If you meet the eligibility requirements to commute from your parent/guardian’s home, you may apply for permission by submitting a Commuter application in MyHousing by the established deadline.

Please note:  Once you have been approved to commute you do not need to resubmit the request and will automatically retain commuter status.

Consult the Timeline for specific information.  Please see the guidelines below for policies and conditions.

Eligibility for Commuter Status
The College defines a commuter student as an individual who commutes daily (i.e. every day, not occasionally or periodically) from his or her permanent home. “Permanent home” is defined as the domicile where one or both of the student’s parent/guardians live.  A family-owned apartment or house that is not the primary residence does not qualify as the permanent home.

Individual students with unusual circumstances (married, caring for a dependent child, non-traditional age, etc.) may use the Commuter Status Request process to request  permission from the Director of Residence Life to live off-campus.

A commuter student is not an individual who commutes from an apartment off-campus, or from any location other than the home where his or her parent/guardians reside. Furthermore, a student who signs a lease for any facility other than his/her permanent home shall be regarded as living off-campus without permission and subject to sanctions.  Please consult with the Office of Financial Aid to determine the impact of being a commuter student on your aid package. Commuter students, unless they reside with their parents on College Hill, are not eligible for a Residential Parking Permit through the City of Easton.

Initiating the Request
To initiate a new request for Commuter Student Status, submit a Commuter
Status Request to the Office of Residence Life by the stated deadline.  Residence Life staff may verify the commuter request information with your parent(s) . Upon final verification, your commuter status will be confirmed in writing by the Residence Life Office. If verification is not obtained, you will be expected to participate in the housing lottery or secure housing through another established process.  After commuter status has been granted, you may not make any changes to that status without first receiving permission from the Director of Residence Life.

Unethical Behavior and Commuter Status
In establishing the procedures outlined above, Lafayette College desires to provide a fair and equal opportunity to those students who legitimately will be commuting to the College during the academic year. Those students who attempt to manipulate these procedures, with or without the assistance of parents, so as to violate these procedures, will be regarded in violation of the College’s Code of Conduct. Students will be subject to disciplinary action by the College.  Furthermore, students who are found to be breaching their commuter status agreement will be
assessed the housing fee for each semester in which such breach has occurred.


Residence Life

The Office of Residence Life manages a variety of living environments in which learning is supported and extended beyond the classroom.

For more information visit the Residence Life home page

Contact Us

Office of Residence Life
132 Farinon Center
Easton, PA 18042
610-330-5703 (fax)

Office Hours
Monday-Friday: 8:45am - 5:00pm

Summer Hours:
Monday - Friday
8:15am- 4:30pm (closed noon - 1:00pm)