commuter students as an integral part of our vibrant campus community. Here you'll find the resources and support needed to thrive academically, socially, and personally while commuting to campus.

Definition of Commuter Becoming a Commuter

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Campus Facilities & Resources

There are microwaves across campus accessible to commuter students. There are microwaves available for use in the following areas: 

There are lockers available to reserve in the BirdCage as well as the OSA hallway. Contact Brooke Hollinger to reserve one.

There are a few places on campus where you can spend time, whether you're looking to study, socialize or exercise: 

  • The Well - The Well has a quiet space and is located on the second floor of the Bowers Center.
  • The Bird Cage - The Bird Cage is a common room where you can often relax and study in peace in the Baugher Student Center. The Bird Cage is also equipped with a pool table and a ping-pong table as well as a large television.
  • The High Library, First Floor - The first floor of the library is not a quiet space, but provides a space to research and can be suitable for getting some work done.
  • The Bowers Center, Field House - The Field House in the Bowers Center has sports equipment that you can rent out, as well as an indoor track.
  • Brinser Field - Brinser Field is a large grassy field located next to Wolf Field and the Brossman Commons. Capable of being converted into an athletics field, Brinser Field is ideal for a number of outdoor activities due to its central location near the Commons.
  • Academic Quad - The Academic Quad is a large central grassy area beside Brossman Commons that contains some picnic tables near Thompson Gymnasium. There are also adirondack chairs for studying outdoors near the front of Esbenshade Hall.
  • The Jays Nest - The Jays Nest contains booths where you can enjoy your meal or take some time to study. The booths are somewhat secluded from the rest of the Jays Nest, which provides some privacy and can be a quiet area during certain times of the day. 
  • The Learning Zone - The Learning Zone has a dedicated study space and is located on the second floor of Brossman Commons. 

Students can reserve a study room by going on the High Library website and picking a time slot based on availability. This is on a first come, first serve basis. If rooms are not reserved, students can use a study room on a drop-in basis as well. Students can also reserve a study room using the kiosks located within the library.

  • All full-time students receive a mailbox for their four years at Etown (this applies to commuters as long as they are a full-time student).
  • Mail Services is located in the BSC across from the stairwell to the Marketplace.
  • Your mailbox number and lock combination can be accessed on JayWeb under Student→Housing.

The Bowers Center for Sports, Fitness, and Well-Being keeps their open hours up to date on their website. This is where they also outline the features of the center, rules and regulations.

Counseling Services:

  • Located in BSC 216
  • Hours are 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday thru Friday
  • Appointments can be made in person or calling 717-361-1405
  • In case of emergency, Campus Safety can be reached by calling 717-361-1111
The Well:
  • Located in the Bowers Center on the second floor
  • Provides free…
    • Over the counter medicines
    • Band-aids
    • Condoms
    • Menstruation supplies
    • Blood pressure/temperature readings
    • Sleep masks and ear plugs
    • Trial size shampoo and deodorant
    • Hygiene wipes
  • The Well also has a relaxation/study space to use.
    • The Relaxation Room contains comfortable chairs and a Sleep Pod that can be reserved for 20 minutes at a time through the Bowers Center Website.

There are different areas across campus that have computers available for use, as well as print stations that you can print to.

Where to Find a Computer or Printer:

  • Hoover Second Floor (Print Station)
  • BSC Second floor (Computers & Print Station)
  • Masters Center First Floor (Print Station)
  • Nicarry First Floor (Print Station)
  • Library First Floor (Computers & Color Printer)
  • Bowers Center 2nd floor (Print Station)

  • The Jay’s Nest has made-to-order food as well as snacks and other essentials and is open from 7 a.m. to 12 a.m. Monday through Friday and Noon to Midnight Saturday through Sunday
  • The Blue Bean serves Starbucks Coffee and some small snack/breakfast food and is open select hours during the week (hours differ during semester)
  • The Fresh Nest serves smoothies, ramen, and bubble tea between 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Monday through Friday
  • The Marketplace Meal Plans:
    • Independent Living Block
      • 80 meal swipes, 100 Jaybucks, 4 guest swipes
    • Independent Living Block Plus
      • 80 meal swipes, 200 Jaybucks, 4 guest swipes
    • Mini-Meal Block
      • 20 meal swipes, 0 Jaybucks, 0 guest swipes
    • Mini-Meal Block Plus
      • 20 meal swipes, 100 Jaybucks, 0 guest swipes
    • You can also have no meal plan, but purchase Jaybucks to use toward purchases at the Jay’s Nest, the Blue Bean, and the Fresh Nest
    • The plans listed above are best for students who are not living in dorms
    • Meal plans can be changed by emailing the Business Office before the deadline noted on the Meal Plans page.

As a commuter you are able to attend all events that full-time students are able to attend. You can view OSA major weekly events on the OSA Events page, and all campus events on the Campus Events calendar.

BSC 254 has been designated as a lactation room for any students in need of a private and comfortable space.

Parking Information

Commuters can park in the following parking lots:

  • Lot #5 - Chapel East
  • Lot #6 - Young Center
  • Lot #7 - Brown Lot
  • Lot #13 - Church of the Brethren
  • Lot #16 - South Hackman (between tennis courts and baseball fields)
  • Lot #17 - South Founders (behind tennis courts)
All lots are outlined on the interactive campus map. On weekends only, student lots are open and unrestricted between 4 p.m. Friday and 2 a.m. Monday.

Students should submit the JayWeb Vehicle Registration Form. Campus Safety will then provide a navy blue sticker for the left bottom corner of the back windshield of the vehicle.

Department Specific Information

  • Specific Resources: There is a mini fridge and microwave available in the chemistry conference room that commuters can utilize. The room # is M103. The room is normally open and accessible between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. but if the room is locked, faculty can let a student in.
  • Quiet Space: Chemistry Library located in M102. The space has plenty of seating and tables for studying and whiteboards. Hours are posted on a sign outside the room but normally it’s open beginning at 8 a.m. Depending on the evening, it’s also open for additional hours in the evenings. However, depending on what’s happening, the library is not always “quiet” as it’s also used as a hang-out in between classes for our majors.
  • Extra Spaces to Consider:
    • Chemistry Computer Lab: M231. Open 24/7.
    • Masters Center Atrium: Tables with seating in the space for studying and hanging out. The Masters Center print station is also nearby and the Mineral Gallery lounge area as well.

  • Specific Resources: There is a mini fridge and microwave available on an as-needed basis in E267. The faculty do not wish to leave this room open since the items belong to them, so if a student wishes to use the fridge or microwave, they just need to ask one of the Psychology faculty to open the door for them.
  • Quiet Space: Psychology computer lab which is E260H. Should be open at least 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and students are welcome to use it as long as there isn’t a class in there. If there is, commuters can ask psych faculty to let them into E263 which another lab space that has a table and also a few computer workstations.

Specific Resources: There is a microwave and mini-fridge in Esbenshade 161A. This is also a place students can study.

Specific Resources: Each wing has its own spaces for studying. There are study spaces in the Mineral Gallery and there is a lounge area on the second floor of Lyet just outside of Lyet 249.

Specific Resources: Within the School of Public Service, there is a student research lounge in Nicarry for Political Science, Legal Studies, Public Health, Sociology, and Criminal Justice majors. This lounge also has three computers with SPSS loaded for use with our Research Methods course. There is also an open lounge area on the second floor of Nicarry for all students.

On the second floor of Steinman Hall there is a lounge area within the media center for students to use as needed – homework, meetings, group assignments, etc.

Specific Resources: On the first floor there is a Literacy Lab, but only Education majors have access. There is a quiet study lounge on the second floor that is always open.

Specific Resources: On the first floor of the Hoover building there are two studying areas located at either end of the building, they each have a glass door and are located by the staircases. There will soon be a resource room/student lounge on the second floor which will be an option in the future for commuter students to utilize.

Specific Resources: In Wenger 102 there is a microwave and refrigerator. On the bottom floor of Wenger there is the Digital Humanities Hub. The Digital Humanities Hub is designed as a quiet work place with computers.

All questions can be directed to:

Brooke Hollinger, M.Ed.

Assistant Director of Student Activities & Commuter Engagement

Conduct case manager, TIX Responsible Administrator

Elizabethtown College